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Light, After 40 Days of Night

Viewfinder: Return of the Sun

Ice and darkness: winters in Ilulissat, a coastal city in northwestern Greenland, are unfathomably severe. After 40 straight days of darkness, the Inuits welcome the sun.

The same old magic

Viewfinder: Portrait of a Letterpress Printer

In 1955, letterpress printing was a "father-son affair", according to letterpress printer and instructor William Amer. While the centuries-old technology has largely been replaced, Amer still maintains a space for the old-school metal giants.

Embrace interruptions

Viewfinder: Tony Anderson

In many work environments, people undervalue human interaction; some even view it as a distraction. This short documentary follows composer Tony Anderson, who is drawn out of working in complete isolation by a longtime friend.

Short Form, Done Right

Viewfinder: The Caregiver

Done right, shorts have the ability to catch an audience off guard; to grab, pivot, and drop before you know what’s hit you. Eliot Rausch's short documentary, "The Caregiver", follows the trend of his previous films, providing an authentic glimpse into the lives of others to expose some greater human truths hovering above the magnifying glass.

The Best Support the World Has Ever Seen

Viewfinder: Twelfth Man

In the northeast of England, Sunderland A.F.C. and Newcastle United F.C. are separated by less than 15 miles. Both teams are notoriously average of late, finishing in the middle to bottom half of the English Premier League. But their supporters are some of the most zealous in all of football. The short film “Twelfth Man”, directed by Duane Hopkins and scored by Michael Gardiner, is a visceral experience; it doesn't take much to intensify scenes where hundreds seem poised to beat each other bloody.

Beyond the Score

Viewfinder: The Sound of Interstellar

Sound design is often overlooked when people watch and look back on movies. This SoundWorks Collection Profile details the intensive sound design of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.

Sound and Vision

Viewfinder: Create & Explore 004

Create & Explore is a video series that combines original photography and beats, each video centered around one city. 004 features New York City through the eyes of a native musician and a photographer with synesthesia.

Arbiter of good stories

Viewfinder: Stuffmaker

"Stuffmaker" sounds vague, even a little conceited. But artist Mac Premo does just that.

A master of his craft

Viewfinder: A Master at Play

No one knows the exact origin of Kokeshi, traditional wooden dolls made in Japan. Yasuo Okazaki has made them all his life (well over Malcolm Gladwell's suggested 10,000 hours). He's a certifiable master of the craft.

Images for the Generations

Viewfinder: A Photojournalist’s Testament

Testament is a collection of photographs and writing by late photojournalist Chris Hondros who covered the world's major conflicts since the late 1990s.

Viewfinder: Burton “Backcountry”

"Backcountry" follows Burton's sponsored snowboarders in their element, enjoying the backcountry. Seeing these guys carve down the mountain -- see them have fun is infinitely more enjoyable, more jaw dropping than anything you see in competitions.

Dieci Does

Viewfinder: Transition to Graffiti

Does, a former soccer star, is a multidisciplinary international artist whose graffiti is bright and compelling. Strictua's short, "Transition", offers a glimpse into his secretive work life.

Shooting 24 Hours, Backwards

Viewfinder: “Happy” In Reverse – A Walkumentary

You know Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”. You might not know about the artist's 24-hour music video, a day-long music video of everyday people and movie stars dancing to the song on a go-crazy loop. (Whether that seems cool or nightmarish is up to you.) The man behind in front of this huge undertaking is Jon Beattie, a Steadicam operator.

Banging bearings once again

Viewfinder: The Little Person Inside

You can do anything you set your mind to. It’s a classic adage, but this story offers a particularly unique version. Talan Skeels-Piggins was paralyzed from the chest down in a motorcycle accident; now he races motorcycles.

A Wicked Ride in the Western Sierras

Viewfinder: James Kelly’s Downhill American Dream

For most people, the American dream is owning a nice house or making a comfortable living. James ‘The American Dream’ Kelly lives a little differently -- his dream involves whipping by traffic at 50 mph on a skateboard.

Forest-to-Table

Viewfinder: Who We Are

"Who We Are" follows Donnie Vincent and his team of hunters through the Northwest Territories, 20 miles south of the Arctic Circle, drawn to the wilderness by an irresistible yearning.

One terrible shot and 24 iconic shots

Viewfinder: 87 Bounces

The short film 87 Bounces, produced by the French design studio HOTU, follows a single, stray basketball shot through 24 classic movies before it finally hits the back of the net.

An American Icon, Born To be wild

Viewfinder: The Story of the Chopper

"The Story of the Chopper" explores the surprising birth and history of the world's most recognizable motorcycle style.

Breaking Air in an Infinite Playground

Viewfinder: The Sounds of Paragliding

When he first started jumping off cliffs, Théo de Blic probably thought girls had cooties. Now a seasoned vet, the young Frenchman is breaking ground by performing spectacular acrobatic maneuvers in the air. Watch and listen here.

The Journey to the Journey

Viewfinder: IM Kona

The Ironman Triathlon, first introduced in 1977, is arguably the most grueling single-day race on the planet. This is the story of elite professional triathlete Dirk Bockel’s journey to the 2012 Ironman World Championships.

Fuckin' Steak and Shrimp On the Weekends

Viewfinder: Jazzsoon — Portrait of a Brooklyn Hustler

Based on the little we've seen of the man featured above who goes by the name Jazzsoon, we know this: he is one very alternative version of the modern self-made man. He's one part The Dude, abiding. He's one part Churchill, stoic, absurd. He's one part Ali G, silly, spouting strange street-level aphorisms.

Port in a storm

Viewfinder: Basecamp of Impressions

Remember when you were a kid, building a tent out of a bed sheet or making camp in the backyard? This short film taps into our love of tents and the notion of the base camp, a place full of potential, of plans, of gathering strength for adventures to come -- and a place to return to when the proverbial yak dung hits the fan.

A Fly Fishing Journey in the Bolivian Amazon

Viewfinder: What Kind of Meat?

During an exploratory fly fishing trip in the Bolivian Amazon last year, the Provo Brothers introduced a new sort of fishing adventure. One involving monkey meat.

Timeless Skies

Viewfinder: Above America

"Above America" exudes an old-time charm -- an aerial drone video before aerial drones existed. Harrison Sanborn, a California-based director and cinematographer, dug up his father's archive of aerial footage and scanned it at 2K resolution; the result is a celluloid time capsule without a particular year in mind.

Last Huzzah of the Supergrump

Viewfinder: Comic Book Heaven

More than TV, music, and movies, comics have had the hardest time adjusting to the digital age. Comic Book Heaven follows the owner of a small comic book vendor in Queens as he closes up for good.

Farr and Away

Viewfinder: The Farr 40s

Hot on the heels of the Rolex Big Boat Series is the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships, which will be held in San Francisco Bay starting on October 15. The Farr 40 is considered one of the most beautiful and classic yachts, designed from the keel up to race.

A Master at Work

Viewfinder: Gerry

Engraving is the art form of significance. In Gerry, we accompany a master engraver at work in his idyllic workshop.

even the greatest defeat can be turned into your greatest victory

Viewfinder: Touch the Sky

Even after an almost fatal accident in 2001 that left him without legs, Alex Zanardi's outlook remained bright. He returned to motorsports and won a fair share of races at the World Touring Car Championship, then won two medals at the 2012 London Paralympics; this October, he's taking on the Ironman World Championship triathlon. Tim Hahne's short for BMW, "Touch the Sky", is a peek into a day in Zanardi's life.

FREEEE FAAAALL-IN'

Viewfinder: B.A.S.E

Jump from a 500-foot cliff and you’ll free-fall for five or six seconds. It’s a very short moment, but as one yet-anonymous thrill-seeker explains in this short clip, “Your mind becomes so focused on the exact moment that all your senses become amplified. You’re able to hear things, and feel things, and see things that you probably wouldn’t if you weren’t in free fall.”

No Glory in Being a Maverick

Behind the Visor: The Life of a Warbird Pilot

Warbird pilots have an innate passion for flying. When other kids dreamed of hitting the ball out of the park, these guys fantasized about racing down the chute at Reno. The short film Warbird Pilot: Behind the Visor focuses on decorated Reno Air Race Pilot John-Curtiss Paul as he balances aviation and family life.

From Trigger to Table

Salt, Fresh & Field, Episode 3: “Whitetail”

Put a rifle in the hands of a chef, set him up in sight of an unassuming whitetail deer, and see what happens. That’s the premise of the latest Salt, Fresh & Field, a show that connects, quite literally, food and table.

Follow Your Fears

“Spending It Well”, with a Dirt Bike and a Parachute

A dirt bike. A parachute. And no fear. That’s what it takes to execute a novel idea in extreme sports. “If everything doesn’t go perfectly to plan then, you know, I’ll move on to the next life”, says Brad O’Neal. The Pro Motox Rider is planning to hit a massive skyward ramp, at 80 mph, without a prayer of landing.

A Stranger Collaboration

Viewfinder: Seven Outliers in Iceland

Seven creatives -- filmmakers, photographers and musicians -- who had never met traveled to Iceland in 2011 with one purpose: to document beauty. Outliers, Vol. 1: Iceland is the amorphous, unfocused, and impressive culmination of the landscapes, people and traditions they encountered.

Out of this world

Viewfinder: MB&F L’Epée 1839 Starfleet/Machine

One of the most innovative figures in the world of watchmaking is Maximilian Büsser, a former executive at Jaeger-LeCoutre. His collaboration with Swiss watchmakers L'Epee, the Starfleet/Machine, is a space-age monument to horology.

Out Of The Limelight, Into The Sun

Viewfinder: This Is Dane Reynolds

Dane Reynolds sparked controversy in 2012 when he dropped out of competitive surfing. This short film follows him as he seeks to rediscover his inspiration.