When Mac Premo (who we’ve featured at The Atlantic Video before) was asked by the World Wildlife Fund to make art out of repurposed material, he took the challenge a step further. Together with the carpenter Don Sanford, they worked to fashion skateboards out of six-gallon buckets pulled from dumpsters. The project turned into a campaign that now gives the skateboards to kids in Los Angeles and New York. “As a home builder, it always bothered me how much material went to waste,” Sanford says in this creative short film about how the idea came to fruition. “So the concept of taking stuff out of the landfill and giving it a second life is just fascinating.”

Additional credits: shot and directed by Mac Premo; edited by Ann Lupo; production by Pete Treiber, Adrianna Dufay and Divya Gadangi; sound design by Mac Premo and Ann Lupo; sound mixed, mastered and enhanced by Luciano Vignola; shot in Leucadia, Encinitas and Carlsbad, California on location at Sanford Shapes.

Every two years, each nation sends its finest contemporary artists to the Venice Biennale. Camille Norment is an artist whose work often aims to examine socio-cultural phenomena through sound and music. Standing in front of the shattered windows of the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Norment sheds light on her minimalist, multi-sensory installation, “Rapture,” in this short film by Poppy de Villeneuve. Norment has concocted a simple symphony of only a few notes that vibrate through broken glass. “This piece is not about things being destroyed or being torn apart, but it’s about something being shaken up,” she says. “Just like getting goosebumps from when you’re happy about something or when you’re frightened about something.”

 

This is just one in a series of short films about the Venice Biennale released throughout the summer, produced by Artsy in collaboration with UBS. View all the Venice Biennale films on Artsy.

During the Great Migration, six million African Americans moved from the rural South to urban areas in the North, Midwest and West—among them was Coyt Jones, father of Amiri Baraka and grandfather of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. This short documentary juxtaposes Ras Baraka’s experience growing up in Newark with his grandfather’s memories of migrating from the Deep South, and touches on the racial tensions in Newark that have yet to heal. “Newark is still in its infancy after all of these years, we still are wearing the scars of the rebellion,” Baraka says of the 1967 riots that left 26 dead and hundreds injured. 

This film appears in the inaugural issue of Newest Americans, a collaboration between Rutgers University-Newark, Talking Eyes, and VII Photo centered around America’s changing demographics. More information can be found on the Facebook page and Twitter account.

Additional credits: produced by Julie Winokur and Katharine Garrison, photography by Ashley Gilbertson, cinematography by Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur, executive produced by Tim Raphael.

Penises or penis-like structures vary widely across the Animal Kingdom, but their purpose is entirely the same—to take sperm from the male’s body and deposit into the female’s body. “Theoretically, you could do that just with a simple tube, but yet when we look in nature we actually see that penises can be incredibly varied,” says the evolutionary biologist Dr. Patricia Brennan in this new film about the evolution of male genitalia. The documentary, by Sofian Khan, traces the penis from its evolution as a biological structure millions of years ago in prehistoric fish, to today. 

The documentary in its entirety can be purchased on iTunes, and more information about the film and its creators can be found on its Facebook page.