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Planet Under Pressure

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An arty animation from Moth Collective espouses an integrated approach to climate security

London animation studio Moth Collective has unveiled a new short produced for the Global Canopy Programme, a tropical forest conservation group. "Planet Under Pressure," the second video created by Moth for GCP, takes a global look at the "nexus challenges" of food, energy, water and the environment. Not the sexiest of topics, but the animators manage to pull off a beauty of a piece, even if the......read more

Modest Mouse "Coyotes" Video

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In a real-life-inspired video, a furry passenger hops a ride on public transit

“Coyotes” is a gentle, folky number from Modest Mouse's upcoming album, Strangers To Ourselves. It comes to us alongside a video starring a furry protagonist. According to fan site Interstate 8, “The video is inspired by the true story of a coyote that rode Portland’s MAX light rail train in 2002,” an incident that also inspired a track by Sleater-Kinney. The video......read more

Mesmerizing 3D Printed Zoetrope Sculptures

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Spinning sculptures create optical illusions using the Fibonacci sequence

John Edmark, a designer and lecturer at Stanford, has reimagined the zoetrope with these cool 3D printed sculptures that animate when shot in sync with a strobe light. The spinning sculptures, which emulate Fibonacci sequences in nature, are filmed them using a strobe that flashed on the golden angle, 137.5 degrees. The results are trippy, with the objects' appendages giving the illusion of......read more

Urban Farming

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From Lexicon of Sustainability

We were thrilled when we first saw our good friend Douglas Gayeton's photographic series Lexicon of Sustainability.  Now we're over the moon for the series he's brought to PBS.   In this episode: "Urban Farmer"Novella CarpenterGhost Town FarmOakland, CANovella Carpenter is the author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, and co-author of The Essential Urban Farmer. She farms......read more

Meet the 23-Year Old Who Has Produced No Waste For the Last Two Years

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Collectively sits down with Lauren Singer to discuss her waste-free lifestyle

Lauren Singer, a 23-year-old living in New York City, has produced no trash for the last two years. And by no, we mean none, zilch, zero. What sounds practically impossible is in fact totally doable, and as Lauren explains, the benefits go well beyond helping the environment. The transition to a waste-free lifestyle means she eats better, has more money, and is a happier person for......read more

'Team Dream Team' by Dillon Buss

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Skaters transcend detention in this super-creative short

Here's a wildly creative, over-the-top short from Dillon Buss, a filmmaker and skateboarder from Boston."Team Dream Team" follows the tale of four skaters stuck in school detention, daydreaming under the wary eye of a hot young teacher. Starring a who's who of Boston's skateboard scene (including Buss, who rides for Converse and Orchard skate shop), the film unfolds in four segments, one for each......read more

"Cumbia de Piedra" Animated Music Video by Tomas Pichardo

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Watch a stunning visual celebration of Latin American music

Here's an excellent animated video created for "Cumbia de Piedra" by Colombian artist Jhon William Castaño Montoya. The clip, cobbled together by Dominican animator Tomás Pichardo, is a visual celebration of the culture, colors and textures of cumbia--the mother of all Latin American music. The track is taken from MOHS, Castaño Montoya's second album, which was inspired by......read more

Bureo Skateboards: Nets to Decks

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Sustainable startup makes skateboards from old fishing nets

Bureo, the recycled skateboard startup that recently landed an investment from Patagonia, has shared this short clip, "Nets to Decks," outlining their approach to sustainable manufacturing. The company designs and makes skateboards in Chile through an initiative they launched called "Net Positiva" -- Chile's first-ever nationwide fishnet collection and recycling program. The system provides......read more

Traveling Alaska with Photographer Kevin Russ

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Society6 joins an intrepid photographer on his journey up north

A couple of years back, we were introduced to the work of Kevin Russ via Flickr, where he used to regularly post wilderness-centric images captured on his travels. Online artist community Society6 recently joined Russ on an adventure to the Alaskan wilderness, and cobbled together this inspiring video of the experience. Watch as Russ leads us through some jaw-dropping landscapes, explaining the......read more

Tweedy "Summer Noon"

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First-time director Allison House created this chill animated complement to standout from 'Boyhood' soundtrack

Tweedy, the new project from Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer, is making internet waves this week for its hilarious, star-studded "Low Key" video. The newly released video led us to this earlier video for "Summer Noon," a supremely infectious tune featured on the Boyhood soundtrack. In the animated clip, created by first-time director Allison House, a lone red balloon drifts through......read more

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