LET’S REDU: Rethink, Reform, Rebuild Education

LET’S REDU: Rethink, Reform, Rebuild Education

REDU is a great 2-minute CGI animated short film by Hunter Gatherer, which assumes a civic role by lauding efforts toward American education reform.  As usual, they make it look easy, but think again.  Looks can be deceiving.  While the informative, production shows signs of simplicity, the reality was quite complex.  With over 1,000 woodcut blocks, the labor intensive setup, staying true to the Hunter Gatherer studio credo, remains rough and improvised.  Through the mature, restrained nature of the work, the visuals are thoughtfully simple, while its message is made to inform.

LET’S REDU: Rethink, Reform, Rebuild Education

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Riva Starr: Talking Babies with Mustaches

Riva Starr: Talking Babies with Mustaches

I Was Drunk is a hilarious new smash music video by Riva Starr, starring talking babies with mustaches.  The video’s track is real dope (or dopey), although it’s not clear what I should call it…gypsy house maybe?  Anyway, to add a lighter note to your day, please take a listen and watch these mustachioed babies do their fantastic talking routines!

Riva Starr: Talking Babies with Mustaches

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Alone in New York: Moments of Solitude and Loneliness

Alone in New York: Moments of Solitude and Loneliness

Alone in New York is a  beautiful 2-minute short film by the Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Vetrano, which was filmed in New York City last winter.   Accompanied by music on the piano and drums, the  film presents a captivating succession of moments of solitude and loneliness in the soul of a city that never sleeps.

Alone in New York: Moments of Solitude and Loneliness

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Spike Jonze’s I’m Here: A Hauntingly Heartbreaking Robot Romance

Spike Jonze’s I’m Here: A Hauntingly Heartbreaking Robot Romance

I’m Here is a 30-minute short film (HD full-version presented here) by filmmaker Spike Jonze, a film that’s haunting, beautiful, whimsical and overwhelmingly heartbreaking all at the same time.  I’m Here gives an interesting look at an alternative world, where robotic humanoids live and work alongside the regular human population.  The simple, elegant visual storytelling that Jonze employs is surprisingly affecting, although in a potentially dark way.  The film is full of originality and the kind of mysterious mythology that will have sci-fiction enthusiasts wishing they could spend more time in the world he created.

Spike Jonze’s I’m Here: A Hauntingly Heartbreaking Robot Romance

(Best Watched Here in HD Full-Screen Mode)

An on-line version of the film is available to view here.

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Portraits of Life and Loss: The Holocaust and Beyond

Portraits of Life and Loss: The Holocaust and Beyond

Photographs by: Jeffrey Gusky, MD, Mt. Vernon, Texas

Portraits of Life and Loss pairs the work of Roman Vishniac and Jeffrey Gusky, two photographers who wandered the same areas some six decades apart.  Vishniac explored Poland’s Jewish villages of the 1930s and 1940s, documenting communities in peril during an era of growing anti-Semitism.  Gusky’s late-20th-century visits to the same country took him to the sites where those communities once stood.

While Vishniac captured the spirit of a people, their crowded, vibrant communities, pulsing with life, Gusky’s visual journey examines the ghosts they left behind.  Returning to the quiet landscapes that once nourished Jewish life, Gusky found crumbling synagogues, ghetto walls, and silent streets that once hosted bustling markets, and his photographs resound hauntingly, with an almost specter-like aura.

Photographs by Roman Vishniac: A Vanished World

Gorecki Symphony No. 3, “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”

Slide Show: Portraits of Life and Loss/The Holocaust and Beyond

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Hurry Up and Wait: The Lonesome World of Truck Drivers

Hurry Up and Wait: The Lonesome World of Truck Drivers

Hurry Up and Wait is a photographic essay by artists James Tribble and Tracey Mancenido-Tribble, a poetic meditation about America’s trucking culture.  With the long tradition of road photography in mind, the Tribbles spent over a year driving across the states as truck drivers.  Their journey is documented here in photographs that range from portraits of drivers they encountered, to shots from the open road, in a year-long effort to understand the subculture that literally drives America’s consumerism.  The photographs illuminate both the openness of the road and it’s lonesome journey, with images that bring new light to the harsh beauty in the world of a truck driver.

Kris Kristofferson: This Old Road

Slide Show: The Lonesome World of Truck Drivers

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In Almost Every Picture: The Shooting Gallery

In Almost Every Picture: The Shooting Gallery

In Almost Every Picture: Shooting Gallery is a chronological series of photographs that began in 1936, when a 16 year-old Dutch girl picked up a gun and shot at the target in a fairground shooting gallery.  When she hit the target, it triggered the shutter of a camera, and a portrait of the girl in the firing pose was taken and given as a prize.  Ria van Dijk has continued to shoot her own portrait for the past seventy years.  She has used a rifle rigged to a camera at the various fairs she’s attended, getting a photograph every time she hit the bull’s-eye.  This series documents almost every year of the woman’s life up until present times, and at the age of 88 she still makes her pilgrimages to the Shooting Gallery.

In Almost Every Picture: The Shooting Gallery

Slide Show: In Almost Every Picture/The Shooting Gallery

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