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I have been developing a way to help local people in 3rd world countries communicate their present situation through positive web-series for many years.
I am currently working on a project in Sri Lanka. I am making a fun, interesting, web series to show a side of the country that tourists wouldn't usually get a chance to see — hopefully inspiring visitors to have an open heart towards local people. At the same time I am a volunteer teacher in schools and orphanages. I also give travel advice and information.
Through this web-series I hope to develop a greater understanding and empathy between people from different cultures and transcend common contemporary problems by giving the local people a chance to tell us about their point of view in an objective manner.
Everything is a Remix, So Steal Like An Artist SXSW Austin, TX 3/10/12 - While many have described the new world of remix culture where “nothing is original,” few have provided practical advice for those of us who find ourselves living and making things in it. Join filmmaker Kirby Ferguson (creator of the video series EVERYTHING IS A REMIX) and artist Austin Kleon (author of NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT and STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST) as they show clips from Kirby's work and discuss how one best goes about being a creator in the digital age. Questions Answered: 1. What are the basic elements of creativity? 2. What is the line between inspiration and outright plagiarism? 3. How can creators best share their work on the web without getting ripped off? 4. Is it really true that nothing is original? 5. Why is “make what you like” better advice than “make what you know”? Supporting Material: EVERYTHING IS A REMIX: http://www.everythingisaremix.info/ STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST: http://www.austinkleon.com/steal Category: Convergence / Film / Music Austin Kleon - austinleon.com Kirby Ferguson - http://www.everythingisaremix.info/
This historic documentary captures the destruction of the Los Elementos mural and the Juarez-Lincoln building, and the resistance to stop its destruction. Juárez-Lincoln University, 715 East First Street, was founded in 1971 in Austin, Texas, as a Mexican American/Chicana/o center of higher education. It was a direct out growth of the wider Chicano/a movement for civil rights, self-determination, & ethnic pride that took root & grew from the 1950s through the 1970s. Juárez-Lincoln was closed in 1979, when Antioch University withdrew its support. However, the Juárez-Lincoln building continued to house LUChA, League of United Chicano Artists, which was an umbrella organization that hosted multi-media projects and cultural arts programs. Juarez- Lincoln then served as a cultural arts center for the Mexico/a-Chicano/a community. The building with its mural by Raul Valdez became a symbol for East Austin residents. When real estate developers announced in 1980 that the building would be demolished to make way for an office building (now an IHOP), neighborhood groups took the battle to court, hoping to turn the building into a neighborhood center. After litigation the building was demolished in 1983. "Always considering it the property of the Austin community and that idea was reinforced when it was destroyed in 1984. There were large protests held with people attempting to stand in the way of the wrecking ball and I’ll never forget one woman left her car in the middle of traffic and ran to the crane operator, passionately telling him ‘you can’t do this, you can’t destroy this mural ‘ " –Raul Valdez quoted from his website
San Marcos is a sacred site that thousands of Native Americans called home, long before the Spanish Europeans arrived here. The descendants of these ancient Native people still live here today…and they call themselves Hispanics. Who were these ancient relatives and why are they considered giants among scientists and scholars? They genetically engineered corn. They used electricity long before the Europeans harnessed this power. They compiled huge and amazing libraries with a unique written language. They tracked the movement of creation and reflected it on the Aztec calendar. How do we continue to practice our Native ways? The Aztec dance tradition is related to the cosmos. The Mayan dancers and Plains Indian singers preserve the old traditional dances, songs, and ceremonies. Our mothers and grandmothers still serve tamales or buñuelos on special occasions. Quinceñeras, sweat lodges, compadres, Native Ways. How do we continue to speak our ancient language …without even realizing it? Aguacate, coyote, elote, chamaco, cuate: these are not Spanish words, they’re Nahuatl words, the language of some of our ancient ancestors. Why do we have Spanish last names instead of the Native indigenous names of our ancestors? Find out the answers to all of these questions, and more “Hispanics Indigenous Identity” presented by Indigenous Cultures Institute Coming soon! Please visit http://indigenouscultures.org to learn more. This is a zgraphix production. Produced by Jeff Zavala. http://zgraphix.org