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Mobius

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Amazing amalgamation of sculpture and stop-motion animation

Video clips don't come any more captivating than this. With a commission from Melbourne's Federation Square, the environmental designers at Eness studio built a series of triangular sculptures then shot them in various configurations around the city. The result is this next-level interpretation of public art. The hypnotic stop motion animation was shot over a period of two weeks, with each shot......read more

The Washingtonian: Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer Bring SHFT to Washington

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The cofounders of the environmental awareness and lifestyle site joined Senator Chris Dodd for an evening with the Motion Picture Association of America

After a visit to the White House to discuss environment and energy policy, SHFT's co-founders presented five SHFT short films at the MPAA with a reception hosted by MPAA CEO Senator Chris Dodd.  ...read more

Brooklyn Informed: Barcade

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In Williamsburg, a trifecta of awesomeness: craft beer, classic video games, and wind power.

We know Brooklynites are getting tired of everybody invading their home, but with all the place has to offer, you can't really blame people for wanting to move there. Take Barcade for example. The Williamsburg hangout features not only a huge selection of micro brews, but also a bunch of old school arcade games to fulfill all your 8-bit desires. Not only that, but the whole joint is powered......read more

Jeremy Messersmith, "A Girl, A Boy, and a Graveyard"

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More paper animation niceness from Eric Power.

We've made no secret that we're big fans of Eric Power's paper animations around here. This video, one of two Power has made for Minnesota's Jeremy Messersmith, has a spooky shadow puppet aesthetic that was inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. Power worked with silhouettes for a pared-down look. "Shadow animation helped me achieve my yearly goal of working with paper in......read more

I am a Forest

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Cardboard cuteness from Alex Schulz.

Alex Schulz's adorable animated short "I am a Forest" tells the story of two forest critters whose world gets turned upside-down. Created entirely from paper, the set and characters show off Shulz's impressive scissoring skills. But what's maybe even more amazing is the story itself, which wraps in under a minute. At the end, we're left with a burning question: If a......read more

Lighten Up: Brazilian Girls

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Eco-awareness comes naturally for a band with a global sound.

Described by Variety as "the only dance band that matters," Brazilian Girls (actually three guys and a girl, none of whom is Brazilian) have an eclectic, multilingual sound that fuses electro, samba, salsa, reggae and jazz. With such a global approach to music, it comes as no surprise that the New York City quartet is keenly aware of the impact their shows have on the planet. SHFT's Lighten Up......read more

SXSW Eco Recap: Caring About Food is a Responsibility

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There is a lot more to food awareness than foodie blogs, explains Anna Brones

"Food is life."I have been known to say a similar thing, but when it came from the mouth of a Ugandan farmer, the words were more powerful than I could ever make them.Sitting to the right of Constance Okollet on a panel titled Food Anthropology at SXSW Eco in Austin last week, I was humbled as she emphasized what food meant to her and her community. Okollet is  peasant farmer from Osukuru......read more

Whitest Boy Alive "Golden Cage"

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Handdrawn animated awesomeness from Geoff McFetridge

This charming video for indie pop champs The Whitest Boy Alive (a side project of Erlend Oye from Kings of Convenience) is an oldie but an amazing-y. Released in 2008 (i.e. ten thousand years ago in internet time), the video features drawings by L.A.-based graphic designer/artist Geoff McFetridge, who tries hand at animation – and wins. Previously featured on SHFT: McFetridge's wallpaper......read more

The Sustainability Paradox

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As environmental awareness increases, so too does the depletion of ecosystems and natural resources

While the term "sustainability" and the values it implies have gone mainstream, global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide yet continue to rise, as do per-capita consumptions rates in developed and developing counties. "Consumer cultures" in places like the U.S. apparently die hard. Meanwhile, a warming planet dissolves ecosystems and life-sustaining natural cycles and resources like......read more

Packaging Problems

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Recent Kellogg's cereal recall highlights growing awareness of chemicals leaching into food products.

Kellogg has recalled around 28 million boxes of cereal after the discovery that a potentially harmful chemical in the packaging may be leaching into some products. Recalled cereals include Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, and Honey Smacks, all of which have been found to possess a strange flavor and smell upon opening the boxes. The recall comes in the midst of growing public and government......read more

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