Ray Villafane knows his way around a pumpkin, having carved some of the most incredible and intricate Jack-o-lanterns ever. In this clip from azcentral, we learn a bit more about the artist, and what it is about the orange squash that inspires him. Each fall, his studio cranks out countless pumpkins for displays around the world.
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Johnny Knoxville’s film Action Point was a semi-fictitious tribute to the world’s most dangerous amusement park. Seth Porges and Chris Charles Scott’s documentary takes us inside the true story of New Jersey’s thrilling, but terrifying Action Park, and the many crimes and misdemeanors that took place during its existence.
Most couples have a few silly words that are uniquely theirs. But Bill and Tonya Martin decided to create a complete language of their own that nobody else knows how to speak, called Martinese. Sam Davis and Rayka Zehtabchi’s documentary is at its heart a bittersweet story about parents finding their way after the kids fly the coop.
While many of the things we throw away are garbage, once in a while, there’s something of value. During his 34 years on the job, New York sanitation worker Nelson Molina collected items along his route, amassing a collection of over 45,000 items. Nicolas Heller’s documentary offers a profile of the man and his private museum of treasure.
Frenetic Arts’ documentary takes us inside the mind and the craft of stop-motion animation maestro Phil Tippett, whose work has been seen in movies like Star Wars: A New Hope, Robocop, Jurassic Park, and Starship Troopers, along with his epic passion project Mad God.
It’s not often that an animated feature tackles such serious issues, but Another Day of Life follows the true story of a civil war that broke out when Angola became independent from Portugal in 1975. Based on the book by Ryszard “Ricardo” Kapuściński, a journalist who begged his way deep into the most volatile places.
Mashable introduces us to Tomislav Topic and Thomas Granseuer of Quintessenz. The duo creates colorful and dynamic art installations by spray-painting flexible mesh material, then layering them into gradations of color. When set against real-world backdrops, they look almost like digital imagery.
Artist Iris Scott doesn’t believe in paintbrushes. Instead, she creates detailed and vibrant images using only her gloved fingers. Her works include people, animals, landscapes, water, and urban scenes. Find more of her art on her website, and canvas prints are available here.
Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella owe their existence to a series of 1980s guerrilla punk rock events in the California desert. Stuart Swezey’s documentary combines interviews of punk and post-punk luminaries with performances by Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Perry Farrell, and more. Drops 9/13/19.
This feature-length Netflix documentary is a shocking look inside the multi-trillion-dollar world of digital data collection and mining, specifically in the context of the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal, in which data was harvested from over 87 million people, and used to manipulate public opinions.
Untitled Film Works’ short about one artist’s creative process becomes a film about three artists. At once, it’s a glimpse inside the mind of fine art photographer David Yarrow as he seeks the perfect shot in South Georgia, while showcasing the vision of directors and cinematographers Abraham Joffe ACS and Dom West.
Despite his phenomenal posthumous popularity, and having painted thousands of works of art, it’s nearly impossible to find an original Bob Ross painting anywhere. The New York Times dug into the mystery behind what happened to Ross’ numerous paintings in this great short documentary.
Great Big Story presents a compilation of short documentaries about working with poisonous food and substances. From a gardener who tends to only poisonous plants, to a pioneering group of volunteers who ate poisoned substances, these people risk their lives for science and culture.
Blondie co-founder and lead vocalist Debbie Harry has been the subject of interviews for 40+ years. As a woman leading a rock band, she’s been subjected to all manner of stupid questions. Meghan Fredrich’s brilliant short film documents some of Debbie’s better ways of handling such off-putting interviews.
Little Inventors is a UK-based non-profit organization that encourages creativity and innovation by asking children to come up with their own inventions, then collaborate with makers to build prototypes of them. SciFri dropped by to see what sort of wonderful madness they’re up to. You simply must browse the kids’ ideas.
Netflix’s documentary is about a wildly popular Brazilian TV show host. Wallace Souza claimed he started an anti-crime show to help people. He would go on to parlay his show’s popularity to become a politician. But investigations allege that he was more criminal than savior.
From August 15 to 18, 1969, an outdoor concert was held on a 600-acre dairy farm in New York, with over 400,000 people in attendance. Woodstock would go on to be one of the most legendary festivals ever staged. PBS’ documentary on the show features never before seen footage.
Seo Gyeong-deok channels his lifelong love for anime by painting Gundam models and other figures in a vibrant two-dimensional cartoon style. Thestory met with Seo to learn more about his craft. He also accepts commissions. You can see more of his work on his Instagram page. Turn captions on.
You’d think that chalk would be chalk, but it turns out that some of the brightest scholars on the planet believe that Hagoromo Fulltouch chalk is magical in some way. The Japanese chalk is said to not only write more smoothly and elegantly, but possess some mystical qualities.
“All of the danger, and none of the glory.” HBO shares this segment from Real Sports with Bryan Gumbel about cameramen who cover extreme athletes. Whether its wingsuiting, surfing, skiing, or mountain climbing, these cameramen flirt with both death and seeing someone else die.
Trevor Gordon found an abandoned tiny fishing boat in a field, and reconstructed it in the hopes of using it to find surfing spots. Ian Durkin and his crew chronicled the rebirth of the Camel in an endearing short film that is a sweet tribute to both making and surfing.
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