5th July 2019 Newsletter
Silk City Bomb Squad - Interview with Photographer Nolan Price
The first Bomb Squad rider I met was Boots. I met him while I was shooting photos of an upcoming project featuring the dirt bike street riders of Newark, New Jersey. We were shooting photos in a parking lot and there was a young kid there on a bicycle. I introduced myself and asked where he was from and when he answered "Paterson" I knew right away he was in the Bomb Squad crew. I was familiar with the crew from seeing them while driving around Paterson and had already been thinking about trying ... See here.
Kidd Adamz: Interview with Directors James & James
Kidd Adamz grew up in a tough neighbourhood surrounded by what seemed very limited possibilities and so he's built and crafted his own reality and possibilities because those available weren't what he wanted. It's not like he was bad and now he's good. He's always been good - just that the opportunities weren't there to express himself how he'd like. I guess that's what we're trying to say in our films - we've met people from all walks of life and they're always good people we can relate to. ... Watch here.
Land of Steel: Interview with Director Chris Thomas
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.
Single Room Occupancy: Interview with Directors Artemis Shaw & Alexander Lewis
Gentrification is Max’s battle. Her camcorder footage documented confrontations we would not have otherwise seen. Alex and I have lived in New York all our lives, but were sheltered from the real violence of gentrification. We were struck by how the discussion around gentrification is often reduced to the annoyance of another trendy shop replacing a beloved family business. We structured the story around the concept of a real estate broker tour gone wrong. We begin on our street, how most New ... Watch here.
Mothers Day: Interview with Director Elizabeth Lo
I was interested in using public transportation as a way to physicalise and visualise social inequities. It was always something I noticed when I was living in New York traveling along subway lines, and when I moved to California, I was interested in finding parallels - which lead me to discover the work of the Center for Restorative Justice Works and the annual bus trips that they organised for children to visit their parents in prison. While many are aware of the staggering problems resulting ... Watch here.
Honest in Thought and Deed: Interview with Director Mathew Palmer
I came across an article written by Randy, the former police officer in the film, and was really struck by his story. I learned that he lives and works in Los Angeles (which is where I’m located) and sent him an e-mail asking if he wanted to grab coffee. I simply wanted to learn more about him, as I thought that he exhibited an amazing amount of courage and vulnerability in writing about his past. We talked for a few hours over coffee and at the end I asked if we could have a similar ... Watch here.
The Agave Gun
A master craftsman uses unexpected materials to create the project of a lifetime. Watch here.
The Happiest Guy in the World
What kind of person takes a cruise not for a week or a month — but for the rest of his life? Watch here.
Meet Jake Schellenschlager, arguably the strongest 14-year-old on the planet. Watch here.
Interview with Photographer: Michelle Siu
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. See here.
One Mans Trash
A Brooklyn man has a strange hobby of creating life size robots out of trash. Watch here.
When A Town Runs Dry: Interview with Director
When A Town Runs Dry documents life in Stratford, a small town in California's Central Valley, where years of drought is threatening the livelihood of the community. Watch here.
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.
The Price of Certainty: Interview with Director
There's more to what you believe than you think. Watch here.
Me in the Mirror
An open conversation about sexuality, body image, and self-esteem. Watch here.
A Taco Told In Texas: Interview with Director
A Taco Told In Texas isn't really about a taco. It's about a guy with an eighth grade education who became a millionaire. And then he lost it all. And then he became a millionaire again. Watch 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.
Interview with Yamdu Co-Founder Florian Reimann