Toyland

Presented by the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. SFJFF is proud to present the 2009 Academy Award Winner for Best Live Action Short Film as its free online short for the month of February. Directed by Jochen Alexander Freydank.


Chernobyl The Lost Film

This film shows the terrifying images captured by the Russian filmmaker Vladimir Shevchenko on scene at Chernobyl those dreadful days in April 1986. Shevchenko later died suffering from the radiation he exposed himself to. Sadly, his name is not among the official casualties of the accident.


Fast and Loose: You Can't Hurry Love, Interpretative Dance Game

The BBC has a TV program called Fast and Loose. Its a game show with a segment called Interpretive Dance, featuring David Armand, whom you might remember as the guy behind the hilarious interpretation of "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia. Now he has a regular job doing what he does so well.

David Armand mimes the words to Phil Collins' "You Can't Hurry Love" for Humphrey Ker and Jessica Ransom to guess the song.


Why is Glass Transparent?

Sixty Symbols regular Professor Phil Moriarty discusses transparent glass and the so-called energy gap.


Rebound: Legend of Earl the Goat Manigault

Kareem Abdul Jabbar called The Goat the best basketball player he ever saw, giving him chills up and down his spine.

Musical backdrop:

Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues

The Temptations - Cloud Nine


First British Nuclear Bomb.

Britain became the third nuclear power when it successfully detonated an atomic device in October 1952.

This video contains some eyewitness accounts and impressive visuals of the destructive power of the H-Bomb.


The Marsupial Frog

This is a video of the marsupial frog from the BBC's Life in Cold Blood documentary series.


BBC Horizon (2011) - What is Reality?

There is a strange and mysterious world that surrounds us, a world largely hidden from our senses. The quest to explain the true nature of reality is one of the great scientific detective stories.

It starts with Jacobo Konisberg talking about the discovery of the Top quark at Fermilab. Frank Wilceck then featured to explain some particle physics theory at his country shack using bits of fruit. Anton Zeilinger showed us the double slit experiment and then Seth Lloyd showed us the worlds most powerful quantum computer, which has some problems. Lloyd has some interesting ideas about the universe being like a quantum computer.

Lenny Susskind then made an appearance to tell us about how he had discovered the holographic principle after passing an interesting hologram in the corridor. The holgraphic principle was illustated by projecting an image of Lenny onto himself. Max Tegmark then draws some of his favourite equations onto a window and tell us that reality is maths before he himself dissolved into equations.

The most interesting part of the program was a feature about an experiment to construct a holometer at Fermilab described by one of the project leaders Craig Hogan. The holometer is a laser inteferometer inspired by the noise produced at the gravitational wave detectors such as LIGO. It is hoped that if the holographic principle is correct this experiment will detect its effects.

Clues have been pieced together from deep within the atom, from the event horizon of black holes, and from the far reaches of the cosmos. It may be that that we are part of a cosmic hologram, projected from the edge of the universe. Or that we exist in an infinity of parallel worlds. Your reality may never look quite the same again.


Punchlines For Progress

Punchlines for Progress assembles some of the best American political satirists to highlight the power and importance of the court jester in an explosive package of damning observations and gallows humor.

Remix or Mash Up is a reflexive art form that allows the artist to create their own meaning out of media based cultural artifacts. This video collage technique helps people to surpass passive consumption by becoming active producers of media. Through the act of reappropriating, recontextualizing, and remixing, media awareness becomes less of a bombardment and more of a game. Lawrence Lessig suggests that remix is the modern day equivalent of quoting authors in papers and books. He argues, It is a type of literacy a form of expression that is increasingly defining young generations! This language of remix is a digital call and response culture where source material is recycled repeatedly to expand on ideas and provoke further social discourse.

Comedians are true remix arts. Through imitation and reinterpretation they allow us to look at the world from their perspective. Weather it be racism or religion, stand-comedians have opened doors for our first amendment rites by reveling in our cultural taboos. In Punchlines For Progress I am merging the art of the satirists in American culture with the experimental stile of Internet remix artists. Im interested in the rebellious tendencies of both art forms and their attempts at disseminating alternative socio-political commentary to the masses through nontraditional methods. Both have histories of confronting the law very openly. Both push social boundaries and have the ability to inform and transform American culture, and both have been described as symptoms of its decline. What is so frightening about theses methods of self-expression? What positive contributions do they offer and how are they changing the way we communicate?

This film falls under the Copyright act of 1976 that allows people Fair Use of any public footage when used for social commentary and criticism. It was created during my studies at university with much forethought into the democratization of media. It is not intended to lessen the importance of copyright laws. Instead it is meant to level the playing field of public discourse by utilizing the worlds largest digital library. This doc is 46min long, cut from 400 hours of footage and around 100 sources with proper credits given to the materials used.