April 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.
Driely "D" Carter is one of the most prominent photographers of our generation. 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.
Interview with Yamdu Co-Founder Florian Reimann
Last Dance Watch here.
Tonya Littlewolf has rescued wolves all her life. Watch here.
The time difference between China and Los Angeles is 16 hours. Shot in the San Gabriel valley, 我愛你。 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.
The Agave Gun
A master craftsman uses unexpected materials to create the project of a lifetime. Watch here.
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.
Trapped inside a harsh reality, Nininho dreams of better days. 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.
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.
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.
Me in the Mirror
An open conversation about sexuality, body image, and self-esteem. Watch here.
The Sprinter Factory: Interview with Director
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.
The inspiring true story of Charles Nkazamyampi. 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.
The Sound of Drowning
Written and Performed by Amyra León 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joseph-Philippe Bevillard - Interview With a
I was intrigued, to my utmost curiosity, I began to study the travellers and try to build up some form of trust, once I gained this, I decided to document them. See here.
Mistico: An Interview with Director Carlotta
Unmasking one of Mexico's most notorious Luchadores, the sporting stars who blend fierce fighting with outlandish fiction. Watch here.
@pole_money: Interview with Director Ben
Portrait of a young adult dancer. Watch here.
An Interview with Photographer Greg Girard
Photographer Greg Girard talks to us about being contentedly far from home. See here.
Silk City Bomb Squad - Interview with Photographer
A profile of The Bomb Squad, a freestyle bike crew from Paterson, NJ. Inspired by Nolan Price's photo book "Boots + the Bomb Squad" See 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.
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.
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.
Jane Love is a short documentary about female power. 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.
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.
Knives Down, Bikes Up: Interview with Director
London is currently experiencing a knife crime epidemic. 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.
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.
Elizabeth Lo shows us what mother's day is like
When Mothers Day means a visit to prison. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Price of Certainty: Interview with Director
There's more to what you believe than you think. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes: Interview with Director
Was my father’s leftover stuff the key to who he really was? 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.