1. Official Selections: Rhode Island Film Festival | ARTIVIST Film Festival | Belize International Film Festival | NewFilmmakers New York | Fordham University Canned Art Festival.

    Walking Merchandise exposes the tragic story of middle-school-aged, Chinese children trafficked to the United States by smugglers known as “snakeheads.” Sent by their parents to work as low-wage laborers as a source of income, the children embark on a perilous journey that can include physical harm, sexual assault, and even death. Once in the U.S., they are trapped in a life of debt-bondage and forced to work around the clock in dangerous conditions with the hope of paying off debts as high as $100,000.

    Produced over two years, this short film tells the story of five children trafficked to the U.S. and the lawyers, social workers, and journalists who have dedicated their careers to helping them and understanding the global forces that brought them to the U.S. Walking Merchandise premiered at the prestigious Rhode Island International Film Festival and is an official selection of the Artivist Film Festival - an NGO partner of the U.N.

    Official Website: walkingmerchandise.com

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  2. What makes a great story? For legendary filmmaker Ken Burns, the answer is both complicated and personal. In this short documentary about the craft of storytelling, he explains his lifelong mission to wake the dead. Recently featured on The Atlantic. (theatlantic.com/video/archive/2012/05/ken-burns-on-story/257165/)

    Directed by Tom Mason and Sarah Klein
    Music by Ryan Sayward Whittier
    Animation by Elliot Cowan

    Transcript for Closed Captioning
    Ken Burns On Story Transcription

    You know the common story is one plus one equals two, we get it. But all stories are really, the real genuine stories, are about one and one equaling three. That’s what I’m interested in.

    We live in a rational world where absolutely we’re certain that one and one equals two, and it does. But the things that matter most to us, some people call it love, some people call it God, some people call it reason, is that other thing where the whole is greater than the some of its parts, and that’s the three.
    Oh great story, they are everywhere. There are millions of them! Abraham Lincoln wins the Civil War and then he decides he’s got enough time to go to the theater. That’s a good story. When Thomas Jefferson said we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, he owned a hundred human beings and never saw the hypocrisy, never saw the contradiction, and more important, never saw fit in his lifetime to free any one of them. That’s a good story. You know the stories that I like to tell are always interesting because the good guys have really serious flaws and the villains are very compelling. My interest is always in complicating things.

    Jean Luc Goddard said cinema is truth 24 times a second. Maybe. It’s lying 24 times a second too, all the time, all story is manipulation. Is there acceptable manipulation? You bet. People say oh boy, I was so moved to tears in your film. That’s a good thing? That was, I manipulated that. That’s part of storytelling. I didn’t do it dis-genuinely, I did it sincerely, I am moved by that too, that’s manipulation. Truth is we hope a byproduct of the best of our stories and yet there are many, many different kinds of truths and an emotional truth is something that you have to build.

    I made a film on baseball once and it seemed to me that there was a dilemma for the racist of what to do about Jackie Robinson. If you were a Brooklyn Dodger fan and you were a racist, what do you do when he arrives? You can quit baseball all together, you can change teams, or you can change. And I think that the kind of narrative that I subscribe trusts in the possibility that people could change. I hope it’s a positive version of manipulation, but I do think that we do coalesce around stories that seem transcendent.

    I don’t know why I tell stories about history I mean there’s kind of classic dime-store Ken Burns wolf-at-the door things, my mother had cancer all of my life, she died when I was 11, there wasn’t a moment from when I was aware, two-and-a-half, three, that there was something dreadfully wrong in my life. It might be that what I’m engaged in, in a historical pursuit is a thin layer perhaps thickly disguised waking of the dead, that I try to make Abraham Lincoln and Jackie Robinson and Louis Armstrong come alive and it maybe very obvious and very close to home who I’m actually trying to wake up. We have to keep the wolf from the door, you know, we tell stories to continue ourselves. We all think an exception is going to be made in our case and we’re going to live forever, and being a human is actually arriving at the understanding that that’s not going to be, story is there to just remind us that it’s just okay.

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  3. "Three years ago in Paris I got out of a "metro" train at La Concorde, and saw suddenly a beautiful face... I could not find any words that seemed to me worthy, or as lovely as that sudden emotion." - Ezra Pound

    This is the continuation of a series that explores that moment of uncertainty and magic that happens when you emerge from the depths of the subway system. See Sub City New York at vimeo.com/redglass/sub-city-nyc

    A film by Sarah Klein and Tom Mason
    Concept by Jennifer McClory
    Locations by Yoann Casals
    Music by Duke Ellington
    Finishing effects by tracevfx.com
    Special thanks to Anne Labro

    © Redglass Pictures 2011, redglasspictures.com

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  4. It's a short film - a visual poem - about that moment in New York when you emerge from the subway and find yourself in a new and sometimes unexpected world. Check out our latest Sub City Paris: vimeo.com/28994427

    A film by Sarah Klein and Tom Mason
    Concept by Jennifer McClory
    Music by Erik Satie

    © Redglass Pictures 2011, redglasspictures.com

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  5. Met a bunch of amazing Italian strangers in the northern region of Trentino, Italy who took me way up into the Italian alps to go hiking and mountain biking. People have been asking me to make a sports video, so thought it would be fun to try it out! A week of run and gun fun! I feel like I now have a second family deep in the mountains of Italy!

    Thank you everyone who guided me through and took me in with welcoming smiles and giving me such a great adventure! Special thank you to Mikaela Bandini, Chiara De Pol, Paolo Pincelli, and Caspar Diederik.

    And to all the bikers and hikers who took me way up into the mountains to show me the Italian way of life! You guys are truly an inspiration! I hope to be as cool as all of you someday, haha! :)

    Shot and edited by Matty Brown (7D and Sony Vegas)
    Music by awesome Icelandic band called PORNOPOP (Song is called "Centre") Check them out! facebook.com/twolazytigers
    Produced by Mikaela Bandini of Cant Forget Italy cantforget.it
    Huge thank you to the region of Trentino, Italy for having me as a guest in your epic wonderland! visittrentino.it/en

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