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The Real Planet of the Apes

Our crew traveled to remote Liberia to discover ‘Monkey Island,’ an area inhabited solely by former lab tested chimpanzees who survived disease and two civil wars. We go to the island, interview the locals and meet the scientists involved in the testing facility 25 years ago.

This documentary is a Motherboard production, made possible by 20th Century Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.


Overview

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On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.


Four Horsemen

FOUR HORSEMEN is an award winning independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works.

As we will never return to ‘business as usual’ 23 international thinkers, government advisors and Wall Street money-men break their silence and explain how to establish a moral and just society.

FOUR HORSEMEN is free from mainstream media propaganda — the film doesn’t bash bankers, criticise politicians or get involved in conspiracy theories. It ignites the debate about how to usher a new economic paradigm into the world which would dramatically improve the quality of life for billions.

“It’s Inside Job with bells on, and a frequently compelling thesis thanks to Ashcroft’s crack team of talking heads — economists, whistleblowers and Noam Chomsky, all talking with candour and clarity.” – Total Film

“Four Horsemen is a breathtakingly composed jeremiad against the folly of Neo-classical economics and the threats it represents to all we should hold dear.”
- Harold Crooks, The Corporation (Co-Director) Surviving Progress (Co-Director/Co-Writer)


An Independent Artist’s Guide to Success – Demos: A Documentary

DEMOS is one of the only documentaries to truly delve into the world of independent hip-hop. Through interviews with Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Naughty By Nature and many more, DEMOS provides artists with an inside look at how to succeed in a music industry that’s been radically transformed over the last decade.


Early Documentary about Sampling (1988)

Great documentary about sampling made by an Aussie T.V station back in 1988 before the laws we’re changed to regulate the practice.


TDE Presents SZA



Top Dawg Entertainment announces the debut of their newest signee, SZA. Known for her airy coos and glitter-trappings, the Alternative songstress shares a snippet video to narrate the new affiliation.


Ryan Leslie presents BLACK MOZART

A music motion picture by Ryan Leslie.


On The Road – Macklemore

JAY Z’s Life + Times documents Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ recent trip to Camp Bisco Music Festival in upstate New York, as they prepare for the upcoming Budweiser Made In America festival after a long summer stretch of European festival dates. Now firmly in the spotlight after years spent in Seattle’s independent scene honing their artistry, the duo discuss breaking through with “The Heist,” the rigors of touring that have followed, and creating music that will stand the test of time, in between performances of “Can’t Hold Us” and “Ten Thousand Hours.”

Directed by Eric Swiecinski for Scheme Engine
Executive Produced by Devin Chanda and Andreas Hale for Scheme Engine
Produced by Sarah Jun and Sam Shirreff
Cinematography by Ben Vogel, Thomas Stigler, & Eric Swiecinski
Sound Recorded/Mixed by Andrew Yip
Color-Correction by Thomas Stigler
Motion Graphics by Sean Ferguson


BBC Horizon – Life on Mars

The intriguing possibility of life on Mars has fueled man’s quest to visit the Red Planet. Drawing on 45 years of Horizon archive, space expert Dr Kevin Fong presents a documentary on Earth’s near neighbor.

Man’s extraordinary attempts to reach Mars have pushed technological boundaries past their limit and raised the tantalizing prospect of establishing human colonies beyond our own planet.

While the moon lies 240,000 miles away, Mars is at a distance of 50 million miles. Reaching the moon takes three days, but to land on Mars would take nearly eight months, and only two thirds of the missions to Mars have made it. The BBC has been there to analyse the highs and lows – including the ill-fated British attempt, the Beagle.

Horizon has explored how scientists believe the only way to truly understand Mars is to send people there. If and when we do, it will be the most challenging trip humanity has ever undertaken.


On The Road with Kendrick: Verge Campus Tour Pt. 2

In part 2 of On The Road with Kendrick: Verge Campus Tour, watch as K.Dot shares his daily tour regime from working out to creating in the studio bus – special cameos included.

“good kid, m.A.A.d city” is in stores and on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/gkmc

Shot by: retOne / Christopher Parsons
Directed by: Christopher Parsons


This Is What Winning Looks Like

“This Is What Winning Looks Like” is a disturbing new documentary about the ineptitude, drug abuse, sexual misconduct, and corruption of the Afghan security forces as well as the reduced role of US Marines due to the troop withdrawal.


On The Road with Kendrick: Verge Campus Tour

Go on the road with Kendrick Lamar as he takes you with him on the Verge Campus Tour alongside co-headliner Steve Aoki.

Shot by: retOne / Christopher Parsons
Directed by: Christopher Parsons


Kendrick Lamar and TDE: On The Road

In the premiere episode of ON THE ROAD, JAY Z’s Life+Times rides out with rapper Kendrick Lamar and his T.D.E. crew. as they get ready for the release of Kendrick’s debut album “Good Kid m.A.A.d City.”

Produced and Directed by Dustin Nakao Haider for Scheme Engine
Executive Produced by Devin Chanda for Scheme Engine
Cinematography by David Raboy and Eric Yue
Edited by Matt Mitchener
Sound Recorded/Mixed by Andrew Yip


Sensory Deprivation Tanks (Documentary)

The best way to eliminate all sensory input is to step inside a sensory deprivation tank. In part 1, we talk to Joe Rogan about what happens to the mind, body, and spirit while inside the tank

In part 2, VICE Correspondent Hamilton Morris spends five hours inside a tank only to come out with more questions than answers. We head to Isolation Floatation in Colorado to learn more.

In part 3, VICE correspondant Hamilton Morris tests the Rolls Royce of sensory deprivation tanks at Cloud nine Float Center in Boulder, Colorado.


Life + Times Presents: Jay-Z – Where I’m From (Documentary)

Life + Times has become a favorite online series of mine.


Sudan’s Forgotten Warriors

In the summer of 2012, VICE correspondent Aris Roussinos travelled to Sudan’s Blue Nile region where he spent a month making friends, playing checkers, and getting bombed with the guys from SPLA-N (Sudan People’s Liberation Movement)—a group of rebels that fight to keep President Omar al-Bashir from turning Sudan into an Arab Islamist state.


Vinnie Dewayne – Trip to New York City

3 weeks after Vinnie Dewayne’s near fatal car accident, he takes a trip to New York City for the NY Dunk Xchange event. This was a memorable moment because doctors told Vinnie Dewayne he should have been dead or paralyzed due to the accident, however he made it through and his first performance since the accident was in New York City. There, he networked and made connections with valuable people and music producers. Additionally, he had the chance to build with his team, All-Terrain music/Bob Law, his new clothing sponsor #BGRT/Felipe and Biz from itsbizkit.com .

Vinnie Dewayne is currently working on his next full length project entitled “The St. John’s Scholar Ep.” Expect to hear production from Top Dawg Entertainment’s Tae Beast, Thelonious Martin, Brian Allonce, Dj Cones, THEMpeople and Vinnie’s production team All-Terrain Music. “The St. John’s Scholar Ep” is scheduled to drop around mid-summer 2013. Shout out to the folks shown in the video for supporting Vinnie Dewayne’s time in New York City: Young Jack Thriller/Thisis50.com – Puma/ Vh1′s Black Ink crew – Jazz Young-Trinidad/The Source Magazine – Fuse TV – Victor Cruz/New York Giants – Biz/Itsbizkit and All-Terrain Music.


Genetically Modified Foods in America

A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, insects, plants, fish, and mammals. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods, and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food. The term GMO is very close to the technical legal term, ‘living modified organism’ defined in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which regulates international trade in living GMOs (specifically, “any living organism that possesses a novel combination of genetic material obtained through the use of modern biotechnology”).

This article focuses on what organisms have been genetically engineered, and for what purposes. The article on genetic engineering focuses on the history and methods of genetic engineering, and on applications of genetic engineering and of GMOs. Both articles cover much of the same ground but with different organizations (sorted by organism in this article; sorted by application in the other). There are separate articles on genetically modified crops, genetically modified food, regulation of the release of genetic modified organisms, and controversies.


3D Printed Guns (Documentary)

Cody R Wilson has figured out how to print a semi-automatic rifle from the comfort of his own home. Now he’s putting all the information online so that others will join him.

This is a story about the rapid evolution of a technology that has forced the American legal system to play catch up. Cody Wilson, a 25 year old University of Texas Law student, is an advocate for the open source production of firearms using 3D printing technology. This makes him a highly controversial figure on both sides of the gun control issue. MOTHERBOARD sat down with Cody in Austin, Texas to talk about the constitution, the legal system, and to watch him make and test-fire a 3D-printed gun.

Produced By Erin Lee Carr
Edited by Chris O’Coin


Joe Rogan – The American War Machine


Wu: The Story Of The Wu-Tang Clan

Documentary on the Wu Tang from 2008.


The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia

VICE travels to West Africa to rummage through the messy remains of a country ravaged by 14 years of civil war. Despite the United Nation’s eventual intervention, most of Liberia’s young people continue to live in abject poverty, surrounded by filth, drug addiction, and teenage prostitution. The former child soldiers who were forced into war have been left to fend for themselves, the murderous warlords who once led them in cannibalistic rampages have taken up as so-called community leaders, and new militias are lying in wait for the opportunity to reclaim their country from a government they rightly mistrust.


World’s Scariest Drug

VICE’s Ryan Duffy went to Colombia to check out a strange and powerful drug called Scopolamine, also known as “The Devil’s Breath.” It’s a substance so intense that it renders a person incapable of exercising free will.

The first few days in the country were a harrowing montage of freaked-out dealers and unimaginable horror stories about Scopolamine. After meeting only a few people with firsthand experience, the story took a far darker turn than they ever could have imagined.


The Art of 16 Bars

Dope full documentary on THE MC. The lyrical part of Hip Hop. Narrated by: Method Man.