The Factory: A Story of Love, Sacrifice and the Human Condition

The Factory: A Story of Love, Sacrifice and the Human Condition

The Factory is an acclaimed live-action short film directed by Aly Muritiba, which is a finalist in The Wrap’s 2012 Short Films Festival, a new festival presenting 12 award-winning short films selected from this year’s top international film festivals. The Factory has received more than 50 prizes at international film festivals, including: Best Short Film at the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival 2012 (LA, United States); Best Short Film at the World Wide Short Films 2012 (Toronto, Canada); Best Short Film at the 14th Encounters South American Cinema de Marseille (Marseille, France); Special Jury Mention at the 34th Festival of Short Film Clermon-Ferrand (France); and Best Film Award at the Lake Film Festival (Italy).

The Factory tells a daring and emotional story of family ties, taking an an intense journey beneath the hard surface of a brutal prison environment, to show the spark and beauty of the human condition. The film takes place on visiting day at the prison. An inmate has convinced his mother to take a huge risk, smuggling a cell phone into the penitentiary for him. Lindalva prepares food to take to her son, while her son, Metruti, shaves and dresses in his best clothes to welcome her. Today is a very special day, and Metruti really needs to make that phone call.

The Factory: A Story of Love, Sacrifice and the Human Condition (Official Trailer)

The Factory: A Story of Love, Sacrifice and the Human Condition (Full Version)

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Neomorphus: The Darkly Surreal Mutations of Imaginary Creatures

Neomorphus: The Darkly Surreal Mutations of Imaginary Creatures

Neomorphus is an insanely surreal animated two-minute stop-motion short film created by the Brazil-based Animatorio studios. In the film, imaginary creatures adapt through a fantastic cycle of darkly morbid transformations. This is a wonderfully strange way to begin your day!

Neomorphus: The Darkly Surreal Mutations of Imaginary Creatures

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JR: The Compellingly Powerful Street Art of a Guerrilla-Photograffeur

Women Are Heroes: Paris

Women Are Heroes: Paris

Women Are Heroes: London

Women Are Heroes: Kenya

Women Are Heroes: Kenya

The Wrinkles of the City: Shanghai

The Wrinkles of the City: Shanghai

JR: The Compellingly Powerful Street Art of a Guerrilla-Photograffeur

The illusive JR has pasted gigantic portraits all over the world, and the public still doesn’t know the artist’s full name. He insists on JR, which are his real initials. He refers to his performance-exhibitions as the mix of photography with graffiti art. His work involves showing up in a shantytown in Kenya or a favela in Brazil, a place where some event has been noted in the media and has captured his attention.  His work turns it inside out, photographing the residents, then wrapping their buildings with the results, on a scale so vast that you can see their eyes from the sky.

Often he works through the night, and as soon as he’s done, he disappears; so when the installation becomes front-page news, there is no one left to explain it but the people whose voices had not been previously heard. As a woman from Kibera, a neighborhood in Nairobi, put it in Women Are Heroes, a documentary recently released in France that JR made about his work: “Photos can’t change the environment. But if people see me there, they’ll ask me: ‘Who are you? Where do you come from?’ And then I’m proud.”

JR’s collection of works entitled Women Are Heroes, features a compelling and empowering style focused on the struggles of women in society today. JR was recently awarded the 2011 TED Prize for Women Are Heroes.  At the age of 28, JR is the youngest recipient of the $100,000 prize.

JR’s latest project is The Wrinkles of the City, an installation of street pieces in Shanghai (and later, in other large cities). The project features images of the elderly, who represent the memory of the city. The photographs have been pasted up at locations that he feels speak to the heritage of a city that has definitely had its share of ups and downs, “from the Japanese occupation, the establishment of the Communist Party, The Liberation, World War II, the end of the foreign concessions, the victory of Mao Zedong over the General Tchang Kaï-Chek’s troops, the Cultural Revolution, the Great Leap Forward to the actual development of the city.

R expo Paris de Women Are Heroes

Women Are Heroes (Trailer)

Meet the 2011 TED Prize Winner: JR

JR’s TED Prize Wish: Use Art to Turn the World Inside Out

Slide Show: JR/The Compellingly Powerful Street Art of a Guerrilla-Photograffeur

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The Poetics of Hope: A Wish for Peace in Our Time

Dove of Peace: Pablo Picasso, Lithograph (1949)

Playing For Change: Song Around the World-“Stand By Me”

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Bob Dylan: The Brazil Series

Bob Dylan: The Brazil Series

Bob Dylan, who has been painting since the 1960s, will have new paintings and drawings on display at The National Gallery of Denmark September 4th through January 30th.  “It was an honor to be asked and a thrilling challenge,” Dylan said in a statement about the collection, called Brazil Series, which he created exclusively for the museum.  “I chose Brazil as a subject because I have been there many times and I like the atmosphere.”

Inspired by early 20th century American realism and painters like Matisse, Dylan depicts politicians, gamblers, wine growers, and other denizens of Brazil.  The exhibit will feature 40 acrylic paintings and eight drawings.  View five of the Brazil Series paintings, plus earlier artwork by Dylan, in the gallery below:

Slide Show: Bob Dylan/The Brazil Series

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Birds on the Wires: Like a Bird on a Wire, I’ve Tried in My Own Way to be Free

Birds on the Wires: Like a Bird on a Wire, I’ve Tried in My Own Way to be Free

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

Birds on the Wires: Like a Bird on a Wire, I’ve Tried in My Own Way to be Free

Like a bird on the wire,
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.

-Leonard Cohen

Birds on Wires is a one-minute musical short film created by the Brazilian filmmaker Jarbas Agnelli.  According to Agnelli, one morning while he was reading a newspaper, “I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires.  I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes (no Photoshop edit).  I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe.  I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.”   He produced the short video by using the photo, the score (composed by the birds) and the music created from their score.  Agnelli has brought an idea of an everyday experience to life, which turns out to be a story very few people would ever think of telling!

Birds on the Wires: Like a Bird on a Wire, I’ve Tried in My Own Way to be Free

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