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A 44-day trip through 11 countries chronicled in a brilliant one-minute video

If this doesn't make you want to hop on a plane to some far-flung place, nothing will. With a commission from STA Travel Australia, filmmaker Rick Mereki turned out them three stunning and compelling short films, with travel as the underlying theme. Rick and his crew traveled abroad for 44 days, through 11 different countries on 18 different flights for a total of 38,000 miles. The......read more

Rick Rubin: Music and Spirituality

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The esteemed record producer discusses art and nature in this inspiring video from Nowness

Rick Rubin is near the top of the list of the famous people who like to chill with. The legendary record producer, who famously launched Def Jam with Russell Simmons from his NYU dorm room, is not only one of most important architects in the history of popular music, but also a sage-figure on the path to spiritual enlightenment. In this short film, created by Alison Chernick for Nowness, Rubin......read more

Cass McCombs "Morning Star"

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Patrick O'Dell's breezy skateboard montage for new McCombs album standout

"Morning Star," the lead single Cass McCombs' 7th (!) album Big Wheel and Others, is a contemplative cut, with a lilting organ line that seems somehow nostalgic for simpler times. Epicly Later'd director Pat O'Dell embraces the nostalgia vibes in this clip for the song, which he assembled from a bunch of old skate and surf films. Among the sampled films is "The Devil's Toy," a 1966 NFB short that......read more

Light Echoes

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Laser light photography by Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank

Data visualization artist Aaron Koblin teamed with director Ben Tricklebank to produce a piece for Doug Aitken's Station to Station public art project, currently traveling across the country by train. “Doug reached out to me a while back and said, ‘I’m working on this train-based art extravaganza, what could you do in that context?’” Koblin told Wired.......read more

The Big SHFT: Michael Crooke, Sustainable Business Maverick

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The former Patagonia CEO, now a management professor at Pepperdine University, discusses the role of environmental responsibility in business

Michael W. Crooke's résumé reads like a young achiever's dream bio. The former Navy SEAL (underwater demolition team) holds a Ph.D. in management and has held senior executive roles at a number of companies in the outdoors industry, including Yakima, Kelty Packs, Pearl/Izumi and Patagonia, where he was CEO from 1999 to 2005. It was Crooke's time at Patagonia -- the company founded......read more

Motorville by Patrick Jean

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Genius animation tells the story of a society addicted to oil

Talented director Patrick Jean, whose "Pixels" short set the 'net on fire a few years back, has another hit on his hands with this one. "Motorville" is an allegorical tale of an American city addicted to oil. Animated in Google Maps, the city goes on a quest across the world to find oil in order to feed its body, made of streets, highways and freeways. Packed with lots of fun details, the VFX......read more

Trailer: Samsara

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Baraka director Ron Fricke has a new flick coming out, and it looks amazing

Ron Fricke, the director behind the game-changing film "Baraka," is set to return with "Samsara," his first feature length in two decades. This stunning teaser has us chomping at the bit. Shot in 70mm film, with imagery that would make Terence Malick's eye pop out, the film explores the always-interesting territory where humanity and nature collide. Here;s the description from the......read more

Hypnotizing Skateboarding Tricks in Super Slo-Mo

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Witness some time-stretched skating sorcery in this video from Adam Shomsky

As any non-skater attempting to ollie can attest, skateboarding is hard. There's nothing remotely natural about operating a mobile plank with your feet. This two-minute video from Adam Shomsky shows just how truly insane skateboarding really is. Shot with a Redlake N3 high-speed camera at 1,000 frames per second, Shomsky captures skaters throwing down rare flat ground tricks in suuuuuuper......read more

Gardens NYC: Patrick's Place

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Urban gardening comes up from underground.

There's nothing new about urban gardening. The Romans grew food on rooftops. Schoolyards and vacant lots have hosted veggie plots for centuries. So today's city agriculture explosion is really just a reclamation of our heritage. And nowhere is it more prevalent than Brooklyn, where Patrick Nagel (no, not that Patrick Nagel) gets his green thumb dirty every day. Born and raised near Detroit,......read more

Truck Farm

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Teaching an old Dodge new tricks.

Is this the future of the North American auto industry? We hope so. TRUCK FARM, from Brooklyn’s Wicked Delicate Films, follows the story of a little farm operation set up in an unlikely location: the back of an old Dodge pickup. Watch the web series on the Wicked Delicate site. A feature film on the project is in the works. ...read more

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