Thanks to Time magazine and its infernal time-wasting "50 Top 10 Lists of 2008," I've discovered a genius filmmaker called Adam Pesapane, a digital artist who calls himself PES.
Time featured, as its #2 Viral Video of 2008, a lovely bit of magic called Western Spaghetti, less than two minutes of stop-motion animation in which aluminum foil becomes olive oil, Rubik's cubes are sliced into a hot pan, pin cushions are tomatoes, and Pickup Sticks and rubber bands are pasta uncooked and al dente. It never gets old for me! (And, stop the presses, it's just been announced as an Official Selection for the 2009 Sundance Festival.)
At the PES website, there's a whole world of the 35-year-old Pesapane's work to discover. Recommended for foodies: the colorful, brisk Cake Countdown, the mesmerizing My Pepper Heart, and Rogue Peanut.
For foodies and non-foodies alike, Roof Sex will bring a blush to your cheeks. Even his commercial work (for Bacardi, Nike, many others) demands many viewings. --Meredith Brody