The black-coated, scythe-carrying personification of death 💀 is coming for all of us one day, Yet we choose to poke fun at the personified form of death. The character has appeared in thousands of cartoons in @newyorkermag since 1937. But where was he prior to that, and what’s behind this cultural obsession? #VCmember @paultrillo explains in this very special #VCselect, from our April gathering in New York. Check out the full film at the link in our bio!
“The Man with the Halo” follows world three time world Olympian, four time world champion, and current Ironman world record holder Tim Don in the time after an accident that left him with a broken neck. The determined triathlete opted for a halo device that would hold his neck in place with titanium pins placed in his skull. It’s a story recovery, of bravery, and determination in the face of adversity. This inspiring short film comes from #VCmember Andrew Hinton of @pilgrim_films. Watch the full film at the link in our bio.
Ibraheem was just a regular kid — until he lost everything. After escaping war-torn Syria and losing his mother and four siblings in a bombing that left him injured, Ibraheem Sarhan and his father strive to make a new life in Winnipeg, Canada. This Op-Doc from The New York Times follows Ibraheem during his first week at a new school where 28 percent of the students are refugees. "We Became Fragments" comes from #VCmember @luisaconlon, Hanna Miller and Lacy Jane Roberts. It’s a haunting, sad but beautiful story of loss, resilience, and one young man’s identity as he starts over. Watch the full 🎥 @fragmentsdoc at the link in our bio!
It’s #femalefilmmakerfriday 🎥 This week’s #VCspotlight is @msveenarao whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, National Geographic, The Guardian, and VICE News. Her beautiful short doc “Rebuilding in Miniature” was a #VCselect at our March gathering in LA. It’s also been featured on The New York Times Op-Docs, and was just announced as a selection at #AFIDOCS2018! Click the link in our bio for more about Veena. Want to nominate a #VCmember for a #VCspotlight? Send us a DM!
After a police shooting, the name of the victim so often disappears from the news as the days and weeks go on. The aftermath is of little interest to the media; filmmaker and #VCmember @erik_ljung’s new documentary ensures one name is not forgotten. Dontre Hamilton. He was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee Police Officer in 2014. The award-winning documentary, @bloodatdoorstep follows the aftermath of Hamilton’s shooting for three years. And gives a behind-the-scenes look into one of America's most pressing social issues. Check out all upcoming screenings at the link in our bio!
The Video Consortium continues to rock the #tribecafilmfestival. Check out these films 🎬 screening this week! “Earthrise” (5:30 PM - TUE 4/24) tells the story of the Apollo 8 astronauts recounting their memories of capturing the first image of Earth from space in 1968. The short is directed by #VCmember @evaughanlee. “The Happiest Guy in the World” (5:30 PM - THU 4/26) is directed by #vcmember @lanceopp and was screened at our New York gathering just last month! This short film tells the story of Mario Salcedo who boarded his first cruise nearly twenty years ago — and hasn’t returned since. Get more info about these films at the link in our bio!
Check out three more #tribecafilmfestival 🎬 selects from our members that premiere tonight!! “I Heart NY” from #VCmember @andreandreev (7:00 PM - FRI 4/20) examines the life of Milton Glaser, the creator of the iconic I Heart NY logo. “Dinner Party” (12:00 PM - FRI 4/20) is a virtual reality experience that tells the story of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple who made the first report of a UFO abduction in America in 1961. In the film they listen to a recording of their session during a dinner party — and what they hear could change their lives forever. The film is directed by #VCmember @alohemingway “Satan & Adam” (6:30 PM - FRI 4/20) tells the story of Ivy League-educated harmonica player Adam Gussow and one-man blues band Sterling “Satan” Magee. A duo who’s partnership would transcend the racial tensions of a segregated 1986 New York City. The film is directed by V. Scott Balcerek and produced by #VCmember @haypaiger — Get more info about these films at the link in our bio!
Special #VCspotlight #tribecafilmfestival edition. Come out and see some of our members’ films showing this weekend at the festival! Here are three that premiere tonight — “Cosmic Debris” (10:00 PM - THU 4/19) from cinematographer and #VCmember @geneagaudet and director @patrick.d.waldrop depicts the friendship between animator Gabor Csupo and the legendary musician Frank Zappa. “Everything is Stories” edited by #VCmember @cohenben (7:15 PM - THU 4/19) tells the story of Peter Setfan the owner of a funeral parlor who, amid a damning controversy, faced the question of where to draw the line on who deserves a burial. “Crime Cutz” (7:15 PM - THU 4/19) blurs the line between documentary and music video. It profiles four New Yorkers set to the soundtrack of Holy Ghost!’s Crime Club EP, where each subject interprets a song in their own way. The short is part of Tribeca N.O.W. and is directed by #VCmember’s @benfries @aldenalden and produced by @emery seller — for more info check out the link in our bio!
Today a growing number of lawyers are creating empathetic biographical mini-documentaries, or "sentencing videos", to reduce their clients' prison sentences. Inspired by the storytelling techniques of traditional documentary film, some lawyers team up with independent filmmakers while others become filmmakers themselves. These films are made for an audience of one: the presiding judge. This piece was created by #VCmember @lanceopp 🎥 Click the link in our bio for the full article and video
Here to bless your timeline with #femalefilmmakerfriday 🚺 This week we’re spotlighting @navigatingnikki, a video journalist at @washpo with a slew of projects in the works. Her latest is "Blind Date," a short documentary chronicling three blind New Yorkers on the quest for love. // Click the link in our bio for more about Nicole 🤟 // Want to nominate a #VCmember for a #VCspotlight? Send us a DM!
In Slutever, Karley Sciortino embarks on a series of sexual adventures, challenging outdated ideas about sexuality, gender, and love by putting herself at the center of the action. The series promises to investigate intimacy in a fun, self-aware, immersive way that is comical, but not mocking - a show for viewers to learn and LOL simultaneously. This episode was produced by #VCmember @adrimurguia 💗 click the link in our bio to watch the full video!
“Coach Nison” follows a former champion table tennis player who emigrated to Brooklyn from Tajikistan, started a ping pong club in the basement of a parking garage, and is now coaching a young olympic hopeful 🏓 Congrats to #VCmember @cthoxie, DP @chrisraddish, and Producer @brictv 🎥 This flick is premiering next month at @bigskydocfest and you can click the link on our profile for more deets
High School Prom in Flint, Michigan isn’t your average every day high school dance. #VCmember @canepari_til_i_die has been photographing Prom in Flint Michigan for the last three years and in 2016, he was the official prom portrait photographer at Northwestern High School. The goal with this work has always been to celebrate these young people. To show them in a way that doesn’t always highlight their struggle. The students from Northwestern High School are proud and strong, but also have undeniable odds stacked against them. These images are from the third chapter of “Flint is a Place” which is a cross-platform documentary project about Flint, MI. Click the link in our profile to see more.
This gripping piece from #VCmember @annelagamayo tells the story of Cynthia Lane and the horrific cuts found covering her son’s body after he was shot dead by Chicago police. Needless to say the grieving mother wants answers and year-long investigation by CNN's Rosa Flores shows the truth is not always black and white. Click the link on our page to see more from this captivating video. @rosaflorescnn @madeleinestix @jdwilson2
Amongst many amazing films, @awfthefilm is playing at @docnycfest this week! The film follows the work of the bomb disposal squad working on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. This photo features #VCmember @naushero with co-director and cinematographer Asad Faruqi. Don't miss this very important film about the families on the front lines of the war on terror. Click the link on our profile to get tickets and learn more 🔗
Heads up to all you folks in #NYC 🔜 @islandsoldiermovie is premiering at the IFC Center this Friday. The film sheds a powerful light on how the beautiful, remote islands of Micronesia, a US protectorate, contribute a disproportionate number of soldiers to the American armed forces. Looking for a way out of poverty, these Pacific Islanders leave their communities in pursuit of the American Dream. Directed by #VCMember @nathanfitch, Island Soldier questions whether the benefits of US protection are worth the substantial costs of fighting its wars. For more information about the films premiere click the link on our profile.
Nobody dies in Longyearbyen, or so goes the rumor. #VCmember @freidatlast and MEL Films went to the northernmost city in the world to find out why, and stumbled into the first act of a science fiction flick about something deadly, long buried in the permafrost. What goes down must come up. Follow the link on our profile to watch the video!
“I don’t have time to sit at home and lie in the bed and cry. I have a mission. I have work to do.” In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, “Into the Deluge” takes a harrowing look at some of the folks affected by this devastating natural disaster. Follow the link on our profile to watch the doc, by #VCmember @garcia_alexandra and her colleagues at @nytvideo
As the Emmys approach this weekend, we want to post a little shout out to the members of the Video Consortium that have been nominated. Here is an image from “The Fight for Falluja,” which is a firsthand experience showcasing the battles Iraqi forces endured to retake the city of Falluja from the Islamic State. #VCmember @bcsolomon is nominated for Outstanding New Approaches for his work on this virtual reality doc. Watch the video through the link on our profile!
Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez (with whom she co-founded the first farm workers union), becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. This doc, created in part by new #VCmember @jessedana, reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. It premieres this weekend in LA and SF and is currently playing in NYC at the IFC Center until the 14th - Follow the link on our page for more info!
The famed Cyclone, Coney Island’s historic roller coaster, celebrates its 90th birthday this year and #VCmember @fposillico made a short doc about it for @nydailynews. See the popular Luna Park ride and its long history, as told through the eyes of the people who have helped operate her, and the frenzied fanatics who ride her day after day. You can catch this flick at the Coney Island Film Festival this weekend (Sept. 10th @ 6pm) - Clink the link on our profile to learn more.
Today I spent the morning filming the Bencheghib brothers, @garybencheghib & @sambencheghib paddling down Newtown Creek and Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn to point out the problems and possible solutions to the pollution crisis. #BroCleanBKLN #cinematographer #producer #documentary #docs #dp #dji3 #dji3pro #ny #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #MakeAChangeWorld #makeachange #brooklyn #bkln #VCmember
That workhorse C300. #Repost @videoconsortium ・・・ It’s #femalefilmmakerfriday 🎥 This week’s #VCspotlight is @msveenarao whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, National Geographic, The Guardian, and VICE News. Her beautiful short doc “Rebuilding in Miniature” was a #VCselect at our March gathering in LA. It’s also been featured on The New York Times Op-Docs, and was just announced as a selection at #AFIDOCS2018! Click the link in our bio for more about Veena. Want to nominate a #VCmember for a #VCspotlight? Send us a DM! ••• #canon #indiefilm #cinematography #documentary #filmmaker #filmmaking #cinemaeos #cinema #cinematographer #shortfilm #documentary #doc #nyt #cinemaeos #c300 #c100 #c100mkii #c300mkii
This clip from an on-going documentary created by #VCmember @nchilders412 takes us into Donetsk, Ukraine. Through documenting the citizens of Donetsk and examining their daily lives compared to Pittsburgh, its American sister city- this project hopes to learn more about Donetsk and create a platform for a better understanding between East Ukrainians, Russians and Americans.
“The Podkamieners” is a short film series on a group of Holocaust survivors from the same family, who were forced to flee their small town of Podkamien, Poland and hide in the woods at the peak of WWII. The films use rich and realistic animation juxtaposed with moving personal accounts. This series comes from #VCmember @skams, with beautiful animation by #VCmember @casey.drogin. Check out the full series at the link in our bio. 🖤🎬
Meet @mariamdwedar - she’s been a member of the VC since the get go. Currently she’s working on a few different shoots: the mental health of refugees trapped on the islands in Greece, the stories of the wives and children of former IS fighters in Iraq/Syria, a portrait of a psychiatrist (for victims of torture) and artist in Egypt, the lives and political views of youth in Iran, and a couple of personal projects in Cuba and Palestine. Here she is looking like a boss setting up her next shot 💪🎥 #VCmember #VCspotlight
Currently captivated by @time magazine’s new multimedia project Firsts. The project features videos that profile 46 groundbreaking women who are changing the world. The goal of Firsts is for every woman and girl to find someone whose presence in the highest reaches of success says to her that it is safe to climb, come on up, the view is spectacular. Special shout out to #VCmember @dianetsai_ and her colleagues @spencerbakalar, @luisadorr for their work on this project. Follow the link on our profile to see more.
Tomorrow night @filmlinc continues #NYFF with a wonderful lineup of short docs including #VCmember Xavier Marrades’s film “Cucli”. This ethereal, moving work about loss and renewel follows a widowed truck driver as he considers the nature of his companionship with a dove. Follow the link in our profile learn more about the film fest lineup