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Friday
May182012

3 Stumbles

Survival International

1. An interesting approach to an advocacy video. What do you think?
2. MediaStorm's Post-Production Workflow-- for an amazing price of $14.95.
3. An inspiring clip about America's next generation of conservationists, courtesy of the Nickelodeon and the National Parks Conservation Association.

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Friday
May112012

3 Stumbles

Tracks of Giants by Green Renaissance

1. Tracks of Giants: One of the dreamiest, most beautiful advocacy videos I've ever seen, highlighting an epic project by The Wild Foundation's Ian McCallum.
2. Bear 71: A super compelling, 20-minute interactive documentary revealing the plight of a grizzly bear fighting for survival in an increasingly developed world.
3. Beasts of the Southern Wild. I haven't been this excited to see a film in years.

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Thursday
Apr262012

3 Stumbles

healthygulf.org

I'm breaking my rule again this week. Instead of pointing you to three separate sources, I want to draw your attention to two very different videos advocating for the same basic cause: Keeping people engaged with the Gulf oil spill. Which one drew you in more? Did either renew your interest in the issue? Or better yet, inspire you to take a new action? Share your thoughts below, or join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter!

1. Two years later: The oil is still here and so are we.
2. Gulf oil spill infographic

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Thursday
Apr122012

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"Caine's Arcade" by Nirvan Mullick

1. Caine's Arcade: A super charming, ridiculously uplifting short film about making a little boy's dream come true. Be sure to watch all the way to the end of the credits!
2. Behind the Scenes of Tyler Stableford's newest film.
3. America's Wilderness: A surprisingly compelling advocacy video by the National Park Service. Did it work for you?

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Thursday
Apr052012

3 Stumbles

Gnarly Bay Productions, Inc.

1. A Story for Tomorrow: One of the most inspiring video travelogues EVER.
2. Silver & Light: A brilliant 9-minute film on an INSANE photography project.
3. Behind the Scenes of "Inside Disaster": Tracy Boyer Clark from Innovative Interactivity offers a fascinating glimpse of what went into the epic films and interactive website documenting Haiti's earthquake.

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