Monday, August 3, 2015

Video short animation: "The Alchemist's Letter" directed by Andre Stevens

Watch "The Alchemist's Letter" (5:17 min, 2015) on the filmmaker's Vimeo Channel
Directed by Carlos Andre Stevens, "The Alchemist’s Letter" is a visually rich, darkly inventive animated fairy tale starring two-time Academy Award® nominee John Hurt (V for Vendetta, Alien, Hellboy, The Elephant Man, Midnight Express) and Eloise Webb (Cinderella, The Iron Lady). The filmmaker raised funds to make this film via launching an internet Kickstarter campaign. I suggest if you want to share this film, but do not want to share via forwarding my post, then PLEASE do NOT use the YouTube link to share - USE the FILMMAKER'S VIMEO CHANNEL link. The YouTube link is only provided in case you live in a region where Vimeo is difficult or impossible to watch. It is challenging to raise money to Make Art, so support the maker Artist by promoting the Artist and their Art. Filmmaker's Website with Credits, Downloads and "Making Of"

YouTube lower resolution (not Filmmaker's link). USE ONLY if Vimeo does not play in your region

Watch "Toumai", the filmmaker's 2008 debut film, a Student Academy Award® nominee

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Video short film "Indigenous Reflections on Christianity" by Sacred Land Film Project

Watch "Indigenous Reflections on Christianity" by Sacred Land Film Project
(13 minutes, May 26, 2015) What are the ecological implications of Christianity? There’s a story that has has played out all over the world. First come the missionaries doing good. Indigenous communities split apart and connections to land, ancestors and spirits of place weaken—not everywhere, but almost everywhere. Then come, in some order or another, government agents, land speculators, mining companies, the military. Some get rich. Some feel saved. But land and culture suffer. Sacred places are targeted at the same time as political and spiritual leaders are taken down. The connections have to be weakened for the colonizer to win. We all know about this history but we rarely talk about it in any depth, or assess the relationship to our planet’s environmental crisis. And we rarely listen to what indigenous historians have to say about this—their analysis. Here it is.

Onondaga Faithkeeper Oren Lyons, Native Hawaiian historian Davianna McGregor, Australian Aboriginal elder and former Catholic priest Patrick Dodson, and Anishinaabe author and activist Winona LaDuke offer their insights into the history of Christianity in relation to indigenous peoples and ecosystems around the world.

While filming Standing on Sacred Ground: Fire and Ice—in both Ethiopia and Peru—our cameras captured scenes of Christian harassment of indigenous ceremonies on sacred land. These interview bites in this YouTube clip are outtakes from some of the profound interviews we were fortunate to conduct during the making of Standing on Sacred Ground. While our four-hour series does include key sound bites that you will hear in these longer comments, some important thought sequences take a while to unfold. This needs to be a long, long conversation—so let’s have it!"

Website link for more story
Video Link 

Related Article: New York Times "Selling Off Apache Holy Land"

Related Article: NYT Op-Ed "Oak Flat Apache Land Grab ‘an Impressive New Low" (by Indian Country Today Media Network staff)

Video short TED Talk by Elora Hardy "Magical Houses, Made of Bamboo" (Green Village and Green School)

Watch TED Talk ""Elora Hardy: Magical Houses, Made of Bamboo" (2015, 10 minutes) You've never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination. "We have had to invent our own rules," she says.
  Website "Green Village" and "Green School"

Green Village film on vimeo

John Hardy's Ted Talk about the "Green School"

Elora Hardy's INK Talk "Building a Sustainable Future"

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Video short film "The Fisherman's Son: The Spirit of Ramon Navarro" by Chris Malloy

Watch "The Fisherman's Son: The Spirit of Ramon Navarro" (28 minutes, 2015) Born and raised at Punta de Lobos in Chile, Ramón Navarro found his passion riding the biggest waves on the planet. But his accomplishments in giant surf are just one part of a bigger vision to protect the culture and environment of the Chilean coast. Ramon Navarro, a third-generation subsistence fisherman and farmer who lives on the coast of Chile at Punta Lobos, learned to surf on a busted surfboard left by a visiting surfer. Since then he has become one of the top-ten big wave riders. He has used his surfing accomplishments to protect his home break, and he is admired around the world as an environmental activist: he fights resort development on the point, the building of pulp mills along on the coast, and sewage pipes that pollute the ocean off Pichilemu, Chile.

Director/Writer Chris Malloy created the film and book "The Fisherman’s Son", which focuses on Ramon’s rise to big wave fame and how Ramon is using that notoriety to make his voice heard on activism issues. Contributors to the book include Gerry Lopez, Josh Berry, and Jack Johnson. Part of the proceeds to the book and film will be used to support Ramon’s environmental efforts.

Punta de Lobos por Siempre / Protect The Point Forever + Save The Waves campaign with Patagonia

Watch their 1 minute CrowdFund VIDEO (for donating)

Watch on Vimeo high resolution video "The Fisherman's Son"

Watch "The Fisherman's Son" on the Patagonia Channel "The New Localism"

"The Fisherman's Son" by Chris Malloy
Director of Photography by August Thurmer
Surf Cinematography by Dave Homcy and Scott Soens
Edited by George Manzanilla
Featuring music by Todd Hannigan and other artists
Watch film for full credits

Monday, March 2, 2015

Video short animation: "Vagabond" directed by Pedro Ivo Carvalho

Watch "Vagabond" (7:28 min, 2015)
Dio is a homeless man who lives with his dog, Loppe, in a giant train city. While Dio is a slow and calm person, all the average citizens are living their lives in a constant rush.One morning Loppe is taken by the trash collector, forcing Dio to start a chase throughout the city. As he struggles to save his only friend, Dio ends up defying the very nature of the city, and its relentless way of moving forward. A 2015 Student film from The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark. Watch on YouTube Link and Vimeo Link
Filmmaker's Website
Credits and Making of Process including concept art and videos
Behind The Scenes

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Video short animation "Broken: Rock, Paper, Scissors" directed by Garrett O'Neal, Gang Maria Yi and Bryan Locantore

Watch "Broken: Rock, Paper, Scissors" (4:33 minutes, 2014) animated fantasy short film. When Rock (Earth) first sees Paper (Mother Nature), it's love at first sight. But when the wrath of Scissors (Metal industrialization) threatens the well-being of Paper, then Rock wants to save what he loves most, no matter the cost. Student animated short film, produced at Ringling College of Art and Design.
Directed and Written by:
Garrett O'Neal
Gang Maria Yi
Bryan Locantore
Music by Erez Koskas
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