Directed by Lance Cain
Director of Photography Theo Dora Johnson
Edited by Lance Cain
Producer Monica Watkins
The Invisible Ones is a documentary about a small cadre of artists who believe art education can serve as a conduit for the human-spirit's voice. They meet in the light of a new morning, drive to the edge of a mountain, and climb it to reach a school. The artists offer the children often unseen from the towns below, the tools to make art for a day.
A painter, a designer, a musician, a rap artist, a writer and a photographer share their craft and mediums to amplify quiet voices. The children wait in line to make art, as their parents do for food and clean water. Throughout the experience, the children of Sarazin and Masson photograph what is important to them. They see each other through a lens they control. They point the direction towards the best Haitian tomorrow possible by pointing a camera at one another. And then they lit up a mountain.
The film suggests that amongst these amazing and unseen children may be the next Prime Minister of a sustainable Haiti. The Invisible Ones asks "How do you build that?" In a foreground of repurposed rice bags as doorways and tented shantytowns, new ideas are desperately needed. One of the pitfalls of some of the larger charitable organizations is that oftentimes bureaucracy meets well- meaning arrogance in trying to "teach a man to fish" without asking him what he already has to offer. The Invisible Ones bears witness to the power of indigenous answers to the right questions.
The incredible night photos and time-lapse movies NASA has been sharing with us provoke questions about our planet. That thin-yellow atmospheric line separating earth from space, for example, that we see in all of the night shots provokes two questions: (1) how thick is this line? and (2) why is this line colored the way it is?
The visible yellow and green/blue capped line represents atmosphere reaching ~100km above the surface of the earth. The colors are not reflected light, and not pollution, but rather are light generated from the components in the atmosphere itself. Yes, the atmosphere gives off its own light, in a chemiluminescent process called "airglow" or "night glow."
I have written a blog to accompany this video that explains the various colors of "Night Glow" and discusses the Aurora as well. I hope you find this blog a useful companion to understanding what you are seeing.
In particular, NASA astronaut Don Pettit has filmed and provided the majority of the available time-lapses. He is one of the explorers that truly understands how important it is for explorers to share the wonder of their experiences through both art and science. May all future explorers follow his lead.
These images were imported into Adobe Lightroom, cropped, rotated, and slightly tweaked. I had two main goals with the edits done in the manner I did them. My first goal was to bring the viewer's attention to the atmospheric line by focusing the cropping to prominently feature the atmospheric line and the "Airglow." Secondly, most of the images we see of earth show the planet at the bottom of the frame and space at the top of the frame. To remind the viewer that, in space, the orientation by which you chose to view planets is up to the viewer, I took artistic license with these images to present different ways to view our planet's movement in space.
A collaboration with a haiku poet, musician, several freshwater biologists and myself (animation).
"Water Lives..." is a science communication animation designed to draw attention to the important (yet largely invisible) life that underpins and sustains our freshwater ecosystems. Produced by Paul Jepson and Rob St.John at the Oxford University School of Geography and the Environment for BioFresh - a European Union project on freshwater biodiversity - the animation brings artists and scientists together to collaborate and communicate the concept that freshwater is more than an inert resource: instead a living, dynamic system inhabited by beautiful, important organisms largely unseen by the naked eye. "Water Lives..." invites viewers to view our rivers and lakes in new ways, value the services they provide and discuss how they should be managed.
The curious and otherworldly physical form of freshwater organisms such as diatoms provides abundant artistic inspiration. "Water Lives..." is a six minute piece animated by Scottish artist Adam Proctor. It is sound-tracked by a specially composed piece of music by Tommy Perman from Scottish, BAFTA award winning arts collective FOUND which samples a series of haiku about freshwater ecosystems written by environmental poet John Barlow. The content of both the animation and haiku was influenced by close consultation with BioFresh freshwater scientists Rick Battarbee from University College London and Ana Filipa Filipe from the University of Barcelona, alongside Alistair Seddon from the University of Oxford Zoology department.
This short video was filmed last summer in Southern France and edited in the Fall. It is about 2 children explaining the water system they constructed for their small shack in the country.
This video is part of the exhibition "Convergence/Divergence" at Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, California, organized by the Women Environmental Artists Directory (WEAD).
CONVERGENCE / DIVERGENCE features a broad perspective from environmental artists on the theme of water and its global and local roles. The exhibition, a collaboration between Los Medanos College Art Gallery and WEAD, curated by noted intermedia artist Suzon Fuks, co-founder of WATERWHEEL, “a collaborative online venue for artists, scientist, activist, and all water lovers,” brings together contributions of more than 30 artists from around the world, working in a variety of media: installation, video, and performance arts dealing with the theme.
From Nov 6, 2012 to January 31, 2013.
This video is part of a series of short videos I've made about childhood:
About a kid talking about his pet bugs.
UNDER MY BED (2012)
Kids talking about the monsters hidden under their beds at night.
About kids geocaching in the Bay area.
THE FORT (2011)
About kids constructing a fort for fairies with twigs and pine cones, and reconstructing it after it is destroyed.
THE DRAWING (2010)
About a boy drawing a monster and talking about how he scared his brother at night.
THE MAP (2010)
About a boy describing a piece of circuit board like it is the map of where he lives.
THE HIVE is a unique transmedia project: science documentary, online community and Facebook game.
Backed by some the world's leading scientists and game designers, it sets out to show how global problems can be solved by cooperation, and how games can trigger the cooperative behaviour necessary to resolve global issues. This fascinating science is the subject of the documentary. However we go one step further: THE HIVE sets itself the challenge of making a difference in the real world through online gameplay.
In this world-first experiment, we connect the virtual and real worlds via a Facebook game that changes lives in Haiti- one of the most environmentally devastated regions on earth. Trees planted in the virtual world become real trees planted to prevent landslides caused by deforestation. A crowdfunding campaign to assist our funding will be launched soon... We're excited and we hope you'll join us...