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Adrian Blevins: Our Maine Ruinlust

“What we seek, at the deepest level, is inwardly to resemble, rather than physically to possess, the objects and places that touch us through their beauty.”

April 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bill Traylor: Sidewalk Genius

Born into slavery, Traylor spent the majority of his life after emancipation as a sharecropper. It was only after 1939, following his move to Montgomery, Alabama that Traylor began to draw. At the age of 85, he took up a pencil and a scrap of cardboard to document his recollections and observations. From 1939 to 1942, while working on the sidewalks of Montgomery, Traylor produced nearly 1,500 pieces of art.

April 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: No Vegans Allowed

This Motel decided to ban vegans and their mighty libidos. A mockumentary commisioned by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).  Director: Rodrigo ValdesProducer: Theo BrooksExec Producer: Eric BonniotDirector of … Continue reading

April 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Mexican Handcraft Masters/Glazed Pottery

. HERNÁNDEZ CARLOS FAMILY / GLAZED POTTERY Directed by Mariano Rentería, Mexican Handcraft Masters is a documentary series about the different methods of working various types of crafts in the … Continue reading

March 31, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: The Trial

Meet the lawyers tasked with defending a 9/11 suspect at Guantanamo Bay. Follow Alka Pradhan, James Connell, and Lt. Col. Sterling Thomas as they prepare for what is being called … Continue reading

March 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Way of Giants

In a forest of gigantic trees, Oquirá a six year old indigenous girl, will challenge her destiny and learn to understand the cycle of life.

March 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Mr. Death

. An exclusive interview with Death as he goes about his everyday business. Written and directed by Andreas J. Riiser. Andreas J. Riiser is a Danish-Norwegian filmmaker based in Oslo. … Continue reading

March 17, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: All Along the Watchtower — Playing for Change

I remember having a daydream about the opening acoustic guitar part of “All Along The Watchtower” ending with a Native American scream and a big native drum on the downbeat. … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: To Tell You the Story

Yannis Behrakis, one of the world’s most respected photographers who chronicled with empathy “the best and the worst of humankind” in global conflicts and crises, has died of cancer at 58. Born … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Path of Freedom

In the harsh environment of a Rhode Island men’s prison, a group of fifty inmates are transforming their lives through the practice of meditation.

March 10, 2019 · 1 Comment

Elena Karina Byrne: At age 6 Marina Abramović began living with her parents

and I, wanting a live white mouse, not a false rabbit fur one hung by its tail  from the pet store, to be dragged by our cat’s claws in a … Continue reading

March 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Jonah Stands Up

Exit, pursued by Death: a young artist and rabble-rouser mines comedy from mortality.

March 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Drawings that show the beauty and fragility of Earth

Zaria Forman’s large-scale compositions of melting glaciers, icebergs floating in glassy water and waves cresting with foam explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility. Join her as she discusses the … Continue reading

March 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Final Offer

. Directed by Mark Slutsky. Commissioned by Gunpowder & Sky for their sci-fi channel DUST. Featuring Anna Hopkins and Aaron Abrams. A down-on-his-luck lawyer wakes up in a doorless room … Continue reading

February 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

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