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Charlotte Gainsbourg "Time of the Assassins"

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Willowy chanteuse defies gravity in Big Sur.

“Time of the Assassins" is layered so deep in cultural heritage, it's surprising you can hear Charlotte Gainsbourg's breathy voice over top of it all. Let's see if we can unravel it. The song was written and produced by Beck, whose grandfather was a member of the Fluxus art movement in the '60s. Gainsbourg is the daughter of French pop icon Serge Gainsbourg. The title......read more

The Known Universe by AMNH

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Ethereal underwater photo series by Kanoa Zimmerman.

The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world's most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History.......read more

Big Bang Big Boom

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Blu's latest amazing wall animation tracks the evolution of life on Earth.

“Big Bang Big Boom," the latest of Blu's mindblowingly creative wall animations, has the internet on fire for its phenomenal stop motion depiction of the history of the world. An elaborate combination of graffiti, installation and animation, the work follows the evolution of life of earth, from beginning to end. ...read more

The Big SHFT: Bionic Men

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With help from Pharrell Williams, this New York textile company is reinventing sustainable fabric

Launched by high school friends and outdoors enthusiasts Tyson Toussant and Tim Coombs, Return Textiles began as a maker of hi-tech fabrics for outdoor gear. Now, the company is making its mark with Bionic Yarn, a soft yet durable canvas substitute made primarily from recycled plastic bottles. In a patented process, the plastic polymers from recycled bottles are wrapped around polyester fibers......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Big Sue

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Susan Boyle drops knowledge on the green building game.

Brooklyn's Big Sue, LLC is a veteran of New York City's sustainable building scene. In this episode of Brooklyn Informed, we talk to Big Sue partner Susan Boyle about one of the company's cooler projects: a Prospect Heights brewery icehouse they bought in 2004 and converted into a six-unit residential building. The structure is an excellent portrait of sustainable construction, with two green......read more

Cy's Sunrise Lefts

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With a camera on his head, surfer/filmmaker Cyrus Sutton catches some nice waves at sunrise.

Beautifully shot and edited POV vid captures Cyrus Sutton riding perfect, left breaking waves somewhere in South America. Describing the scene, Sutton says, The morning of what was supposedly the swell of the season, my girlfriend and I woke up before dawn and navigated the rocks to empty spinning lefts. For forty-five minutes we shared sunrise lefts. Eventually the pack paddled out and the......read more

The Dark Side of the Lens

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Beautiful short film from renowned surf photographer Mickey Smith.

Shot on the frigid Atlantic coastlines of Ireland and England, "The Dark Side of the Lens" presents a side of surfing that few people glimpse: the world of the surf photographer. The film was made by one of the greats, Irishman Mickey Smith (alongside talented DP Allan Wilson), who explains, “I wanted to create that something that would give insight into what it takes to grind out a......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Rockaway Taco

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Rockaway Taco anchors a growing green community at the end of the A train.

In the summer, surfers and sun-seekers descend on Rockaway, Queens to enjoy the best waves and beaches NYC has to offer. Opened two years ago, Rockaway Taco gives New Yorkers another reason to ride the A train to the end of the line. In this episode of BK Informed, we talk sustainability with Andrew Field, who explains Rockaway's Beach 96 movement — the name given to the growing green......read more

Geoff McFetridge: The Sprout Trip

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Surf art vision quest.

Geoff McFetridge's The Sprout Life is an animated short released in 2005 as part of Sprout, the 16mm surf flick from Thomas Campbell. Sporting McFetridge's signature drawing style, the bit follows a character attempting to draw something for a surf art contest, when things take a hallucinogenic turn. Check more McFetridge at his site, Champion Don't Stop. ...read more

The Cardboard

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The making of a recycled cardboard surfboard.

Many surfers are actively involved in the environmental movement, and if you've ever caught a wave, it's easy to understand why. In this short film, surfer/artist Scott MacDonough promotes his SAVE THE SEA message by chronicling the construction of a board made from recycled cardboard. Beginning on a NYC rooftop, the story takes us across the country to the (semi-successful) launch of the board......read more

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