Category Archives: Cinema

The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience


Smiley & West will be on the road August 6-12, 2011 to meet with the people who are suffering and struggling during this current economy. I don’t know how they will do it in six days. I wish that they made it a summer project.
“With all the talk about deficit reduction, somebody has to tell the truth about poverty in America and the impact the outcome of this debate will have on the nation’s poor,” said Smiley. They also plan to meet with organizers, activist and social entrepreneurs who are using creative solutions to address our biggest challenges: jobs, food, energy, housing, health care and education.
They will be broadcasting while on tour. To hear the daily podcasts visit Smiley & West.
The YouTube clip is from the movie Network by Sidney Lumet. A wonderful performance by Peter Finch as the news anchor Howard Beale. There are many great performances in this film, one not to miss.


How To Photograph an Atomic Bomb -NOW an App in iTunes

Peter Kuran released an iPad version of this amazing book: How To Photograph an Atomic Bomb.

Author Peter Kuran’s engrossing and powerful arrangement of these complex photographic techniques along with the astonishing photographs themselves creates an intriguing intersection at which the viewpoint of the casual observer becomes one of insightful witness.
Based on the book of the same name, the app features amazing, high resolution videos that can be played back and forth to see what is happening frame by frame during the detonation of an atomic bomb.

An interview of Kuran talking about the making of this book can be heard here.

Seagull stole my video camera….

The disadvantage to making a small camera? GoPro, great footage to use on your website. Grab it.

Francis Ford Coppola Predicts Youtube

Lioness Steals Show

While documenting the lion movements for a new book, Jason G. Goldman left the camera on the ground to try to capture some interesting footage. Some surprising results were captured.

For more information about the project:

Cinema in Silhouette

Shadowgraphy (or Ombromanie) is the art of using hands to form figures onto a screen using shadows. Its origins go back to 850 AD in Indonesia and (618-907) in China during the Tang Dynasty. It was made popular by Félicien Trewey (1848-1920), a French entertainer who travelled in Europe and America giving shows at music halls. He was billed as ‘Mons. Trewey, the Fantasiste, Humoristique, in his Shadowgraph Entertainment’.


Save the Cerrado



Soy Cuba at The Getty Center on June 11
In 1964 Cuba and Russia joined efforts to produce  a stunning film that paid homage to the Cuban Revolution.  Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov, it was shot in black and white, sometimes using  infrared film with amazing cinematography by Sergei Urusevsky. Soviet poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Cuban poet Enrique Barnet wrote the screen play creating the ultimate visual poem.

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Both Soviet and Cuban governments hated it, critics panned it, and the film found no audience. It was buried for over 30 years but was resurrected in the 1990’s by Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.  True eye candy. This is a great opportunity to see it screened which does not happen very often.