The fireworks display in the nation's capital.
Music is Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Souza performed by the Marine Corp Band.
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The Environmental Group of the Pittsburgh Section of the ACS is hosting the premiere my short documentary "Portrait of an Urban Beekeeper" on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Here are the details for anyone who is interested in coming:
Saturday October 26th, 5:00pm
Mellon Institute Auditorium
4400 Fifth Ave (Entrance on S. Bellefield)
The film is 20 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A with local beekeeper Stephen Repasky and myself. Hope to see you there!
All around the world, small towns hold festivals and celebrations that are virtually unknown to outsiders. I love these kinds of events and I find they are a great way to get a better understanding of a place. While on vacation this summer in the hills of Tuscany our schedule just happend to coincide with such an event. La Trebbiatura del Grano, which means "The Threshing of the Grain", is a festival that takes place in many small towns in Italy. It is a celebration of the time when all of the farmers gather together and communally process their grain. In the town where we were staying, San Pietro in Campo, the festival begins with a parade of tractors which is seen in the video above. Every farmer decorates their tractor and joins the parade to the field behind the church. The last tractors in the parade are transporting the grain threshing machine. After everyone arrives, it is time for a feast. Everyone eats together at long communal tables near the church. The food is very cheap and very hearty.
Once the meal is finished, the real work of threshing the grain gets started. Locals wearing traditional hats and clothing work the large orange threshing machine. That machine takes raw wheat and separates the grain from the stalks.
The grains fall out of the side of the machine while the hay is gathered and baled automatically at the back of the machine. It is an amazing piece of engineering.
After all of the work is done, what else is there to do but have another feast? That is exactly what happens, except this time with even more people. It was a pleasure to witness this unique local event
La Festa della Trebbiatura del Grano just happend to occur right across the street from our guest house, Casale I Girasoli. If you ever plan a trip to Tuscany, specifically the Barga region, I highly recommend staying there. The room was spacious, our hosts were friendly, the rates were more than fair and they had a beautiful garden in which we were given many vegetables. If you are there in late July, you will also get to witness La Trebbiatura.
the beat on the first video is courtest of The Rhythm Thief
Last thursday was a night of fortuitous accidents. While scouting music video locations with StraightValue, a series of one-time opportunties lead us to an outside balcony on the 38th floor of the Cathedral of Learning. While, unfortunately too dark to shoot a scene for the video, I seized the moment to take some time-lapse footage and put together a short video. The view from there is incredible.
Music courtesy of StraightValue
In this mini-documentary, Christina Maria talks about songwriting and the importance of being alone from time to time.
Check out Christina's newest album Straight Line, on iTunes. Also, don't miss Christina Maria performing Moving You, which was filmed at the same time and location as the video above.
This video is the first of several mini-documentary portraits that I have in the works. Stay tuned.
Lindsay Ferguson came through Zürich and after her show at the best cafe in Zürich we filmed two videos for the Presented by Cafe Henrici video series. The way the people in the street reacted to her and what happens at the beginning of part II made for a perfect, real life moment for me. Enjoy!
"Right About You" by Lindsay Ferguson
"Boxing Gloves by Lindsay Ferguson
Les Shelleys is the American duo consisting of Tom Brosseau and Angela Correa. They came through Zürich in November to play a show at Helsinki Klub and afterward, in the "green room" (actually a small trailer), they played a few charming covers songs. I captured these songs on video and here is the first, a delightful cover of I'm On Fire by Bruce Springsteen:
Les Shelleys have an self-titled album which is available on iTunes or from Fat Cat Records