Talk about walking on the wild side. The lovely Isabella Rossellini schooled us in a whole new kind of sex education in this project commissioned for the Sundance Web site. Its pop culture impact is priceless. From the actress who deadpans, "I was always fascinated by the infinite, strange and scandalous ways that insects copulate," was born a series of eight totally whacked-out two-minute films about the mating habits of earthworms, flies, snails and the like. Watching a costumed Rossellini impersonate said featured insect, looking every bit like an oversized model for an Anne Geddes photo shoot, is as Web-voyeuristic as it gets. And aside from being irreverent, the shorts are mildly informational. Who knew, for example, how down and dirty mollusk foreplay can be?

Fast Facts

  • Prior to its launch on sundancechannel.com, Green Porno was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.

  • The shorts subsequently ran on several linear television shows, including Late Night With David Letterman and The Colbert Report.

Honorable Mentions:
Getting Away With Murder, IFC: Central character Seth Silver navigates the underbelly of sex, violence and domesticity while living at home with his neurotic mother in this compelling 13-episode original Web series that proves there’s no better place to live a double life than on the Internet.

Strange Science, Discovery Digital Media: As anyone with Mentos and a Diet Coke knows, scientific wonder can reveal itself in a matter of minutes — even seconds. That’s why Discovery’s 26 bite-size lab visits, including examinations into the true nature of dust, are so mobile-friendly.

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