On IMDb: 3 Shorts: Commentary on Society (2003)

Already exactly half my life ago was this senior high school project — though not part of high school at all — involving at least 23 people interested in making a series of music videos and a documentary as voluntary actors to affect people’s opinions. With sparse-to-no dialogue, improvisation encouraged and distinctive looks for each Read More …

Decade Ago: Cannery Row Doc (2006)

Just back from a trip to Monterey, revisiting my college town, I felt a necessity to post this video in the blog next. “Cannery Row Documentary” — which I don’t have a full copy of, by the way — was an observational project created for our Documentary TAT class at CSUMB. I learned upon this Read More …

Gulf Coast Civic Works Project (2007)

During the current ongoing flooding crisis in Louisiana, it’s all too reminiscent of what occurred one decade ago with Hurricane Katrina. During that disaster, we participated in a poverty-under-the-stars co-university event between CSU Monterey and San Jose State, with a PSA generation goal of creating 100,000 jobs for the victimized residents of New Orleans. Learn Read More …

Shared from Indiewire: SeaWorld Announces End to Orca Breeding Program Exposed in ‘Blackfish’ Documentary

The 2013 Sundance entry, “Blackfish,” in which Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite exposed the horrors of orcas in captivity, has officially guided SeaWorld to make an important decision: they will discontinue breeding their remaining orcas. This is exactly the path of an effective documentary, in that awards are not the goal, but rather, it achieves results by Read More …

Shared from NY Times: Oscar-Nominated Shorts, Mirroring a World of Pain and Fortitude

These fifteen shorts, ranging from animated to documentaries to live-action, are all bunched into a commercial wide release starting this weekend. The following films could be included: LIVE ACTION SHORT Shok Day One Stutterer Everything Will Be Okay Ave Maria ANIMATED SHORT World of Tomorrow Prologue Bear Story Sanjay’s Super Team We Can’t Live without Read More …

At the Core (2009)

In a time of large urbanization, globalization and industrialization, smaller family-run businesses like Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville, CA, are much rarer. Despite the obscurity of this nostalgic location, it continues to thrive through the sale of its award-winning apple juice and such events as its annual apple butter festival. “At the Core” was initially created Read More …

Three Shorts: Commentary on Society

Within our present society, there are many faults, including racism, poverty, war, drug addiction, prostitution, and pollution. All such faults were created by humans. Through two music videos and a documentary, “Three Shorts: Commentary on Society” hopes to expose these faults, suggest that a society void of them might be an impossible utopia, and demonstrate Read More …