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Daredevil Base Jumper Escapes Death By Inches

This is the moment a base jumper who leapt off a cliff had a miracle escape after his parachute opened backwards - and he FELL 1,000FT to the ground. Daredevil Matthew Gough, 25, was travelling around the world taking part in extreme sports when he decided to go base jumping in Lake Garda, Italy. His previous 180 leaps have gone perfectly - but this time his parachute opened backwards and became twisted. He briefly floated before smashing into rocks and hurtled down the cliff face at speeds of 40mph. During the incredible incident on Matthew, who has been base jumping for three years, filmed the whole fall on his headcam.


Wingsuit Landing without Deploying a Parachute: Gary Connery

A stuntman has made aviation history by becoming the first skydiver in the world to land without the use of a parachute.

Gary Connery, 42, from Oxfordshire, leapt from a helicopter a mile above Henley then glided down using a specially adapted wing suit before landing on a "runway" of 18,000 cardboard boxes.

"It was so comfortable, so soft. My calculations obviously worked out and I'm glad they did," he told Sky News afterwards.

His wife Vivian said she was "relieved its all over".

To prepare for the jump he underwent weeks of intensive training in Switzerland and Italy, leaping from mountains and cliffs to perfect his wing suit glide angle.

As part of the preparations, Mr Connery studied the flight of kite birds and how they use their tail to control their flight direction.

"Kites steer by twisting their tail one way or another and I'll be doing the same," he explained before the jump.

Gary Connery

Mr Connery made his first parachute jump aged 23 after joining the Army.

He went on to become a professional stuntman, completing 880 skydives and 450 base jumps.

He has acted as stunt-double for the likes of Gary Oldman, John Hurt and Rowan Atkinson and appeared in films such as The Beach, Die Another Day, Batman Begins and Indiana Jones.

He also leapt from the Eiffel Tower, Nelson's Column, Tower Bridge and the London Eye.

"This stunt will get great recognition and will be a post in the runway of aviation history," Mr Connery said beforehand.

"I'm sure plenty of people will think I'm bonkers but that's OK, I take that as a compliment."

Landing a wing suit without a parachute has been a dream of skydivers since the modern wing suit was invented in 1997 by French skydiver and aristocrat Patrick De Gayardon.

The unique design of his suit enabled "pilots" to barrel-roll, swoop and fly in formation.

Tragically, Mr De Gayardon died a year later in a skydiving accident in Hawaii after a modification to his suit caused his parachute to malfunction.

US skydiver Jeb Corliss planned to become the first to land a wing suit without a parachute but his plans were suspended after he was seriously injured during a recent jump in South Africa.


Bob Dylan & Tom Petty: Tomorrow Is A Long Time

Bob Dylan & Tom Petty at Palaeur, Rome, Italy on October 3, 1987

from the Temples In Flames Tour -

Tomorrow is a long time -

words and music Bob Dylan

If today was not an endless highway,

If tonight was not a crooked trail,

If tomorrow wasn't such a long time,

Then lonesome would mean nothing to you at all.

Yes, and only if my own true love was waitin',

Yes, and if I could hear her heart a-softly poundin',

Only if she was lyin' by me,

Then I'd lie in my bed once again.

I can't see my reflection in the waters,

I can't speak the sounds that show no pain,

I can't hear the echo of my footsteps,

Or can't remember the sound of my own name.

Yes, and only if my own true love was waitin',

Yes, and if I could hear her heart a-softly poundin',

Only if she was lyin' by me,

Then I'd lie in my bed once again.

There's beauty in the silver, singin' river,

There's beauty in the sunrise in the sky,

But none of these and nothing else

can touch the beauty

That I remember in my true love's eyes.

Yes, and only if my own true love was waitin',

Yes, and if I could hear her heart a-softly poundin',

Only if she was lyin' by me,

Then I'd lie in my bed once again


Human Rights Here, Roma Rights Now

Video to promote the campaign 'Human rights here, Roma rights now'. The video includes footage from Roma communities in Romania, Czech Republic and Italy. It calls on the European commission to take stronger action to fight discrimination against Roma.


Two Enemy Pilots Meet After WW2

This film was taken when Bf-109 ace Franz Stigler met B-17 pilot Charlie Brown for the first time since their encounter during WWII!

The complete story of Franz and Charlie is now available in the New York Times best-selling book, "A Higher Call," available nationwide!

Learn more at: www.valorstudios.com/a-higher-call

About Franz Stigler:

Franz Stigler started flying gliders at age 12 and soloed in a bi-plane in 1933. He joined Lufthansa, becoming an Airline Captain, before joining the Luftwaffe in 1940. There, he became an instructor pilot, with one of his students being Gerhard Barkhorn, who would later become the second highest scoring Ace in history with over 300 victories.

Franz transferred to Bf 109 fighter aircraft upon learning of the loss of his brother August, who died piloting a bomber shot down over the English Channel. Franz flew combat in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Western Europe. He served as a Squadron Commander of three squadrons (Numbers 6, 8, and 12, of JG 27) and twice a Wing Commander, all flying Bf 109 fighters.

Franz formed EJG-1, possibly the first ever pre-jet training squadron before being hand picked as the Technical Officer of Gen. Adolf Galland's elite JV 44, "Squadron of Experts," flying the Me-262 jet.

Franz was credited with 28 confirmed victories and over thirty probables. He flew 487 combat missions, was wounded four times, and was shot down seventeen times, four by enemy fighters, four by ground fire, and nine times by gunners on American bombers. He bailed out six times and rode his damaged aircraft down eleven times.

He emigrated to Canada in 1953 and became a successful businessman. In addition to his many Luftwaffe decorations, Franz was presented with the "Order of the Star of Peace" by the Federation of Combattant Allies En Europe for his act of compassion on December 20, 1943. He is believed to be the only Luftwaffe pilot to be so recognized. Franz was also made an honorary member of the 379th Bomb Group Association. Our friend, Franz, died in 2008 at the age of 93.

About Charlie Brown:

Charlie Brown graduated as a US Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. in April 1943. He arrived in England in early November 1943 as a B-17F pilot/aircraft commander and was wounded twice in completing 29 bomber combat missions out of 31 attempts (24 over Germany proper) with the famed 379th Bomb Group. He then delivered fighters and bombers, and flew transports from North Ireland to the United Kingdom until becoming a B-17 instructor pilot stateside. Itching to return to duty overseas, Charlie became a C-54/C-87 pilot and flew in the CBI theatre until the end of the war.

After retiring from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel, Charlie accepted an appointment as a Senior Foreign Service Reserve Officer, serving for six years throughout Laos and Vietnam during the Vietnam War. After thirty years of government service he retired in 1972 and formed a combustion research company. In 1992 he was recognized by the Governor of West Virginia (Charlie's home state) with the "Distinguished West Virginia Award," both for his government service and research career. He was awarded a symbolic "Governor's Medal" by Governor Jeb Bush on October, 2001.

Charlie's most prestigious honor was belatedly bestowed by the USAF in February 2008, when he was awarded the Air Force Cross (second only to the Medal of Honor) for bringing his badly damaged B-17 home to England during his December 20, 1943 mission. Our friend, Charlie, died in November 2008 at the age of 86.


 Love Lost...

Love Lost - Song/Video by Australian band The Temper Trap.


The Rolling Donut

Gary Brotmeyer, a New York City sculptor, unleashes an oversized donut into the landscape and hillsides of Italy.


10 Places You'd Rather Be Right Now

The perfect 2-minute desk vacation.

Song Credit: "Something Chill, for the Chill-sters" by MikeDbeatsByD http://soundcloud.com/mikedbeatsbyd/something-chill-for-the-chill

All used under CC Attribution License


Video Profile of Co-Creator of Arduino

The Braun Lectron was an electronics kit designed in the 1970s by Dieter Rams, whose minimalist aesthetic was hugely influential to Steve Jobs and Jonny Ives. The Lectron was also Arduino co-creator Massimo Banzis Rosebud. It not only got him interested in electronics, it also shaped his ideas about design. This fascinating 20-minute documentary about Arduino was produced by Wired Italy. Its in Italian but is subtitled in English.


Brave New Old

"Brave New Old is my attempt to make something over ten minutes long, trying to use a different kind of storytelling. It runs at 9:30 (disappointing). It's about all kinds of things. It is now available online. I completed work in March 2012 and have been sending it to festivals all summer. It's been in a few and it's been a pleasure to watch a live audience react and meet other filmmakers, but the films spiritual home is the web. Hopefully it will like it back." --Adam Wells

The music was composed by the very talented Luke Davoll;

http://www.lukedavoll.com/

Screenings:
London International Film Festival Animation Panorama UK
FLIP animation Festival UK
Zero Film Festival US
Pause Festival Australia
Alpha-Ville - Nomination Future Of Moving Image -UK
Film Festival Contravison Germany
BUSHO 2012 International Panorama Hungary
East London Film Festival Lost In the City UK
Shnit Bern shnit ANIMATES Switzerland
Animanima World Panorama Serbia
Filmfest-Eberswalde - Germany
Scratch Animation 2nd Place 3D Animation Italy
Aesthetica Short Film Festival UK
Cannes in a Van Short Animation Nomination UK
Dok Leipzig Germany
No Gloss Film Festival UK
Social Screen London UK


Chteau Mouton Rothschild

A charming French short film (2011).

The film has been selected in:
- Cannes Film Festival 2011- Short Film Corner
- 8th Sedicicorto Short Film Festival Forli (Italie) BUONVIVERE AWARD
- Miami European film Festival 2012
- 24 me Festival du film de Saint-Paul-Trois-Chteaux
- 2me Festival Cinma Etc. du Brusquet
- 12me Festival du Film Court Francophone de Vaulx-en-Velin
- 10 bests au Miami European Film Festival 2012
- Berlinale Talent Campus # 10, Berlin
- 14me Festival Les toutes premires fois de Grasse (Alpes-Maritimes)
- 25me Festival Clap 89 - Festival International du court mtrage de Sens (Yonne)
- Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series 2012 (Californie)


Beyond Mountains, More Mountains by CANADA

'Beyond Mountains, More Mountains' is CANADA's first short film; an epic Italian road-trip, shot over two weeks, traveling from the mountains of Northern Italy, down to the Sicilian Island of Stromboli in the far south of the country.