Diplo aka The Anthony Bourdain of music strikes again…This time the DJ slash producer slash filmmaker aims his lens at the NOLA Bounce scene in New Orleans. Looking forward to catching this one when it airs on Current TV.
Filmmakers Leandro Hbl and Wesley “Diplo” Pentz’s documentary Favela On Blast gives us an intimate look at one of Rio De Janeiro’s funk scene, also known as baile funk. Think Miami bass meets Brazil. Regardless of how you feel about Diplo’s appropriation of this music, the film captures the scene within the marginalized favelas of the city, breaks down the most popular “beats” & styles while translating the sometimes crass & hyper-sexualized lyrics.
Our good friend, Carolyn Battle Cochrane has a new documentary, I’m Biracial…Not Black, which explores the issues faced in the daily lives of biracial individuals in both the Black and White communities. Now, Carolyn wants to spread her message even farther, through Oprah’s Search For the Next TV Star. If Carolyn gets enough votes, she could have her very own TV show that covers the subject of multicultural communities, as well as the racial issues that face our country every day.
This Oscar nominated documentary uncovers the secrets behind the live dolphin trade market and the subsequent annual slaughter of 23,000 unwanted dolphins in The Cove of Taiji, Japan. Not only does the film unfold like a suspenseful thriller but it also sheds light on a myriad of other issues associated with this violent and barbaric industry. Watch the trailer, rent the DVD and tell a friend.
This documentary by Russell Boyd takes a look at the Union Lane Graffiti Project which was created as a ‘legal’ way to curate & present the prolific graffiti community in Melbourne, Australia.
‘Between the Folds’ filmmaker Vanessa Gould explores the expression of mathematics through origami. The film chronicles 10 fine artists and eccentric scientists who have devoted their lives to the unlikely medium of modern origami.
A long time ago I met a 14 year old kid who always, and I mean ALWAYS wore sunglasses. At that time, the only other people who wore sunglasses all the time were battered wives and Corey Hart. Every time I would see this kid, he was excelling at something else. I think he was the first person I ever saw do a lot of things that meant everything to a fellow 13 year old. Amazing feats of adolescence such as an en-do, a boomer-rang, a cherry picker, a decade and if my memory serves me correctly I think I saw the brother pull off a Miami Hopper. Now I know what your thinking…What the fuck am I talking about. Well, I’m talking about the golden age of 1980′s BMX + Freestyle. A time when bikes were painted fluorescent colors, seat posts were laid back and spokes became mags. Yes, those were some good days.