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The Last Mile: Inside San Quentin’s Tech Incubator

There’s a tech incubator popping up, but it’s not in Silicon Valley—it’s inside San Quentin State Prison. The Last Mile program teaches inmates entrepreneurship skills with the goal that each participant founds a socially conscious, tech-forward company. Award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner goes inside the innovative non-profit and follows inmates as they work to craft a business plan, pitch their ideas in front of venture capitalists, and then, transition back into society.

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Dark Star: H. R. Giger’s World

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Giger holding his first human skull. It was a gift from his father when Giger was only six. In the film, Giger explains that he would drag the skull down the street by a string.

One year ago this month, the iconic sci-fi artist, H.R. Giger, passed away. Undoubtedly his legacy will live on, not only as the creator of the Alien, but also as the preeminent producer of biomechanical art. Filmmaker Belinda Sallin’s Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World is a stunning tribute to the man and his work. Premiering only months after Giger passed away, the film explores the totality of Giger’s life and work in a way few documentaries are able to do. Unlike posthumous documentaries, Dark Star exists in a definitive and finite atmosphere starring the subject himself.

The film expertly encapsulates and immerses itself within the same, dark world that Giger and his work inhabited. Dark Star opens with a winding shot from high to low angles of Giger’s eccentric house.… Read the rest

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Documentary — “Buying the War: How Big Media Failed Us” (2007)


Bill Moyers Journal: Buying the War from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

The story of how high officials misled the country has been told. But they couldn’t have done it on their own; they needed a compliant press, to pass on their propaganda as news and cheer them on. How did the evidence disputing the existence of weapons of mass destruction and the link between Saddam Hussein to 9-11 go largely unreported? “What the conservative media did was easy to fathom; they had been cheerleaders for the White House from the beginning and were simply continuing to rally the public behind the President — no questions asked. How mainstream journalists suspended skepticism and scrutiny remains an issue of significance that the media has not satisfactorily explored,” says Moyers. “How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?”

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Lars von Trier Explains Dogme 95

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Originally posted on The Cinematika.

Lars von Trier turns 59 today and to honor the legendary auteur, Indiewire shared this short documentary about the Dogme 95 movement.

In an effort to take power away from the studios, von Trier founded the movement with Danish director, Thomas Vinterberg, in 1995. The movement “ended” in 2005 and included films from notable filmmakers such as Harmony Korine and Susanne Bier.

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Going Gonzo!

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Fear and Loathing On the Road to Hollywood is a documentary featuring writer Hunter S. Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman on a road trip to Tinsel Town. Also known as Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision, the Documentary Heaven site has the skinny…

A fascinating, 30 year old BBC documentary on the Good Doctor and Ralph Steadman, five years after Nixon’s resignation, and on a road trip to Hollywood (to work on what would become Where the Buffalo Roam).

Includes an interesting scene of John Dean chatting with Hunter about his Watergate testimony (at about 32 minutes), the birth of the “Re-Elect Nixon Campaign” (with a Bill Murray cameo), and a remarkably eerie scene with Hunter and Ralph planning Hunter’s final monument and his ashes being shot into the air, long before the actual fact.

Here is Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision. YouTube has removed the sound on most versions of this due to copyright infringement, but this playlist has audio up through the last 6 minutes — the best version available…

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An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth and Human Transformation

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The tag line for this story is a simple one… “One day on a Greek Island, and your view of the universe will change forever.” I have often thought this to be true. It might just be…

JOTUEvery so often a filmed series is created that brings an incredible amount of knowledge and insight; enough, some might say, to change the world… or at least your perspective on it. When the series JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE was being conceived, the creators sought just that… to develop an audio/video and written body of work that would change perspective and possibly change our collective thinking about the universe and the role we now play, as humans, in its destiny. Their efforts resulted in three major works: a book, an award-winning film and an expansive series of filmed interviews, conversations per se, with great minds. For me, this trilogy of work stands with such previous powerful works as Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Joseph Campbell & the Power of Myth.… Read the rest

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The Lookout: Short Doc About Living Alone on a Mountain

Leif Haugen is a fire lookout and spends his summers alone on top of a mountain in Montana. “I think there’s something about keeping things simple that is absolutely resonate,” Haugen says. In this documentary, filmmaker Brian Bolsters explores what it means to live a solitary life.


The Lookout from Brian Bolster on Vimeo.

Brian Bolster’s description via Vimeo:

Although fire lookouts continue to be critical front-line components of our forest system’s battle to detect and prevent wildfires, their roles often times go unnoticed, due largely to both the manual nature of the work involved and the quiet, extremely solitary nature of the working environment.  Leif Haugen is a fire lookout in a remote corner of the Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana, and each summer he lives and works alone on top of a mountain three miles from the Canadian border.  A simple, somewhat primitive one-room structure serves as both his home and office; however, what it may lack in amenities (neither electricity nor running water are available) is more than compensated for by the majestic, 360-degree views of the world that his perch provides. 

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