13th September 2019 Newsletter
Chaz Bear scores the music for a dreamy film about
Armed with an 8mm camera, a sound recorder and a couple mirrored closet doors, Tyler McPherron embarked on a journey up to meet Chaz at his improvised music studio in the woods. Watch here.
Malcom Kenyatta is a young, motivated politician
This short doc follows candidate Malcom Kenyatta on election day in 2018. Malcom was hoping to make history by becoming the first openly LGBT candidate of colour to be elected in Pennsylvania. Watch here.
Interview with Yamdu Co-Founder Florian Reimann
Australian jazz drummer Louis Burdett gives his
Watching Louis Burdett playing jazz drum makes me feel like I've been missing out on the genre. The Australian musician talks about taking inspiration from black music of the 1960's and 70's , and the Australian bush Watch here.
Musician Mothica talks about her childhood of
Blue Hour is also the name of Mothica's debut album. Today's short doc is a beautifully filmed, revealing, and very personal story that is both tragic and hopeful. Watch here.
A community youth worker in the snow covered Yukon
Super 8mm film is the perfect format to capture the tactile qualities of a land as special as the Yukon. Watch here.
Peter Boggia of Moto Borgatoro talks about
This is a fun and stylised film about a true New Yorker and owner of the legendary bike shop Moto Borgatoro, Peter Boggia. Watch here.
Death Spray Custom on why he loves things that can
DSC is an artist that makes beautiful art on dangerous equipment. His one off designs are striking, and always have an element of humour about them. Watch here.
Fall River is a low income town in America loved
Film making Duo Pat and Jamil set out to make a film about Fall River, but end up exploring Pat's own childhood, and his Grandmother's life Watch here.
The Purity Movement is using sex to shame and
Sexuality is a complex thing and each individual needs to figure out how to navigate it for themselves. Abstinence before marriage does work for some people, for others it brings pain and confusion. Watch here.
Dutch Angle is when the camera tilts to one side
Jake Swinney's visual essay of gradually increasing Dutch Angles through various scenes in cinematic history is as mesmerising as it is informative. Watch here.
Elizabeth Lo shows us what mother's day is like
When Mothers Day means a visit to prison. Watch here.
Arranmore is an island community of native Irish
Director David Drake tells me, "Players who live as far as Leicester will hop on a train to London on a Friday, get a flight to Belfast, take a bus to Donegal, and finally hop on a boat to Arranmore just to get to a game on a Saturday. No joke." Watch here.
Michelle Siu's photos of teenage mothers in
Thalidomide was a drug distributed worldwide to countries including the UK and Canada 60 years ago. It was once hailed as a “miracle drug” for pregnant women to treat morning sickness when it was actually causing severe deformities to babies in the womb. Watch here.
Bike Life is taking over the UK, encouraging kids
The Bike Life movement is amazing for kids to get into. It’s an outlet for them to do something outside and keeps them out of trouble. Watch here.
23 year old Flatface owner Mike Schneider is
For the uninitiated, 23 year old Flatface business owner and entrepreneur, Mike Schneider, is possibly the best finger boarder in the world. Watch here.
Freed Of London is one of the oldest ballet shoe
Each maker has their own individual stamp that identifies their shoes from their colleagues, and gives each pair it's individuality. The staff come across like family members, some having worked together for over 30 years, than employees. Watch here.
Trail Angel 'Ponytail Paul' beat depression by
Paul Stiffler was happily married with two kids and a thriving business when he started to have flashback of his troubled childhood. 'Ponytail Paul' found the Appalachian Trail, and its thru-hikers, have been the therapeutic force he needed to turn his life back around. Watch here.
Super Tusker Elephants were thought to have
Film maker Goh Iromoto follows the Tsavo Trust across the Tsavo National Park in Kenya, tracking the enormous, yet somehow elusive, prehistoric looking Super Tusker Elephants. Watch here.
Rostislav Vítek has "conquered over 60,000
The 43 year old 'Aquanaut' is a contemporary icon of long-distance swimming in Czech Republic, who often swims in near freezing conditions. Watch here.
In Hoxton Street there is a traditional East
World Press Photo Award winner Zed Nelson talks to us about Brexit and a divided community in East London, ahead of the release of his debut feature film, The Street. Watch here.
Dambe is a West African combat sport where the aim
Fighters compete for glory in a violent and dangerous sport that's traditional with the Hausa people of West Africa. This film follows Taye, a 35 year old Nigerian man who is passionate about the sport, but accepts the outcome of any fight as God's will. Watch here.
Laurie Lipton's obsessive drawings are as haunting
Laurie declares, "there is nobody on this planet who has drawn more than me, nobody. That is all I have done. I haven't cooked, I haven't made children, I've just drawn. That's all I can do." Watch here.
Westlake Studios is the iconic home of 1800
Documentary film maker Andrew Litten has done a fantastic job of telling the story of 10 unsigned artists, brought together by legendary Pusha T. Watch here.
Wind River Reservation is home to the Arapaho and
Film Maker Jackson Tisi spent month building up trust with local elder, who eventually let him into his community to tell the story and traditions of his people. Watch here.
Indian Relay is a form of bareback horse riding
Bareback horse riding requires skill and courage. Fast Horse tells the story of Siksika horseman Allison RedCrow and his dream to bring a team to the Calgary Stampede. Watch here.
Cat show portrait photographer Larry Johnson is
For over 20 years, cat portrait photographer Larry Johnson has been perfecting the art of capturing the personality of each and every cat he photographs. See here.
BIGNATTYDADDY - Interview with Director John
American teenager Bignattydaddy gained online notoriety from his use open use of anabolic steroids on his social media channels, a controlled substance which are illegal without a prescription in the USA. Watch here.