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The Man Behind the Mountain: A Tribute to Salvation Mountain Artist Leonard Knight

Wednesday 04.23.2014 , Posted by
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In the desert just outside Niland, Californina, stands a vibrant heap of color that showcases the life work of one very passionate artist. From 1984 until his death in 2014, Leonard Knight lived in a truck with no electricity or running water to manifest the message that lived in his heart as a monument for all to see. With hope and optimism, he allows his masterpiece to speak for itself, revealing the powerful message that love is the most important part of life. Never revealing the backstory of what made him stay in Niland working on this piece for so long, humble Knight seems to believe that the message he shares is far more valuable than how he arrived at it. [Read more...]

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Before They Pass Away: Powerful Images of Vanishing Indigenous People Groups

Wednesday 02.05.2014 , Posted by
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In a world that is rapidly developing and merging each day, it is more important than ever to preserve the unique traditions of indigenous cultures across the globe. One photographer embarked on a worldwide journey to document vanishing indigenous people groups. With the goal to document every existing indigenous culture, British photographer Jimmy Nelson packed his 50 year old plate-film camera and traveled away. [Read more...]

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Afghan Women’s Cycling Team Breaks Gender Barriers to Promote Women’s Rights

Thursday 12.19.2013 , Posted by
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Susan B. Anthony once said, “The bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can’t get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” In Afghanistan, however, most women do not get to experience this freedom. Although men there are allowed to ride their bicycles, for women it is considered a sign of immortality and regarded as a social taboo. One of the best modes of transportation, it’s hard to believe that anyone could be chastised for riding a bicycle, but this is a reality for the women of Afghanistan. Twelve very brave women in Kabul have taken a stand against this gender oppression, forming the first Afghan Women’s Cycling Team. LET Media has turned their passionate story into an inspiring documentary called Afghan Cycles. [Read more...]

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Microsoft Launches New 3-part Documentary Series, Starting With Filmmaker Chayse Irvin

Monday 09.23.2013 , Posted by

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As part of an interesting content development initiative to showcase their new Surface Pro product, Microsoft just announced the launch of a new 3-part documentary series that features “behind the scenes” looks at the work of three influential artists from various fields. The series notes it will be chronicling New York City filmmaker Chayse Irvin, NY-based animator Christy Karacas (Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim Superjail!), and architect Marc Kushner (Hollwich Kushner).

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New Documentary Tells the History of Wikileaks

Tuesday 05.14.2013 , Posted by

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Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney has composed a riveting, fascinating expose on the controversial website WikiLeaks. The name of the movie is titled “We Steal Secrets, the Story of WikiLeaks” and is set to be released May 24. It has already generated buzz among fans and political foes alike, sparking conversations about the controversial founder Julian Assange and the organization itself. The documentary focuses on the rise and near fall of Assange since the launch of Wikileaks in 2006. [Read more...]

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ON THE ROAD – Graffiti in Vagrancy

Thursday 01.17.2013 , Posted by

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A new documentary, supported by Converse, follows 3 Chinese graffiti artists as they travel from Kummig in Southwest China all the way to Tibet for 50 days straight. Along their 1,200 mile journey, WHYYY, NAN, and SINIC (AKA the IDT Crew) leave a trail of beautiful spray painted murals on various surfaces, tending to choose areas that are unwanted or abandoned. Many people try to stop them, telling them it doesn’t look pretty. Some think they just want to scribble, but their art is more than that. They have injected their own feelings and ideas into the graffiti culture, much like the poets in generations past have painted their poems for all to see. [Read more...]

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A Family That Time Forgot: Traditional Kentucky Living

Thursday 05.03.2012 , Posted by

Life in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky has changed a lot in the past 100 years. What was once a vibrant culture, filled with traditional ways of living, methods of supporting yourself and a reliance on community, is quickly disappearing, if not gone all together. In the early 1980′s, photographer Shelby Lee Adams stumbled upon a forested ‘holler’ called Beehive, the home of the Napier family. Their way of living stunned him. Chickens ran through the yard, hound dogs came running, small cobbled together homes had ceder smoke wafting out of their chimneys… with just one small line for electricity, it was truly like stepping back in time. [Read more...]

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The Gaskettes: Swoon and Destroy

Wednesday 01.25.2012 , Posted by

The Gaskettes are a crew of rad chicks who ride through the streets of LA on retro mopeds. The gang is all-inclusive to any female with a love of moped-riding, who is willing to get her hands dirty, and dress in the signature gold satin jackets with a G emblazoned on the breast. [Read more...]

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What’s Happening On the Other Side of the Earth?

Wednesday 11.30.2011 , Posted by

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What happened to you on 11.11.11? It’s only once per century that this unique date passes. The One Day on Earth documentary project, founded by Kyle Ruddick asks just that. The unique project worked with documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens to record the human experience over a 24-hour period. This is the second installment of the project, which started in 2010, which has been used to create a fully interactive archive with photo galleries, blog posts, and a video archive map.  The map allows for a visual, searchable experience to answer that compelling question: What’s happening on the other side of the world right now? [Read more...]

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Online Documentary: Artists and the Digital Revolution

Monday 10.10.2011 , Posted by

What happens when the worlds creatives are given equal access to the tools of their trade? The full-length documentary PressPausePlay, which premiered at SXSW earlier this year, explores the digital revolution of the last decade and how the ease of creating what used to be difficult has unleashed a storm of creative talent upon the world. The film includes interviews with some of the worlds most influential artists, sharing how new media and technology have effected their art. Insightful and timely. [Read more...]

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