Birthplace of the blues

The Mississippi Blues Commission presents the story of Dockery Farms, the ‘birthplace of the blues’. Narrated by B.B. King the film examines how the community at a plantation founded in 1895 become a magnet for blues musicians like Willie Brown, Son House & Charlie Patton.

The film is just one in series featuring monumental places and people from Mississippi in the history of some of America’s finest music.

Travel Special: Asia Upclose

Silk Roads to Shanghai – Full Documentary from Sand2Snow Adventures on Vimeo.

Be just like the Irish Adventures David Burns and Maghnus Collins. Spend 11 months on an expedition of Istanbul to Kathmandu all on a bike. Then run 1000km’s in 26 days across the Tibetan Plateau before you get your money’s worth with a kayak excursion down the third longest river all the way to Shanghai. All this and more in the documentary above from Sand2Snow Adventures.

The Lookout: The first line against forest fires

Each summer, Leif Haugen lives in a tiny cabin in the Flathead National Forest of northwestern Montana, where he serves as the fire lookout for the forest. His amenities are few. There is no running water or electricity in the cabin that serves as his home and office. He spends his days sitting in solitary watching for any signs of a fire, quickly responding to the occasional outbreak. Brian Bolster’s film ‘The Outlook’ follows Leif through his time on up on the mountain documenting the nuances of his crucial role while also featuring the beautiful views and vast nature that surrounds him.

Punchlines for Progress: Remixed Comedy

Mash Up documentary ‘Punchlines for Progress: Why Jon Stewart is one of the most trusted men in America.‘ uses a variety of media sources to document the role of the ‘court jester’. Featuring poignant  and hilarious interviews with the likes of John Stewart, George Carlin, Lenny Bruce and many more celebrating the robust history of American satire and freedom of speech. Created by Marie Wustner.

Ironing Board Sam’s Return

A short documentary by filmmaker, Tom Ciaburri about the past and present life of bluesman, Ironing Board Sam. Hailing from South Carolina, Ironing Board Sam, real name Samuel Moore, started his music career in the 1950’s and at one point had a backing band that featured a young guitarist named, Jimi Hendrix. The piano player went through many low points in his career and by the 1990’s was widely considered dead, until an old fan pulled him back into the spotlight and got him recording again. His story is inspiring for any one chasing a dream and his music is unstoppable and uncompromising. This documentary was made in the South, with support from the Southern Documentary Fund.

Ironing Board Sam's Return (short documentary) from Tom Ciaburri on Vimeo.

Flordia Man: A Documentary by Sean Dunne

This week, filmmaker, Sean Dunne released his most recent documentary, ‘Florida Man’. Found on his vimeo page, the film presents an assortment of candid interviews with local males of the Sunshine State. Dunne captured the accounts by driving through Florida and filming in parking lots of bars and convenience stores. As he puts,

“Most of what you’re seeing in the final film is the entirety of our interaction with these guys. It was quick and to the point and I didn’t even interview people besides the occasional “Any words of wisdom?” So what we got was a whole bunch of people telling stories and talking about whatever was on their mind. It was a strange and exciting journey that took us to a lot of places we didn’t expect.”

Already being a fan of /r/FloridaMan, I found this darkly-humorous film to be more proof that Florida may just be the worst sate in the union. Enjoy.

FLORIDA MAN from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.