13.01.15 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Christopher Doyle’s Hong Kong Trilogy Documentary

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Legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle, the one who contributed to every Wong Kar-wai film from Days of Being Wild all the way to 2046, is turning to Kickstarter for his latest film. The film is called Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous, and tells a story of Hong Kong from the viewpoint of three different generations.

Children are interviewed in the already completed first segment of the film, “Preschooled”. They are asked about their daily lives, and their responses guide the film. Doyle is looking to get funding to complete the second and third segments of the film which will feature young people in the twenties and thirties, and the older generation (over 50 years old).

Watch the video below!

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13.01.15 by Jeff

Get Miles Away: A Profile of Surf Storytellers Ben Gulliver and Jeremy Koreski

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The Creator Class has just released the first video in their five-part documentary series, A New Breed. This first one features British Columbia-based surf filmmaker Ben Gulliver, and surf photographer Jeremy Koreski, and was directed, edited, and filmed by my friend Alex Craig. Watch “Get Miles Away” below.

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31.12.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: “Litefeet” A Glimpse into the Subculture of Subway Dancing

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Director Scott Carthy has just released a terrific follow up to his film 1050.6(c), about the subculture of subway dancing. The film features the dance crew known as W.A.F.F.L.E. and with moves like the one at 14:03 it’s hard not to like them. Watch the film below.

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20.12.14 by Jeff

Feel Good Video of the Day: B-Boy Culture Breaking Out of Mumbai’s Biggest Slum

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I really enjoyed this mini-doc that is essentially a lighthearted Indian B-boy version of Billy Elliot. 15-year old Vikram lives in Dharavi, a slum in Mumbai, India. It’s the largest slum in India, and actually one of the largest in the world. He tells his parents he’s going out to get milk but secretly he is learning to break.

Watch “The SlumGods of Mumbai: Hope, Hip-Hop and The Dharavi Way” below!

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10.12.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: A Visceral 60-Second Ode to Competitive Swimming

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“When You Say You’re a Swimmer”, a short film written and directed by Chris Shimojima offers a poetic taste of what it’s like to be a competitive swimmer. Watch the video below.

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10.11.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: A Visual Poem On Contemporary Photography

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If you have time to watch one video today, this is the one. “Reely and Truly” is a fantastic experimental short documentary featuring over 30 contemporary photographers. Director Tyrone Lebone shot on almost every film format available: 65mm, 35mm, super 16mm, 16mm, and super 8mm. The result is a beautifully layered visual essay on the practice of photography.

“Reely and Truly” features (in order of appearance): Mark Lebon, Dick Jewell, Juergen Teller, Jack Webb, Sean Vegezzi, Jason Evans, Nigel Shafran, Fumiko Imano, Charchakaj Waikawee, Lina Scheynius, Nobuyoshi Araki, Takashi Homma, Ari Marcopoulos, Jill Freedman, Nick Sethi, Asger Carlsen, Arne Svenson, Petra Collins, Tim Barber, Renee Cox, Mario Sorrenti, and Lele Saveri.

Watch the 30-minute film below!

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07.11.14 by Jeff

Trailer: Maurizio Cattelan The Movie

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I can’t tell if this documentary is real or not, but I hope it is. This appears to be a trailer focused on the work of divisive contemporary artist, Maurizio Cattelan, who famously retired at 51 following his retrospective at the Guggenheim, in which he suspended all his works from the ceiling. The artist’s body of work includes sculptures of a marble middle finger, a meteor landing on the pope, a praying Hitler; needless to say no one feels luke warm about his work. I personally enjoy the mischievous spirit in a lot of his work (not all of it), I would be disappointed if there wan’t some sort of trick pulled on viewers with this film.

According to the New York Times, director Maura Axelrod has been following him around collecting footage since 2000, and it appears her film will finally be released next year.

Watch the official trailer for it below.

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12.09.14 by Jeff

“Diggin’ In The Carts” Documentary Series About Japanese Video Game Music

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Red Bull Music Academy has produced a fantastic documentary series called “Diggin’ In The Carts” about the secret history of Japanese video game music. Watch parts 1 and 2 below!

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