The Pixel Painter // by Josh Bogdan & Ryan Lasko

“When I lost my eyesight, I thought that my painting days were over”.   A touching and uplifting portrait from Ryan Lasko and Josh Bogdan about Ryan’s grandfather, Hal, who worked as a graphic designer before computers were utilized in the industry.  After being diagnosed with blindness in the center of his vision, he turned to Microsoft Paint as a way to overcome his medical limitations.  Hal’s youthful spirit shines through his vibrant Pixel Paintings- where he thinks the pixilation- is the best part.  The title of his newest creation, Space Highways, is a reflection of Hal’s ability to embrace the future and to happily step into the unknown.   Director: Josh Bogdan (joshbogdan.com) Director: Ryan Lasko (ryanlasko.com) Editor/Writer: Josh Bogdan Director of Photography: Topaz Adizes (topazadizes.com) Original Music: Jarrod Pedone (JarrodPedone.com) Original Music: Tyler H. Brown (thbproductions.com) See more work at hallasko.com Copyright Notice All artwork images used in this video are the exclusive property of Harold Lasko. All rights reserved. Any other use of these artwork images, without expressed written consent is strictly prohibited.

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Creative Compulsive Disorder & Remembering Zina Nicole Lahr // by Stormy Pyeatte

A great video from Stormy Pyeatte about a fascinating artist, Zina Nicole Lehr, who shares some of her creations with us- ranging from a dreamy flashlight parasol to a gigantic tarantula puppet made for a television show. She somehow, magically, manages to speak with mature certainty and elegance combined with the wonder of a young child. In her whimsical tone, she tells us, “so if it’s trash or junk, or things that people would normally throw away, I try to find ways to re-fabricate them into something useful and beautiful”.  A film by Zina Lehr & Stormy Pyeatte stormypyeatte.com

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The Heat // by Chris Eversole
November 29, 2013 by Joseph Litzinger in Inspiration, Story 0 Comments

“One day I just got up and said I want some kind of focus!”     Director // Cinematographer // Photographer c twitter.com/chriseversole instagram.com/chriseversole facebook.com/chriseversole

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Jack // by Grace Jackson
October 21, 2013 by Joseph Litzinger in Inspiration, Story 0 Comments

Life has its problems; it’s how well you can contend with those problems that will be the result. JACK Jack lives a simple life – a life he always wanted.  36 years ago, he built a remote cabin 5 miles from anywhere.  He first fell in love with the land at age 11 and it looks exactly like it did 80 years ago.  It’s a place that doesn’t change, it seems to be just the same, and that’s unusual anywhere you go and exactly what Jack wants. CREDITS: Film/Edit :  Grace Jackson    

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Duct Tape Surfing // by Mark Tipple
September 16, 2013 by Joseph Litzinger in Inspiration, Story 0 Comments

If we go to different waves and meet different people and show them what you can do and what they can do, it may not be their dream but for them to follow their own dream and to concentrate on the positive in life. PASCALE HONORE & TYRON SWAN Pascale Honore loves surfing.  But after a near-fatal accident her surfing days were over – or so she thought.  Tyron Swan, a family friend  came up with duct tape surfing. At the time he didn’t realize the impact his idea would have and the inspiration he would become.  He was seemingly just helping out a friend.  With determination (and duct tape) Pascale achieved her dream to surf. Her outlook is contagious and her beauty for life worth sharing. CREDITS: Film/Edit : Mark Tipple MarkTipple.com | Facebook.com/MarkTipplePhoto Music : Halfway House, Apricot Rail music.HiddenShoal.com | Facebook.com/ApricotRail

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Mixed Medium Painter: Devin Troy Strother // by Thrash Lab

“I am kind of moving towards this whole dialogue between me and little black people and the black people are aware they are in the painting and that I am the creator and we are working together to make these compositions.” DEVIN TROY STROTHER Devin Troy Strother creates paintings that resemble his unique perspective.  He reaches out to art and design blogs that might showcase his work; in the chance they will post about his art (like we did!).   He believes in social media as a way to get his work seen by more people. A good example of Devin’s inspiration is a story where, in passing, he heard someone say, “she walked really black past me”. He took this phrase and let his imagination run wild.  On a single piece of paper Devin drew a person. He cut his drawing out, painted him and glued him to his paper. It looks like they are in the space but out at the same time and that’s how the collage painting came to be.  Devin’s passion is evident throughout his work. More videos by: Thrash Lab http://www.youtube.com/user/thethrashlab?feature=watch More work by Devin. http://thrashlab.com/devin-troy-strother-front-back-side-to-side-8210/  

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Wouldn’t you like to be alive and doing what you love when you’re 94.

Age isn’t important, its what you’re doing at that age thats important. HY SNELL Sure it’s a documentary that Phizer paid to have made but it doesn’t make it less interesting. Hy Snell is an inspiring 94-year-old man whose passion is painting.  This video, part of the “Get Old” campaign, aims to spread positive awareness on aging by showcasing stories such as the one made about Hy. Ironically, (or perhaps pointedly) Hy does not think about growing old. Happiness is important to Hy and he gets happiness from painting, so he paints.   It is this pleasure that makes him want to continue.  Even with the realization that one day he may go blind, he vows to never give up painting and make the best art he can. Hy’s outlook on life is contagious. He is happy in his simple world of creativity and I am happy watching him in it.   Video Credits: Production Company | Post Production | Creative Collective: Variable Director | Editor: Jonathan Bregel Executive Producer: Tyler Ginter Producer: Alex Friedman Production Supervisor: Paige DeMarco Production Coordinator: Alexandra Van Voorst van Beest Cinematographer | Photographer | Colorist: Khalid Mohtaseb Art Director: Joseph Sciacca 1st AC | DIT : Dan Stewart Sound […]

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Sarah found what made her happy and held on tight.

Its almost as if I’m not thinking about what I’m doing, my breathing changes, my mind just kind of clears and I go to a different place SARAH DINARDO It started with Chiquita Banana Stickers. Everyone has a vice – and Sarah DiNardo’s is rolling tape. At a young age, Sarah’s mom not only taught her to see the beauty in something for what it was but also for what something could potentially become. Sarah’s story is an inspirational one for it is very unique. Odd? Maybe. But that’s what makes the documentary fascinating. Sarah’s passion for making art out of rolling stickers helps her achieve the stillness, peace and happiness she craves. For Sarah, the resistance of pulling your fingers off of something sticky and exploring what you are holding is exciting. Sarah’s message is strong – find what makes you happy and hold on tight. Directed, Filmed and Edited by: Gnarly bay productions, Inc.  For more info on Sara – Visit: sarahannedinardo.com/

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Everything is Incredible, including this documentary.

The problem is that everything is incredible and people don’t accept it.  AGUSTIN Agustin, is a severely disabled Honduran man who has been building a homemade helicopter for 50 years. What began as a 3-month project continues to this day.  Despite being confined to a wheel chair, Agustin is full of life, is passionate about his work and believes everything is incredible. Agustin has a keen, patient mind. I was blown away by his devotion. He cannot fly a helicopter and so he is going to build one instead.  This helicopter is symbolic of so much more. As the video has captured, it has kept him alive and conquered his loneliness.  Throughout the video I found myself cheering for Agustin. I hope his helicopter will one day fly. I want to believe his final design will be a successful one. Directed, Filmed and Edited by: Tyler Bastian If you are interested in helping Agustin with his dream go to igg.me/p/319117/x/29265 

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This documentary on Ana Kraš is inspirational and its obvious.

Surround yourself with objects, people and hopefully situations that you want. Todays documentary comes to us from The Avant/Garde Diaries.  What I found most interesting about Ana is how the long, manual work she does serves as meditation. She wants to design objects that feel comfortable and user friendly. This theme of ease is vibrant throughout the video. Since moving to the United States Ana says she lives in a different world now. I imagine this change creates great inspirations. Ana says we are not aware of inspirations when we are receiving them, they are often not very obvious.  The idea of looking into a world from the outside gives endless possibilities for creative ideas that may have otherwise been overlooked. When designing Ana thinks, what can I make with my own hands? Ana thinks back to the basics, little things that can give new twists. She does this by surrounding herself with objects, people and situations that inspire her. Take a look at The Avant/Garde Diaries for more great content like the video posted: THEAVANTGARDEDIARIES.COM FACEBOOK.COM/THEAVANTGARDEDIARIES Directed by Andrew Neel Produced by Callie Barlow & Tom Davis  Director of Photography: Ethan Palmer  Sound by Michael Silvestri  Edited by Matt Burke Music by […]

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Oliver’s mind is filled with thoughts begging to be released.

I’m really lucky, I get to do what I love for a living.  I feel a sense of responsibility to enjoy that as much as a I can.  OLIVER JEFFERS “Im really lucky, I get to do what I love for a living” – if there ever was a quote summing up the videos posted on IH, this would be it.  Running at 2:30, this documentary is super short but it’s a great example of what we hope this site will be.  Watching this video, you really get a sense of Oliver’s passion for drawing and telling stories and its clear Oliver loves being a storybook artist. Similar to Oliver, the storytelling in this video is unique, creative and fun to watch. I enjoyed seeing the way he works. He never knows when he’ll get a new idea and that spontaneity is fun to participate in.  For Oliver, storytelling is a fascinating platform for putting together the words and pictures he feels compelled to share. Without this outlet, they would stay locked in his mind.  What’s locked in your mind?   Directed, Filmed and Edited by: Mac Premo   

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Step 1 – Buy an iPhone. Step 2 – become a world renowned photographer.

Find somewhere you want to explore, drive there and try 1 night and shoot the next day and it can become as obsession.  That’s how it happened for me.  I found myself doing it full time.  KEVIN RUSS Kevin Russ travels the country photographing his journey using just his iPhone.  And his pictures are setting the photography world ablaze.   His message to fans – what I do, anyone can. As he travels he spends most of his nights sleeping in his car. He smiles, his eye light up as he talks about his experiences. Kevin is truly passionate about his work. Kevin chose Instagram as a place to post his photos because of its sense of community. Wildlife is his favorite because of its challenge and he never knows what to expect. His favorite moment was just that – unexpected. He came face-to-face with a herd of moose. Wildlife is also where Kevin gets his inspiration from, which is why he constantly likes to surround himself in this world. Directed, Filmed and Edited by: Max Monty  

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This man is behind you but you cant see him – a movie projectionist.
February 16, 2013 by Joseph Litzinger in Inspiration, Story 4 Comments

I spent more time with these projectors then I spend with my family. RIDWANN FRIDLE I have long been an admirer of Philip Bloom’s videos.  They’re beautiful, slow and methodical.  And his documentary on Ridwaan Fridle is a great example of why I created this site in the first place.  Ridwaan has a passion for projectors, Philip has a passion for photography, and I have a passion for learning about new people. Throughout daily life we pass thousands of people and each one of them has some kind of story to tell.  Ridwaan spent 50 years getting to the point at which this documentary was shot and in seven minutes you can see the passion that propelled his life.  Ironically though – like Philip Blooms work, we are moving away from celluloid and towards a digital medium.  In the video, Ridwaan gets very emotional about the possibility of being out of work.  But even as we move towards digital, I think there will always be something special about seeing a movie with actual film projected from an actual projectionist.  I hope Ridwaan, Phillip and everyone with a passion aren’t out of work anytime soon. Directed, Filmed and Edited by: Philip […]

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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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