First off, I would like to thank you for watching this short film, entitled "It Gets Better."
This film is a visual poem, one that focuses on the hard times every single one of us has gone through in the process of discovering who we want to be, dry patches in the journey of finding out who it is we really are...
Isolation. Desolation. Courage. Endurance. And in the final moment, grasp of self-realization, represented in simple elements of visual design.
I have been working on this short for months, and one of the nicest moments I've experienced
was on 10/12/10, when I listened to Joel Burns give a speech encouraging those who suffer dire situations to remember one thing- "it gets better".
Listening to Joel, I realize that this film might not change the situation. It might not end suffering or change the mentality of the perpetrators, but what it CAN do is help the perpetrated to become stronger, arming them with a positive attitude and a resonant hope for the future.
I would like to thank Joel Burns for his inspiration, and to all our silent collaborators.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in screenings,
or if you would like to get a higher version of this file for your own postings or sharing on your websites.
Remember to thank those who are still fighting, still strong, still walking that beautiful journey
and discovering themselves... As I leave, all I can say is, "It gets better"...
In the memory of those who are no longer at our sides, fighting for us... in our hearts.
"...it gets better..."
per request... for those interested... a technical breakdown and more info on the making process of this essay at http://www.osito.tv
This is a short film about the processes by which mountains are created and eventually destroyed. It is based upon the work of British geographer L. Dudley Stamp, and was shot in Iceland.
Physical geography and geology is an enormous and fascinating subject, and this film only touches upon the surface of the discipline. For those who wish to further advance their knowledge in this field, additional reading and research is recommended.
The film was created as part of The Weight of Mountains filmmaker residency program. For more information please visit twom.is/
The voiceover was largely based on publications from 1951, so please forgive the outmoded use of the term "mankind" and "his" actions.
Animation courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
WINNER: FIAB AWARD, SICILIAMBIENTE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2015
JURIED PRIZE WINNER: 4TH ANNUAL BIKE SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
3RD PRIZE WINNER: VELOBERLIN FILM AWARD 2015
CYCLING SHORTS, FAMILY BIKE PARADE, POLLOKSHIELDS GLASGOW 2016
BICYCLE WEEK RIGA 2016
ECOCINE FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA AMBIENTAL Y DIREITOS HUMANOS 2015
OFFLINE FILM FESTIVAL 2015
LUXEMBOURG BICYCLE & ART FILM FESTIVAL 2015
SHORT FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE 2015
FILMED BY BIKE FILM FESTIVAL 2015
KALAMAZOO BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL 2015
THE BIG FILM NIGHT - ROTORUA BIKE FESTIVAL 2015
PROMAX SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2014
BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL 2014 (NEW YORK, MOSCOW, HELSINKI, BOGOTÁ, QUÉBEC CITY, STOCKHOLM, GUADALAJARA, QUITO, DRESDEN, MADRID, TRAVERSE CITY)
BRISTOL CYCLE FESTIVAL 2014
9TH INTERNATIONAL CYCLING FILM FESTIVAL 2014
15 SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2014
NUOVI ORIZZONTI LATINI FESTIVAL 2014
SYDNEY RIDES FILM FESTIVAL 2014
Cuba underwent a bicycle revolution in the 1990s during its five year ‘Special Period’. Oil was scarce as a result of tough economic constraints, and throughout those years of austerity, bicycles where introduced as an alternative mode of transport. Thousands of Cubans used bicycles on a regular basis, as pedalling became the norm on the island.
Years later, the transportation crisis subsided and motorised vehicles returned, and the country’s bicycle culture took a hit. Now, new bikes are difficult to come by and parts are not readily available, yet many Cubans still use bicycles daily and, despite the limited resources, a handful of mechanics provide a service to those who rely on their bikes in their everyday lives.
Plenty of cyclists roam the streets of Havana and the rest of Cuba. Ángel, a typical bike riding Habanero, provides a brief insight into Cuban bicycle culture and the importance of bike mechanics in the capital as we come across both riders and repairmen.
*Music by VOLT HEIST: http://www.voltheist.com
Read the feature story: http://diegovivanco.es/portfolio-item/havana-bikes-feature-story/