Category Archives: Documentary

No Mas Presents: Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No by James Blagden

In celebration of the greatest athletic achievement by a man on a psychedelic journey, No Mas and artist James Blagden proudly present the animated tale of Dock Ellis’ legendary LSD no-hitter. In the past few years we’ve heard all too much about performance enhancing drugs from greenies to tetrahydrogestrinone, and not enough about performance inhibiting drugs. If our evaluation of the records of athletes like Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Marion Jones, and Barry Bonds needs to be revised downwards with an asterisk, we submit that that Dock Ellis record deserves a giant exclamation point. Of the 263 no-hitters ever thrown in the Big Leagues, we can only guess how many were aided by steroids, but we can say without question that only one was ever thrown on acid.

Sadly, the great Dock Ellis died last December (2008) at 63. A year before, radio producers Donnell Alexander and Neille Ilel, had recorded an interview with Ellis in which the former Pirate right hander gave a moment by moment account of June 12, 1970, the day he no-hit the San Diego Padres. Alexander and Ilels original four minute piece appeared March 29, 2008 on NPRs Weekend America. When we stumbled across that piece this past June, Blagden and Isenberg were inspired to create a short animated film around the original audio.

Walter White in Space

Last month, they set their sights on the stars. After thousands of votes from Earth-folk like you, Breaking Bad’s Walter White was nominated to be tvtag’s first space ambassador. Over the course of his journey to space, Walt braved speeds of 95 mph (153km/h), temperatures as low as -65F (-54C), and a maximum altitude of 85,000 feet (25,908m). He soared to new heights, carrying along with him the hopes and dreams of TV watchers everywhere.

The Man Who Turned Paper Into Pixels

It was the change that no-one saw coming: the idea that we could take a book, a painting or a song and send it through cables and wires and even thin air to the other end of the world – and it would be identical on the other side. But this idea underpins everything about the Information Age we live in.

How did we make such a mind bending transition into the digital world? And how does it work? It turns out it’s all based on a concept that is surprisingly beautiful in its simplicity. This short video essay explores what that idea is and tells you about the man who figured it all out.

Computers are everywhere and control almost every aspect of our lives. In the next 6 minutes you’ll find out how they really work.

From delve.tv.

The Man Who Turned Paper Into Pixels from Delve on Vimeo.

Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat

A short documentary about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50 year old wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap. Featuring music from Bahamas, Acres & Acres and Ben Howard!

Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat from kevinAfraser on Vimeo.

SLOMO

Disillusioned with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

Winner of over a dozen awards, including:

Best Short Documentary at SXSW
Best Short Documentary at the International Documentary Association Awards
Audience Award at AFI Docs
Audience Award at Ashland Independent Film Festival
Best Short Documentary at Sheffield Doc/Fest
Special Jury Prize at the Independent Film Festival Boston

Director: Josh Izenberg

SLOMO from Josh Izenberg on Vimeo.

The Creative Spark: Beeple, Everyday Artist

This is the story of a web designer by day whose passion for improving his artistic capabilities by publishing everyday art projects for the last 7 years under the pseudonym Beeple.

His immense body of work has attracted worldwide attention and his audio/visual motion graphic experiments and films are consistently Vimeo staff picks. In this film, we explore his creative process, his diverse body of work, and how he constantly pushes himself to “suck less.”

The Creative Spark: Beeple, Everyday Artist from lynda.com on Vimeo.