Bill Paxton - 5 films that influence my career

Bill Paxton has stepped with ease from one memorable role (Aliens, Weird Science) to another (True Lies, Twister, Big Love).

When we talked with him in Sarasota, FL, we asked for his pick of 5 films that influenced his career.

1. Harold and Maude, 1971, directed by Hal Ashby 


2. The Man Who Would Be King, 1975, directed by John Houston


3. Steamboat Bill, Jr., 1928, starring Buster Keaton


4. Midnight Cowboy, 1969, directed by John Schlesinger


5. 127 Hours, 2010, directed by Danny Boyle, starring James Franco


IndieGoGo Projects We Love - W.S. Merwin Doc: EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD IS BURNING


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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4 - Super Supercut of Cinema 2012

For the past five years, film student Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr. has made a supercut of the year in film. This is lovely and moving. Better in fact that a lot of the films he includes.



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My Pick - 5 things to buy an aspiring Videographer - Stephen McFadden

Video is the new reading, the new literacy. And that makes videographers (camera operators, directors of photography, etc etc) the new scribes, wielding immense power in the capturing and communication of ideas and experiences. 

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