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Posts Tagged ‘film’

The Lure of the Open Road: Tom Allen’s ‘Janapar’

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 November 2012

‘Janapar’, which is the Armenian word for journey, is the story of Tom Allen’s bicycle travels across three and a half years, 12,000 mapless miles and 32 countries. It is “an honest and life-affirming tale of finding what you’re looking for when you least expect it.” Including love. It is about the lure of the open road: something to live by and to be inspired by.

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Video Spotlight: Cycling Japan’s Abandoned Rail

  • Paul Tavner
  • 22 July 2012

Cycling Japan’s Abandoned Rail is a short film in which an American couple explore the abandoned railway lines of Hokkaido, looking into what’s still out there following widespread rail closures of the 1980s. Travelling through rural Japan via bike, they uncover a lost history that tells a fascinating tale that few outside of Japan itself will ever know.

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Video Spotlight: Local Voices from Costa Rica

  • iSeeiTravel
  • 8 July 2012

When you travel, one of the easiest and most meaningful things you can do is meet the locals. To the best of your ability, strike up a conversation. Find out their story, their culture, their way of life. That’s what iSeeiTravel does in its debut documentary project, called 2.5%. Read more about them and support their fundraising campaign to promote conscious travel in Costa Rica.

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Video Spotlight: Where the Hell Is Matt 2012

  • Paul Tavner
  • 24 June 2012

We featured the Where the Hell is Matt? 2008 update – part of a continuing series of short films about a funny dance – as a Video Spotlight toward the end of 2012. It was, in fact, the original inspiration for our Video Spotlights as a continuing feature here at The Travel Word. That’s why we were delighted…

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Video Spotlight: Nomadism

  • Paul Tavner
  • 27 May 2012

A lot of the films we feature as part of our Video Spotlight are difficult to classify. This week’s entry changes things. It’s a short film that would be equally at home being projected in a gallery as it is shared on a blog or on Tumblr. Canadian photographer and filmmaker Marty Mellway has produced some remarkable footage, filmed during his most recent travels.

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Video Spotlight: MOVE

  • Paul Tavner
  • 29 April 2012

A short but sweet addition to the Video Spotlight archive this week: an imaginative clip that puts a new spin on the time-lapse format that we know and love. Part of a series of three minute-long films commissioned by STA Australia, MOVE condenses several months of travel into a 60 second highlight reel but connects the footage together in an impressive and innovative way.

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Video Spotlight: The Genius of a Place

  • Paul Tavner
  • 18 March 2012

The creative team behind the upcoming film ‘The Genius of a Place’ – a title taken from the works of Alexander Pope – noticed the change that was taking place in Cortona, Italy, and set out to document it. While steps are being taken to mitigate against the damage being done to this particular destination, it serves as an example for other towns likely to be affected by similar issues.

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Video Spotlight: Seconds of Beauty

  • Paul Tavner
  • 19 February 2012

We like this video, compiled as part of a competition organised by Montblanc, because it really captures the wonder of a collection of moments. Sixty events, each of them one second long, were captured by people from around the world and brought together.

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Video Spotlight: Vendemmia – A Documentary About Cinque Terre, Italy

  • Paul Tavner
  • 22 January 2012

This week’s Video Spotlight features the work of film-makers Krista Lee Weller and Sharon Boeckle. The American duo and their team have spent several years documenting the challenges facing the Italian region of Cinque Terre, a beautiful section of the Italian Riviera that has been strained by tourism and the desire to capitalise on it.

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Video Spotlight: Speeding Around The World in Under 5 Minutes

  • Paul Tavner
  • 8 January 2012

While the film contains its fair share of recognisable landmarks, what we enjoy about it is how the process Lam has used works just as well with unspectacular locations. A crooked bridge over a fast-flowing stream looks just as fantastic as the Eiffel Tower when it’s portrayed in this way.

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