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Spike Lee Produces ”I Throw Like A Girl”, Documentary on Baseball Prodigy Mo’Ne Davis.

2014 is truly the year of Mo’ne Davis. Since her achievements in this year’s Little League World Series, the world hasn’t been able to get enough of her incredible talent. Here, director and producer Spike Lee gives us an intimate portrait of the young athlete as we get introduced to her family, friends, coach and teammates.  

Already the youngest person to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, and the first Little League baseball player at that, the 13-year-old athlete, whose favourite sport is actually basketball, was one of two girls in the Little League World Series this year. During the tournament, Davis became the first girl to ever earn a win and to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history. She’s the 18th girl overall to ever play, the sixth to get a hit, and the fourth American girl to play in the Little League World Series. 

Watching this makes me want to turn back time and put more dedication into the sports I loved playing as a kid. She’s just that inspirational. 

"I throw 70mph, that’s throwing like a girl."

Damn right, Mo’ne.

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"Be Here Now" was published in 1971. George released this song in 1973, indeed inspired by the book:

Part of Harrison’s inspiration for the composition was spiritual teacher Ram Dass’s popular book Be Here Now – specifically, a story discussing the author’s change in identity from a Western academic to a devotee of Hinduism. Harrison biographers interpret “Be Here Now” as a comment on the public’s nostalgia for the past following the Beatles’ break-up.

Harrison wrote the song in Los Angeles in 1971, while working on the soundtrack to Indian musician Ravi Shankar’s Raga documentary film and shortly before organising the Concert for Bangladesh. The recording took place in late 1972 at his Friar Park home, with musical contributions from Klaus Voormann, Nicky Hopkins, Gary Wright and Jim Keltner. The song has received critical attention for its dreamlike sound and the quality of Harrison’s acoustic guitar playing; Rolling Stone magazine’s reviewer described the track as a “meltingly lovely meditation-prayer”.

Listen:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pc2tfmuWwU


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New Illustration titled “ Orca Magic “

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I recently saw an amazing and moving documentary on the captivity of Orca’s / Killer Whale’s called “BlackFish”

The film touched me on so many levels, that I began researching more on these beautiful beings.. and the more I got to know about them, the more my fascination with them grew.. so much so that, I felt inspired to create an artwork showing the bonding with sentient life like the Orca’s, Humans and even every other creature living in our beautiful planet. 
It truly is time we come together to create more sensitivity, awareness and love towards all lifeforms on earth, and make sure that negative entities who have no love and sensitivity towards any form of life learn the importance of breathing, of oneness.. and compassion!

Please do share as much awareness as you can dear friends. I also have prints available for the artwork with free shipping at http://bit.ly/ShopArchan

You can also go to the websites below to sign petitions to free these beautiful creatures.. the Orca’s

http://www.freetillynow.org/
http://savelolita.org/

Thank you so much!

In 1927, an Indian Team Played the Champion New York Football Giants — and Won

Celia Xavier has produced and directed a new documentary, Playground of The Native Son, about the Hominy Indians, the Oklahoma-based professional football team (1925-1936), made up of Native Americans, who defeated the World Champion New York Giants in 1927.  Xavier is currently exhibiting the film around the country; the next showing will be November 20th at Lincoln Center in New York City, but ultimately it will be released on DVD in time for the holiday season.

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Dyslexia doesn’t hold me back. At school I was made to read the dictionary and it was horrible, but now I love books. I remember a sign that said ‘Tom Cruise is dyslexic’ and it made me feel better so, when I saw a documentary on it I thought I would tweet about my dyslexia. Young people around the world have this idea that actors are perfect and don’t have problems so I wanted to show that we are human. It was nice to talk about it and know that it doesn’t define me as a person.”

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The Natural History Museum of London has recognized Reportage photographer Brent Stirton as the 2014 Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year, for his work “Living With Lions.” The photoessay, which was originally published in National Geographic Magazine, highlights the ways in which the lives of humans and lions are inextricably linked, from communities at risk of attack to “canned-lion hunts,” in which the animals are bred for game.

Brent won the same award from the Natural History Museum in 2013 for his look at the illegal ivory trade.

The 2014 Davey Awards, which recognizes visual media campaigns from small agencies, honored the short documentary “First Sight: Sonia & Anita,” which was directed by Brent for Bluechalk Media. The film tells the story of two sisters, both born blind to a poor Indian family, who receive eye surgeries that allow them to see for the first time. The 15-minute surgery, that costs just $300, was arranged by WonderWork, a charity that aims to bring 20/20 vision to the 20 million in need.

See more of Brent Stirton’s work on the Reportage website.

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There is a Joan Didion documentary in the works and the trailer was released today!! I’m so happy about this because I honestly consider her to be a literary mother-figure and I’m excited for the finalized version of this project.

I believe the filmmaker has created a kickstarter for the film to get it off the ground so like….please donate if you can because I would love for this to be released in full!

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Same-Sex Couples at Home With Themselves in 1980s America

Sage Sohier’s series “At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America,” was, in many ways, ahead of its time. Today, apart from a few dated fashion choices, the photos of gay couples in domestic settings don’t seem that shocking. But when Sohier began shooting the series in 1986, AIDS and sexual promiscuity seemed to be the only headlines about gay people.

“My ambition was to make pictures that challenged and moved people and that were interesting both visually and psychologically,” Sohier wrote via email about the project. “In the 1980s, many same-sex relationships were still discreet, or a bit hidden. It was a time when many gay men were dying of AIDS, which made a particularly poignant backdrop for the project.”

Because many people weren’t as publicly out as they are today, Sohier began the project by photographing friends and then friends of friends. She put ads in local gay newspapers when she traveled and also went to gay bars and parades to meet more potential subjects.

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The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever

A short little documentary about the infamous Action Park, an amusement park in New Jersey known for its extremely lax safety regulations that resulted in at least six known deaths and hundreds of severe injuries. Despite this, almost everyone who attended Action Park looks back on it with nostalgia, which is what this documentary focuses on.

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The Last Patrol: Q&A with Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger spent 20 years covering violent conflict as a journalist and worked on the acclaimed documentary Restrepo, which he filmed over several months with a U.S. Army platoon fighting in Afghanistan’s deadly Korengal Valley. His latest film,The Last Patrol, which opens this year’s Margaret Mead Film Festival on Thursday, October 23, is about the fraught transition from the front lines to civilian life.

Q: The Last Patrol begins with a conversation about the allure of combat—and about George Washington falling in love with the sound of bullets in his first firefight. Why open a film about returning from war with its enduring thrall?

A: Because one of the main things soldiers have to get through is missing the war and missing the combat. George Washington is just an early example of something that’s extremely psychologically complicated for vets today, and I wanted to make that point. It’s easy to think it’s the video-game generation, they go to combat and get hooked, that it’s a modern problem. It’s not.

Q: Your group included two soldiers and two journalists. Everyone has deep scars from their experiences, but the soldiers seem to miss the war more—the structure of the armed forces, the camaraderie of combat. Is that the case?

A: Yes, and no. What’s not in the film is that Guillermo went back to combat [to cover conflict in Ukraine]. But also, the two journalists—myself and Guillermo—are older. We have full developed adult lives. For soldiers, combat comes at the beginning of assembling a meaningful life back home. It’s hard for their lives to compete. As you get older, it’s more of a fair fight. But while I’m glad I’m not doing the stuff anymore, I miss it a lot.

Q: In the film, you tell the civilians you meet that you’re trying to get to know America again. But you do that from the very edges, dipping in and out of various communities. Why?

A: We were voluntarily vagrant—I thought of it as a high-speed vagrancy. But the railroad lines tended to skewer everything, through the heart of any community that was in their way. In that sense, I felt like we were seeing America in the most unfiltered, intimate way we could. Driving around the highways, that’s not what you’re getting.

Read the full Q&A with Sebastian Junger on the Museum blog.

The next time you see someone who is different than you, think about what their day might be like. Think about all the events of their life leading up to that point, and think about their day. Think about what part of their day you want to be.
—  Jonathan Novick, director of “Don’t Look Down on Me,” a film about his daily life and how he his perceived as a young man with Achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism. See clips from the documentary and watch his Democracy Now! interview.

fucking connor, now i cant stop imagining him and troye in big fluffy sweaters cuddling and watching netflix documentaries and having tickle fights and making fun of each other and almost falling asleep like that bYE

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