In Taos, New Mexico, Michael Reynolds has been building off-grid homes from trash for the last 30 years—he’s part of a community of people who live in these unconventional homes called Earthships. “He’s an interesting model of an anti-environmentalist environmentalist,” said the filmmaker Flora Lichtman about her subject. “In fact, Michael is fond of saying: I hate the words ‘green’ and ‘recycling.’” This short film was directed by Lichtman and Katherine Wells for the podcast The Adaptors, a project of SoundVision Productions with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Month: December 2015
Editor’s note: This video contains images that may be disturbing to some viewers.
Joao Silva and a group of photojournalists known as the “Bang Bang Club” gained international notoriety for their work in the townships of Johannesburg in post-apartheid South Africa. In this short film, You Will Be Changed, Silva talks about his career chasing conflicts—watching friends die along the way and risking his own life multiple times. In 2010, he stepped on a landmine in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and lost both of his legs. “You will be changed as a human being through the situations that you decide to pursue and the stories you decide to tell,” he says. “We understand that it could be us on the other side of the camera.”
This is the second episode in a six-part series called Conflict, by the Brooklyn-based cinematic documentary and narrative video production company redfitz. Each episode explores the testimonies of professional conflict photographers and looks at how they engage with and seek to understand their subject matter. Original music was composed by Reza Safinia. Connect with the photographers and watch the complete series from redfitz at thisisconflict.com.
Nikon has announced the winners of its annual Small World in Motion competition. The photomicrography contest first introduced a video category in 2011, which includes digital time-lapse footage taken through a microscope. They’ve shared some of the finalist and honorable mention videos from this year’s competition with us. First place went to Wim van Egmond of the Micropolitan Museum in the Netherlands for his video of a ciliate predator devouring its prey. Enjoy a trip into the microscopic world with this incredible footage, and be sure to check out highlights from last year’s competition.
In this atmospheric documentary, Spearhunter, an offbeat cast of characters reflect on the life of Eugene C. Morris, a hunter known for his distinctive tactics and outsized personality. “The truth about Jean Morris is that he was a serial animal killer,” says Heather Jean Morris, Eugene’s ex-wife. The Spear Hunting Museum, a collection of Eugene’s taxidermies, is located in Summerdale, Alabama, and is open to the public.
The filmmakers behind Spearhunter are currently directing a feature documentary with David O. Russell about the book publishing industry. You can learn more about the film on its website, Facebook, and Twitter.
According to a 2011 study by the World Health Organization, India has highest rate of depression in the world, with 36 percent percent of the population reporting a major depressive episode. However, the entire nation only has around 3,500 trained psychiatrists—or, one for every 200,000 to 300,000 people—which has created a large treatment gap. To mitigate the issue, Dr. Vikram Patel co-founded Sangath, an NGO that trains anyone with a high-school degree to recognize symptoms of depression and administer counseling treatment. The therapists ride motorbikes to difficult-to-reach areas in Goa and provide home-based counseling to patients, as this short film by the Thomson Reuters Foundation explains. The program mirrors a global reaction to treating depression, as the WHO estimates that depression is on track to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide by 2020.