INSPIRATION

Here you'll find some of the wonderful things, and people, that inspire me and the work that I do.

Just Breathe

By Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films)

 

"The inspiration for “Just Breathe” first came about a little over a year ago when I overheard my then 5-year-old son talking with his friend about how emotions affect different regions of the brain, and how to calm down by taking deep breaths — all things they were beginning to learn in Kindergarten at their new school, Citizens of the World Charter School, in Mar Vista, CA. I was surprised and overjoyed to witness first-hand just how significant social-emotional learning in an elementary school curriculum was on these young minds."

Bike Lanes

"Casey Owen Neistat is an American film director, producer, and creator of popular YouTube videos since 2010.

 

In 2011 Neistat made a video critical of the New York City Police Department's ticketing of cyclists for riding outside of the marked bike lanes. In the video Neistat films an encounter with an officer wherein he receives a $50 summons for not riding within the marked lanes. Neistat then proceeds to comically ride his bike in the lane crashing into various obstructions to highlight his argument that the lanes are not always the safest place for cyclists to ride."

Advanced Style Documentary

"This is a long trailer for our upcoming documentary about stylish New York older ladies. The film is out in theatres in UK in May 2014, and coming to United States soon!

 

For more stylish ladies check out http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com

 

For more information about director go to linaplioplyte.com."

Videos from Andrea Dorfman

Andrea Dorfman works as a filmmaker, animator, cinematographer and artist. She has made numerous experimental and dramatic short films as well as two feature films, Parsley Days (2000) and Love That Boy (2003) , and the documentary, Sluts (2005). 

 

Check out her various videos available on her website here.

Iris 

From legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER), IRIS pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. 

 

See more here.

Present Perfect 

Present Perfect explores the very real experience of aging in America- both growing up, and growing old. It was filmed in a preschool housed completely within a retirement home, powerfully capturing the subtleties and complexities of the young children's interactions with the elderly residents, while challenging us to consider what we're doing- and what we’re not- to prepare future generations for what’s to come. What value does a person have to others throughout their life? Are we asking for the right contributions from each other? How do we measure and define a successful life? While this film doesn't shy away from confronting some difficult realities, it is ultimately a life-affirming story of hope and the power of human connection at any age. 

Hip Hop-Eration 

The world’s oldest dance crew has an average age of 79, more than a few artificial hips and a feisty and indefatigable spirit. Meet Hip Op-eration, 27 senior citizens preparing to throw down in the Las Vegas Hip Hop International championships. All the way from a small island off New Zealand, this inspirational troupe overcomes obstacles with good humour and incredible resolve, as they face financial hurdles, medical complications, family obligations and more. Under the guidance of the highly motivated volunteer choreographer and coordinator Billie Jordan, the team is met with open arms and support from the lively dance crew community—their contemporaries including award winners who have worked with the likes of Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj. Uplifting and upbeat, the festival prize-winning Hip Hop-eration bridges generations and has a whole lot of fun doing it.