The mesmerizing resonance of German director Werner Herzog's voice (with dreamy, heavy accent) is inherently profound. The least interesting topics are made fascinating thanks to his poetic way of looking at the world. When it comes to chickens, however, Herzog is ruthless. Filmmakers Siri Bunford and Tom Streithorst created this short video on the matter — an amusing diatribe against our feathered friends. "Try to look a chicken in the eye with great intensity, and the intensity of stupidity that is looking back at you is just amazing," he muses. In a wingback chair. Next to a teacup and glass encased diorama. Like it's freaking Masterpiece Theatre. He also discusses the fine points of hypnotizing the fowl creatures, as though he were some kind of Perdue Svengali. Check it.
You may not know Wayne White's name, but many may recognize White's work from Pee-Wee's Playhouse. He created the wonderfully bizarre puppets used in the surreal comedy series — including Dirty Dog and Randy (who he also voiced). He also preceded Martin Scorsese's tribute to George Méliè's creations in the music video for the Smashing Pumpkin's "Tonight, Tonight." White's work is the subject of Neil Berkeley's Beauty is Embarrassing, which emphasizes White's goal: to bring humor to fine art. With people like Todd Oldham and Mark Mothersbaugh championing the creator — and thanks to his infectious charm and utter glee — it's impossible not to love the guy. Check out the trailer below, and see the film when it premieres at SXSW.