In 1986, the city of Cleveland tried to set a record: the simultaneous launch of 1.5 million balloons. However, liftoff did not go as planned. “Balloonfest,” from Nathan Truesdell, utilizes news footage from the event and the days that followed to tell the story. 🎈🎈🎈 Follow the link in our bio for the full film!
Make sure to catch “Footprint” screening at #AFIDOCS2018 on June 16th. The film comes from #VCmember @snewies and takes a contemplative view of how visitors experience and interact with the World Trade Center Memorial in lower Manhattan. If you are in D.C. this weekend follow the link in our bio for tickets.
A fine-art photographer turns to his craft to cope with his HIV/AIDS diagnose. In “I Have Something to Tell You,” filmmaker @ben_joyner follows @gatorboy_ as he photographs his family and friends while telling them about his diagnosis. This #VCselect screened at our April gathering in Los Angeles. Click the link in our bio for the full 🎬
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 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. 🖤🎬
Last week was our magical and music filled gathering in Washington D.C. We watched a great bunch of music themed films and capped it off with a performance from @theeunknowns. A big thanks to @songbyrddc for hosting, and cheers to everyone that came out! 🖤🖤 See everyone in June for the beginning of a great summer of gatherings! 📸 by @edythemc
“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.
The Civil War may have ended slavery, but white landowners in the south continued to exploit newly freed slaves well into the late 1960s. In this chilling short film, VICE's @blaqkorpheus introduces us to genealogist Antoinette Harrell, the “slavery detective of the South," as we travel with them to Louisiana where she tracks down cases of modern-day slavery. We screened this #VCselect at our April Gathering in New York, hosted by @vice! Check the link in our bio for the full film!
Thanks for coming out for another beautiful evening of films at the New York gathering. A big thanks to @aenetworks for hosting us at your amazing new studio space. And cheers to @nehashastry for hosting the evening, and our gatherings director @straussphotography for making everything run so smoothly. Thanks to all for coming though, see everyone in June for some outdoor vibes! 📸 by @frankholliday
We are here to bless your timeline for #femalefilmmakerfriday 🎥with the director of a doc we are in love with! 🖤 @luisaconlon directed the sad, but beautiful, short documentary “We Became Fragments,” which follows Ibraheem, a Syrian refugee, during his first week at a new school where 28 percent of the students are refugees. In addition to this amazing piece, Luisa will be DPing on season 2 of the Viceland show "Slutever" starting this summer! Find out more about Luisa, and watch her latest film, at the link in our bio.
Ever wondered what the world would look like if kids were in control? In “if..” kids from all over the world share what they would do differently with the cityscapes they inhabit. This inspiring journey into the imagination of children comes from @nilsclauss and Niel Dowling. Check out the full film at the link in our bio!
In Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, indigenous communities accept a third category of gender. They are known as “muxes,” and the culture’s acceptance of them can be traced back to crossdressing priests and hermaphrodite gods of Aztec and Maya civilizations. This visually stunning and inspiring #vcselect comes from @ivanolita of @brv.nyc and was recently screened at our gathering in Washington D.C. Check out the full 🎥 at the link in the bio.
We’re excited to be a community partner of @afidocs 2018! And looking forward to heading up to Washington, DC, to see the fantastic slate of documentaries at the festival next month. VC members get a discounted rate to attend. (Check the private forum for details, VCers!) We look forward to seeing y’all there! #AFIDOCS2018
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!
Four lesbians reveal their first loves in the beautifully animated “I Like Girls.” The women share the nitty-gritty of their tales of love and sometimes-messy attempts at sexual expression. This charming #VCselect comes from director #dianeobomsawin and was screened at our Washington D.C. gathering in March. Check out the link in our bio for the full film! ❤️❤️
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!
The United States Military is the largest transgender employer in the U.S., and yet those who serve must conceal their true identity because military policies ban their service. “Transgender, at War and in Love” profiles Logan Ireland, who just finished his deployment serving as a male. He finds support from his leaders and peers while his fiancée Laila Villanueva, who was assigned male at birth, faces a different journey. This touching tale for modern times comes from director @fionajdawson and producers @gesilver and @jamiebcoughlin of @sidexsidestudios. The short was screened as a #VCselect at our March gathering in Washington D.C. Check our the film at the link in our bio ☝️. And find out more about the team’s feature length documentary @transmilitary.