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Film

31 Rolls of Film

Photographer Levi Bettweiser is the man behind the Rescued Film Project, an effort to find and rescue old and undeveloped rolls of film from the far corners of the world.

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Film

Sometimes the thing you love most in life, just may be the thing that ends up killing you

Question:

Have you ever hurt so much you couldn’t go on till you had an answer?

 

Remember:

Sometimes the thing you love most in life, just may be the thing that ends up killing you.

Daniel Roemer‘s unique and powerful style of directing has lead him to receive such attention as the USA Film’s Top 10 Emerging Director’s list at the age of 20, two-timeProject Greenlight Best Director Finalist, and student Academy Award State finalist by age 22.

He has been characterized as a filmmaker with his finger on the pulse of the world’s youth, as his short films now have screened in over 75 countries worldwide. Partnering with Inspirational Films in Europe, colleges have packed out auditoriums with over three thousand students to screen his films, as well as standing room only theatres in major European cities. [IMDB]

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Animation Film

The Duet

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Film

First Kiss

Tatia Pilieva asks 20 strangers to kiss for the first time.

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Born and raised in the Republic of Georgia, Tatia received an MFA from the American Film Institute. She began her career with experimental work in music videos and short films. Tatia’s first feature film, FOREVER, starring Deborah Ann Woll and Luke Grimes was produced by The Art of Elysium.

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Film Visual Art

Loving Vincent

There’s some controversy surrounding the death of Vincent van Gogh. The painter, who had a history of mental illness and died of an infection related to a gunshot wound at 37 years old, presumably shot himself in the chest. Only a few years ago, two Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers put forth a more controversial theory: that he was shot by a pair of teenagers.

Loving Vincent, a new film from an Oscar-winning animation and film production studio, explores the mystery of the artist’s death through oil paintings done in the style of his work. Every frame of the animation will be a slightly different still painting on canvas, put together so that the image appears to move. With a plot based on the artist’s letters, the entire feature-length film will consist of more than 56,000 oil paintings, completed by dozens of painters, bringing van Gogh’s distinctive style to life.

In his last letter Vincent wrote:

Well, the truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings. With a handshake, your Loving Vincent.

8 Years

860 paintings

1026 drawings

800 letters

20 people

All telling the story of one man.

Imagine yourself in a journey that you could never experience before…

Loving Vincent is an investigation delving into the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most beloved painters, as told through his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.

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Film Images

3 Queens

My mum just celebrated her 39th birthday. [She has been celebrating her 39th birthday for as long as I can remember.]

3 Queens is a short film by Matt Bieler that gives us a glimpse into the frantic world of motherhood.

“My mom teaches me about the world, my mom is a cleaner, my mom is a doctor, my mom is an angel.”

More of Matt Bieler’s work here.

And hey, give your mum a call today. Seriously. Call her.

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Film Prose Words

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)

i carry your heart with me from Alex Simon on Vimeo.

I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)I am never without it (anywhere
I go you go,my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)
I fear no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet)I want no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)

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Concepts Film

You Are Beautiful

As artists, we are all charged to arrest motion; to hold beauty still.

This is an important reminder for all of us:

Imagine a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety

We are all more beautiful than we think.

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Film

This is JO3

I’ve lived in [arguably] the Middle East’s metropolis for a little over three years. Currently, 2.106 million people inhabit this 4,114 square kilometer urban jungle.  Living in a city that is self-defined as an environment of stark contrasts and great extremes, there are days when it’s hard not to feel so overwhelmed.

I’ve been an nomad / urban explorer for the better part of the last decade. I’ve packed up my life in 20x20x20 cardboard boxes more than I had cared to. [Honestly] most days, I’m just looking for home.

Described as “a modern-day Dante traversing the pits of Hell before ascending into Paradise, J03 is a man far out of his depth and just looking for the road home” by the cool uber geeks over at Gizmodo, he is a man as an 8-bit robot trapped in the digital revolution.

 

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Documentary Film Photography Photojournalism

Finding Vivian Maier

A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. I’ve been following Vivian Maier’s story since its inception.

Finding Vivian Maier is the incredible story of an amazing street photographer who moonlighted as a nanny.

This documentary was supposed to be out early in 2012, and it has been an arduous wait for all of us. I am, however, confident that it would have been worth it.

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 An American of French and Austro-Hungarian extraction, Vivian bounced between Europe and the United States before coming back to New York City in 1951. Having picked up photography just two years earlier, she would comb the streets of the Big Apple refining her artistic craft. By 1956 Vivian left the East Coast for Chicago, where she’d spend most of the rest of her life working as a caregiver. In her leisure Vivian would shoot photos that she zealously hid from the eyes of others. Taking snapshots into the late 1990′s, Maier would leave behind a body of work comprising over 100,000 negatives. Additionally Vivian’s passion for documenting extended to a series of homemade documentary films and audio recordings. Interesting bits of Americana, the demolition of historic landmarks for new development, the unseen lives of ethnics and the destitute, as well as some of Chicago’s most cherished sites were all meticulously catalogued by Vivian Maier.

A free spirit but also a proud soul, Vivian became poor and was ultimately saved by three of the children she had nannied earlier in her life. Fondly remembering Maier as a second mother, they pooled together to pay for an apartment and took the best of care for her. Unbeknownst to them, one of Vivian’s storage lockers was auctioned off due to delinquent payments. In those storage lockers lay the massive hoard of negatives Maier secretly stashed throughout her lifetime.

Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.

Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.