Archive for the ‘Documentary’ Category

The Diatomist

“The Diatomist” is a short documentary about Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement.

Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science. “The Diatomist” showcases his incredible work.

Soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bernard Herrmann & Cults Percussion Ensemble.

Matthew Killip is an English filmmaker living in New York. His documentaries have been broadcast on UK television and exhibited in festivals including Sundance and True/False.

Outliers, Vol. I: Iceland

In October of 2011, a small group of filmmakers, photographers and musicians travelled to the remote countryside of Iceland to document their experience with the landscape, traditions and people encountered along the way.

Outliers, Vol. I: Iceland is a collaborative multimedia project about a small group of filmmakers, photographers and a musician who set out on a journey to explore the remote countryside of Iceland in October of 2011, meeting there for the first time. The film features photographers Tim Navis (LA) and Kim Holtermand (Denmark), as well the electronic composer Deru – who composed and curated an original score based on field recordings from the trip.

Produced by Scenic, the mission was to improvise and document our experiences with the landscape, residents, and traditions we encountered. We aimed to synthesize the material we came back with into a group-produced collection of moving pictures, photography, and music. The production and materials for the project were almost entirely funded through a Kickstarter campaign. The countless post-production hours were volunteered and the tracks on the music compilation have been contributed by many talented international producers and composers who have been gracious enough to collaborate on this not-for-profit project.

Director / Editor / Animation: Anthony Ciannamea • Director of Photography: Mark Wisniowski.
Cinematography: Mark Wisniowski / Ryan Sievert / Anthony Ciannamea / Brett Carlson.
Photography: Tim Navis / Kim Holtermand • Art Direction / Design: Ryan Sievert.
Composer / Music Supervisor: Deru (Benjamin Wynn).

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Vintage Neon Sign Artist Todd Sanders

Todd Sanders is a vintage neon sign artist based out of Austin. With nearly two decades of experience under his belt, Todd is completely self-taught and a true master of his craft. His handcrafted art is produced without the use of computer aided design preserving the unique American tradition even further.

Todd’s award winning pieces have appeared in The Museum of Neon Art, films by Robert Rodriguez, Esquire, Texas Monthly, Fast Company, HGTV and Southern Living. Celebrity clientele include Kings of Leon, Shepard Fairey, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson and ZZ Top.

Directed by OG.

It’s A Plastic World

It’s everywhere. We need and want it. We find it in places where we wouldn’t expect it. A world without plastic is inconceivable. But do we know the consequences of our self-indulgent plastic consumption?

This film shows various problems associated with plastic and looks at possible solutions.

Producer & Art Director: Andreas Tanner • Music & Sound Design: Alexander Rösch.

For more information visit itsaplasticworld.com

TILT JAPAN

Images from Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Naoshima, Miyajima, Nara & Okayama.

Shot in Spring of 2014 by Tiago Berbare (TILT).

Music: JemapurCivilization Cycle” • Whispering took from a novel by Haruki Murakami.

The Putter

Ernest Wright & Sons of Sheffield, is one of the last remaining hand manufacturer of scissors. The film documents “Putter” Cliff Denton literally a putter togetherer of scissors.

A film by Shaun Bloodworth • Music & Sound Design by The Black Dog.

There’s No Place Like Here: Brazenhead Books

Tucked high above the bustle of the street, Michael’s secret secondhand bookshop is a mecca for those who savor the story behind the volume.

Directed, shot & edited by: Andrew David Watson.

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Shepard Fairey: Obey This Film

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Brett Novak.

“Several months ago I was commissioned by the Halsey Institute out of Charleston, South Carolina to shoot a short film on the infamous street artist behind OBEY: Shepard Fairey. I definitely knew Shepard’s work, whether it be that repetitive face of Andre the Giant popping up at every street corner I’ve ever been on, or as the Obama Poster that definitely did more for an election than just add aesthetic to it – but I was not aware at how incredibly inspiring Shepard would turn out to be. For a new understanding of how this skateboarder turned mega famed street star turned out to be, check this film out.”

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The Pixel Painter

Hal Lasko, better known as Grandpa, worked as a graphic artist back when everything was done by hand. His family introduced him to the computer and Microsoft Paint long after he retired.

Now, Grandpa spends ten hours a day moving pixels around his computer paintings. His work is a blend of pointillism and 8-Bit art. Meet 98-year-old Hal Lasko, The Pixel Painter.

Director: Josh Bogdan & Ryan Lasko • Editor/Writer: Josh Bogdan.

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The Beast Inside by Drew Christie

Told through the power of spoken word rap and illustrated with hand-drawn animations and a muted warm color palette, a teen in a homeless family describes his challenges and celebrates the triumph of his creative self. This film was created as part of the Seattle University Film & Family Homelessness initiative. Learn more about it here: americanrefugees.org

Directed by Drew Christie & Amy Enser • Animated by Drew Christie.

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