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Naomi Klein on the Oil Spill

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Author/activist discusses the ravages wrought by the disaster in the Gulf.

The formidable PR machines behind BP and the Obama administration are in full swing, assuring us that ravaged Gulf coast ecosystem with be "restored and made whole." Amid all the positive spin, social activist and bestselling author Naomi Klein wonders how that is remotely possible: "It all sounded great. But for people whose livelihoods put them in intimate contact with the......read more

Trailer For This Changes Everything

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Directed By Avi Lewis and Narrated and Inspired by the Book by Naomi Klein

Inspired by Naomi Klein's book of the same title, the feature documentary is opening next week. This powerful film is a must-see. But don't just take our word for it.  Watch this. Here's a link to the screenings: http://thefilm.thischangeseverything.org/screenings/ Go see this film and see for yourself how we have an opporunity to change everything....read more

The Sea and Cake, "On and On"

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Get hypnotized to this simple, elegant sand animation by Naomi Nagata

Remember in the late nineties when the music press labeled the Sea and Cake and their genre-twisting, jazz-influenced brethren as "post-rock"? Worst name ever. Anyway, the rhythmic Chicago act dropped their tenth LP, Runner, a couple months ago, and now we have a lovely animated clip for album highlight "On and On." Like the song itself, Naomi Nagata's elegant stop motion video is a......read more

Sustenance

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Matt Kleiner's black-and-white surf short captures the mystique of the sport

CA-based filmmaker Matt Kleiner assembled this mystical little short using extra footage from Way of the Ocean, a surf film shot up, down and around the coast of Oz as an exploration of man's relationship with the sea.  Whether you're completely unfamiliar with the sensation of a board under your bare feet or lucky enough to have a "home break," you can't help but wonder......read more

The Perennial Plate: An American Food Trip

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Daniel Klein sets out across the States on a sustainable food adventure

For "An American Food Trip," another instalment in the excellent Perennial Plate series about sustainable eating, filmmaker Daniel Klein and his team travelled 23,000 miles across 42 states to tell the stories of "Real Food in America." The resulting clip, cobbled together from seven terrabytes of footage, offers a fast-moving and fascinating glimpse at food culture all over the States. As......read more

One Belongs

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A SHFT original animated short from Liz Klein.

Surrealistic animation beautifully juxtaposes the undersea movements of a jellyfish and a plastic bag, offering some poignant commentary on marine pollution in the process. Made by SHFT collaborator Elizabeth Klein, the film makes use of rotoscoping, an age-old animation technique that involves tracing over live-action film movement, frame by frame, creating a dreamlike visual effect. Music by......read more

SHFT Green to Blue

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Gripping eco-drama in stop motion by SHFT's Liz Klein.

SHFT animator extraordinaire Liz Klein creates a moving message about the environment and climate change, using the tried and true technique of stop motion animation. Just in time for the holidays. Watch this before they run Rudolph....read more

Carbon Footprint

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A SHFT original animation by Liz Klein

Liz Klein's animation work is broad-ranged and eclectic. Her rotoscope work in the dreamlike ONE BELONGS is elegiac; her stop motion in BLUE TO GREEN takes Bambi into the terrors of climate change; and now with CARBON FOOTPRINT, Liz takes on yet another animation technique to remind us to be conscious about our own footprint monsters who follow us throughout our lives. This vid has a......read more

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