April 2019 Newsletter
The Sprinter Factory: Interview with Director Isaac Solotaroff
These are the girls running as fast as they can to be Jamaica’s new sprint champions in a country obsessed with its athletes. This is the story of the Champs national youth athletics competition that could change their lives. Watch here.
Mistico: An Interview with Director Carlotta Manaigo
"We wanted to show the double side of his character, Mistico as the super hero but also Mistico as the man behind the mask. I have to say that he was lots of fun to work with, I am guessing we transmitted our excitement to him because he was very willing and patient. All the Luchadores that appear in the video were very cooperative, some are his family members or friends, his girlfriend also appears in the club scene, it felt really like an intimate show." Watch here.
Interview with Photographer Joseph-Philippe Bevillard
"Travellers tend to keep problems to themselves and are too afraid or too shy to express their concerns or problems to the general public. Or maybe they get fed up once they make complaint like reporting racism or discrimination, nothing has been done. Most of the Travelling communities know me as the photographer since the Travelling communities spread the word about me like wildfire. Traveller community are like one big family because they are all related through 1st, 2nd, 3rd cousins etc. I ... See here.
@pole_money: Interview with Director Ben Fitzgerald
"She's such a strong personality, and she's so clear about who she is and what she believes in. We found someone who was this very intelligent, confident, also very sensitive and sweet girl and we gave her the platform just to speak her mind. That was my main goal in the film, just to facilitate her, and tell her story in the best way that I could without projecting any of my own thoughts, or anyone else's. It was just something for her." Watch here.
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.
An Interview with Photographer Greg Girard
"I first visited Hong Kong and SE Asia 1974-1975, and lived in Tokyo 1976-1977 and 1979-1980. I wanted to visit that part of the world from a young age, I can’t really say why, other than it seemed very far away. But what pushed me over the edge and made me want to take photographs there was a picture in a Time-Life book, in series on photography published in 1972, which showed Hong Kong harbour on a grey afternoon with the neon signs atop low-rise buildings on the waterfront. I mention this ... 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. Watch here.
Speaking in Voltages: Interview with Director
"Im a very romantic person who is really hooked into the analog world. I have to understand and master the digital era for both my professional and personal life. And I do. But in terms of work and creation tools, is where analog fills a gap that I didn't notice until I shot my first super 8 footage and my first 35mm roll." Watch here.
The Lions of Chinatown: Interview with Director
The Lions of Chinatown follows a young woman as she trains to become the lion head, a traditionally male dominated role in the forgotten art of Chinese lion dancing. Watch here.
Castells: Interview with Directors Pedro and James
To us, it is a brave, beautiful and character building activity. It is emotional even. I remember my eyes tearing up the first time we saw a tall tower in front of us. Watch here.
Jane Love is a short documentary about female power. Watch here.
Tam Tam - Outside the Lines: Interview with
The right to citizenship at birth, ‘ius soli’, is still unapproved in Italy, denying over a million children, born of immigrant parents, automatic citizenship. Watch here.
Tough : An Interview with Director Jennifer Zheng
Some things can only be understood with maturity. New light is shed on childhood cultural misunderstandings when a Chinese mother and her British born daughter speak as adults for the first time. Watch here.
Knives Down, Bikes Up: Interview with Director
London is currently experiencing a knife crime epidemic. Watch here.
Osama & Ayman
Osama and Ayman Abdeldayem are brothers, skateboarders, entrepreneurs, Americans, and Muslims. As they skate through the streets of our nation's capital, they navigate growing Islamophobia with characteristic style and humour. Watch here.
Lost Time: Interview with Director Leo Pfeifer
What happens when a drummer loses his time? Watch here.
Spearhunter: An Interview with Co-Director Adam
Powerful hunter, ladies man and professional narcissist. A spear hunter in rural Alabama erected a museum of his own achievements in a bid to protect his legacy. Watch here.
Land of Steel: Interview with Director Chris
The Port Talbot steelworks have suffered many setbacks, closures and job losses in recent years, greatly effecting the local economy and community. Watch here.
Single Room Occupancy: Interview with Directors
when the tide of gentrification reaches her harlem single room occupancy building, a bond girl documents her mission to save her neighborhood and her home. Watch here.
Mothers Day: Interview with Director Elizabeth Lo
When Mothers Day means a visit to prison. Watch here.
The Piñata King: Interview with Co-Director Paul
A lovely, quirky little film about a town in Mexico that has become Piñata Mecca. What one family started 50 years ago, the whole town has now become involved in. Watch here.
The Sound of Drowning
Written and Performed by Amyra León Watch here.
Hilma af Klint- Paintings for the Future:
Commissioned by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the occasion of the exhibition. Featuring interviews with Tracey Bashkoff, Christine Burgin, Susan Cianciolo, and Josiah McElheny. Watch here.
Charlie: Interview with Director Kadri Koop
Since hijacking a plane to Cuba in 1971 to avoid charges of killing a police officer, the Cuban government has provided Charlie Hill refuge Watch here.
The inspiring true story of Charles Nkazamyampi. Watch here.
Uganda Vigilante Female Slum Boxers: Interview
Today's film is set in Kampala, in Uganda, featuring a group vigilante female boxers in one of the largest slums in the country. Watch here.
Beatrice: Interview with Director Lorena Alvarado
Beatrice started fencing on her feet when she was 5 years old. Watch here.
Tokyo Craft - Urban Glow: Interview with Director
Wicked use of colour in this short collaboration between PEN Magazine and Poweredby.Tokyo, one of a series of films about Japanese 'shokunin'. This one is a fun piece about a neon sign craftsman in Tokyo. Watch here.
St. Louis Rises: Interview with Director Andrew
"When people are angry sometimes they only way they know express themselves is to destroy stuff". Touching, insightful, and sad. Watch here.
Ed Ruscha: Buildings and Words
Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles on the occasion of their 2016 gala event in tribute to Ed Ruscha and his 60 years of contribution to the arts. Narrated by Owen Wilson. Watch here.
Last Dance Watch here.
Interview with Yamdu Co-Founder Florian Reimann
Tonya Littlewolf has rescued wolves all her life. Watch here.
The Price of Certainty: Interview with Director
There's more to what you believe than you think. 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.
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.
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.
Honest in Thought and Deed: Interview with
It's mad to think how easily people believe the 'good guy bad guy, cops and robbers' mentality of the state. Unfortunately as a result, it can literally enable people to get away with murder. Watch here.
The Agave Gun
A master craftsman uses unexpected materials to create the project of a lifetime. Watch here.
Meet Jake Schellenschlager, arguably the strongest 14-year-old on the planet. Watch 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.
Me in the Mirror
An open conversation about sexuality, body image, and self-esteem. Watch here.
Chau, Beyond the Lines: Interview with Director
Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care centre for kids disabled by Agent Orange, struggles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional artist. Watch here.
Aaron Rodriques, also known as the Bug Whisperer, has been raising insects for over 20 years and teaching people how they can forge connections with insects. Watch here.
Trapped inside a harsh reality, Nininho dreams of better days. Watch here.
MX Punk: Interview with Director John Merizalde
An eye into the underground punk scene in Mexico city. A disaffected youth, and an older crowd too, gather in the basements of the city to let their anger out and be free amongst like minded people. Watch here.
Driely "D" Carter is one of the most prominent photographers of our generation. Watch here.
Mudfest: Interview with Co-Director Mike Bove
Every June, on a small farm in rural Wisconsin, a large crowd assembles. A remote field is flooded and turned in to a giant mud pit for people to test their grit and see what their homemade tough trucks can do. Watch here.
Figure 2: Interview with Director Bertil Nilsson
FIGURE 2 tells the story of Sakeema, a young trans dancer, against the stunning backdrop of Cornwall, UK. It's the second instalment in FIGURES, a new series of portrait films. 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.
The time difference between China and Los Angeles is 16 hours. Shot in the San Gabriel valley, 我愛你。 Watch here.
Make Them Believe: Interview with Director Taimi
I like way we get to see the on-stage wrestling alter egos, and also their real personalities backstage. Watch here.
My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes: Interview with Director
Was my father’s leftover stuff the key to who he really was? Watch here.