The French Revolution: Tearing Up History
A journey through the dramatic and destructive years of the French Revolution, telling its history in a way not seen before - through the extraordinary story of its art. Our guide through this turbulent decade is the constantly surprising Dr Richard Clay, an art historian who has spent his life decoding the symbols of power and...
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Kusamono
This is a short story about a young potter called Muri. His interest in Bonsai trees brought him to the throwing wheel where he started making his own Bonsai pots. Now 26 years old Muri has left Rumania to live in Denmark. He has applied to be accepted on the school of ceramics on Bornholm and he will start this autumn if they let him...
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Gentlemen of Letters: A Dublin Sign Painting
Here is a great short from my home city Dublin, Ireland. Gentlemen of Letters by Colin Brady is a film about the almost lost craftsmanship of sign painting and how this overlooked art form has helped define the colour and feel of Dublin city...
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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. Director: Josh Bogdan (joshbogdan.com) Director: Ryan Lasko Editor/Writer: Josh Bogdan Director of Photography: Topaz Adizes (topazadizes.com) Original Music: Jarrod Pedone...
Samsara
Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, Samsara transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, the documentary subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead...
Ancient Ink: Blood and Tattoos
Starting in New Zealand, Craig Reynolds explores the tattooing culture around the globe. He kicks off with the Maori and the artists who maintain the ancient tattooing tradition.  There are so many different and diverse patterns and techniques…many are quite simply painful to endure. The Maori moko is very significant both for the male and female tribes folk. Many of the Moari moko’s were constructed with a flat chisel which opened up a scar which would then again be opened and inked. Craig gets...
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The Seams
Ice sculpture is a form of sculpture that uses ice as the raw material. Sculptures from ice can be abstract or realistic and can be functional or purely decorative. Ice sculptures are generally associated with special or extravagant events because of their limited lifetime. The lifetime of a sculpture is determined primarily by the temperature of its environment and thus, a sculpture can last from mere minutes to possibly months. There are several ice festivals held around the world, hosting...
Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back
Don’t Look Back is both a classic documentary film and a vital pop-cultural artifact, Pennebaker’s portrait of Bob Dylan captures the influential singer/songwriter on the cusp of his transformation from folk prophet to rock trendsetter. The film was shot during Dylan’s 1965 British concert tour, Don’t Look Back employs an edgy vérité style that was, and is, a snug fit with the artist’s own consciously rough-hewn persona. Its handheld black-and-white images and often-gritty London backdrops suggest...
Back of the Busk
An online mini-series about street/subway performers who busk in New York City. New York City is one of the few metropolis' in the world that supports buskers and is known as a "Busker Haven" when it comes to the audience, reach, and vibe that the city provides. Buskers in NYC receive a tremendous amount of love and support that other cities don't offer. The city, being a melting pot of different cultures and races, offers great diversity in the busking acts that are performed there. Keeping all of this in...