The first documentation of the documentarian, this short doc by Jahan Azadi and Iranian citizen journalists shows the beauty and peace in the week before the June 12 Election Day, followed by the sustained violence, rape, torture, false imprisonment and death in the months after up until the present. Many of the foreigner press left in the days after Election Day ~ Azadi is presumed to be the only one who is now in the diaspora to have shot a documentary non-fiction film while in Iran throughout the month of June 2009.
One thing that has been discounted by the official Iranian experts both in Iran and those that form part of the mediated diaspora, is that the movement will continue until its goals are achieved. As the short film documents, the Iranian regime cannot kill us all. Live Uncensored Performance coming to the diaspora in Spring 2010 with Iranian performances to follow.
This multi-media project was shot in Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and Morocco documenting the Millennium Development Goals and funded jointly by the United Nations and the Arab Gulf Fund. For the first time, a philosophy of "development cinema" was used which not only recruited non-professional cast and crew for as many positions as possible but also paid each person at least their country's average monthly wage for each day that was worked. Shot at the the Great Pyramids, Wadi Rum where Lawrence of Arabia was shot, in Thula, Yemen, one of the world's oldest villages, and in Casablanca on the ground's of one of the world's largest mosques, "2015: Millennium Development Goals" was produced with the hope that the MDGs will be accomplished by 2015. For more information of the project, please visit:
Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, 2015, United Nations, Egypt, Yemen, Wadi Rum, Jordan, Casablanca, Morocco
Featuring the work produced, created and designed by Cortlan McManus including 3d animation for The New Media Lab, PSAs and integrated communications campaigns for the UN, music videos including Alicia Keys, and films and documentaries shot on five of the world's continents.
Shot over a year's time, this experimental documentary examines both the art of New York's most famous urban artist as well as presents the ethics of documentary. De La Vega is known as a sidewalk provocateur, a mural master and a Cornell educated painter. Born in Spanish Harlem, De La Vega is personally familiar with living the life in the urban jungle: poverty, AIDS, and violence mixed with a side of ingenious wit, good natured humor and a propensity to produce massive amounts of work. "Become Your Dream: James De La Vega" also examines and reflects on the ethics that rule all documentaries: who's economic gain; political representation of self and the other; and most importantly, the differences in vision that can result between subject and object. Captured and presented for the first time so that a broader conversation can begin about the ethics of documentary.
Shot in a winter blizzard in -10 degree weather. The weather woman let the city know to prepare for the biggest winter blast of the year. I had the camera, some film, a crew and a desire to push the analog technology robustness. The story goes that a few weeks before, I was standing at this stop light and a junkie did what JAMES THE TEXAN acts out in the film. I stumbled upon the ole British term for cigarettes, "oilies," added a little contemporary commentary and put some Sonny at the end. The film camera didn't let up but the digital camera couldn't quite muster the strength to get through the arctic blast so what you see is the digital transfer for some rich S16mm colors shot with the warm Cooke S16 zoom. Greyboy plays the tunes.