Every year, a group of people both with and without disabilities meet on a farm in Vermont to write, produce, and act in original short films. The documentary Becoming Bulletproof follows the filmmaking process at Zeno Mountain Farm as the actors create their first Western movie, Bulletproof. In this short excerpt from the documentary, we meet the diverse group of actors who star in the film.
The full-length film will be released February 23, 2016, on iTunes and Amazon by Virgil Films. Learn more about the documentary here.
Who are going to be the Republican and Democratic nominees? Early primaries may provide insight into who the campaigns appeal to, but they aren’t necessarily predictive of what’s to come in the race. Nevada and South Carolina, two states where voters will soon select candidates, have far more diverse electorates than Iowa and New Hampshire. That dynamic could shake up the race. The Atlantic’s Caty Green sits down with associate editor Clare Foran to discuss the unusual trends shaping the 2016 race, and what we can expect going forward.
Do you have a question about the election and how it all works? Ask us here.
In the 1970s and 80’s, South Korea’s industrial expansion gave rise to new linguistic developments. The filmmaker Nils Clauss charts the evolution of this lexicon in his documentary, Bikini Words. “This index is so fascinating…it’s not only of value linguistically, but also as a unique social historical document that sheds light into the life of the so called ‘factory boys’ and ‘factory girls’ of that period and the harsh conditions they worked under,” Clauss writes in a blog post. “The words also emphasize the importance of education for the factory workers, and the role fashion played as a form of escapism in the short periods of leisure time they enjoyed.”
The Atlantic has previously featured Clauss’s work from South Korea. He is part of the production company CONTENTED.
(T)ERROR is the story of a 62-year-old former Black Panther who now works for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is the first documentary to follow a covert terrorism sting as it unfolds. In this short excerpt from the film, we meet “Shariff,” who has been an FBI informant for decades, helping foil several terrorist plots for the complex government agency. With access to both the informant and the target, the film captures the unfolding drama of a sting and Shariff’s suspicion of the FBI’s resolve to accurately combat terrorism. The full-length film broadcasts on PBS on Monday, February 22, at 10 p.m. EST. To stream the full-length film until February 29, 2016, visit the PBS website.
Inside a nondescript building at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, NASA engineers are assembling the most powerful space telescope ever created. Once completed, the James Webb Space Telescope will be the largest space observatory in the known universe, with 100 times the seeing power of its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope.
In October 2018, the Webb will be launched into deep space with an ambitious mission. “Sometimes as analytical astronomers we shy away from saying, ‘We’re searching for life,’” says the deputy project scientist Dr. Amber Straughn. “But, that’s what we’re doing.” Atlantic senior editor Ross Andersen speaks with the NASA team seeking to answer some of our most fundamental questions: Where did we come from? Are there other life-sustaining planets out there? Are we alone in the universe?