A Family That Time Forgot: Traditional Kentucky Living

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.

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The Gaskettes: Swoon and Destroy

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.

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

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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?

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Online Documentary: Artists and the Digital Revolution

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.

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#killswitch: A Documentary About the Free Internet

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.

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In Remembrance: Photojournalists Killed in Libya

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.

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The Beauty of Maps: A Documentary

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

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.

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Todays Gangs Are Boring! Free 70′s Documentary

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

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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