Actor Mustafa Shakir and Indian actress Deepti Gupta star in Jesse Atlas’ award-winning time sci-fi short, Record/Play, about a malfunctioning cassette tape that captures more than just audio.
Duration: 11 mins
Watch the short below.
This one’s a tearjerker.
Earlier this year, Whoopi Goldberg discussed the importance of diversity in the media, particularly in sci-fi roles, on a Dutch TV show for students called College Tour. This discussion led an autistic man named Maarten to stand up and express his gratification to Whoopi Goldberg for her portrayal of Guinan on the tv series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It created a vast impact in his life and will always leave a lasting impression in Whoopi’s life as well as others.
Watch this emotional meeting below.
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Shot over the course of a year by acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, the award-winning documentary, The Interrupters, tells the moving stories of three CeaseFire Chicago “Violence Interrupters”— who have credibility on the streets because of their own personal histories — intervening in conflicts before they explode into violence.
These Interrupters include Ameena Matthews (former drug ring enforcer and daughter of Chicago’s notorious gang leader Jeff Forts), Cobe Williams (spent three stints in prison for drug related charges and attempted murder), and Eddie Bocanegra (spent 14 years in prison for a murder he committed when he was 17).
CeaseFire was founded in 1995 by an epidemiologist, Gary Slutkin, who believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source. One of the cornerstones of the organization is the “Violence Interrupters” program, created by Tio Hardiman, who heads the program.
Watch the trailer for The Interrupters below.
Head over to PBS to watch the full-length documentary. [Duration: 2hr. 5min.]
The folks at SoundWorks Collection sat down with Academy Award nominated-director Alfonso Cuarón and re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay to discuss the intense sound design behind the sci-fi film, Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Synopsis: Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. The only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
If you haven’t seen the film yet, you’re doing yourself an injustice. It’s a must-see that needs to be viewed in 3D, in order to gain the full cinematic experience as if you too are in space.
If I had to create a simple review, it would parallel Entertainment Weekly‘s Owen Gleiberman: ”The ebb and flow of Gravity’s story is deeply organic — it seems to be making itself up as it goes along, and that’s how it hooks us.” I would also add that it’s a visually riveting, character-driven film where its core message outweighs the intense disaster.
Watch the making of the sound design behind Gravity below.
World-renowned ballerina Misty Copeland has teamed up with author/director Nelson George to bring forth her feature-length documentary, A Ballerina’s Tale. However, they need your help in order to make this film come to life and there’s only 9 days left!
At age 13, Misty Copeland was attending the Boys and Girls Club of San Pedro, California, when a dance instructor asked if she’d be interested in participating in a ballet class.
At age 15, Misty was one of the top ballet prospects in California and was being profiled in a PBS documentary on a state wide arts competition.
At age 17, Misty was in New York City and a member of the American Ballet Theatre, one of the world’s leading ballet companies. She danced the title role of the Firebird at the Metropolitan Opera House, making her the first black woman to play that signature character in a major ballet company. Making this accomplishment that much more impressive, she performed this part with six stress fractures in her shin.
This journey would have been unique in the world of dance on its own. Learning ballet at such an “advanced” age and making it to a premiere company made Misty an anomaly. But Misty was also a black woman with womanly curves which, based on the standard popularized by the father of American ballet, George Balanchine, meant she didn’t have the body for ballet. The skinny, long limbed swan with a thin neck and European features has been the ballet standard for half a century. Misty’s career is a challenge to every stereotype of what the ballerina symbolizes and should be.
A BALLERINA’S TALE, directed by Nelson George, will look at the values of a European cultural expression that has tried to maintain its values in the face of an aging audience base and its increasing irrelevance to mainstream culture. Misty’s life embodies a number of themes that speak to the larger culture and her personal challenges. Race, body image and Euro-centric perspective are mixed in with her own physical challenges.
Misty will narrate the film, bringing us intimately into her world. Several of Misty’s favorite ballets will be filmed in multiple camera shoots that will bring us close to dance in ways less frantic and more realistic than the popularized Hollywood film, Black Swan.
Watch Misty Copeand’s A Ballerina’s Tale Kickstarter video below. [DONATE]
Le Ballon Rouge is a lovely, Oscar-winning short film, written and directed by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse in 1956, about a red balloon with a life of its own that follows a little boy (Pascal Lamorisse) around the streets of Paris, France. There’s hardly any dialogue, but the music fills its void. Enjoy!
Watch Le Ballon Rouge below. [Duration: 34 mins]
Talk about epic!
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in the heart-pounding, sci-fi thriller, Gravity, written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. This looks like the ultimate IMAX experience judging by the poster alone.
Synopsis: Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Watch the intense Gravity trailer below.
Get ready to drop your jaw. Anthony Cerniello, a commercial, music video, and film editor, speeds up the aging process by creating a seamless timelapse of a woman’s entire life, from childhood to old age, in this mind-blowing video entitled “Danielle.” “The idea was that something is happening but you can’t see it but you can feel it, like aging itself,” Cerniello stated. Unbelievable. I’m still scratching my head.
Watch ”Danielle” by Anthony Cerniello below.