The Man Behind the Mountain- An Intimate Look at American Folk Artist Leonard Knight // by Ben Stoddard & David Ehrenreich

“The crazy folks I’ve known… had somehow made a conscious decision to go there”, replies Bill Ammons when asked about Leonard Knight- a man who lived out of his truck since 1984, until his death, while he built his masterpiece.  Leonard lived without electricity or running water for 30 years outside Niland, California where he was devoted to living by one simple word, “love”.  Leonard’s strikingly colorful mountain symbolically sits against the backdrop of a desert.   He tells us, “let’s all love each other and keep it simple.” Directed/Edited – Ben Stoddard & David Ehrenreich Director of Photography – David Ehrenreich Music – Brennan Lloyd Sound Design – Nate Evans To learn more about the preservation of Salvation Mountain please visit – salvationmountain.org

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Jordanne // by Zak Razvi

“I just feel like you should just be the person that you were born to be…and live on”. Meet Jordanne Whiley.  She’s 22 years old and she’s broken her legs 26 times.  Describing her bones as “brittle”, Jordanne has proven that her resilient heart is anything but.  In this film by Zak Razvi, prepare to be inspired to jump over your own hurdles.  Maybe what we perceive to be limitations are illusions in actuality. Director: Zak Razvi Producer: Rik Green Production Manager: Ore Okonedo Production Company: Pulse Films Cinematographer: Steve Annis Focus Puller: Mike Linforth Clapper Loader: Sam Ebrahim-Riley Editor: Paul O’Reilly @ Homespun Colourist: Matthieu Toullet @ MPC London Post Producer: Edwin Elkington @ MPC London Composer: Luis Almau @ Soundtree Sound Design: Mike Bamford & Jamie Lewis @ String&Tins  

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An Undertaking // by Dark Rye

Michael Yates is a woodworker – a woodworker whose Grandmother asked him to build her coffin.  In a film by Dark Rye, we are privileged to be able to listen to Michael’s story about building the most emotionally complex piece that he’s ever created. Michael’s interview shines with authenticity.   He thoughtfully tells us, “I’ll remember her as chuckling, and me swinging in her sundress as a toddler, swimming lessons, the way her sandwiches tasted, Cheetos, and Grandad’s barbecue chicken. . .” See more at darkrye.com

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Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat // by Kevin A. Fraser

“I think I’m one of the richest people in the world.  I feel great. “ David Welsford’s home is aboard his beloved Lizzy Belle – a 50 year old wooden sailboat.  From Kevin A. Fraser comes a documentary about a man living a life that many would dream about- but few would manifest.  It’s clear to see that Welsford seems to have found a sense of peace at sea.  His life inspires us to first find out what you love and then to dive in and devote yourself completely to nurturing that passion. Director & Cinematographer: Kevin A Fraser kevinAfraser.com Featuring & Additional Photography: David Welsford TwentyEightFeet.com Editor: Shawn Beckwith postbeckwith.com Colorist: Chris MacIntosh vimeo.com/55644436 Post Audio: Craig Sperry Producers: Kevin A Fraser & Melani Wood kevinANDmelani.ca

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Five/Five // by Chris Jurchak

From Chris Jurchak comes a film about Brandon Todd- he’s 5’5” and he can dunk a basketball.  In one summer only, through extremely intensive training and with ultimate determination- he was able to gain 18.5 inches on his vertical leap.  Brandon doesn’t care that dunking a basketball doesn’t rack up any more points than shooting a regular basket.  He wanted to do it to show that it could be done.  He tells us, “The only way to get to succeeding is failing.  You have to learn how to succeed”.   fivefivedocumentary.com Director: Chris Jurchak Producer: Aaron Hill Lighting Director and Colorist: Anthony Jacoway Cinematographer: Rob Ruscher Composer: Kevin Burnes kevinburnes.com Camera Operator: Chad Vossen Key Grip: Kelsey Peters Production Assistant: Andrew Morris Executive Producers: Tristan Pelligrino and Chad Vossen Ambient Sounds: “Somewhere Between Night And Sky” (by A.M)freemusicarchive.org/music/AM/WHNZ1NYMI/03_Somewhere_Between_Night_And_Sky_by_AM Special Thanks to: 522 Productions 522productions.com ikan Corp ikancorp.com

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Amanda Jasnowski // by Like Knows Like

Amanda Jasnowski is a photographer living in Brooklyn.  Born in Spain, she moved to Ohio at a young age.  When old enough- she decided to take her craft to New York to see if she could stand out in such a large city.  As she shows us her photographs, she says, “I want people to know how beautiful people are”.  Like Knows Like created a film that shows us success can be dreamy, beautiful, and soft.  As Amanda’s boyfriend will tell you, “fear is for jerks”.       Made for the ongoing likeknowslike.com documentary project, founded by filmmaker basberkhout.nl and photographermarijekuiper.nl Follow the project: likeknowslike.tumblr.com Join the community: likeknowslike.com/hello Check out Amanda Jasnowski: instagram.com/hokaytokay amandajas.com

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Royce White (and the NBA) are anxious to see how this plays out.
February 15, 2013 by Interesting Human in Inspiration, Story 2 Comments

When I come out here I disappear into my own little world.  This is my secret fort.  I can come out here and let my imagination go wild. Royce White In the 2012 NBA draft, the Houston Rockets selected Royce White to join their team, but as this emotional video from Grantland shows – they took a big risk. Royce suffers from an anxiety disorder and was a risky choice.  The mini doc follows him through the days leading up to the draft.  Hope was that he could overcome his fear but that doesn’t look like its going to be the case.  Human Interest Stories are traditionally “fluff happy pieces” but more and more short documentaries are diving into deeper issues and subjects. This seems like the beginning of a story where a protagonist struggles with conflict only to triumphantly succeed in the end. But sometimes in real life there is no happy ending. He is a household name in Houston but not for good reasons.   Royces may end up as a footnote in NBA history and forgotten as time goes on.  He has a disease and is hated for it.  His story is ripe for a followup video but for now – here’s the first (and […]

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Jon Contino’s art is not special. Yet.
February 14, 2013 by Interesting Human in Inspiration, Story 0 Comments

I don’t want to plateau at any point. I don’t want to hit a point where I am just happy with what I am doing. As soon as I am happy with what I am doing I can’t imagine I would be happy. JON CONTINO Jon Contino, a 29-year-old designer from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has always had a vibrant fascination with lettering and logos. The video accurately portrays Jon as a passionate artist who is constantly thriving to be a better designer and person. Jon’s story shows what is possible with dedication. He feels he has been able to achieve success. Yet, it was not without hard work. Throughout the video he recognizes this. Jon finds inspiration in the people and things around him. He continuously wants to produce meaningful art. Jon’s story is a true motivation. In the video he talks about the need to “step it up.” Jon always wants to be better, to do better.  He stops short however of calling himself special. He believes maybe in the future he will be. Jon is well on his way. He will see, one day, that he has already set himself apart. Camera by, Directed by and Edited by: Kevin […]

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Smoke em if you got em – and this guy will make em for you.
February 13, 2013 by Interesting Human in Inspiration, Story 1 Comment

In here, everyone is welcomed. It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter if you are young, old, white or black. We just want to get to know each other and talk about cigars and life. JESUS ANTONIO MARTINEZ At Martinez’s Cigar Shop in New York, all cigars are made from scratch. Dominican immigrant Don Antonio Martinez started this small shop in 1974. Thirty-eight years later his son, Jesus, continues the tradition with great pride. This mini doc is a truthful testimony from the loyal customers that truly appreciate homemade cigars and great company.  The passion from Jesus is contagious. It’s evident throughout the video that this is not your average shop. Jesus believes the process of hand rolling cigars makes his product special, especially in a time when machines replace hands. Starting with planting the seeds the entire process is hand made. It’s clear from watching this video that each of Jesus’s cigars are a work of art.  His shop is a neighborhood institution.  “This is heaven”, “here you are treated like family”, “you never want to leave”, “the shop feels like home”, “we understand each other and we care” – it’s easy to see why this shop goes beyond […]

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Bill Moggridge is dead but he lived an amazing life. 1943-2012
January 30, 2013 by Interesting Human in Inspiration, Story 0 Comments

I’ve thought of my career I suppose in 3 basic phases. First was being a designer myself. The second phase was a manger of design teams or helping interdisciplinary teams of people work together and then I thought of myself more as a storyteller. Then I thought it might be possible to do that on a national scale and design an international design authority, perfect for storytelling. BILL MOGGRIDGE Bill Moggridge’s life was clearly an influential one. The stories of his ideas, empathy, drive, bubbly personality and warm, radiant smile are evident in this video. Bill was an industrial designer; he was a real visionary. Bill helped invent the notion of interaction design. The video does a great job at showing Bill’s way of thinking. He was driven by what he could learn, what was new to learn about. It’s evident that his ability to be a great listener helped him to exceed. He always wanted to be better, to work together, to bring success. It is fascinating to watch Bill’s life unfold in the video. He is a spectacular human being. He saw the world from his design perspective. It shows in every facet of his life. It was never […]

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Unlike you – Rohan hunts, fishes and gathers his own food.
January 29, 2013 by Interesting Human in Inspiration, Story 0 Comments

I am a person that takes care of my own food. I hunt, fish, gather. I cook all my own food. That lifestyle appeals to people because it offers an alternative to what people aren’t living.  ROHAN ANDERSON Rohan Anderson’s obsession of hunting, fishing and gathering his own food began when he was a young boy. He grew up on a small Gippsland farm in Victoria with his mom, who inspired him to live a self-sufficient life. Eating what the land provides has always fascinated Rohan. When the opportunity arose, Rohan had the crazy idea of building a log cabin smokehouse. This video does a good job of capturing Rohan’s lifestyle. He likes the idea of learning a process for himself, by himself. His story shows how a vision can become a reality. Along his journey, many mistakes were made. That is how Rohan learns. He remembers those failures and celebrates the successes. The video accurately exposes Rohan’s fascination with building a food community. He wants to share with friends and family who appreciate good food. Rohan does a good job of enjoying the simplicity life has to offer. If we did not live such structured, rigid, busy, stressful lives, […]

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Walk a mile in his shoes and they’ll show you where you are.
January 29, 2013 by Interesting Human in Inspiration, Story 0 Comments

I started to think about The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy and her shoes and when she clicked her shoes together she got transported home.  And I used that as inspiration.  Is it possible to make a pair of shoes that could at least guide you home? Dominic Wilcox Dominic Wilcox is a London based artist and designer who created a fully functional pair of shoes that will transport you home no matter where you are in the world. These shoes are called “No Place Like Home Shoes.”  I surely would like to test these out. Part of Dominic’s inspiration came from the movie Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy clicks her shoes to return home.  The Global Footprint project in Dominic Northamptonshire commissioned Dominic to create these shoes. To make his creation a reality, Dominic had to think both in terms of technology and design. This is how they work: “After uploading your required destination to the shoes via a piece of custom made mapping software and a USB cable, the GPS, which is embedded in the heel, is activated by a heel click. It then communicates to the wearer via a ring of LED lights to point in the required direction. The shoe with the […]

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One mans trash is “The Junk Kings” treasure.
January 29, 2013 by Interesting Human in Inspiration, Story 0 Comments

When I come out here I disappear into my own little world.  This is my secret fort.  I can come out here and let my imagination go wild. Vince Hannemann Tucked away on a quite suburban street in Austin lives the Junk King.  His master piece is a 60-ton, 33 foot-high structure nicknamed “The Cathedral of Junk”.  The word Cathedral is carefully handwritten on the white picket fence to welcome visitors to his junk castle.  This is a great video into the world of a fascinating man. Vince Hannemann, known as The Junk King, has been collecting unwanted objects since 1989. Mundane objects have meaning and significance, particularly for The Junk King.  Deeming it unsafe, in 2010 the city forced him to close his oasis. Hundreds of volunteers rallied to help rebuild his hideaway and bring it back to the grandeur seen in the video. The documentary does a great job showing someone who found his passion –  One man’s trash is truly this man’s treasure. Who make this Documentary? Directed by Evan Burns Cinematography by Garyle Morgan & Mitzi Morrow Produced by Eduardo Tobias

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Sound the trumpets – Saul is “El Rey”
January 29, 2013 by Interesting Human in Inspiration 2 Comments

Mexican music is like a fever, a beautiful art that gets in your blood.  Once it gets inside you, it grows and grows.  SAUL EZQUEDA Meet Saul Ezqueda. He is a Mariachi. Saul started playing music at age eight in his hometown of Zacatecas. He began by making his own instruments with wood and sticks. Saul now plays in East Los Angeles. He stands on street corners and in plazas searching for work. While watching this video I was drawn to Saul’s music, his passion and his way of life. This is very evident. For Saul, music takes away his problems and pain. He recognizes this lifestyle is not a stable one but never does he allow this thought to take away his true love. I respect for him this. It’s hard work. To be a good mariachi Saul knows he must be disciplined and give his heart. Saul’s story is the life of a musician. There are lows and highs but Saul will die playing his trumpet.  Who made this documentary?: A film by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari

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