To get to the other side, therapeutically speaking. ”I saw Steve Fugate on the side of the road in the Californian desert the day after Christmas. In 1999, lost his son to suicide. A few years later he lost his daughter to a drug overdose. At sixty-four years old, he has walked across the United States seven times to raise awareness for depression and suicide and to inspire people he meets to “love life.” Prior to his departure, Steve ran a couple of successful car detailing businesses in Vero Beach, Florida. After fourteen years and 34,000 miles of walking, Steve continues his quest to heal his heart and the hearts of those in need.” – filmmaker Cyrus Sutton.
The Bristlecone’s Fate is a short and rather beautiful (if haunting) documentary film that looks at the looks at threat that global warming poses to California’s bristlecone pine trees, which are the oldest living things on the planet. ”From their perch atop the White Mountains at California’s eastern edge, the bristlecones have survived as entire human civilizations have arisen and disappeared. But there’s a new threat to the bristlecone’s existence, a globe-spanning emanation more menacing than anything they’ve faced in thousands of years.” The short is based on “The Vanishing Groves,” an essay in Aeon Magazine by Ross Andersen that we encourage you to read.
Watch this mockumentary in which an advertising executive rejoices and expounds on the art of the “natural” sell, because the word “natural” is used in marketing genetically modified and pesticide-heavy foods, you just have to laugh. Money quote: “We pride ourselves on this kind of confusion.”
In this outstanding advertisement, tattoo artist Nekkid Nate of Liberty Tattoo in Atlanta wants to turn your shitty ink “into a masterpiece”. Bonus: he’s not only an employee, he’s also a client (NSFW: language).
PBS just dropped an excellent animated treatment of Jimi Hendrix’s last interview on September 11th, 1970 (a week before he died). Hendrix spent a lot of his childhood in Vancouver, living in Strathcona with his grandmother, Nora, who was a cook at Vie’s Chicken and Steak House. The eatery used to sit near the corner of Prior and Main in what was then known as Hogan’s Alley, Vancouver’s first (and last) black neighbourhood, which was largely destroyed when the City tried to get into the freeway business and failed (as evidenced by the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts). In case you didn’t know, there is a shrine/micro museum dedicated to Hendrix where the eatery used to back onto the alley that now faces the Union Bar.
This video is a typographic representation of noted storyteller Ira Glass’ famous quote about the gap between a creative person’s good taste and their actual skills. Whether you’re a chef, a wine maker, an architect, or a public relations executive, if you’ve had a tough day in your line of work, Glass’ quote has always made for a good, inspiring listen, and now, with this new interpretation by Daniel Sax, it also makes for a good watch. “I made it for myself and for anybody who is in doubt with his/her creative career,” Sax says. “I also think that Ira Glass’ message isn’t only limited to the creative industry. It can be applied to everyone who starts out in a new environment and is willing to improve.” Enjoy!
Even if you only have a passing bandwagoneer’s interest in mass market pro hockey, this short, touching, and beautifully filmed memorial documentary will probably still move you. Legends of the Isles is about a decades-old shinny game and the young and old Fargo-esque Minnesotan characters who play it for the love and sheer joy of it. It’s a tough guy tear-jerker; why anyone who has ever laced up a pair of skates in Canada gets all goosebumpish about the NHL Winter Classic and why a man willed it so that his ashes could be scattered at center ice. Required: tissue, Tim Hortons, and six and half minutes. Enjoy.
(via) Loving Vincent is a publicly financed film project that is being shepherded by two Oscar-winning studios who will use their proprietary painting animation techniques to create the world’s first fully-painted feature film. “What is truly groundbreaking about Loving Vincent is that every frame of the film is an oil painting on canvas, using the very same technique in which Vincent himself painted. And what makes it a great story to experience is the intriguing, tragic, and inspiring story of Vincent Van Gogh himself.” Take a look.
(via) Oh boy, this UK hipster take on the 2000 film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho is all kinds of amazing. In highly entertaining fashion, Denham Psycho recalls the classic competitive business card set piece and one of the original film’s many bizarre murder scenes. Money quote from one of the Japanese denim fetishists: “I hear they wash them in saki.” Love it hard.
This is the trailer for Northern Grease, an upcoming documentary film that follows three Canadian snowboarders traveling 18,000km through BC and Alberta aboard a bus fuelled by used french fry oil. But this isn’t your average long-haired road trip doc or stoke movie. Beyond the hunt for waves and the shredding of powder, they were on a mission to understand and participate in the raging debates on resource extraction. “The boys [...] visit industrial towns, interview the people involved with and affected by resource extraction, and learn about some of the problems presented by practices like fracking and coal mining. They find a complex and disturbing landscape, against which environmental stewardship is threatened by misinformation and biased marketing. Along the way, the boys spend time with the people who, using alternative and renewable energy sources, lead lifestyles that present solutions. All in all, Northern Grease tells a story of awareness, criticism, and forward thinking, against a backdrop of our country’s beautiful wilderness and fascinating people.” Hats off to Tamo Campos, John Muirhead, Lewis Muirhead, and the aptly named Jasper Snow Rosen for balancing a passion for the outdoors with the activism required to protect it.
This PSA warning to other beings in the universe from the Interstellar Safety Council has us well pegged.
You know how some things need to be seen to be appreciated? Well, sometimes they need to be performed to be properly enjoyed. Such is the case with this online exchange between two YouTube commenters, one of whom had no idea as to who Nelson Mandela was. The dramatic scene was reproduced by British actors Grahame Edwards and Eryl Lloyd Parry of a Comedy channel called Dead Parrot (click the link to view more dramatic reconstructions of profound idiocy).
(via) Dig this “Day In The Life” style time-lapse of the goings-on inside a typical day at San Francisco’s consistently rammed Delfina restaurant in the Mission District. It was made to celebrate the eatery’s 15th year in business. “They don’t serve lunch there,” says the film’s co-creator, Gary Yost, “but they start on prep at 4:00am and a full team of over a dozen people crank until service begins at 5:30pm. With a combination of time-lapse and realtime cinematography, along with Mark’s fabulous direction and editing, we’ve captured a little glimpse of what their (incredibly long) typical day is like.”