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Screening Room: "The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano"

The New York Times   Monday September 26, 2016

“Afraid of dying? Don’t be. Over a period of three years, I stood by my friend’s side while he became homeless and obese, got disfiguring plastic surgery, had a stroke, became an alcoholic, and got busted for insider trading. Then I watched him die — seven different ways. And, truthfully, it may have been the best thing that’s ever happened to us.” So writes filmmaker Joshua Seftel, whose short documentary The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano  takes viewers into the world of fine-art photographer Phil Toledano and his obsessive need — both personal and artistic — to know his own fate. See it at the New York Times.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: Nikon KeyMission Action Cams, Three Ways

PDNPULSE   Monday September 26, 2016

Last January, Nikon announced that it was taking aim at the GoPro crowd with its KeyMission 360, a tiny 4K action cam. At the recent Photokina show in Cologne, Germany, the company rolled out not one but three KeyMission action cams, notes PDN Pulse. The KeyMission 360 is a dual-lens action cam that captures two 180-degree images simultaneously in 4K at 24fps. It then stitches the images together internally to create a 360-degree spherical VR image, adds NoFilmSchool. Also announced: the KeyMission 170, which is more like a standard GoPro, and the KeyMission 80 for hobbyists.   Read the full Story >>

Time Lapse Showcase: Solar-Powered Beauty

WIRED   Monday September 26, 2016

The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Facility in Nevada blankets 1,670 acres of barren desert with 10,347 billboard-sized mirrors that generate enough electricity to power 75,000 homes. Photographer and filmmaker Ruben Wu  first saw it from the air and was startled by its brightness. “It looked like a fake sun,” he tells Wired, which features a project Wu shot at the facility in March using a Phase One 100XF camera for stills and a Canon 5D for time-lapse video. It's a shining example of creativity.   Read the full Story >>

Trending: New Wave of Syrian Filmmakers Who Expose War's Reality

HYPERALLERGIC   Monday September 26, 2016

In an increasingly appalling atmosphere of brutality, talented young Syrian filmmakers are emerging to capture the reality their war-racked nation. Hyperallergic spotlights three of them: Ammar al-Beik (The Sun’s Incubator; La Dolce Siria; Kaleidoscope); Sara Fattahi (Coma); and Avo Kaprealian (Houses Without Doors). Meanwhile, NoFilmSchool  focuses on Syrian filmmaker Obaidah Zytoon, who “signed a contract with death” to make her documentary The War Show.   Read the full Story >>

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