Headshot of Born to Fly filmmaker Catherine Gund.

May 11, 2015

Catherine Gund “Flies” with Elizabeth Streb, Extreme Action Architect

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As the subject of her new film Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, New York-based filmmaker Catherine Gund found one of the more dynamic artistic minds in a city…...

Samantha Jakus of STREB in flight apparatus.

May 08, 2015

Action Heroes of Dance: They Were Born to Fly

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[caption id="attachment_6887" align="alignleft" width="550"] STREB’s Samantha Jakus runs down the side of Bergdorf Goodman Building in NYC. Photo Courtesy Bergdorf Goodman.[/caption] In the film Born to Fly, we meet not…...

Dancer bends over backwards on a spinning floor to keep his balance.

May 07, 2015

Art on the Edge: Extreme Dance, Performance, and More

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Elizabeth Streb was once called the "Evel Knievel of dance," and our documentary Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity captures her life as an "extreme action architect." Her choreography, which she calls…...

May 04, 2015

Telling the Story of Kumu Hina

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[caption id="attachment_835" align="aligncenter" width="1052"] filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer, with Kumu Hina and student[/caption] Kumu Hina, which won the Frameline Jury Award for Achievement in Documentary, was called "a subtle…...

Drawing representing Hawaiian mahu, or third gender.
Beyond the Films

April 30, 2015

Hawaiian Music: More Than Just Hula (But Also Hula)

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[caption id="attachment_6841" align="alignnone" width="600"] Hina performing with some of her students, from Kumu Hina[/caption] In tandem with the PBS film Kumu Hina, we created this Spotify playlist compiling some of the greatest…...

April 20, 2015

Margaret Brown Returns to the Gulf for The Great Invisible

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A native of Mobile, Alabama, filmmaker Margaret Brown received the 2010 Peabody Award for her second documentary feature, The Order of Myths (Independent Lens, 2009), which was about Mobile's Mardi Gras tradition.…...

April 16, 2015

Going Deeper into the Deepwater Horizon Rig

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This coming Monday, April 20, marks the 5th anniversary of the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the oil industry. The…...

Portrait of Kasey, one of the formerly-homeless teens from The Homestretch.

April 13, 2015

Update: Kasey Checks In

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Kasey, one of the three formerly homeless teens portrayed in The Homestretch who are striving to make a better future for themselves, checked in just today to give us all…...

April 10, 2015

Going into The Homestretch: Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare Find Hope in Chicago

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[caption id="attachment_6727" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Roque, from The Homestretch[/caption] Filmmakers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly's previous collaboration, Asparagus! Stalking the American Life, about Oceana County, Michigan where Kelly is from, was…...

Beyond the Films

March 23, 2015

I Identify: What Forces Determine Your Identity?

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In Little White Lie, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz uncovers an identity-altering family secret, and then embarks on a journey of discovery as she contends with her new sense of self. The film challenges us…...

February 20, 2015

Test Your Implicit Bias with Science

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Created by Project Implicit, a research collaboration between scientists at Harvard, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington, this Implicit Association Test (IAT) aims to “[measure] the strength…...

Archival family photo from the Digital Diaspora Family Roadsow

February 16, 2015

Black Family History Through a Lens

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A wonderful companion piece to Thomas Allen Harris's new film Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People is his Digital Diaspora Family Reunion project — a roadshow connecting communities and…...