The following video by photographers/filmmakers Micah Garen and Marie-Helene Carleton of Four Corners Media profiles four young women who participated in the 2011 Egyptian revolution: a student, a cancer researcher, an art curator and a journalist advocate. Garen and Carleton are currently working on a longer documentary titled If, a coming-of-age story about young women and their experiences during the revolution. (If, which Garen and Carleton hope to debut this Fall, will include some scenes and characters from this video. (Garen and Carleton have also launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com to continue filming in Egypt as their characters stories unfold.)
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Faced with a night stranded in the Dallas/Fort Worth airport, auto racing photographers Joe Ayala and Larry Chen decided to put their photo equipment to good use. They created a video of themselves playing around in the empty airport—racing wheelchairs, raiding restaurant kitchens and surfing escalators—which became a viral hit, scored them a ton of free publicity, and drew the ire of cranky pants airport officials. The pair also spoke to Jalopnik about how they created the video.
This multimedia piece by wildlife photojournalist Tim Laman about the highly adapted mating rituals of Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds, both of which live in the New Guinea region, was a hit when it premiered at the recent LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA. Laman, who is also a field biologist, is currently nearing completion on a major, cross-platform project about Birds of Paradise. To see more of his work visit timlaman.com.
In this piece by Donald Weber photographs, video and quotations from residents of Zholtye Vody, Ukraine, combine to tell the story of a community crippled by health issues related to mining and enriching uranium for use in weapons of mass destruction. Weber recently received a national magazine award in Canada for his photo essay on Zholtye Vody, which was published in The Walrus.
A member of VII Network, Weber is currently at work on a book, and on July 21 and 22, Weber will be teaching two grant writing workshops in Berlin. Weber estimates that he’s won $178,000 in grants supporting his work over the past five years. For more information visit: http://donaldweber.tumblr.com/.
Tempers have been flaring for months over New York City’s bike lanes. Residents blame them for adding to traffic congestion; bicyclist claim motorists who flout the rules make the bike lanes unsafe. Against that backdrop, filmmaker (and bicyclist) Casey Neistat has posted a 3-minute video titled “bike lanes” to protest a fine he had to pay for straying outside a bike lane. His initial encounter with a police officer makes for a slow start, but if you stay with it, the rest of the video makes for quite an entertaining short.
Richard Mosse’s video about a shelter for abandoned and orphaned kids in Shawnee, Oklahoma, is one of a series of videos the photographer did around the state. The project was done for Blanket America, a business which donates a blanket to charity for each blanket it sells.
The video combines beautiful black-and-white imagery and an interview with a compelling subject.
You can see more of Mosse’s videos, and find a link where you can donate to the Hope House shelter or learn more about Blanket America on his Vimeo page.
Maybe we like Paul Scheider’s video “Breathe,” which shows people working out hard and fast, because we sit at our desks all…day…long. But Schneider, a commercial director, also demonstrates that even with minimal audio equipment and only a minute and a half of video, you can get a rise out of viewers. He says he placed a video mic close to the athletes to record ambient sounds and their heavy breathing. He also recorded sound with his video camera, “then used Pluraleyes to sync the two.”
for more on “Breathe” and to see Scheider’s other spots, visit his Vimeo page.
Photographer Josef ‘Birdman’ Astor moved into an artist studio atop Carnegie Hall in 1985. “As a tenant with unlimited access to this little known world, I began to film my neighbors, a rapidly diminishing community of artists whose lives intersected with decades of artistic history,” he explains on the Web site for his film, Lost Bohemia. Along the way, the film turned into a poignant documentary of the tenants’ fight to preserve their community as the building’s owner began evicting them and demolishing the studio spaces.
A music video for the indie rock band Wolf Parade, shot by photographer Chris Hornbecker with director Scott Coffey. “Yulia,” the story of a Russian cosmonaut lost in space and his lover’s quest to connect with him, was chosen as a winner in the Video category of the PDN Photo Annual.
Piergiorgio Casotti‘s web documentary, “Arctic Spleen,” is a journey inside the grim reality of Greenlandic youth where two percent of the young population commits suicide every year. The trailer shown here is an overview of the 14-minute film that was chosen as a winner in the Video category of the PDN Photo Annual.