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What is Wholphin?

Wholphin is a quarterly DVD magazine from McSweeney's, lovingly encoded with the best short movies, documentaries and uncategorizable films — from rare Spike Jonze documentaries to Alexander Payne's first short feature. If it's good, rare, new or unseen, it's on Wholphin.

Wholphin News

Miguel Arteta and Miranda July’s short film “Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?” and J. Lisa Chang and Newton Thomas Sigel’s short adaptation “The Big Empty,” both from Wholphin No. 1, have been selected as two of the first eight films appearing at the launch ofYouTube’s premiere Screening Room — the new curated section of high-quality short content on YouTube. Another dozen Wholphin films have been selected to appear in the Screening Room throughout the year. We’ll keep you posted.

Be sure to browse through the new Downloads section on our website where you can now download-to-own high-quality films from all of the past issues of Wholphin DVD. We will be adding more films to our catalogue continuously, so please check back.

San Franciscans: Join us for the debut screening of Wholphin No. 6 at Mezzanine on Thursday, June 19th, hosted by the San Francisco Film Society. More info.


Wholphin No. 6 features a documentary about a class of Chinese third graders who hold a democratic election for classroom monitor and in the process end up hilariously, if unintentionally, mocking 300 years of American politics; a beautifully black, comic exploration of 70s England that isn't, but could easily be, the prequel to A Clockwork Orange; a surreal dating short starring Michael Cera, with alternate audio versions featuring John Cleese and Daniel Handler; stunning footage of rarely-seen tropical reptiles and insects that are amazingly beautiful to watch, even when they're eating each other head first; as well as films featuring great white sharks, America's top Bigfoot hunters, and a miniature seeing-eye horse.

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