24.04.15 by Jeff

Film Trailer of the Day: The Birth of Saké

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New York-based filmmaker Erik Shirai successfully funded his documentary, The Birth of Saké, through Kickstarter and it recently screened at Tribeca (Variety gave it a great review here). The film explores how saké is made at a family-owned Japanese brewery named Tedorigawa. It looks beautiful and sad. Watch the official trailer below.

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08.04.15 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Five Children, Five-Years Old, Five Religions

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A beautifully shot portrait of five children, from India, South Africa, Japan and the U.S., and their religious practices. Directed by The Mercadantes (who made this fantastic film as well). Watch “Five” below.

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03.04.15 by Jeff

Video of the Day: “We’re Gonna Be Lords” The Next Generation of New York Hip Hop

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Enjoyed this profile on New York’s next generation of hip hop artists. Action Bronson, The Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, and openly gay rapper Le1f are interviewed in this short, beautifully shot and directed by Robert Lopuski. Watch the film “We’re Gonna Be Lords” below.

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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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