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Best of the Web

Best of the Web this week might seem a tad condensed, but venture through the Focus Forward, Three Minute Stories and recognize what an innovative world exists.

Remi Ochlik

Recently the World Press Photo 2012 winners were announced, awarding photojournalist Remi Ochlik with first prize in the General News Story category for his work in Libya.  On Wednesday morning, Ochlik along with war reporter Marie Colvin of the London Times were killed in Homs, Syria, when shells hit their makeshift media station. Last night, Colvin was on CNN with Anderson Cooper and said, “It’s a complete and utter lie they’re only going after terrorists. The Syrian Army is simply shelling a city of cold, starving civilians.”

I’m not trying to get all preachy here, but I would like to reiterate that there are many journalist that risk their lives daily to get us information of the world around us.  Let’s not take this for granted.

Focus Forward, Three Minute Stories

Hillary’s Straw by Phil Cox is a wonderful piece of hope, determination and innovation with a powerful mood and tone.  Heart Stop Beating by Jeremiah Zagar was beautifully shot and colored.  I am in awe by what I learned and how well this short doc was made.  The pace and timing and interviews are stunning. Forward Films is a series of short films.  Each piece is entertainingly educational.  From Mr. Toilet by Jessical Yu, I got a different perspective of poop.   Newtown Creek Digester Eggs: The Art of Human Waste by David Leitner is also another piece about human waste, but very different from Mr. Toilet.  This film does an excellent job of giving a glimpse to this mighty piece of ambitious architecture and engineering.   The last film I screened, Landfill by Jessica Edwards and Gary Hustwit is also a piece that focuses on taking garbage and creating energy.  It’s quite telling as to the direction of society — it is universal and affects every single one of us to some degree.

These films are incredibly thorough considering they are only three minutes.  Each topic is relevant and brings to light a deeper point of view and a glimpse of something or someone creating an impact in society.  These films remind me again why I love documentaries and just how much fun they make learning.

Caption: Photograph by Remi Ochlik of fighters believed to be pro-government mercenaries and snipers captured by rebel fighters Sept. 25, 2011, in the Tripoli neighborhood of Abu Slim during the final resistance of Moammar Kadafi loyalist forces.

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