Archive for the ‘Documentary’ Category

Font Men

You may not have heard of Jonathan Hoefler or Tobias Frere-Jones but you’ve seen their work. Before their recent split they ran the most successful and well respected type design studio in the world, creating fonts used by everyone from the Wall Street Journal to the President of the United States.

Font Men, gives a peek behind the curtain into the world of Jonathan and Tobias. Tracking the history of their personal trajectories, sharing the forces that brought them together and giving an exclusive look at the successful empire they built together.

Directed & Produced by Dress Code • Cinematography by Andre Andreev.

John & George

John and his dog George are a fixture on Shoreditch High Street year round. His drawings of the east London land marks and portraits of George provide John with an escape from his demons. His past is tainted with living rough and addiction.

George is Johns closest companion, he and drawing are Johns one constant in life

Film by Will Robson-Scott • Edited by Luca Campanale • Music by Lj Kruzer-Tam814.

Treasure // A Short Documentary by Oliver Murray

Tom Clarke is a man who lives and breathes hunting for treasure. What began as a hobby in his early twenties quickly became a full fledged obsession.

40 years of collecting and thousands of found objects later Tom reflects on the grip treasure hunting has on his life • Short Documentary directed by Oliver Murray.

A Moment At The Top Of The World

It’s in Nepal that stand the highest mountains in the world. The Nepalis living in high-altitude brave the forces of nature everyday to make a living out of tourism.

Without any roads leading up to the top, food, supplies, tools and medicine must be carried up on the back of porters. The rough climate makes agriculture almost impossible so they rely on livestock for dairies and fabric.

In such conditions, even something as simple and taken for granted as making cheese can be a great accomplishment. Shot in Kyanjin Gompa, Langtang Region, Nepal.

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Urushi Craftsman

Urushi Craftsman • Directed by Hirokazu KISHIDA.

Hirokazu KISHIDA was born in 1975, at Kyoto prefecture. In 2000, he graduated from major in sociology at Ritsumeikan Univercity in Kyoto. Since 1997 he has been actively shooting a movie and photo at Myanmar and Japan. Kishida wishes to express the invisible reality of human life existence in the world with documentary, and aspires to commit to his subject as hard as possible.

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Glaz

The story of Vladimir Kurashov, a young photographer from Moscow.

In 2003 his left eye was seriously injured in a street fight. After multiple surgeries, the young man’s normal vision still did not return. Vladimir focused on photography to distract himself from the trauma. A few years later, in the summer of 2012, the Moscow based gallery “Glaz” presented the photographer’s first public exhibition “Poetics of the locality”.

Director, Camera, Editor: Maxim Tomash • Shot on 16mm film • Moscow 2013.

Can City

Short film about a mobile aluminium foundry casting stools from waste on the streets of São Paulo.

Studio Swine has made a collection of aluminium furniture from street materials of São Paulo. Using a mobile foundry to smelt aluminum cans using waste vegetable oil collected from local cafes as a fuel. Waste collectors known as Catadores mine the streets for materials to produce a furniture series with vernacular aesthetic, providing a portrait of the streets.

The Can Stools are made simply with sand casting technique using readily available construction sand from local building sites, and by casting an assemblage of objects found on the streets. The furnace and the tools are made with salvaged materials.

Can City creates a system where Catadores (waste collectors) can use this free metal and free fuel to produce an endless range of individually crafted aluminum items // The film is by Juriaan Booij.

Mark Wagner // Money Is Material

The collage artist makes us question the worth of taking something at face value.

More on The Avant/Garde Diaries.

Directed & Produced by Kelly Nyks & Jared P. Scott • Artwork by Mark Wagner.

Justin Boyd: Sound & Time

Justin Boyd, Department Chair of Sculpture and Integrated Media at Southwest School of Art, shares his connection with sound and how he uses it to create original works of art. Inspired by his sensitivity to sound at a very young age, Boyd has been recording and working with sound and music since the mid 90s. Boyd actively captures field recordings for integration of sound with found objects. This documentary was produced in association with Southwest School of Art.

Geology of Shoes

Project is taking inspiration from sediment layers and from effects of erosive processes in nature as well as from traditional shoe making techniques. Special construction method has been developed and used across the collection. Multiple layers of leather scrap pieces are added on the last and subsequently sanded down to achieve the final shape and unique colour pattern of the shoe. Colour scheme is influenced by old geological maps.

Design & Concept: Barbora Veselá.

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