The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Wins 2012 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Wins 2012 Oscar for Best Animated Short

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is an award-winning animated short film by author/illustrator William Joyce and Co-Director Brandon Oldenburg at Moonbot Studios, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film last night at the 2012 Academy Awards. Drawing on inspirations from Hurricane Katrina, The Wizard of Oz and Buster Keaton, the amazing and inspirational short film combines a variety of animation techniques to tell the story of people who have a passion for books.

Moonbot Studios also created the best-selling, interactive Morris Lessmore iPad app, which is available on iTunes in the App Store.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore: 2012 Oscars Acceptance Speech

Oscar Nomination Announcements: Moonbot Studios, Shreveport, Louisiana

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The Street Photography of Alex Webb: Sweet Home Chicago

The Street Photography of Alex Webb: Sweet Home Chicago

Photography by: Alex Webb

Photographs from the Streets of Chicago is a wonderful video photo-essay, a collection of photographs by the acclaimed contemporary street photographer, Alex Webb. Unlike street photographers of the Chicago School (Callahan, Metzger, Sturr and Sterling), Alex Webb has chosen to photograph the city’s multitudinous character in color. Having spent most of his three-decades long career shooting outside of the United States, Webb turns his lens to Chicago during this very important election year.

The Street Photography of Alex Webb: Sweet Home Chicago

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Poetic Moments: A Celebration of Young Masculine Beauty

Poetic Moments: A Celebration of Young Masculine Beauty

Photography by: Toyin Ibidapo, London

The fleeting beauty of youth is captured in this mesmerizing collection of raw, honest portraits of androgynous boys that documents the authenticity of youth, from London-based photographer Toyin Ibidapo. A tribute to the charged emotions of adolescence, Ibidapo’s first solo show There’s No Such Thing as Perfect, But There’s Perfection in the Things We Love, is currently on exhibition at the Doors Showcase Gallery in London.

Ibidapo is a fashion photographer who has collaborated with the late Alexander McQueen, super-stylist Nicola Formichetti and designer Kim Jones, as well as contributing to Dazed & Confused, Arena Homme Plus and SHOWstudio. The exhibition evolved from Ibidapo’s book Cult of Boys, which she describes as a “record of amazing moments and various chapters in my life as a photographer as well as the faces in this book. They represent themselves and they also represent me because it was my vision and they came into my world, some for years, others just once. But sometimes once is all you need, one photograph to remember a poetic moment forever. Seen through the eyes of the female gaze.”

Radiohead’s Morning Bell: Videography by Toyin Ibidapo

Fashion Film for Kim Jones Collection: Directed by Toyin Ibidapo

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Anthony Pisano’s East Village Apartment: A Home for the Heart

Anthony Pisano’s East Village Apartment: A Home for the Heart

Welcome to My Home is delightful documentary short film by Kelsey Holtaway and Mark Cersosimo at Departure/Arrival Films. Anthony Pisano is a sweet old man who sits on the sidewalk and invites passersby to browse the contents of his East Village home, an amber-lit apartment-space packed with antiques, photographs, knickknacks, figurines and watch parts, which might easily be confused with a rummage sale or second-hand shop.

But nothing in the collections Mr. Pisano has built throughout his life is for sale. Instead, for Mr. Pisano, the benefit of living in his East Village storefront is that it offers him a chance to meet people. He leaves the front door ajar, and blasts Frank Sinatra music into the street. Passersby peer at his collection of unusual items, like a Bill Clinton doll on an antique model boat. .The New York Times reported in 2010 that Pisano “estimates he gives away 10 to 12 trinkets every day.”

Anthony Pisano’s East Village Apartment: A Home for the Heart

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Welcome Home, Soldier: The Story of Scott Ostrom

Welcome Home, Soldier: The Story of Scott Ostrom

Welcome Home is a series of photographs about Iraq war veteran Brian Scott Ostrom, who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, by Pulitzer Prize-winning Denver Post photographer Craig Walker. Walker has been named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the Missouri School of Journalism’s Pictures of the Year International Competition for the collection of photographs he took over 27 months about soldiers engaged in the Iraq war, which included the stunning images documenting the struggles of PTSD sufferer Brian Ostrom.

After serving four years as a reconnaissance man and having deployed twice to Iraq, Ostrom, who is now 27, returned home to the U.S. with a severe case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Since his discharge, Ostrom has struggled with the demands of daily life, from finding and keeping employment to maintaining healthy relationships. But most of all, he’s struggled to overcome his brutal and haunting memories of Iraq and his guilt for things he did and didn’t do, while fighting a war in which he no longer believes.

Update: On April 16, 2012, Craig Walker was awarded his second Pulitzer, The 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, for Welcome Home: The Story of Scott Ostrom.

For further details about Walker’s 2012 Pulitzer Prize, please read “Welcome Home: The Story of Scott Ostrom” Awarded 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

Read more about award-winning war photographers in the New York Times article and slideshow, Pulitzer Prizes: The Effects of War at Home (April 16, 2012) here.

Welcome Home, Soldier: The Story of Scott Ostrom

Slide Show: Welcome Home, Soldier: The Story of Scott Ostrom

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A Fine Arts Video Portfolio: Decade of Nude Photography

Photography by: Alexander Paulin, Hamburg

A Fine Arts Video Portfolio: Decade of Nude Photography

Decade of Nudes is a fine arts video portfolio of nude photography by the German photographer Alexander Paulin. Since 1999, Paulin has worked as a freelance photo-designer in his studio near Hamburg, Germany. Paulin’s photography has been featured in a number of magazines, including Playboy, Maxim, Stern and Photographie, as well as in many books and calendars.

A Fine Arts Video Portfolio: Decade of Nude Photography

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The Glee Valentine’s Day: A Tribute to Whitney Houston

The Glee Valentine’s Day: A Tribute to Whitney Houston

Fox’s Glee dedicated Tuesday’s Valentine’s Day episode to the late Whitney Houston when, through a strange twist of fate, the hour featured a cover of one of the late pop icon’s most memorable hits in I Will Always Love You. Originally written and performed by Dolly Parton, with Houston singing the track for 1992’s feature film The Bodyguard, Glee’s Amber Riley covered the song in an already emotional scene where her character chose to be single rather than choose between her current boyfriend Shane and her ex, Sam.

The producers of Glee opted to update the episode, which had been delivered to the network last Friday, the day before Houston’s death, and featured a dedication to the singer-actress in a title card that came at the end of the episode. The card read, “Whitney Houston 1963-2012. We will always love you.” Houston died on Saturday at the age of 48. Watch the full performance below:

The Glee Valentine’s Day: A Tribute to Whitney Houston

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