Denise Zmekhol’s film, Children of the Amazon, airs at 4 pm today on @Worldcompass .org. Read Zmekhol’s blog post  about her trip to present the film at the Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival, where it received the Bronze Drum Award . She says:

The example I used in the clip was clear-cutting of the rain forest. Conflict is inevitable; how to survive without letting themselves being exploited by the economic power that continues to destroy their resources — including as Motira Surui says, even the fruit trees that the indigenous people use for food.

w-o-w.

think4yourself:

The Irish kid deserves an Oscar. The idea, the script, the direction, Jesus, try not to be moved. Copyranter

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Holy shit

The Fracking Song, produced by @JayRosen ‘s students at @studio20nyu.

We agree with courtneymaum . Really interesting film. Wanna go see more in Portugal! FYI: Convento will play in NYC this summer with Rooftop Films  and Zwanniken will be there with an exhibit. Woot!

#iffboston What I saw—Saturday (“Convento”)
Big film day for me—I caffeinated, hydrated and headed into the Somerville Theatre at noon, and didn’t emerge again until midnight. Hardcore yeah. (Also helped that the great staff had a BBQ brunch set up in one of the smaller theaters.) I started off with the art-doc “Convento”  by a director to watch, @JarredAlterman. This film, next to “Little Horses” will probably emerge as my favorite of the weekend. No, I’m lying. I loved Miranda July’s “The Future,” too. But this haunting portrayal of the kinetic artist Christian Zwanniken and the story of his family’s transformation of a crumbling Portuguese monastery into a haven for super-experimental art was not only inspiring, but also refreshing to see that there are still creative geniuses who know how to play.

We agree with courtneymaum . Really interesting film. Wanna go see more in Portugal! FYI: Convento will play in NYC this summer with Rooftop Films  and Zwanniken will be there with an exhibit. Woot!

#iffboston What I saw—Saturday (“Convento”)

Big film day for me—I caffeinated, hydrated and headed into the Somerville Theatre at noon, and didn’t emerge again until midnight. Hardcore yeah. (Also helped that the great staff had a BBQ brunch set up in one of the smaller theaters.) I started off with the art-doc “Convento”  by a director to watch, @JarredAlterman. This film, next to “Little Horses” will probably emerge as my favorite of the weekend. No, I’m lying. I loved Miranda July’s “The Future,” too. But this haunting portrayal of the kinetic artist Christian Zwanniken and the story of his family’s transformation of a crumbling Portuguese monastery into a haven for super-experimental art was not only inspiring, but also refreshing to see that there are still creative geniuses who know how to play.

We love this video abt @KevJumba ‘s dad! The Lab and @BostonAAFilm want your family stories for the festival contest Short Waves! Deadline is this Monday!! http://bit.ly/efcOqT

Oh yeah, and you should definitely subscribe to Kevin’s channel. So funny!

Awesome. drawsgood:

One more for the night. Lots more to come!
Huge props to the makers of Sword and Sworcery for refreshing the way I see pixel art. 

Awesome. drawsgood:

One more for the night. Lots more to come!

Huge props to the makers of Sword and Sworcery for refreshing the way I see pixel art. 

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RT @pubcamp:Nice! Looking forward to great things from out there!

Hollywood Night Time by Astig!! on Flickr.
Does this give you an idea of where #pubcampwescoast will be?

RT @pubcamp:Nice! Looking forward to great things from out there!

Hollywood Night Time by Astig!! on Flickr.

Does this give you an idea of where #pubcampwescoast will be?

In the film MARWENCOL we learn about Mark Hogancamp’s alternate world, set in a town tormented by the violence of World War II. This is where he retreats to heal from his own real-life injuries by playing out scenes of romance, violence and humor with a collection of beloved, twelve-inch high characters.
World will play Hogancamp’s story this weekend. Be sure to catch it. In the meantime, explore the village of MARWENCOL with this interactive map created by Independent Lens and read Penelope Green’s wonderful profile of Hogancamp for the New York Times. 

In the film MARWENCOL we learn about Mark Hogancamp’s alternate world, set in a town tormented by the violence of World War II. This is where he retreats to heal from his own real-life injuries by playing out scenes of romance, violence and humor with a collection of beloved, twelve-inch high characters.

World will play Hogancamp’s story this weekend. Be sure to catch it. In the meantime, explore the village of MARWENCOL with this interactive map created by Independent Lens and read Penelope Green’s wonderful profile of Hogancamp for the New York Times. 


Starting in May, World will host a special set of international documentaries, the Global Voices series, produced by the Independent Television Service.

We’re telling you about it because the Lab is a close partner with World. We have mentioned the WORLD channel before when listing the variety of outlets the Lab has for the videos you send to us. Formerly called PBS WORLD, it’s a multicast digital broadcast, sent over the airwaves for free, and bringing you your favorite PBS shows and independent documentaries on 53 television stations across the US. WORLD also has an incredibly interactive website, full of film content, special guest blogs and lots of ways to meet the filmmakers and participate on special topics.

What we didn’t tell you is that we’re also in the same Boston, MA building! For the next few months, the Lab is going to work more closely with World and apply our Open Call method to help grow the World’s community of smart viewers, video contributors, comment makers, guest bloggers and discerning critics. Please visit Worldcompass.org and tell us what you want to see there. Even better, take part in the conversations happening with World Compass Bloggers , or on Facebook and Twitter.

World organizes the content they bring you according to theme. Below, see what you have to look forward to in the next couple of months. Have a programming idea for us? Be sure to let the Lab and World know!

MAY: The Journey

A trip is about crossing a border, whereas a journey expands the borders of our minds. Whether it be the extraordinary story of a group of people with disabilities rafting down the Colorado River or a traveling band of civil rights activists fighting against segregation, this theme brings together stories of journeys and the changes they evoke, in individuals as well as in societies.

JUNE: 9 to 5

For most people, work is necessary for survival, but it’s not the only reason why we spend so many of our waking hours on the job. In a Great Recession world, one in which the minority are increasingly tethered to work by devices and the majority continue to make less than $2 a day, how does the work we do shape who we are?

(postcard campaign) @followjenjones, whom we met during a Stonewall Uprising tweet chat, told us that North Carolina is in a battle over marriage laws. She was surprised local PBS channel UNC-TV aired a show about gay rights at all. Learn more about the NC legislation to keep marriage “between a man and a woman” on the LGBT activists site,Equality NC. if you missed Stonewall Uprising on 4/25, never fear! You can catch it tonight on PBS channel World! More info. 

(postcard campaign) @followjenjones, whom we met during a Stonewall Uprising tweet chat, told us that North Carolina is in a battle over marriage laws. She was surprised local PBS channel UNC-TV aired a show about gay rights at all. 

Learn more about the NC legislation to keep marriage “between a man and a woman” on the LGBT activists site,
Equality NC

if you missed Stonewall Uprising on 4/25, never fear! You can catch it tonight on PBS channel World! More info.