Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cinematographers Say the Interview with the Swedish Policemen in 'Stockholm Syndrome' Was Wrongfully Edited

The cinematographers who worked with filmmaker Ami Horowitz's short documentary "Stockholm Syndrome" say that the segment with the two Swedish policemen that were interviewed was wrongfully edited, and they have the raw footage to back up their claim.

"We don't stand behind it. It shocked us. He has edited the answers. We were answering completely different questions in the interview. This is bad journalism," said Anders Göranzon in an interview with DN.

The Swedish cinematographer Emil Marczak, who filmed the interview, now confirms the policemen's story. Marczak tells DN that Horowitz "time and again tried to get the policemen to agree with him".

"I would never have participated if I had known how unethically and frivolously the material would be edited. To double check that my memory is correct I have gone through the raw material and it confirms the policemen’s view of the course of events", Emil Marczak says.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

An Archive of Digitised DJ Mixtapes From the 70's and Early 80's Disco Scene

The non-profit organization S.F. Disco Preservation Society preserves and digitises DJ mixtapes from the 70's San Francisco disco era and early 80's HI-NRG (uptempo disco or electronic dance music) club scenes. What a treat!

You find the complete archive here.

Via Boing Boing.

Four Ways to Tell Cats That You Love Them

Learn four ways to tell your cat "I Love You!" in this video guide by Jackson Galaxy, cat behaviorist and TV host for the television show "My Cat from Hell".

Via Holy Kaw.

'Alpine Adventure': Amazing Drone Footage From the European Wilderness

The short "Alpine Adventure" by Joshua Cowan captures the majestic nature of the wilderness found in Austria, Germany and other European countries.

Music by Max Brodie.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

'Midnight Planétarium': The Watch That Lets You Wear the Universe on Your Wrist

French jewelry, watch and perfume maker Van Cleef & Arpels has included a marvelous watch in their series "Poetic Complications" called "Midnight Planétarium".

The Midnight Planetarium watch offers the fascinating possibility of wearing the universe on your wrist. The dial reproduces the Sun in miniature, together with the six planets visible to the naked eye: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the Earth. Thanks to an exclusive module, each planet moves on its own disc according to its real-life rotation time.

The price is set to $205,000.

Artist Walter Kershaw Was Britain's First Graffiti Artist

Walter Kershaw who lives in the town Rochdale, close to Manchester, England, is considered as the first graffiti artist in Britain.

Kershaw studied fine art at Durham and, while his star may have dimmed, he was a fairly regular presence on TV and radio in the 70s and 80s, interviewed by Russell Harty, Sue MacGregor and Janet Street-Porter. He has had murals commissioned in Sao Paulo, Mexico, Sarajevo and Los Angeles, but it's unlikely any of these could have had the shock value of his technicolour guerilla work on red-brick Lancashire back streets.

He tended to start work early, at 5am in the summer, and travelled with a friend on a motorbike just in case someone objected vehemently. Hodkinson marvels "about the guts it took – these were quite rough neighbourhoods. But people were really encouraging. They used to bring tea and butties out for him and his assistants. It was like having your house tattooed. He had a queue of people asking him to do their house next." Local councils were less keen, and Kershaw received a string of cease and desist letters, though no one ever pursued charges.

Watch the documentary "First Graffiti Artist" (1976) directed by Ian Potts who made it as a graduation movie from the Polytechnic of Central London Film School, today known as the University of Westminster.

'The High Five': Learn How the High Five Was Invented in This Short Documentary

We have all made one – the high five – but how did it originate and who invented it?!

The short "The High Five" directed by Michael Jacobs tells the interesting story about former American Major League Baseball players Glenn Lawrence Burke and Dusty Baker.

On October 2nd, 1977 Dusty Baker hit his 30th homerun of the season. As Baker rounded the bases, an excited rookie named Glenn Burke met him at home plate, raised his arm high in the air and slapped Baker's hand. It was the first high five recorded in the history of sports. A year later, Burke was forced out of baseball amid rumours of his sexual orientation.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Vintage Skiing Instructional Footage From 1941 for the United States Army Mountain Unit

Improve your skiing skills with this instructional footage from 1941 that was used in the training of the United States Army mountain unit.

Intense Free Solo Climb by Marc-Andre Leclerc

Intense free solo climb by Marc-Andre Leclerc. Music by Hippie Sabotage and the track "Waiting Too Long".

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Miniature Calendar: Miniature Figures Surrounded by Everyday Objects

My wife showed me the wonderful work of art director and artist Tatsuya Tanaka earlier this morning – the Miniature Calendar, that everyday gets updated with a new image of miniature figures surrounded by everyday objects.

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