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Beyond the Help

My latest video collaboration. This is the first part of a 3 part video that will air on May Day on Free Speech TV. Phew! feels soooooo good to be finished with production.


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Top cause related videos

To get in the video making mood I watched the following top videos found on the TechSoup website. With their 2012 Digi Storytelling winners in, I have lots of great short works to inspire me. Hoorah!
From the site: The 2012 Digital Storytelling Challenge was a great success, with more than 250 total submissions from social benefit organizations in 24 countries! We were impressed with the quality of the photo slideshows and videos, and all the hard work that went into them.

@getstoried’s favorite cause related video

@storyofstuff‘s favorite cause related video

1st place: Dave Thomas Foundation snagged top honors in the video category with its black-and-white submission, taking home one Seagate hard drive, two Flickr Pro accounts, one Citrix GoToMeeting account, oneAdobe Production Premium, one Cisco Flip Video Mino HD, and oneSlideRocket Pro account.

2nd place: Developmental Disabilities Association rose to the challenge with its action-packed video and smart messaging, winning one Seagate hard drive, one Flickr Pro account, one Citrix GoToMyPC account, one Adobe Premiere Elements, and one Cisco Flip Ultra.

Most Creative Storytelling or, as I like to call it, the Reading Rainbow styled winner: Oxfam,

Most Fun in a Minute, Best Animation: Alliance for Climate Education

Best Global Campaign Video: Let’s Do It! World

One more:

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A taste for inspiring food coverage

Daniel Klein, Mirra Fein, Todd Selby and Lisa Hamilton lead the way in food coverage. And, they give me optimism for what is to come in the world of media.

Daniel Klein and Mirra Fein produce the The Perennial Plate, an online weekly documentary series on food and eating. The images are sharp, the pieces are short and better still it feels alive. Watch A Taste of Vietnam from Daniel Klein on Vimeo.


Lisa Hamilton has integrated multimedia and storytelling to document the stories of rural California. Called “Real Rural,” hers is an interesting project for it’s depth and the narrative arc in each of the stories.

And Todd Selby! His are vivid photos presented with audio and in some cases scanned notes that present a quick vignette in refreshing ways.

Want more visually compelling project interfaces? I do, and, I await the Hyperaudio Pad that Boas and Moskowitz are developing to foster open media that is accessible to everyone both for consumption as well as creation.

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Biking on screen

Ride The Divide covers the world’s toughest mountain bike race, 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. Using the natural environments, the racers and the videographers as characters, this movie pushes the boundaries of creating film.

Ride The Divide Movie Trailer from Ride The Divide on Vimeo.

Now I want to see Bicycle Dreams, “…a riveting portrait of extreme courage in the face of inhuman obstacles…the power of desire and the strength of the human will.” – The Love of Movies

More movies about bikes.