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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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#killswitch: A Documentary About the Free Internet

Wednesday 06.15.2011 , Posted by

From historic uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East to the Telecom mergers in the States, 2011 has already proven to be a pretty tumultuous year for the Internet… and we’ve still got 6 months to go.

Enter the new documentary #killswitch. The filmmakers at Akorn Entertainment aim to make the case that a free and open Internet is essential for democracy and they launched a kickstarter.com campaign to prove it. Topics of the film include: the special relationship between Internet Service Providers and the United States Government; media consolidation; Julian Assange and WikiLeaks; and the revolving door between governments and big media. [Read more...]

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In Remembrance: Photojournalists Killed in Libya

Friday 04.22.2011 , Posted by

The photography and film world sadly lost two of their own on Wednesday. Oscar-nominated war-film director Tim Hetherington and second-prize winning photojournalist Chris Hondros both lost their lives while covering a battle between Libyan government forces and rebel fighters in the city of Misrata. [Read more...]

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The Beauty of Maps: A Documentary

Thursday 04.07.2011 , Posted by

Here we bring you the 4 part BBC series, The Beauty of Maps. Released almost a year ago the documentary takes us through the staggering four million map collection of the British Library in London.

Through the ages the story of the worlds landscape and population has been told through the creative and colorful use of maps. Often that tale has been destorted or idealized by the map maker, adding layers of history and revealing the society behind the maps making. Some examples are simply informational, the layout of streets and their names… others are highly beautiful, displaying a careful hand and creative mind. This is a story that will take you through time and around the world.

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GASLAND: Documenting Fire in the Water

Monday 02.21.2011 , Posted by

Have you ever had your tap water catch on fire? This and other strange signs of massive pollution are hitting the United States as the largest natural gas drilling boom in history sweeps the country. Using a Halliburton developed technology called “fracking,” or hydraulic fracturing, companies across the nation are tapping into a “Saudi Arabia of natural gas” just below the surface of many states. But is fracking safe? Legislation in 2005 literally abolished any need for industry to follow the standards of the Safe Drinking Water, Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, so when filmmaker Josh Fox was asked to lease his land for drilling, he set off across the country to find out the consequences of this new technique. [Read more...]

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Todays Gangs Are Boring! Free 70′s Documentary

Thursday 02.17.2011 , Posted by

Wearing styles that would get them in deep trouble today, this classic documentary 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s covers the bad ass street gangs of late 70′s New York. Although there are many interviews, the film mainly focuses on two groups, the Savage Skulls and the Savage Nomads of the South Bronx. Is it just us or have gangs gotten a little more savage?
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The Future of Art: An Instant Documentary

Wednesday 02.09.2011 , Posted by

The Future of Art is a film that starts a conversation about by asking 3 questions: What are the defining aesthetics of art in the networked era? How is mass collaboration changing notions of ownership in art? How does micropatronage change the way artists produce and distribute artwork?

Uniquely, the film was shot, edited and screened at the Transmediale festival 2011 in Berlin, Germany.
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Putting the Face Back in Typeface

Saturday 02.05.2011 , Posted by

Creating timeless and influential work over the last three decades, typographer and graphic designer Erik Spiekermann is a design legend. Some notable accomplishments include founding FontShop, the first ever digital distributer of fonts, while also designing more instantly classic fonts than any other.

In this excellent video interview by Gestalten.tv, he shares from his vast knowledge on the design process and looks to the future while discussing possibilities for new visual language. What’s next for Spiekermann? In February he will be receiving the German Design Lifetime Achievement Award for 2011. Keep up with all things typographic at his blog spiekermann.com. [Read more...]

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How Beer Saved The World

Thursday 02.03.2011 , Posted by


Did you know that beer has changed the course of human history many times over? According to this special by the Discovery Channel, we can thank this delicious bubbly beverage for helping create both the Great Pyramids and modern health care… now that’s something to drink to! [Read more...]

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Documenting the San Francisco Rave Scene

Monday 01.31.2011 , Posted by

If you were around San Francisco in the 90′s, it was impossible to escape the colorful, joyous parties of the exploding rave scene. The influence these massive parties had was world wide, still reverberates today and for many was a life changing experience. Now the creative crew at MoFilms.org are working on a full length documentary, focusing on the people that experienced those events firsthand and had their lives shaped by the hopeful, yet often misunderstood movement.
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