The following is an excerpt from Ben Dolnick's At the Bottom of Everything, now available through Pantheon Books.
I’ve noticed that whenever I tell the story of going to look for Thomas (all it takes is a couple of beers, like quarters into a jukebox), at some point whoever I’m talking to will say two things:
(1) You’re such a good friend!
(2) How could you just pick up and leave like that?
I was nothing like a good friend, and I could only pick up and leave like that because the thing I was picking up and leaving was no longer, in any [...]
Are you an Instagram filter junkie or do you spend hours in Photoshop refining your shots? No matter your skill level, your photography could be used to serve as the inspiration for a short film directed by a lineup of celebrities. Canon's Project Imaginat10n is a film festival that invites photographers to submit photos, five of which will then be chosen by judges Ron Howard and his daughter, actor/director Bryce Dallas Howard. These five winning photos will then be used by the following lineup of celebrities to be the creative inspiration for a slate of short films:
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Next to your home and your office, you probably spend a good portion of your free time in your car. That’s why it’s a good idea to not only choose one with sleek styling (like the chrome accents and Rear-lip Spoiler on the KIA Optima), but to also personalize your ride so you can feel at home behind the wheel. Of course, similar to how you drive or what kind of music you’ve got blasting with the windows rolled down, your car décor can say a lot about who you are as a person.
Find out the impression your car [...]
The Toronto International Film Festival just came to a close, but you can create your own film festival at home with these film festival favorites on SnagFilms.
The Weather Underground: Watch this Chicago Underground Film Festival phenom centered on the late 60s student radicals The Weathermen. Interweaving archival footage with contemporary interviews, the film paints a compelling portrait of revolutionary times with unexpected, striking connections to today’s world.
Primer: A Grand Jury award winner at Sundance, this cult classic blends sci-fi and mystery as two brilliant engineers travel back in time. As noted by Esquire, “anybody who claims he fully understands what’s going [...]
Imagine that your best friend has blood cancer. Out there somewhere you know there's a good shot at a cure — a matching bone marrow donor. You just have to find the right person.
What if you knew a pair of persistent misconceptions are making the hunt for your friend’s matching donor a lot harder?
A lot of people think that donating bone marrow is a long and painful process. Many people also worry they'll get stuck with a lot of medical bills if they get called to donate marrow.
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There are lots of valid reasons for driving the same car for a real long time. For starters, it’s probably all paid off, and not having a monthly bill allows you to spend extra money on fun stuff like vacations. Maybe you’re so overwhelmed with work, school, and/or family stuff that the thought of car shopping is daunting. Or, perhaps your car is like an old friend that has sentimental value – you even gave it a name!
Despite all of these reasons, the time will come when you must part ways and treat yourself to a new ride. If [...]
Maxine was a college student who didn't really intend to save anyone's life. She went to a blood drive (in part attracted by the free pizza), but was told she couldn't donate that day. She was steered instead toward a Be The Match marrow drive and decided to join the registry. Maxine soon learned she was a perfect bone marrow match for Jenna, who has a life-threatening condition. Maxine donated the marrow that saved Jenna's life. This video shows the pair during the weekend they met for the first time.
You could be someone's marrow match, too. The cure for blood cancer is in your hands.
Check out this behind-the-scenes video from Gap for an intimate look into Dhani Harrison's creative process covering one of his dad's most popular jams, "For You Blue." He's able to take this George Harrison classic and spin it with a new bluesy vibe in tribute to the rhythm and blues roots of rock 'n roll.
Head over to YouTube to see Dhani's take on "For You Blue," and hear from other young, creative people finding their roots and going back to blue.
Just as the way we consume movies has changed in recent years with the advances in smartphone and tablet technologies, the way filmmakers make films has changed as well. In this day and age, companies are developing software and hardware to make life on-set easier for those wielding cameras. With that in mind, the folks at Microsoft have produced an online documentary series about how filmmakers are utilizing their technology in creating art.
The first episode profiles filmmaker Chayse Irvin. Chayse’s recent films include the documentary Spirit in the Stone and Blacktino, a feature film that premiered at SXSW. The episode follows Chayse to various spots in New [...]
The 50s were a different time. Scientists shied away from honest research on sexuality because there were powerful social taboos in place. William Masters and Virginia Johnson changed all that. Their groundbreaking work in the realm of human sexuality paved the way for the sexual revolution of the 60s. This fall Showtime's drama 'Masters of Sex' brings this fascinating couple to the screen. This behind-the-scenes video from Showtime is a sneak peek of the show's characters and setting.
Showtime's 'Masters of Sex' premiers on Sunday, September 29th at 10PM ET/PT. Check out sho.com for more.
So you're strolling to class or work, ear buds tucked in your ears. You have no idea you're carrying the cure to blood cancer. But you are.
College students have great bone marrow. And when they donate marrow to a cancer patient in need, they are often giving someone an actual cure. And yet thousands of blood cancer patients can’t find a matching marrow donor.
But that can all change. You can join the Be The Match Registry. It takes just minutes and involves a simple swab of the cheek. If you turn out to be someone’s match, you get called to donate marrow. The more college students who join the registry, the [...]
The new Moto X phone will surprise you with all the things you can do just by talking to it, whether it's checking the weather, setting your morning alarm, or playing slow jams so you don't get your touchscreen all smudged up with your oily fingers. Watch the video to see what we mean, then check out youtube.com/Motorola to see how this phone makes all others just seem lazy.
On the very same day that New Zealand's same-sex marriage law came into effect, Air New Zealand gave Lynley and Ally the wedding of a lifetime. After being together for over 13 years, this couple was ecstatic about celebrating their marriage on board an Air New Zealand plane in front of their children, friends and family. Special guest Jesse Tyler Ferguson was also there to witness their vows at 30,000 feet.
For more photos and footage, visit Air New Zealand on Facebook.
SnagFilms specializes in indie gems and renowned documentaries. You know, the types of movies you’ve always wanted to watch and discuss with friends but never knew where to access. Whether it's an uncompromising look at the world of domestic surveillance (The After Party), or completely essential cinema like the Mod-tastic film based on a seminal album by The Who (Quadrophenia), we'll always keeps things interesting with our extensive library of films.
We're backed by a team of talented editors who have literally dedicated their lives to giving you a handpicked selection of indie gems, acclaimed documentaries, critics’ picks and more.
When you hear the phrase “We are the 99%,” the first thing that probably comes to mind is Occupy Wall Street. The September, 2011 movement, which protested social and economic disparity, was covered by pretty much every single print and digital media outlet on a national and global scale. It became a widespread phenomenon, garnering attention that reached the ends of the earth and spurred derivative movements along the way. But who started it?
#Whilewewatch is the first definitive film to emerge from Zuccotti Park that gives us a gripping insight into the media revolution and the masterminds of those who made #OccupyWallStreet a reality against all odds. [...]
It's almost time! The anticipation around the premiere of the 6th season of 'Breaking Bad' is at full measure now. In these three new teaser videos released from AMC, we see 10 seconds of Walt, Jesse and Hank from the new season, in moments that we can only speculate are foreshadowing the "roller coaster ride" that are the final 8 episodes. Is it August 11th yet?
Meet the Awesomes, a misfit gang of superheroes voiced by SNL luminaries like Seth Meyers, Kenan Thompson, Bill Hader and Taran Killam. Created by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker, the show follows the gang's efforts to put themselves back on top. The idealistic but untalented time-bending Prock (Meyers), has to put together a new team to face the city's evil-doers. Look out for ten episodes which will begin streaming each Thursday starting August 1.
More at hulu.com/awesomes.
Unless you’ve isolated yourself from society and lead a self-sufficient lifestyle in the middle of nowhere (good for you—what an impressive feat), then you’re bound for a run-in with Hollywood celebs on the cover of tabloids, on TV, in newspapers and in movies. It’s a fact of life. There are only so many Fast & Furious and Transformer movies you can possibly watch without wanting to die. Ok, that sounds extreme, but there IS an escape. Enter SnagFilms, a free video-streaming site that prides itself on showcasing unheard-of indie gems, notable film festival picks and acclaimed documentaries. It’s a place for real moviegoers to kick back and [...]
From the folks that brought you thought-provoking movies such as "Food, Inc.," "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Lincoln" comes a brand-new cable network called Pivot, set to launch August 1. This disruptive new network from Participant Media focuses on entertainment that inspires social change, including "HitRECord on TV!," a re-imagination of the variety show from director/creator/star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and "Raising McCain," which will follow Meghan McCain as she goes on the road and explores real issues such as the explosion of meth in Arizona. Check out the video here for a little taste of the type of original programming, films and acquired series set to premiere soon on pivot [...]
Introducing "The Open Film Series" from Jacob's Creek, an inspirational chat with tennis hero Andre Agassi, where he opens up about the people who inspire him the most—his brother Phillip and trainer Gil Reyes. These men add a unique perspective to Andre's story, and share their thoughts and views to paint an intimate picture of Andre.