Socially Minded Documentaries

  1. 'Return of the Sun' is a portrait of a modern Inuit family. Set against the fearsome North Greenland landscape, the film follows a fisherman and his son as their lives are forced to adapt with the Arctic environment.

    Shot, directed & edited by Glen Milner & Ben Hilton
    (Twitter: @glen_milner @mrbenhilton )

    NOMINATED FOR THE STERLING AWARD - AFI SILVERDOCS 2012
    NOMINATED FOR SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR - LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012
    NOMINATED BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY - CAMDEN FILM FESTIVAL 2012 (U.S)
    NOMINATED BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2013
    NOMINATED BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY AESTHETICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2012

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  2. This mini-doc shares the story of Władysław Tomczyk, a gentleman we unexpectedly met in Katowice, Poland after wrapping a month-long commercial project throughout Europe. His hopeful message of creating life-work by honing one's natural ability is one we value to the core at Variable. What began as an insightful conversation, motivated us to extend our trip by 3 days so we could capture this inspiring man's life.

    With no pre-developed story or shot-list, we let our curiosity & conversations with Wladyslaw guide the film. As a result, his outlook on life furthered our belief that contentment through self-acceptance trumps societal approval.

    Free your mind.

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    Production Company: Variable

    Director: Variable
    Cinematographers: Jonathan Bregel & Khalid Mohtaseb
    Producer: Tyler Ginter
    Art Director: Joseph Sciacca
    Local Coordinator & Translator: Piotr Labercheck

    Editorial & Color Grade: Salomon Ligthelm - ligthelm.tv

    Original Score & Sound Design: Tony Anderson - tonyandersonmusic.com

    Post Story Producer: Susan Modaress
    Polish Translators: Sophia Whitman & Arkadiusz Lesniak

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  5. A COLLABORATION BETWEEN TOUCHING THE EARTH LIGHTLY, ANDREW LORD, THE LITER OF LIGHT FOUNDATION AND GREENCUBE NURSERY:

    Selected for the UK Green Film Festival 2013: ukgreenfilmfestival.org/shorts.html

    "The Liter of Light began in the Philippines with one bottle light. Eventually, the movement grew to brighten up 28,000 homes and the lives of 70,000 people in Metro Manila alone. Now Liter of Light is present in India, Indonesia, and even as far away as Switzerland." aliteroflight.org/about-us/

    It has now moved to Cape Town, being pushed forward by a relentless group of green activists and designers.

    Although, it comes with an additional concept:

    "Green blocking" is a concept that Touching the Earth Lightly has developed, in partnership with Andrew Lord, the Liter of Light Foundation and the greencube nursery

    It combines two design concepts - both simple, low-tech, cheap and duplicable

    One - the vertical food garden wall – “green fire-walling”

    The first is the concept of wrapping a lockable, low-tech vertical food garden around the shack. This provides the family with healthy, organic fresh food.

    It also creates a "wall of water" around the shack, held within the soil, the plants and the geo-fabric. This wall of water thus protects the structure from shack fires. The structure can also be purpose-irrigated when at threat to fire.

    The vertical food garden would also have thermal insulation properties that would regulate inside temperate of the shack.

    Two - The solar bulb (in partnership with the Liter of Light Foundation):

    The second design concept is to illuminate shacks that have no windows, and are dark during the day. This is achieved by placing a clear plastic bottle filled with water a small amount of bleach (to prevent the growth of algea) into the roof of the shack (with water-proofing) to act as a solar bulb by transmitting the light of the sun into the darkness under the roof. The life expectancy of the solar bulb is 2-3 years.

    Many shack owners in Cape Town live without windows in the homes. The reasons for this are two-fold. They either cannot afford a window or (as is more often the case) they are concerned of crime. The window is an easy-access entrance into the shack. The result is a completely dark space day and night. The solar bulb can assist during the day. There are notable electrical cost-savings associated to this.

    To join the cause, visit: touchingtheearthlightly.com/projects/default.asp?proj_ID=44

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