HBO: The Black List – Volume 1*

13 10 2008

I was over in the U.S. a few weeks back and saw this really interesting and impressive documentary on HBO.

In “The Black List”  22 prominet Afro-Americans tell their own story and reveal insights into the struggles, triumphs and joys of black life in the United States. Each of them speaks for approx. 4-5 minutes and is filmed in front of a simple grey screen.

 

Video: HBO – “The Black List – Making of” – 2:36 min

 

Renowned portrait photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, directed, and award winning journalist Elvis Mitchell interviewed the following complete list of people and put the piece together:

If you click on the links they will take you to some of the video pieces. In addition here is the trailer.

Video: HBO – “The Black List – Trailer” – 0:57 min

The documentary also is the hub of the “The Black List Project“:

“The project celebrates the diverse experiences of being black in America and maximizes the power of these stories through a range of activities, including: a traveling museum exhibition of photographic portraits, organized by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; an upcoming book of photographs and interviews, published by Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster, New York; and a national interactive, curriculum-based educational program. “The Black List Project” is produced by Freemind Ventures, a New York-based media collective, and is the pilot program to the larger Freemind initiative “One Million Stories.”

I really like this documentary as it covers members of the Afro-American community from so many different lines of work. From what I understand HBO is working on a Volume two that will have more political and also social leaders in it. Looking forward to that!

Check out: http://www.blacklistproject.com/

(Source: HBO.com)





May 10th: Pangea Day – Global Film Event*

10 05 2008

TED & documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim have initiated Pangea Day, a global event bringing together the world through films. Noujaim, won the TED 2006 prize and Pangea Day was her wish or the prize.

Video: Jehane Noujaim @ TED 2006 – 26:00 min

This is a really cool project that tries to make people aware of the fact that even though there is a lot things that make us different at the same time there are many things that we have in common…including only this one planet. This expressed thorugh the common love of films around the globe.

Today, on May 10, 2008 Pangea Day will run in several countries around the globe broadcasting an array of films, music performances (incl. Dave Stewart, Bob Geldorf, ….), speeches and moreSpecial Events will take place in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro.

People are encouraged to host official and local gatherings to join in on this event.

To promote the event idea the organizers have asked several socially active VIP’s to tape small promo clips.

Video: Pangea Day – Global Storytellers – 01:01 min

Here is a really cool one from Robin Williams:

Video: Pangea Day – Robin Williams – 01:47 min

The list of films that will be shown is really interesting. Here is one of them, produced by the agency Razorfish that picks up the topic of global warming by making us aware of the global exticinction of “Wild Snowmen”

Video: Wild Snowman – 01:00 min

Sponsor Nokia has launched a special promotion on their OVI sharing platform which encouraged people to produce their own little “mobiel” clips for pangea day. Check out the winners!

Video: Nokia Pangea Day Promo – 02:00 min

Learn more about Pangea Day on: pangeaday.org





Randy Pausch: Last Lecture*

6 10 2007

You might have already heard or seen this one. Randy Pausch, professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), gave his traditional “last lecture” a concept when professors are asked which tips they would give to students if this truly was their last lecture.

In his case it might truly be his last lecture for he was diagnosed with cancer. So in September 18th, this year he got up infront of a packed room of students and fellow professors to hold a really warm, funny and emotional lecture on “Really achieving your childhood dreams!”.

Initially this speech was meant for his family only. I am happy that he decided to share it with a bigger community. This is 1 1/2 hours that you should definitly watch!

Hope that Pausch get’s to spend as much time with his family as possible!





TED.com: John Maede and Anand Agarawala

22 09 2007

A few days back I posted a speech from the TED.com website. TED continously updates their site with more and more inspirng or simply funny and interesting speeches. Here are two that I really like:

 John Maeda, memeber of the MIT‘s Media Lab and author of “Laws of Simplicity” on “Simplicity”


Anand Agarawala, Interface designer, software developer and invento of “BumpTop” on “A new desktop experience

This one is hilarious!!

Visit: www.ted.com





TED: Seadragon & Photosynt*

2 09 2007

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Check out this amazing presentation I found on TED.com.

Blaise Aguera y Arcas (Microsoft Live Labs) presents Photosynt.“…A software capable of taking a wide variety of images, analyzing them for similarities, and grafting them together into an interactive three-dimensional space. This seamless patchwork of images can be viewed via multiple angles and magnifications, allowing us to look around corners or “fly” in for a (much) closer look…

This definitly is one of the coolest presentations I’ve seen this year!

Here is some background on TED:” TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. TED was born in 1984 out of the observation by Richard Saul Wurman of a powerful convergence between Technology, Entertainment and Design. The first TED included demos of the newly released Macintosh computer and Sony compact disc, while mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated how to map coastlines with his newly discovered fractals and AI guru Marvin Minsky outlined his powerful new model of the mind. Several influential members of the burgeoning digerati community were also there, including Nicholas Negroponte and Stewart Brand.” Visit: http://www.ted.com/





CVV: Preventing Suicides*

5 08 2007

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Here is a great social guerilla OOH campaign that I found on adgoodness.com, for the Sao Paulo based CVV – Centro de Valorização da Vida. The CVV is a social organisation dedicated to help people to help themselves to prevent suicide.

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(Source: adgoodness.com)





WWF: Rain Forest – Tarzan Print Ad*

5 08 2007

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Here is a great WWF print ad focusing on the continuing destruction of the rain forest.

“15km of rain forest disappears every minute”

(Source: adgoodness.com)