Gorgeous Rosa: Cyborg Fights for Survival in Astounding Cyberpunk Animation

Gorgeous Rosa: Cyborg Fights for Survival in Astounding Cyberpunk Animation

Rosa is an epic sci-fi cyberpunk animated short film by the young comic-artist Jesús Orellana, which was created entirely by Orellana with no budget during a single year. Since its world premiere at the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival, Rosa has been an official selection at film festivals around the world and currently is in development to become a live-action motion picture.

Rosa takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where all forms of natural life have disappeared. From the destruction awakens Rosa, a gorgeous cyborg deployed from the Kernel Project, mankind’s last attempt to restore the earth’s ecosystem. The film follows the brief life and bloody death of the beautiful Rosa, who soon learns that she is not the only entity that has awakened and wanders through the dystopian steampunk landscape, scanning the strange frontier for danger as she fights for her survival.

Gorgeous Rosa: Cyborg Fights for Survival in Astounding Cyberpunk Animation

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A Year in New York: A Beautiful Visual Symphony

A Year in New York: A Beautiful Visual Symphony

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

A Year in New York is an enchanting, emotionally moving five-minute documentary short film by videographer Andrew Clancy, accompanied by Irish singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow’s beautiful song We Don’t Eat. Sometimes words cannot do justice to life in a big city, as A Year in New York so entrancingly confirms. The film reveals that despite the chaos that surrounds urban life, there is a common thread of excitement and resilient optimism.

A Year in New York presents the viewer with a stream of quintessential New York visual imagery, from the No. 7 train rolling past Silvercup Studios’ iconic film and television complex, to die-hard Rangers fans losing it at Madison Square Garden; from runners and rollerbladers cruising through city parks, to late-night, outdoor summer concerts; from blinking beacons on NYPD police cars, to the sparkling lights of the colossal Rockefeller Christmas Tree, resulting in a stunning homage to the city that never sleeps and to its lucky inhabitants.

A Year in New York: A Beautiful Visual Symphony

Photo-Gallery: A Year in New York

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Adam Phillips: Thinking Aloud on Pleasure and Frustration

Adam Phillips: Thinking Aloud on Pleasure and Frustration

The best lives, like the worst lives, are driven lives.

Adam Phillips, Going Sane (2005)

Thinking Aloud on Pleasure and Frustration is a six-minute documentary short film featuring Adam Phillips, an English psychotherapist/psychoanalyst, literary critic and the author of several well-known books, including: The Beast in the Nursery: On Curiosity and Other Appetites; On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored; Going Sane; On Kindness and most recently, On Balance. Phillips has written widely, from a unique psychoanalytic perspective, on a range of themes central to concepts such as the human condition, human suffering, desire, pleasure and the good life. As a practicing psychoanalyst, he offers a refreshingly subtle analysis of these concepts, grounded in the lives of actual persons. Phillips delivers his thoughts here with an unusually open and rich quality of fluid extemporaneous prose.

Adam Phillips: Thinking Aloud on Pleasure and Frustration

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Occupy Wall Street: One Hundred Portraits from the Occupation

Occupy Wall Street: One Hundred Portraits from the Occupation

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

One Hundred Portraits from the Occupation is a photo-documentary by New York City street photographer Joseph O. Holmes. It is a beautiful collection of photographs that brilliantly encapsulates the blend of cultures represented by people participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests at New York’s Zuccotti Park.

Holmes describes his work here as an attempt to present his photographs without editorializing, as an effort to capture the portraits in Zuccotti Park with as little political content as possible. The balance for which he seems to strive is one that allows empathy for his subjects to shine through, but without making the portraits in any way his own political statement. His portraits vividly capture the humanity of these people, countering the hostile and dismissive portrayals with which they too often are labeled.

Occupy Wall Street: A Documentary of Humanity and Diversity

Slide Show: One Hundred Portraits from the Occupation

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