An unparalleled interest in and empathy for the people of the world marks the work of photographer Sebastião Salgado. Here is the trailer for the forthcoming documentary covering his life and work by the great filmmaker Wim Wenders.
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Hal Lasko, better known as Grandpa, worked as a graphic artist back when everything was done by hand. His family introduced him to the computer and Microsoft Paint long after he retired.
Now, Grandpa spends ten hours a day moving pixels around his computer paintings. His work is a blend of pointillism and 8-Bit art.
Meet 97-year-old Hal Lasko, The Pixel Painter.
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Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin has won almost every major poetry prize that exists, including two Pulitzers. His legacy is based not only upon his writings, however, but also the singular form of environmental activism and land stewardship he embodies.
Now in his 86th year, Merwin has dedicated over three decades to preserving and regenerating native plants and palms on a 19-acre site on the north shore of Maui, Hawaii. Called the Merwin Conservancy, the preserve holds the most comprehensive private collection of palms in the world, with over 800 species. These tangible actions for the environment go hand-in-hand with his poetry, offering important insights for an era marked by environmental degradation, human disconnect with natural processes, and rapid climate change.
Merwin is a vibrant, humorous and challenging subject, and has not been involved in a feature documentary before. EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD IS BURNING is an intimate portrait of a man who is often called a “national treasure.”
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Here is a trailer for what looks like a fascinating exploration of the relationship between urban centers and the rivers that once supported them.
"Once upon a time, in almost every city, many rivers flowed. Why did they disappear? How? And could we see them again? This documentary tries to find answers by meeting visionary urban thinkers, activists and artists from around the world."
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You'd think that those folks in charge of handling dissidents and artists would learn early on that tactics meant to silence actually just amplify. Ai Wei Wei for example has reached a height as an international art figure not just on his work, but on what his work is opposed by. His complaints (even after being jailed for a couple of months) are available in English on https://twitter.com/aiwwenglish/
Here, American Alison Klayman, a first-time filmmaker living in China decided to follow Ai on film. It is a tale as much about his art as his way of being handled by the National government.