April may be the cruelest month, mixing memory and desire, etc. But Mr. Eliot never depended on seasonal change for his livelihood, except perhaps in the vaguest metaphorical sense. For a more uplifting take on spring, here’s The Windmill Farmer, a charming short film by one of our favorite young animators.

Joaquin Baldwin, 27, earned his MFA at The UCLA Animation Workshop. He was born in Paraguay to an environmental activist mother and an artist father, and you can see the influence of both vocations in his shorts, which have already won over 100 awards, and often have an environmental theme. For more information about his work and background, check out our editor’s 2010 write-up over at Brainpickings. And enjoy those lilacs while they last.

Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.


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