Documentary Education Inspiration

Global Cardboard Challenge

In this followup film to Caine’s Arcade, the Imagination Foundation is announcing the launch of the first ever Global Cardboard Challenge, inviting the world to play while raising funds to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in kids.

The Global Cardboard Challenge is the next chapter of a global movement growing out of the short film Caine’s Arcade, which shared the inspiring story of 9-year-old Caine Monroy’s cardboard arcade with the world.

On October 6th, the one year anniversary of the flashmob of surprise customers in “Caine’s Arcade”, hundreds of Cardboard Challenge events around the world will celebrate creativity, imagination, and community.

There are over 150 event organizers in 25 countries who have already signed up. You can get involved by hosting your own event or attending one near you.

Have fun on October 6th!

Documentary Inspiration

Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful

Last month, 98 year old Keiko Fukuda was awarded judo’s highest honor: the 10th degree black belt. She is only the 4th person in history, and the first woman, to reach this level.

Fukuda still teaches judo three times a week at her SF dojo.

She is the last surviving student of Dr. Kano, the founder of Judo, and still teaches three times a week at her Noe Valley studio, Soko Joshi Judo Club, in San Francisco. Her motto is “Be gentle, kind, and beautiful, yet firm and strong, both mentally and physically.”

In 1934 Keiko Fukuda was preparing for marriage, like most young women in Japan. Then she met Kanō Jigorō (the founder of judo) and radically altered her life path. She gave up marriage, family, and her home-land to pursue her life destiny.

A documentary film by San Francisco-based
Flying Carp Productions titled Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful, by director Yuriko Gamo Romer, about Fukuda’s inspirational life is currently in post production and scheduled for release in early 2012.

Update: There is now a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the finishing of the movie!

via the San Francisco Chronicle


One Day on Earth

On October 10th, 2010, thousands of people from every country in the world (190 of them) documented their day and “contributed their voice to the largest participatory media event in history.”

The ambitious One Day on Earth project was started in Sept 2008 by Kyle Ruddick with the goal of creating a global media event capturing the diversity of the human experience in a single 24 hour period. After two years of grassroots efforts a date was finally set and on 10/10/10 over 3,000 hours of footage was captured from every corner on the planet.

We follow characters and events that evolve throughout the day, interspersed with expansive global montages that explore the progression of life from birth, to death, to birth again. In the end, despite unprecedented challenges and tragedies throughout the world, we are reminded that every day we are alive there is hope and a choice to see a better future together.

One Day on Earth is funded by donations and volunteers and they are currently raising funds via a Kickstarter campaign help get through editing (a herculean effort to be sure!) and securing distribution.

You can also explore an amazing interactive map of all the raw videos shot (over 4,000!) for the project.

Plans are already underway for the next filming project day scheduled for November 11th, 2011 (11/11/11).

via Vimeo and Kickstarter