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Ken Burns on Story Telling

Posted in film, inspiration, Media, quality by aldorf on July 21, 2012

What makes a great story? For legendary filmmaker Ken Burns, the answer is both complicated and personal. In this short documentary about the craft of storytelling, he explains his lifelong mission to wake the dead.

Ken Burns: On Story from Redglass Pictures on Vimeo.

A Visual Life – Beautiful Short About “The Sartorialist”

Posted in blog, fashion, film, Media by aldorf on April 26, 2011

Thanks Tyler Manson (Director) and Intel (Visual Life Series) for this shortfilm about a man visually articulating his vision of style and photography. Enjoyed it very much!

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2011 Winner “Cinema For Peace Award”: Skateistan – Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul”

Posted in film, inspiration by aldorf on February 14, 2011

This years winner of the Cinema for Peace Award is a documentary about a skateboard school in Kabul. I am very happy for the entire crew and my dear friend and director Kai Sehr. Way to go. Congratulations!

The New City – First Episode Of BMW Documentaries Launches Today

Posted in film, ideas, Media, web by aldorf on February 2, 2011

(via Faris Yakob)

The first episode of BMW Documentaries: Wherever You Want To Go launches today.

I’m excited.

It has Buzz Aldrin in it. He’s completely awesome.

For the last 100 years, cities have been designed around cars.

In 1800, only 3% of people lived in cities.

In 2008, we became a primarily urban species for the first time – more of us now live in cities than in rural areas.

Soon, many of us will live in megacities [cities with more than 10 million people] and living at this level of human density will represent a shift of similar magnitude.

So, when BMW wanted to explore the future of mobility, we started with The New City.

When we developed the concept, we wanted to create a documentary that was of and for the web.

Content that reflected how content is viewed, discussed, and propagated online.

So, while the films are available at all good videosharingsites, the website provides an enhanced viewing experience.

The films are designed to be non-linear, hypertextual. So you can explore additional pieces of content around the primary narrative, in real time, inside the video player, and then jump straight back into the primary narrative.

The films are designed to precipitate discussion from different points of view, so, by logging in with Facebook, you can comment on specific moments, creating conversations around them.



How Trends & Creativity Become Contagious

Posted in film, ideas by aldorf on November 9, 2010

Not an entire new thought but absolutely relevant these days and well-done executed.

INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.
The film attempts to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.
Written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today’s pop culture.
“Influencers” belongs to the new generation of short films, webdocs, which combine the documentary style and the online experience. Read more here.

A History of the World in 100 Objects, BBC Radio4

Posted in film, Media, music by aldorf on January 14, 2010

BBC is partnering with the British Museum to produce a 100 part radio documentary series, A History of the World in 100 Objects. Launched on January 18, 2010, the BBC Radio 4 series features British Museum director Neil MacGregor introducing listeners to a new artifact from the museum in each 15 minute episode. The Bull ad was developed at Fallon, London. Music is Velvet Underground’s 1966 experimental track, “Loop”.

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Posted in film, ideas by aldorf on January 5, 2010

[Watch the trailer on vimeo]

A documentary film about surfers in Israel and Gaza. Reminded me of the skatepark project in Kabul.

Objectified – Documentary

Posted in design, film, ideas by aldorf on January 5, 2010

I know I am late with this one, but I just watched it two days ago. What a great documentary. Again. Thanks Gary Hustwit. (the same guy who did Helvetica in 2007).

(via vimeo) Objectified is a feature-length independent documentary about industrial design. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the people who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability. It’s about our relationship to mass-produced objects and, by extension, the people who design them.Through vérité footage and in-depth conversations, the film documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. What can we learn about who we are, and who we want to be, from the objects with which we surround ourselves?

more about the film here.

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Complaints Choir – The Movie

Posted in art, ideas, music by aldorf on December 10, 2009
Moaners of all nations, unite in song!
“What are you complaining about? This is the question that two Finnish artists ( Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen ) have journeyed out to ask people in all four corners of the world in documentary director Ada Bligaard Søby’s docu-musical. Their aim is not to pour salt in the wounds of the world’s grumpy complainers, but to let everyone vent their dissatisfaction about everything from parking fines to climate change in a liberating chorus of whining harmonies. We are taken to places such as Chicago and Singapore, and even if the cultures vary, it’s obvious that complaining is a basic human trait, and it is tackled with a deadpan approach by the two Finns. Ada Bligaard Søby has, in a short space of time, made her mark as an original new name in the Danish film world, among other things with last year’s poetic New York postcard ‘Black Heart’. With ‘Complaints Choir’ she is adding a promising first feature to her resume.”
Director: Ada Bligaard Søby, Danmark 2009, 56 min.
A do-it yourself guide here.

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Megafaun – Impressions of the Past on Vimeo

Posted in music, photography, Uncategorized by aldorf on November 14, 2009

Thousands of miles, thousands of images. On tour with their new album “Gather, Form & Fly”, Megafaun was captured, piece by piece, by the photographer Tim Lytvinenko. Part-documentary, part-sense memory, Tim’s images took on a life of their own as he traveled across the west with the band, the music, the landscape, and everything in between. He set his first magical trademark sequences to the album’s epic and beautiful “Impressions of the Past” — and a video was born. Further shaped across the plains, the mountains, the coast, and the desert of North America, the video became a daily experience for the band on tour. Tim’s memories became everyone’s, almost just as real as the moments they documented. This seemed to be the perfect expression of this song — one that came by surprise, and one that conjures up the collective nostalgia of Summer 2009, and perhaps all those bygone seasons before.

So enjoy. Put yourself in it. Fill in the blanks.

Megafaun “Impressions of the Past”
Directed by: Tim Lytvinenko –

Learn more about Megafaun here:

Buy “Gather, Form & Fly” on 2xLP or CD here:

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