Near the southern tip of Topsail Island, NC you'll find a typical small town post office. But, if you climb the stairs the second floor, you'll find a roller skating rink that is over 50 years old. Behind the counter of both the post office and the rink you'll find Miss Doris. "All Skate, Everybody Skate" is a portrait of a woman in her late seventies who has known hard times and met them with head-on with grit and an extraordinary work ethic that has kept her climbing that wooden staircase each evening to rent and repair skates, spin vintage 45s, and weave smoothly in-between the tourists in her white skates with the red wheels.
Additional Cinematography by Matthew Carter & Amy Cleckler
Editing Assistance by Alexis Bravos
Sound Mix by Piper Kessler
Colorist by Nicholas Levanti
Composers by the claudes
Dennis Harris and Wendy Christensen have built lives around a vocation many people never even consider: taxidermy. Harris owns a studio in rural Michigan where he constructs gravity-defying suspension mounts, and Christensen is one the few remaining full-time museum taxidermists in the country. Both are fixtures at the biennial World Taxidermy Competition. Taxidermists is a window into an often overlooked but surprisingly vibrant world of art, science, and competition.
The Bars & Tone Experiment is a series of five experimental shorts that features the music of independent bands. Each film has a unique style and subject including stop-motion animation, persistence of vision, hand-painted 16mm leader, found footage and breakdancing.
experiment 001 – Leader
Leader is a short experimental film that was created by the hand-painting clear 16mm leader. The individual frames combine to form abstract imagery that at times flashes by with psychedelic fervor and at times freezes on a single splash of color. The film was partially inspired by Maple Stave's 'I Will Fire When I Am Goddamn Good And Ready' which is the soundtrack.
Thaumatrope is a short experimental film that was created through the magic of the persistence of vision. Individual silhouettes of birds are shown flying through the slits of a zoetrope, a bird seems to be caged because of the spinning of a thaumatrope, and a flipbook gives the illusion of flight. The film was partially inspired by Wembley’s “Crumbs” which is the soundtrack.
Spacemen is an experimental short that merges new footage with archival NASA film to form a relationship between the first monkey in space and a would-be space traveler. The film was partially inspired by The Port Huron Statement’s 'Homecoming Parade' which is the soundtrack.
Science is a dance film that combines the traditionally African American art form of breakdance with the traditionally white art form of heavy metal. The film was partially inspired by Grappling Hook’s “I Judge You Not O Juggernaut” which is the soundtrack.
We often take for granted the amazing tools that live on the end of our arms–but every day, our hands accomplish tasks ranging from the menial to the sublime. This clever black-and-white film examines the power of the human hand with the aid of an orthopedic surgeon, jazz pianist, origami artist, sign language interpreter, classical guitarist, henna hand-painter, baseball umpire and magician.