After a grueling three-year journey of over 150,000 miles traveled and 3,000,000 pictures taken, renowned timelapse filmmakers Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan are proud to introduce SKYGLOW; a hardcover photo book and timelapse video series exploring North America’s remaining magnificent night skies and the grave threat of light pollution to our fragile environment. SKYGLOW explores the history and mythology of celestial observation, the proliferation of electrical outdoor lighting that spurred the rise of the phenomena known as “skyglow,” and the Dark Sky Movement that’s fighting to reclaim the night skies.
Featured by rock legends The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, BBC Earth, National Geographic, Time, National Park Service, and over 1000 media outlets, SKYGLOW images and videos have been seen by over half a billion people.
George Orwell: A Life in Pictures is a 2003 BBC Television docudrama telling the life story of the British author George Orwell. Chris Langham plays the part of Orwell. No surviving sound recordings or video of the real George Orwell have been found.
This Labyrinth-esque documentary short, We Are Not Alone, tells the story of the Unarius Academy of Science and its founder Ruth E. Norman—known as “Archangel Uriel” to her students. Norman was an eccentric female leader and self-proclaimed clairvoyant of a spiritual collective in California. She encouraged her students to achieve personal transformation by producing wildly imaginative psychodramas about their past lives. The short film depicts the clear devotion that the Unarians felt towards Norman as they created films on their quest for spiritual healing. These films were shown on public access television in the 1980s, and are now coveted by outsider cinema film collectors.
We Are Not Alone is presented by the female-led media company The Front and directed by filmmaker Jodi Wille. You can find more information about their upcoming projects on their website, Twitter, and Facebook.
Editor’s note: I was first introduced to the Unarius Academy of Science at the Mu Meson Archives in Sydney. That’s like a REALLY long time ago. However, you gotta love the persistence of this organisation to keep showing up on this world and possibly many others
In a round about way this in an introduction to filmmaker Adam Curtis. Adam Curtis’ aired his triology The Power of Nightmares via BBC in 2014. These are free to watch via the BBC 2 website. A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain. If you know the work of Adam Curtis, his quirky and eccentric mashup style is no surprise.
Curtis’ latest programme Bitter Lake was made solely for the BBC iPlayer and aired Jan, 2015. The film is nearly two and a half hours long. It is experimental and uses footage, in ways that at first appear random, to construct a narrative that attempts to explain the complexities of the modern world. For the uninitiated Curtizon let’s start via a Ben Woodhams parody of his life and work. Youtube trailer for Bitter Lake a constant state of destabilized perception’ – 2015.
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