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Isis Bataglia by Thomas Whiteside - Proenza Schouler Fall 2016


Some of my “wow, that’s a really cool and probably once in a lifetime photo” collection.
YouTube launches two new initiatives to support female filmmakers
YouTube is launching a global production program and partnering with the United Nations in an effort to highlight and support women's voices across the platform.
By Micah Singleton

“The video networks will invest in videos created by female filmmakers through the global YouTube Spaces program, which puts women in front of and behind the camera. And the year-long UN partnership will see a group of female creators advocating for gender equality as the first “change ambassadors” for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Action campaign.

Over the past few months, YouTube has invited a select group of women to serve as creative directors and mentor other female creators at its production facilities known as YouTube Spaces across the globe. Six YouTubers —  Anna Akana (US), Alexys Fleming(US), Julia Veiga Faria (Brazil), Em Ford (UK), Nilam Farooq (Germany) and Kuma Miki(Japan) — were selected as creative directors in their respective YouTube Spaces and helped film over 50 videos including vides produced by Michelle Phan and GloZell that cover everything from original scripted content to women’s issues to tributes to female leaders throughout history.

Those videos will begin rolling out today.

As for the partnership with the UN, YouTube has selected Ingrid Nilsen, Jackie Aina, Yuya, Taty Ferreira, Hayla Ghazal, Louise Pentland, and Chika Yoshida as the first group of women on the platform to serve as Change Ambassadors for the U.N’s Sustainable Development Action campaign. The women will work with the UN during their year-long appointment to “inspire and activate their global fan communities” and create videos to promote gender equality.”

Read the full piece here

Awesome! Filmmakers check this out!!!

Fordlandia, Henry Ford’s abandoned Amazon dream, photo by Wikicommons


Fordlândia was one major project by Henry Ford in Brazil. Looking to start cheaper production and invest economically in Brazilian natural resources, he decided to create a city from scratch to accommodate the factory workers and chiefs of operation.

Unfortunately, the harsh conditions and clashing of work cultures made everything go to hell. Too many bugs and heat made the region less than desirable to Americans recruited to manage the plants, and the working hours and habits weren’t the same as the ones the Brazilian simple workers were accustomed to. Yield was minimal and Ford felt like the project was a failure.

There was a second city he tried to build from scratch, also in the Amazon, but I can’t recall what its name was. If you want to see more of Fordlândia, such as the American style houses (some still inhabited today) and other parts of the town, here’s the album. There is a lot more on this city’s history online and you can find it easily, or even look at the pictures Google has to offer. Wikipedia has an article on it, I believe, and there you can probably find more information on the other town. The city that still exists today looks quite nice, actually, since most construction from that time was maintained and refurbished throughout the decades.