Bigger than Life

Inside the Lost Palaces of Ice.

Filmed in Alaska, USA.

Slide down a stream into an icy chasm. Float above an ice wall on a cushion of air. Some places we were never meant to go, but with a professional drone camera, anything is possible. This film takes us out on tiny wings to stare into the eye of a glacial beast.

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Dreams of the open road.

Filmed on the Pacific Coast Road, USA.

The world is a place that many will never see. But even a desk toy can dream of the open road. It can climb aboard a paper Cadillac and set a course for the Pacific Coast on Google Street View. In this animated short film a lonely toy steps into the light of a creaking sunlamp to drive upon a road he will never see, amid the silent monuments of a locked office. He experiences the world entirely by computer, at once free to roam and forever trapped. Travel really is the ultimate privilege.

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Music by: The Cinematic Orchestra

The High Line

The park that invented itself.

Filmed in New York City, USA.

The High Line park in New York City was not dreamed up by an urban planner. This abandoned freight line was colonised by passing seeds that floated through wind and smog to settle and grow amid the railway sleepers, undisturbed by human touch. Nature planted a prairie road atop steel girders, cutting through New York city blocks as Roman legions once cut through forests. Its soft grasses and urban decay drew a following. From 2009–2011 this strange urban caterpillar was reopened as a public park, principally supported by volunteers and charitable donations, its melancholic passageway through New York City now readopted, the problem child finally valued for its inner beauty. It was the definition of an urban wilderness, though its reclamation has returned the gardener’s order to its chaos.

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For a taste of what the High Line looks like today, watch this.

Everybody Street

Samurai Street Photographers.

Filmed in New York City, USA.

Join a raft of notable photographers and become a flea on New York’s belly for a few stolen moments. The true character of NYC runs deeper than the smiling families, bright colours and sunny days of its promotional tourism videos. But travelling beneath the surface of society requires incredible perseverance and a constant eye, where each moment is sought out to its occasionally dangerous end. Take a sip of surreal New York from the cup of those who truly know her streets.

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Valhalla

Forest of Flying Freestylers

Filmed in British Columbia and Alaska

This film reveals the intense connection between skier and nature, a relationship muted only by the clouds of snow left in their tracks. As winter fades, the forest comes alive, leaving its snowy scarf to melt upon the floor. Look closely and you may find skiers backflipping through the canopy, their thick winter coats shed and their skis clacking as they fly among the birds of the forest. If you have ever gone off-piste through a forest, bouncing through drifts of snow, you have passed over this hibernating world of magic that waits only for the sun to reveal itself.

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The Ark

The Cactus Organist.

Filmed in the Ethnobotanical garden of Oaxaca, Mexico.

In the depths of the Oaxaca desert, the cacti come to life at night with sound and light, like the organs of a heavenly church. Created for the Festival de diseño y rates digitalis, The Ark is a site specific installation, commissioned by and presented during Proyecta Oaxaca. Several artists from ANTIVJ devised visual and sonic work, conceived as a trail of light. Insectoid and disturbingly alive, the cacti become shards of crystal, whose energy is controlled by an ark of light.
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Music by: Squeaky Lobster

Mirror City

Cities of the Sky Gods.

Filmed in Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

This film captures the wonder and entrapment of urban life in America’s greatest cities. It is a digital Persian rug of symmetrical perfection. Cars fly across ceilings of tarmac on avenues of infinity. At night the sky fills with fire as light casts across a lake. City squares surround you as the traffic lights close in and a kaleidoscopic cyborg awakens. A work of pulsating visual pleasure.
More on: Michael Shainblum
Music by: Bassnectar

The City of Samba

Madness in miniature.

Filmed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The inspiration for the costumes becomes clear when the stormtroopers chase the dragon out of the arena. However, its the glowing eyes of Death presiding over the hellship of wailing souls and dancing lego men that really burns its image into your psyche. Close behind follows a 50ft King Kong playing the Empire State Building like a guitar. There’s some beautiful footage of Rio, but look out for the swimmer who gets eaten by Jaws.
More on: Keith Loutit
Music by: Jarbas Agnelli

Las Calles de Borges

Streets paved with the old.

Filmed in Buenos Aires & Capilla del Señor, Argentina.

Seize snippets of decay and the divine as you peer through the bleary lens of an old man’s eyes. It has been suggested that the imaginative creations of Jorge Luis Borges, born in Buenos Aires, were inspired in part by his progressive blindness. The footage at the end of the film shows Borges talking about “the task of art.” It comes from the 1998 documentary, ‘Buenos Aires, meine Geschichte’ by German Kral.
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Music by: Gustavo Santaolalla – De Usuahía a la Quiaca.