Documentary

A Heartening Documentary Follows the Community Harvesting Ice in Minnesota’s North Woods

 Documentary History #climate crisis #ice #sustainability #video September 22, 2021 Grace Ebert  Each winter in Ely, Minnesota, a crew treks out onto a frozen lake to cut hefty blocks of ice from its surface. They haul the thick chunks to storage, where they’re stacked, covered in sawdust, and preserved for use the rest …

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A Short Film Dives into the 15-Year Process Behind the Documentary ‘Fantastic Fungi’

 Documentary Photography Science #film #mushrooms #nature #plants #timelapse #video September 1, 2021 Grace Ebert [embedded content] We shared footage of the mesmerizing mycelium networks pulsing underneath our feet back in 2019 to mark the opening of Louie Schwartzberg’s Fantastic Fungi, and now the dedicated director takes viewers behind the scenes to show his painstaking …

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Through Totemic Sculptures and Sound Art, Guadalupe Maravilla Explores the Therapeutic Power of Indigenous Ritual

 Art Documentary Music #health #installation #performance art #sculpture #sound #video August 11, 2021 Grace Ebert  In 1984, eight-year-old Guadalupe Maravilla left his family and joined a group of other children fleeing their homes in El Salvador. The Central American country was in the midst of a brutal civil war, a profoundly traumatic experience …

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An Insightful Short Film Follows a 90-Year-Old Fisherman Who Clears Plastic from Bali’s Coasts

 Documentary Photography #Bali #fishing #plastic #pollution #short film #video August 6, 2021 Grace Ebert  Each day, 90-year-old Wayan gathers his nets and mesh sacks and sets his small boat out on the coast of Bali. The jewel-toned waters used to be a prime location for fishing, a profession Wayan practiced throughout childhood and …

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Guardians of Paradise: An Intimate Short Film Peers into Life in Burma

 Documentary Photography #Burma #short film #video July 30, 2021 Grace Ebert  Comprised of footage shot between 2018 and 2020, “Guardians of Paradise” offers an intimate and sensitive glimpse at Burmese life. The short film shows children at play on docks, a fisherman as he pulls in his net, and others as they practice …

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A Visit to Wangechi Mutu’s Nairobi Studio Explores Her Profound Ties to Nature and the Feminine

 Art Documentary #collage #colonialism #identity #nature #sculpture #video July 23, 2021 Grace Ebert [embedded content] Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu made history in 2019 when her four bronze sculptures became the first ever to occupy the niches of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s facade. Stretching nearly seven feet, the seated quartet evokes images of heavily …

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Footsteps: How an Isolated Artificial Home in Ontario Produces Sound for Myriad Blockbuster Films

 Documentary #audio #film #sound design #tv #video May 21, 2021 Grace Ebert  A modest house nestled into the bucolic countryside of Uxbridge, Ontario, is home to a premier sound facility behind an impressive array of films, TV series, and video games. Brimming with an eclectic collection of objects and antiques, Footsteps Studio has …

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Chasing Ghosts: A Short Documentary Debunks a Long-Held Theory About What Pollinates the Ghost Orchid

 Documentary Science #flowers #moths #orchids #video April 5, 2021 Grace Ebert  What insect has the ability to extend down into the nearly foot-long nectar tube of the ghost orchid? For generations, that question has interested researchers who’ve speculated that the giant sphinx moth, which has a proboscis that often exceeds 10 inches, was …

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