A film about place and memory, a farmhouse in Japan, and the lives of the people who called it home.
A beautiful short film about John Roderick, an Associated Press reporter in Japan, and his discovery of an old farmhouse in Japan. He and his adopted son Yoshihiro Takishita, an architect and antique dealer, transported and restored the farmhouse in a suburb of Tokyo. Shot just a month after the death of Roderick, the film looks at the memories within the walls of the minka farmhouse (via Ignant).
For those travelers always itching for the next adventure, a short video about movement across 11 countries (via MB)
“A sudden minor shock or meaningless/meaningful interruption…here is a blip of the land of the rising sun.” Beautiful video by Nathan Miller and Matthew Brown with fantastic editing (via we are the digital kids).
Since February, the Goethe Institut Amsterdam and Smart Project Space have been presenting an on-going film series exploring the multifaceted history of experimental filmmaking in Germany from the beginning of the 20th century up to the present day. Art in Motion concludes with a three-day festival starting today.
This video by Vincente + Sara of the streets of Tokyo is serene, lovely and full of slow movement. It makes me want to visit again, to see again the small things hidden within the bustling city. But I actually debated whether to post this video because it’s essentially a promotion for Zara, which was one big chaotic mess last time I was there. Here’s to the hope that good advertising erases a blah experiences (via GOOD).
50 countries, 2 years. A video from Takayuki Akachi documenting the wear and tear of a traveling girl’s denim. (anothersomething: edwin)
Over the weekend I watched this documentary about the artist Clayton Patterson, self-appointed visual historian of the Lower East Side subculture since the early 1980s. He started documenting daily life through photography and picked up video in 1986 when the handheld camcorder came onto the scene.
“Realizing the unlimited potential of video he quickly rode a new wave into a world of politics and activism, employing documentation as a tool to combat corrupt authority, corporate takeover, and eventually gentrification.”
– Rebel with a Lens in The Brooklyn Rail
He amassed over 100,000 photographs and over 10,000 hours of video, mostly famously his footage of the police brutality in the Tompkins Square Park riots. In a New York Times multimedia feature, Patterson describes some of his photos and the now-gone scene.