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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.

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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.

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Arbiter of good stories

Viewfinder: Stuffmaker

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Quiet Mountains

Viewfinder: The Silence of Denali National Park

“The Silence of Denali National Park” is a clip from the upcoming film In Pursuit of Silence, which explores our relationship with silence and the impact of noise pollution on our lives, which the World Health Organization considers a serious health threat.

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Not Small Format

Viewfinder: Through the Ground Glass

“Through the Ground Glass” follows a large-format photographer as he treks through the wilderness to find the perfect shot.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Spinning the big ring

Experiments in Speed

Inspired by the land-speed record arms race on the Bonneville salt flats that paralleled the global arms race in the 1960s, Tom Donhou decided to build a bike with no objective other than going as fast as possible. The result, captured by Spindle Productions, is a purpose-built fixed-gear bike capable of breaking 100 miles per hour on flat ground.

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The tragedy of shell shock in WWI

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War is the ultimate human drama. Unfortunately, that drama is nearly always a terrible tragedy. So goes “Coward”, a short film by Stephen Murphy, Dave Komaroni and David Roddham. The 25-minute film, a staff pick on Vimeo, weaves the shocking front line realities of World War I with the mental debilitation caused by shell shock…

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Reuse, Reuse, Reuse

A Jacket for Life

There’s an ancient proverb that says “Man fears Time, but Time fears the Pyramids.” Based on the video A Jacket for Life, Time can’t be too fond of Barbour jackets either. This documentary showcases the 30-year love affairs that several Barbour owners have with their jackets — showing us why those relationships last longer than…

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Shutter Ísland

Iwan Bigler and Raphael Nussbaum, the visual raconteurs of Team Nine, bring the greens, greys and sometimes blues of Iceland to you in the beautifully composed Shutter Ísland. In their first effort, the Switzerland-based duo artfully choreographed an August 2011 couch-surfing trip to Iceland, with vistas near and far that capture the detail and grandeur…

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L.E.D. Surfer by Jacob Sutton

What do you get when you combine three nights of Red Epic filming on a skidoo, with a bespoke L.E.D. suit, and Artec pro snowboarder William Hughes in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France? One hell of a visual spectacle, that’s what. While the short film above looks as graceful as ever, apparently the luminescent…

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Mobius

Esteemed photo journalist Vincent Laforet is considered a pioneer of DSLR video and his short film Reverie helped significantly boost Canon’s 5D Mark II camera into the forefront of the amateur digital film community. Hoping that lightening could strike twice, Canon gave Laforet early access to the EOS C300 to demonstrate the dynamic capabilities of…