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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Jenin Diaries ~ Palestine Monitor

The Palestine Monitor - Jenin Diaries from Dylan Collins on Vimeo.
Over a three-week period in early 2012, the Palestine Monitor conducted a workshop on photography and journalism for youth in the city of Jenin, northern occupied West Bank. This video shows just a bit about their training.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Road to Her Farm

from the blog

HELGA’S FARM IN ICELAND by Trey Ratcliff © [HDR Photo]

Distant thunder
    The patter of peas being shelled
        into the dishpan

Goldenrod now . . .
    and a monarch poised
         on bright asters

Cooling into twilight -
   cricket after cricket
       star after star

Haiku for a Place of Moons


Carol Purington

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

InCubation: 15 Days in the Cuba Nation

15 days in the Cuba Nation.

Sountrack: Pix - To Begin Again
Philip Glass - The Photographer A Gentleman's Honor

Filmed with Panasonic Gh2 (Nokton Voigtlander 25mm, Olympus 9-18mm and Leitz Elmarit-R 90mm f2,8)

A Beautifully done little film that really captures the spirit of a place and a people in a very short space of time. Makes you want to be there to experience all of it. 
~Noelle Renee

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Solopsist: Phenomenal

Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang

WINNER at SLAMDANCE 2012 of the Special Jury Prize for Experimental Short


Cast Featuring: Mary Elise Hayden, Marissa Merrill & Dustin Edward

Executive Producers: David Lyons & Andrew Huang
Producers: Laura Merians & Stephanie Marshall
Cinematographer: Laura Merians
Production Designer: Hugh Zeigler
Costume Designer: Lindsey Mortensen
Hair & Makeup Designer: Jennifer Cunningham
Sound Design & Original Score: Andrew Huang

A Moo Studios & Future You Production

Copyright 2012 Andrew Huang All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Luna: A Short film

There are so many expressions of love in the world that we miss. I am glad that I did not miss this one. I thought that I would share it with you!
~Noelle Renee

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Real Kite Runners

A viewfinder from Afghanistan. Producers/Photographers/Editors:
Jonathan Saruk and Benoit Faiveley

After having read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini some years ago, I found this little documentary film of kite flying in Afghanistan very engaging. Each morning on NPR, I am overwhelmed with news about Afghani soldiers turning weaponry on Americans who are trying to "help" the Afghans transition after this 10 year war in which America has been involved. We invaded in 2002 as you may recall. However, I do not remember hearing about "Kite Wars" in the sky or kite makers. I don't recall hearing about wonderful fathers who take their beautiful children up on a hill above the town or city to fly those kites, and I don't recall hearing about how the tradition has been carried on despite the Taliban's order to stop it because the purchase of kites was an "extra expense. My heart was opened by the humanity I saw in the faces of these people--these fathers and these children.  Blessings on all of them. Salam.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Other Side Of Syria

5 minutes of Syria from Ruslan Fedotow on Vimeo.

Video from journey

You suppose you are the trouble
But you are the cure
You suppose that you are the lock on the door
But you are the key that opens it
It's too bad that you want to be someone else
You don't see your own face, your own beauty
Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours.



Following the recent events that took place in Syria, people all over the world used to see this country like it presented by media. I have been twice there and can assure you Syria is a wonderful land with its age-old traditions and unique culture. First, I came to Syria together with my friends in August 2010. That's exactly when I shot my first video about the place. Later Blake Whitman showed it on HD channel. The movie was warmly met and watched by a great number of people, what gave me an opportunity to take part in another project in Syria in February this year. It was a documentary about the country made in 20 days. I was DOP in a second unit. The video you see I made together with my friend from my Syrian shot here, at home. I wish people remembered Syria a great and marvelous country like it really is! Thank you!


In truth everything and everyone
Is a shadow of the Beloved,
And our seeking is His seeking
And our words are His words...
We search for Him here and there,
while looking right at Him.
Sitting by His side, we ask:
'O Beloved, where is the Beloved?'



We Bless the People of Syria and offer them our hearts and our hope for a brighter future. I am grateful for this videographer and these beautiful films which show us the real Syria, one of warmth, beauty, deep tradition and courageous people. Let us remember the people of Syria this way when we hear about them in the news, remember these faces, these smiles, this laughter. these lives worth so very much to all.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Haiku My Heart: Venezia!

I passed few days to Venise with my wife...I really enjoyed this beautiful and inspiring place !

MUSIC : Intro by CHARLES AZNAVOUR / Que c'est triste Venise
MAX RICHTER / On the Nature of Daylight

Venice Haiku
Early morning rain
Wet sheen on the cobble stones
A slippery stroll

Dark-eyed Italian
Shows us her citta bella
We hang on each word

High tide floods the square
But music and dance go on
the night is magic.


Birthday in Venice
Prosecco in St. Mark's Square
Makes me grow younger.

— Michael Richardson, Denver, Colorado
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