The media and cosmetic companies have it all wrong. This is how you can really be beautiful. (Hint: you already are.)
"We’re going to go out there and violate some rights." Hear the secret police recordings that will take your breath away. In a bad way. [via Upworthy]
(by alan spearman)
Chris Dean’s heart stopped when he was two. He died but he came back. When Chris was five, his father was murdered, riddled by more than 20 bullets in a gang shootout. At age 18, Chris gained national attention when he introduced President Barack Obama at his high school graduation. Chris is an observer and philosopher who has always had a few things to say about life from his vantage point in South Memphis. He and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Alan Spearman walked the neighborhood for eight weeks observing and recording what became the script of As I Am. This film floats through this remarkable young man’s landscape, revealing the lives that have shaped his world. Poetic and powerful imagery, captured by Spearman and cinematographer Mark Adams, combines with the young philosopher’s trenchant observations about life.
(by Wolf Somke Studio)
Two cooks battle over who’s kung-fu is true: Traditional Chinese food vs. Fast Food.
(by Renaud Hallée)
This would make an awesome iTunes visualization! In this short video, the flames make the music! Really gets going at the 1:00 minute mark.
A sci-fi short set in the not too distant future where augmentation is the way of life. For Kaye, still a “natural”, augmenting will help him keep pace in this now hyper-paced world. However, after acquiring an off-market prototype, Kaye quickly finds himself fighting not only for his own humanity, but something much larger.
(by Thiago Calçado)
Why Poverty? uses film to get people talking about poverty.
The organization has commissioned award-winning filmmakers to produce eight documentaries each looking at a different aspect of poverty. The films tackle big issues and pose difficult questions, but they’re also moving, subtle and thought-provoking stories.
Link to more clips at whypovery.net. The full-length films will be broadcast on television around the world in November 2012, then available online.
Ancient Aliens Debunked
Have you ever wondered about whether the “ancient aliens” theory, and the meme-tastic History Channel show of the same name, holds any water?
Spoiler: It doesn’t.
But we don’t like unsupported claims around here. So here’s some support: Chris White, a former believer of the alien theory, put together this hours-long film that investigates and disproves each alien claim one-by-one. Instead, scientific explanations are offered for everything from Puma Punku to Giza.
We do no favor to the advanced cultures of the past by diminishing their accomplishments via the introduction of alien technologies. The human race is an ingenious one, and modern society is not the birthplace of technology. I prefer the view that humans have been making huge scientific gains for millennia, because it enriches our history instead of cheapens it.
Ancient cultures being awesome? Is such a thing even possible? You bet it is.