Above the Clouds

Short documentary with an intimate look at the execution of Heron Preston’s new collection in celebration of NASA. Shot over the course of six months, the film culminates with Preston launching the collection 32 miles (50 km) up into the Earth’s stratosphere.

Directed by David Laven & Heron Preston
Produced by David Laven, Darryl Phillips & Gregory Stefano

THE WORLD IS AS BIG OR AS SMALL AS YOU MAKE IT explores an innovative program where local kids ages 12-15 gather at a neighborhood rec center in North Philadelphia and use their phones and iPads to forge friendships with their peers across the world. For children who have often never left their hometown, these exchanges prove to be both touching and surprising, giving them exposure to new corners of planet Earth. Tools that have been used only for texting friends, taking selfies and making social plans become a witness to the great (and sometimes unfulfilled) potential that exists in their own back yards.

The World Is As Big Or As Small As You Make It | Sundance Institute

Why does the U.S. fund foreign aid? The United States spends approximately $37 billion dollars a year on foreign aid - just under 1% of our federal budget. "The Foreign Aid Paradox" zeroes in on food aid to Haiti and how it affects American farming and shipping interests as well as Haiti’s own agricultural markets. The result: a surprising study in unintended consequences. Part of We the Economy series. Directed by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady Produced by Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing, Morgan Spurlock, Paul G. Allen Editor: Rebecca Adorno Cinematographer: Tony Hardmon Music By: Paul Brill

The Foreign Aid Paradox

At the end of 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana. VICE correspondent Krishna Andavolu heads over to Uruguay to check out how the country is adjusting to a legally regulated marijuana market. Along the way, he meets up with Uruguay's president, José Mujica, to burn one down and talk about the president's goal of a chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, and six cannabis plants per household.

Weediquette, The Cannabis Republic of Uruguay

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Short documentary on one of punk's best kept secrets, Los Saicos, who were the original Peruvian proto-punks. After storming onto the Peruvian music scene, Los Saicos rocked for only a little over a year, but left a lasting influence on the sound of the 60s and future punk to come.

Los Saicos

Saicos

Edit for Far Out series. Feature Length Documentary on Faustino Barrientos, an 81 year old man, who is reaching the end of his life, and his self-imposed isolation is being encroached upon by the forces of government, economy, and tourism.

Faustino’s Patagonian Retreat

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In Spring 2013, Waris Ahluwalia travelled to southern Africa with Forevermark to witness the journey of a Forevermark Diamond. Here, Waris saw first-hand the ways in which Forevermark diamonds are giving back to the communities from which they come by helping to provide healthcare, education, roads and electricity, and environmental conservation. Directed by Jake Sumner

HOUSE OF WARIS: The Forevermark Diamond Journey

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