Sure you could surrender your study breaks to Hulu, but AU also has streaming access to many short films that are arresting, important, and worth seeing. Here are three you might enjoy:
A Trip to the Moon (13 minutes): This drama, by director Georges Melies, features Victor Andre, Bleuette Bernon, and Brunnet in a beautifully restored black and white edition of the 1902 film about a voyage to the moon in a rocket ship.
La Jetee (27 minutes): Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. Marker’s La Jetée is one of the most influential, radical science-fiction films ever made, a tale of time travel told in still images.
The Red Balloon (34 minutes): Albert Lamorisse’s exquisite The red balloon remains one of the most beloved children’s films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, the Academy Award, winning The red balloon has enchanted movie lovers, young and old, for generations.