Simply breath-taking and spectacular, if you’ve never seen them!
My One Minute Film in the Toronto Urban Film Festival
I am honoured this year to have my one minute film in the Toronto Urban Film Festival this year (TUFF).
Vượt Biên: Voyage of a Diaspora is a metaphorical depiction of the Vietnamese Boat People’s journey for freedom, using photos from the United Nations’ Photo Library and a few from my past.
[December 2011 edit: I’m allowed to share it now that the festival is over]
A Little Canadiana for My Non-Canadian Visitors – The Log Driver’s Waltz
This very “Canadian” song crossed my thoughts today so I thought I’d share it, in its very “Canadian” video. It’s primarily for the majority of visitors to my site, who happen to be from places other than Canada. However, it’s also for my Canadian visitors who may well love it just as much as I do, or who may be hearing it for the first time.
It’s about as “Canadian”, as indefinable as that maybe, as any song ever has been for me. But you can “feel” it’s “Canadian” as you listen to it. It would also certainly rank among the most “Canadian things” for me.
Thank you for visiting. I hope you’ll come back for more good stuff in the future. And definitely come to visit Canada if you’ve never experienced this great country! Enjoy!
The Log Driver’s Waltz is a Canadian folk song written by Wade Hemsworth. The version you hear in the animated National Film Board (NFB) Canadian Vignette video above is the most well known version, performed by the McGarrigle Sisters, (the late) Kate and Anna, and the Mountain City Four.
The Lucky Few: The Story of USS Kirk (complete film)
The Lucky Few is an hour long documentary about the story of the USS Kirk and its crew in their incredible mission to rescue Vietnamese refugees during Operation Frequent Wind in the final days of the Viet Nam War.
As the War was coming to an end on April 29th to 30th, 1975, Operation Frequent Wind airlifted about 7100 “at risk” Vietnamese (to death from the Communist Viet Cong) and American civilians out of Sai Gon, the capital of South Viet Nam. Some lifts were scheduled. Others were not. The relative American small warship USS Kirk, a destroyer escort, and its crew suddenly found themselves in the midst of a flock of unscheduled airlifts, to which it admirably accommodated even though it was neither meant nor ready to do any such thing.
TED 2011 Ads Worth Spreading Winners Far Better Than Super Bowl Collection!
The TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) community just released its 2011 Ads Worth Spreading contest winners, and the ads are more super than the ones I saw for the Super Bowl! But what did you expect from a brilliant group who’s moniker is “Ideas Worth Spreading”? Here are the ads below, in no particular order.
The ads tend to be longer than the Super Bowl ones, where time is so expensive, though the Chrysler Born of Fire and Volkswagen’s The Force are both here. Hey, the cream does rise to the top no matter where you put it. But you know, if ads were this good, I wouldn’t care how long they went on. They’d be better than most things I’d ever find on television!
Some of these ads are also not widely seen, especially in North America, because they come from the world over and not all of these ad makers have money for American television time, much less Super Bowl. However, as a whole collection, I’d take this over the top Super Bowl ads I’ve seen in any year!
This is part 1 of 3 since there are too many commercials to put into one blog post. The link to Part 2 is at at the end.
Enjoy and be prepared to be wowwed!!!