Spoken by one of the characters in Chase Anderson’s short film, “Cycle, Recycle”, the words perfectly capture the heart of the story. Life, in particular relationships, are filled with highs and lows, heartwarming triumphs and crushing defeats. Even when the blows are almost too much to take, the worst thing you can do is remain stagnant and resist change. Some relationships are meant to last, some require a little give and take, and some end up being just one more “Alyssa” of “Jessica” (or the occasional “Giselle”) on your path to finding the one. It’s all part of the process, the ebb and flow of life.
“Cycle, Recycle”, directed by Chase Anderson, took home first place in the 2013 24 Hour Video Race’s Pixelvision (High School) Division.
In Among Giants I got to watch as a group of environmental activists lived a dream I’ve had since I was a kid, living up in trees among the leaves; but while as child I was just looking to live some place different where I was high above the ground and out in nature the activists followed in this short cinéma vérité style documentary had a much morenoble purpose for choosing to make trees their homes.
In 2008 Green Diamond Resource Co. began clear cutting red woods in what is known as the McKay Tract, located in Humboldt county California. In response to the clear cutting a group of established a protested by initiating a tree sitting in which they lived hundreds of feet up in canopy on small platforms. For the duration of their protest they sat, slept and cooked on these platforms, risking both serious injury and incarceration. Four years later their risk and vigilance payed off when Green Diamond Resource Co. agreed to negotiate the sale of the McKay Tract to the community of Humboldt.
Located in the southwest portion of Berlin, Beelitz-Heilstätten was originally built in 1898 as a sanatorium to care for victims of tuberculosis. Soon after however it was utilized in World War I and II as a German military hospital where most notably a young corporal Adolf Hitler was treated after being wounded at the Battle of Somme during World War I. Surviving two wars and Soviet occupation the massive complex still stands consisting of over 60 buildings spread over 200 acres that are linked by underground tunnels. While some sections of the hospital remain in operation as a neurological rehabilitation center and as a center for research and care for victims of Parkinson’s disease the remainder of the complex, including the surgery, the psychiatric ward, and a rifle range, was abandoned in 2000 and continues remain uninhabited.
Nicely done Jaguar. This little short displays some very well done cinematography combined with an intriguing story that kept me guessing until the end. Getting Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis to play the lead role wasn’t a bad idea either. Oh and the car, the new 2013 Jaguar F-Type, looks really good too.
Remember that kid in school who was always in their own world and rarely spoke to anyone? The kid that no one messed with, not because he was intimidating in size, but because they seemed a little crazy and you were never sure what they were capable of. Andy is that kid. A little strange and volatile but ultimately sweet, Andy meets opposition from teachers and peers with an oddly inspiring courageousness.
Who would have thought the death of little animals would be so hilarious? In this darkly humorous “documentary” we find a small menagerie of unfortunate, alien looking animals whose lives are brief and their extinction inevitable, making the job of the documentary’s narrator a little difficult. It would seem that all these creatures are designed to fail (in the most comedic ways) leaving the poor narrator at loss of what do with them.