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Kicking It

Feature length doc.

In the summer of 2006, while the football world’s attention was focused on Germany, thousands of players around the globe were training hard and competing to be part of another World Cup … The Homeless World Cup. It had been a wild idea by a Scot and an Austrian—to give homeless people a chance to change their lives through an international street soccer competition. Five years later, the annual Homeless World Cup had become an internationally recognized sports competition. 500 homeless players from 48 nations would ultimately be selected to represent their country in Cape Town, South Africa – coming from such disparate parts of the world as war torn Afghanistan, the slums of Kenya, the drug rehab clinics of Dublin, Ireland, the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, the overflowing public shelters of Madrid, Spain, and the unforgiving city of St. Petersburg, Russia, where the homeless have no rights or identity. Win or lose, for these players it would be the journey of a lifetime.

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Long Jump

Here’s the new film by Ian Mackinnon and Dominic Parker made for Short and Sweet and Getty Images.

The challenges aim was to highlight the breadth and depth of content available at the Hulton Archive, which offers a unique resource to filmmakers and creatives alike.

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More? Adjustment is Ian’s graduation film at the RCA.

Adam Kimmel: Claremont HD

Wow. Better than any rollercoaster.

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Beijing Paralympic Games Photo Slideshow by Sports Illustrated

Captivating images that highlight how wonderfully heroic people are.

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Video of 4×100 Mens Relay, Beijing: USA wins Gold

I had zero interest in the Olympics before it began. I happened to catch this relay when I was taking a break from work. It just sucked me in, how can it not? This is easily one of the great moments in sports history. The favorites France were ahead by at least half a body length at the turn with the World record holder at the helm. Somehow, somehow, American Jason Lezak managed to nip the Frenchman to win the gold. Incredible race by both teams.

Video is available on NBC but requires Microsoft Silverlight (WTF!!!!!!!!!!), if somebody is able to find it somewhere else, please leave a comment.

Update: Here is a link, with Italian commentary. Thanks Dek.

Average athlete vs Olympic athlete

I spent many evenings at the same east river track during my High School track days. I would have loved to seen this.

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Hoop Dream (entire film available)

This film is constantly voted the best documentary of all time. It is available in full at Hulu in 420p HD. Cannot get better than that online.

The film remains relevant just like it did when it first came out. Two young basketball players struggle to fulfill a common dream which is to make to the NBA. The two kids have contrasting styles and personalities, each story could have made a great documentary in of itself. But together, the stories highlight the hi’s and lo’s of each story even better. Once in a lifetime kind of movie.

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Minor League Giants

A photo slideshow by Porter Gifford about little league baseball. Lovely.

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Covering Euro 2008: Video technology

Pretty cool stuff.

William Lamson abstracts

I love this. Strong concept, simple but truthful execution.

Duel – The best ice cold western.

Emerge – The smallness of fame.

William Tell – Modern telling of the classic tale.

Vital Capacity – The struggle to maintain dreams.

Arrow Game – I want to play this game, however unsatisfying.

Bigger, Stronger, Faster

What a trailer! Interesting to see them connect the micro of steroids with the macro of American politics and outlook.

The Sixty Million Dollar Man

Steve Nash is the world’s first recycled man: made from waste!

A retro-tastic spoof of the 70s hit show The Six Million Dollar Man.

Viral for shoes, directed by Danny & Ezra. Visual effects by The Mill.

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Flash Video here.

Psyop – Adidas – Hu Jia

Psyop – Adidas – Hu Jia

Beautifully written and directed.

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Super Bowl XLII: Eli miracle

Though I was rooting for the Giants to win (I spent the majority of my life in New York), I was not really into the game. But when Eli Manning connected with David Tyree in this incredible play, I lost it. You could feel the game change after that play, their own magic made them believe it was possible. One of the greatest Super Bowl moments against a great Patriot team.

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P.s. Brought back memories of Mark Bavaro & Meggett in the previous Giants Super Bowl win.

Spike Jonze’s opening to Lakai – Fully Flared

What can be better than slomo skate boarding footage? Explosions. Quite beautiful intro to an upcoming dvd (a review).

Watch it – via Kottke

p.s. can’t decide if this is graphics or a real stunt.

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