Filmed for nearly a decade Jonathan Olshefski’s masterpiece portrays the lives of the Quest family against the backdrop of North Philadelphia. A remarkable example of cinéma vérité with over 400 hours of footage walking into the edit, it’s distilled down into an engaging, revealing and extremely well-paced film. Addressing issues of gun violence, music and the power of the community, kudos to Olshefski and his editor Lindsay Utz.
Kainoa Little is a Shoreline, Washington-based conflict photographer who was in Mosul in April and May 2017, documenting Iraqi forces as they fought Islamic State militants to liberate the city.
Kainoa explains that "I tried and failed to find newspapers and wire services who would purchase my photos. But the soldiers had fed me and given me a seat in their Humvees, and the refugees had tolerated my presence on some of the worst days of their lives. They very rightly expected that I would tell their story."
So here is their story.
This brings me so much joy. Fantastic work by Young and Rubicam. The Whole Story Project is an innovative, timely and incredibly smart project. New York's Central Park is home to 29 statues of men and 0 of women. London's Parliament Square is populated by 11 statues and 0 commemorate women. In response to this blatant lack of recognition and the contribution of women in the world of sciences, arts, exploration and general progression Young and Rubicam devised a stellar project to ensure that women co-exist (albeit in augmented reality statue form) along their male counterparts. Utterly magnificient work. You can also add a statue to the map so if there are any women in your area that you would love to celebrate get designing and join the campaign/project.
Pure whimsical watching from The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables. Never Have I Ever........ escapism.
In am empty Manhattan cinema two strangers meet each other and begin to dance. These two strangers happen to be American Ballet Theatre's principal dancers Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside. So it's not an awkward shuffle that unfolds but rather a graceful and elegant pas de deux. Cinemas have never been so elegant and magical.
A series of remarkable films produced by The Hollywood Reporter. Over seventy years ago, the Holocaust ended. At the moment of this production's online publication only 11 people who lived through it remain from the world of entertainment. In their video testimonials, Oscar winners, actors, Dr. Ruth and even Judy Garland's hairstylist tell their personal stories, filled with hope and horror, as their themes of genocide, discrimination and displacement continue to resonate today. A very impacting and emotionally-charged watch.
From farm to table. It's how to live, it's how to eat. Chef Melissa Kelly describes how 'We feel we are stewards to this land'........ It's an enviable life and one that appears time-intensive with a demand for a love of food, nature and disciplined work. As Kelly notes "We have to give back so we can continue to thrive and grow." Check out Heritage - an online resource documenting the back stories of several of America's finest chefs.
A poetic account of a taxi driver's life in Bangkok. I love this as it's shot analogue and has a genuine emotional quality. The lines that resonated strongly with me are "In between jobs I ride and ride. It's the only time I feel free." Traveling however short or long can always be a great medicine. Lovely calming work by Kaj Jeffries.
The latest track from Grammy Award-winning Malian musician Oumou Sangaré, of “songbird of Wassoulou” fame acts as the emotional backdrop to a film directed by fashion photographer Chris Saunders. The Swaggers dance crew perform a surreal dance against an urban background. This is one hynoptic tune.
It's not often I can watch a montage of close-ups and extreme close-ups with ease. There's something hynoptic about the use of the macro lens in this short documentary that you can tell has been produced with a lot of love. Mug features Wales-based studio potters James and Tilla Waters, at work in their Carmarthenshire studio.
Goodbye Aleppo is a documentary from BBC Arabic which focuses on four young citizen journalists who in December 2016 film themselves and each other as the battle for Aleppo rages around them. Revealing their daily life in East Aleppo they film in extremely dangerous and life-threatening situations, trapped, bombarded, and encircled with many civilians under siege. It's a war that has witnessed no respite but bloodshed on a horrific and unrelenting level. This film will be screened in London's Frontline Club at 7pm on Wednesday 26 July 2017.
Life as an illegal immigrant. From the log line supplied on IMDB The Road To Mandalay relays the story of two Burmese immigrants who flee civil war to build a new life in Thailand. Directed by Midi Z who hails from Shan State and was educated in Taiwan, its trailer alone indicates this will be an emotional watch.