Archive for the ‘Documentary’ Category

Vincent Van Gogh: Painted With Words

Drama-documentary with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role as Van Gogh.

The film won a Rockie for Best Arts Documentary at the Banff World Media Festival in 2011, receiving critical acclaim for its fascinating insight into the life of the artist and its unique approach to storytelling • Written & directed by Andrew Hutton.

How Sugar Affects The Brain

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

Lesson: Nicole Avena • Narration: Michelle Snow • Music: Michael Dow • Animation: STK Films.

Sleep: Are You Getting Enough?

Sleep! It’s probably the one single thing we spend the most time doing. Sleeping eight hours a night means that you’d spend literally one third of your life asleep. But most of us are getting less than that, and we probably need more. Sleep is important!

Writer: Aaron Carroll • Graphics: Mark Olsen.
Executive Producer: John Green • Director, Producer: Stan Muller.

The Death Of Bees Explained: Parasites, Poison & Humans

In 2015 the bees are still dying in masses. Which at first seems not very important until you realize that one third of all food humans consume would disappear with them. Millions could starve. The foes bees face are truly horrifying – some are a direct consequence of human greed. We need to help our small buzzing friends or we will face extremely unpleasant consequences.

Kurzgesagt – a team of designers, journalists and musicians who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.

The Power of Empathy

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts public events programme has launched RSA Shorts. This new series provides a snapshot of a big idea, blending voices from the RSA public events programme and the creative talents of illustrators and animators from around the world. It responds to the ever-increasing need for new ideas and inspiration in our busy lives and acts as a shot of ‘mental espresso’ to awaken the curiosity in all of us.

The audio of this RSA short is of Dr Brené Brown who spoke at the RSA on The Power of Vulnerability. She talks about the difference between sympathy and empathy and argues that to be truly empathetic you have to be vulnerable by connecting with someone’s pain in yourself.

Animated & directed by Katy Davis.

The Fermi Paradox II // Where Are All The Aliens?

Where are all the aliens? The universe is too big and too old, why have we not met aliens yet? Do they live in computers? Were they wiped out by an ancient super intelligence? Or are we just to primitive to understand their motives? Whatever the answer is, it is incredibly important for our own future.

Kurzgesagt – a team of designers, journalists and musicians who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.

In Guns We Trust

In Kennesaw, a small American town in the state of Georgia, a good citizen is an armed citizen. By law, since 1982, each head of household must own at least one working firearm with ammunition.

Director & Photography: Nicolas Levesque • Editor: Guillaume Langlois.

You Won’t Regret That Tattoo

You Wont Regret That Tattoo is a short documentary that explores the meanings and memories behind the tattoos of an older generation, and challenges the belief that ink is something we will come to regret. • Directed by Angie Bird.

TURNS

TURNS is a portrait of master woodturner Steven Kennard • Directed by Ben Proudfoot.

Conrad And The Steamplant

Conrad Milster, Pratt Institute’s chief engineer, has worked in the Brooklyn power plant nearly his entire adult life. Starting as a mechanic in 1958, he later became one of only four chief engineers in the plant’s 127-year history, taking over the official duties in 1965. He’s been there ever since.

For the last six decades, Milster (now 79 years old) has lovingly maintained the nineteenth century steam engines that provide heat and hot water to Pratt’s campus. “We have our hands full,” says Milster. “If the plant stops in the winter, Pratt stops.”

Filmed by Dustin Cohen, Autumn Eakin & Christine Ng • Edited by Saela Davis.

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