Michael Tabon is doing everything he can to ensure incarceration stops becoming a way of life for the next generation of African American men. Once caught in the revolving door of the U.S. criminal-justice system himself, he’s now leading a one-man power movement. This excerpt from MediaStorm’s first original film, Fight Hate with Love, gives a snapshot of Tabon’s tension between playing a hero for both his community and family. To support the film’s launch, MediaStorm has a KickStarter campaign that anyone can donate to.
Month: November 2015
“What is neorealism?” asks the filmmaker kogonada in this excellent video essay, created for the May 2013 issue of Sight & Sound magazine. He examines two 1952 films that resulted from the collaboration of Vittorio De Sica, a master of Italian neorealism, and David O. Selznick, the Hollywood producer behind Gone With The Wind. It’s the same movie material, created in two different styles. He explores De Sica’s lingering shots that are archetypal of neorealism and juxtaposes them with Selznick’s cuts of the same scenes, where the in-between moments are seen as gratuitous or distracting. “A cut reveals what matters and what doesn’t. To examine the cuts of a filmmaker is to uncover an approach to cinema,” kogonada says.
To see more of kogonada’s work, visit his website and Twitter. He is currently working on a piece that will be included in the Criterion Collection’s release of Inside Llewyn Davis, involving a conversation between T Bone Burnett and the Coen Brothers.
Via Daniel Lombroso
Somewhere in Havana, Cuba, teens are grinding the rails on American skateboards—even though there are no skate shops on the island. The exchange of skateboarding equipment started informally, after Miles Jackson and Lauren Bradley saw a desire among youth for the sport while studying abroad in Havana. They formed the organization Cuba Skate, with the aim of growing and supporting the Cuban skateboarding community by providing access to equipment. We spent a few days alongside Cuba Skate to uncover the roots of Cuban skateboarding and the passion that helps bridge the cultural divide.
In the late seventies, Reid Fleming, the World’s Toughest Milkman, emerged from the pen of David Boswell and became a comic book anti-hero. Boswell’s character is, well, a crude milkman who delivers his dairy products through aggression and intimidation. The angry milkman became an instant success, and soon Hollywood came knocking. However, over three decades later, Reid Fleming is still “mired in contractual limbo,” say the creators of this short documentary, I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!. The film was directed by Charlie Tyrell, and combines stop-motion animations with various interviews.