19th July 2019 Newsletter
Port Talbot Steelworks are the lifeblood of the Welsh town it inhabits
Land of Steel from the beginning was a passion project of mine. I’ve always wanted to make a film about Port Talbot. As a young boy living in Llantwit Major (South Wales), I traveled through Port Talbot to visit family in West Wales. I was always fascinated with the landscape and the lights at night. For me, it was just about finding the right story within the town. As an outsider, it was important to make a film for the people of Port Talbot and to get across that the steelworks is an ... Watch here.
Stratford California, When A Town Runs Dry: Interview with Director Joris Debeij
Living in Stratford California, it's hard not to notice the drought all around you, the lack of rain, prevalence of brush fires. I wanted to look beyond that and understand the economic and personal implications of such disaster. In my research, I stumbled upon a series of articles by Diane Marcum and photography from Matt Black, both of whom are active in the Central Valley. It's a relatively small area that is responsible for a large part of the food that ends up on our plate. I also grew up ... Watch here.
Daniele Anastasion talks about her film, The Price of Certainty
Cognitive closure is a tricky theory — you need cognitive closure, but not too much or too little. It was hard to draw a conclusion in the film because of this. We couldn’t figure out how to communicate this very abstract idea that in some ways refuses definition. We really struggled in early cuts of the film. The rough cut was a mess. It didn’t work at all. One friend gave the best and worst feedback that I’ve ever gotten on a rough cut. She said, “It’s both obvious and vague at ... Watch here.
Brooklyn Robotworks' Peter Kokis creates something incredible with what others throw away
A Brooklyn man has a strange hobby of creating life size robots out of trash. Watch here.
Tree Sitting is a way of life for those passionate about protecting natures lungs
Risking injury and incarceration, an environmental activist disrupts the clear-cutting of an ancient redwood grove by sitting on a tiny platform a hundred feet up in the tree canopy. Watch here.