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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.

A look at Porsche's journey to Le Mans

Viewfinder: We Are Racers

The biggest story behind this year’s running of Le Mans was no doubt the return of Porsche, who have been absent from the race’s top class for 16 years. The storied automaker teamed up with Michelin to create “We Are Racers”, a series of short films documenting the company’s 2014 journey to Le Mans.

An afternoon with a surfer, winemaker, and philosopher

Viewfinder: Meant to Be

"Why do I surf, why do I make wine?" Johan Reyneke says, laughing to himself. "I don't know. It just happened. It's just meant to be." In this short film by The Perennial Plate, Reyneke surfs in False Bay and explains the way he makes wine. They're two disciplines that may seem quite different but are actually quite similar through the lens of his life's philosophy.

60 hours, 100 miles, 62,680 feet of climb

Barkley 100

While the ultramarathon circuit flourishes with more competitors and stars who are (almost) household names, the Barkley Marathons remains an eccentricity -- and that's saying a lot for a sport that's already at the fringes. This 2014 film documents the race.

Grit, Gravel and Rubber

Viewfinder: Almanzo 100

The Almonzo 100 is a gravel bike race that takes place each year over 100 miles of the gently rolling gravel roads of Fillmore County in Southeastern Minnesota. Pretty standard -- except for the lack of entry fee, aid station, or support team. The only things the racers have are themselves, two tires and 100 miles of gravel to crush.

Capturing the entire scene

RED Collective – Asgeir Helgestad

Award-winning Norwegian nature photographer Asgeir Helgestad shows a typical day in his office, among the cold and the wild, in this video short.

The Watchmaker's Art

Inside NOMOS Glashütte: A Look Over the Watchmaker’s Shoulder

When people ask what’s so special about mechanical watches, we go on about the miracle of keeping time with gears and springs, the artisanal tradition and the importance timepieces have played in great historical events. If anyone listening hasn’t walked away by then, eyes are usually glazed and the subject quickly changed. Now we can just point those people to this video.

Ditch The Civic and Don Some Leather

Cry Havoc Cry

What would a modern interpretation of Bonnie and Clyde look like? Nicholas Maggio (who we’ve already seen is pretty good at the babes, crime, cars equation) has taken a stab, and the results are about as killer as you’d expect. If you don’t hit eBay in search of a leather jacket and an E28 M5 afterwards, you might need to watch it again.

Salomon's Running TV on the Western States 100

The Original

Salomon's Running TV reaches back to the history of the 20th Annual Western States 100 in "The Original". The year was 1974, and the Western States (also known as The Tevis Cup) was a 100-mile endurance horse ride in Placer County, CA. Colfax-native Gordy Ainsleigh had been competing for several years. "When my horse went lame in '73, [race organizer] Drucilla invited me to do it the next year on foot", he says. "I said, 'well maybe', and I was thinking: I'll have a better horse by then. I didn't get around to it, so in '74, as the spring rolled on, I ran."

Colonoscopy of a Glacier

Bigger Than Life – Ice Caves

Due to warming climates, the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska has retreated by more than a mile during the past few decades. As it slides along the uneven valley floor, its underside buckles into caves and irregular ice patterns. Wind and flowing water continually carve and enlarge the caves, making them a dynamic but remote tourist attraction. Recently, a Los Angeles based film crew visited the glacier and, by attaching a GoPro camera to a flyable droid, recorded the carving force of the glacial meltwater as it winds through Mendenhall's underside.

Have you got the time?

The Timekeeper

Next time you wind and set your humble wristwatch against the time on your MacBook, remember that behind those digits are oscillations of Cesium atoms at the US Naval Observatory.

Adapting, Exploring, Living

Viewfinder: Endless Abilities

In Endless Abilities, paraplegic Zachary Bastian and his friends travel across the country to document the stories of other physically disabled individuals who have found ways to live athletic lives in spite of their conditions. Get goosebumps; count your blessings; realize unforeseen possibilities These are this video's gifts.

Portrait of a Surf Photographer's Life

Viewfinder: Dark Side of the Lens

Mickey Smith lives behind the camera, treading water and capturing extreme surfers while avoiding waves, sharks and loose surfboards. This is the story of his passionate pursuit of the perfect surfing moment.