Archive for the ‘Portrait’ Category

The Magic Moment

The amazing paper engineer Peter Dahmen from Dortmund, Germany creates magical moving three-dimensional objects from only paper. He has turned his passion for paper engineering and pop-up cards into a full time career.

Directed, filmed & edited by Christopher Helkey.

Naruko Kokeshi Doll by Yasuo Okazaki

The origin of the Kokeshi doll is a mystery. It has been said that the Kokeshi doll started in the Tohoku district in the late Edo or early Meiji period, but there are various opinions about the birthplace. The wood crafters of the mountainside villages made it as a toy for children, and the dolls have unique designs and features rooted in each region.

The Naruko style of Kokeshi developed at Naruko hot springs. One of the unique characteristics of these Kokeshi is that their heads squeak when turned. They have kind faces and flared shoulders and skirts. The stripes at the top and bottom of the body are painted on the lathe, and the body is often painted with a chrysanthemum motif. The bangs are painted like the dolls sent as gifts from the Imperial Palace. Naruko Kokeshi wear a red headdress.

Yasuo Okazaki was born in 1954. After graduating from high school, he studied under his father and began creating Kokeshi with the guidance of his father’s senior pupil.

Produced by Te to Te to Te.

Desire To Fly

Samantha Bryan is a mixed-media artist based in West Yorkshire. She works from a studio in the West Yorkshire Print Workshop situated in Mirfield.

Samantha finds herself preoccupied with everyday life, but not her own – that of the fairy.

Consequently her sculptures place what can only be described as “fairies” with machine-like contraptions. They depict fairies going about their everyday lives. Within her work her extraordinary objective is to realise the necessities and requirements that would be involved in “fairy life”: to provide everything a fairy would demand during its daily existence.

Bake Pizza // Ride Bikes

Anthony Mangieri owns and operates Una Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco, California and is considered by many to be one of the top pizza makers in the world. Anthony discusses his relentless pursuit of excellence for two of his lifelong passions, baking pizza and riding bikes.

Directed, Shot & Edited by Michael John Evans.

Comic Book Heaven

Comic Book Heaven is a short documentary that tells the story of Joe Leisner, owner of the comic book store Comic Book Heaven located in Sunnyside, Queens NY.

A short documentary directed by E.J. McLeavey-Fisher • Editor: Ethan Simmons.

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.

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.

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.

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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