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A Tribute to Discomfort: Cory Richards

14 June 2014

What does it mean to be human?

That existential question has been asked by our collective human heart many a time. We are all different, we have different life situations and desires, so the answer to that question is very personal. It is a question that can evoke a certain kind of despondency.

Cory Richards is a man who turned this despondent disposition into some of the most beautiful photographs of our time.

A Tribute to Discomfort: Cory Richards

“Blue Chalk worked with National Geographic Creative photographer and North Face athlete Cory Richards to create a promotional piece to demonstrate the scope of his work and the passion and athleticism that accompanies him in the field. A Tribute to Discomfort brings the viewer through Cory’s stunning work, his unique sense of humor, and his quest to create photographs that relate a common humanity.”

Created by Blue Chalk Media

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Look Up

4 June 2014

‘Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.

“Be there for your friends and they’ll be there for you too. But no one will be if a group message will do.”

Film by Garry Turk.

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Necessity and Simplicity

21 May 2014

A short documentary about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50 year old wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap.

David’s ability to live just with what he needs is an inspiring disposition. In some aspects of our lives, we can all apply necessity and simplicity. Sometimes we’re surprised by how much we need it.


4 Year Old Bucket List

12 May 2014

Masaai Warrior Dream

Nkaitole is a four year old boy from Kenya. Like all little boys he has a dream. Though his is very special. He wants to become a Masaai Warrior.

It’s a sad fact that 1 in 5 children in Africa, will not reach the age of 5 due to unsafe drinking water. So waterislife helped him complete his bucket list.


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The SLOWMO quest for Divinity

8 May 2014

Disillusioned with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

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“Save The Bees” Greenbees Protest

5 May 2014

It’s a sad world when bees have to set up campaigns to help us realise that our consumerist culture is slowly destroying nature.

The Greenbees are mobilizing to protest against pesticides sold by agro chemical companies, which endanger not only their livelihood but also food production for the humans. One third of all food production relies on the pollinating role of bees.

Take action to save the bees and agriculture as part of Greenpeace’s international “Save The Bees” campaign.

Sign the #SaveTheBees petition today:

Read more about why bees need our help at

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Combining Technology and Compassion to Change Fate

29 April 2014

 Google Glass Explorer Story: WWF’s Sabita Malla

WWF’s Sabita Malla is exploring how Glass can help protect rhinos. When technology and compassion combine we can bring about change. And like Sabita maybe we can help change the human induced fate of the rhino and let them continue to not just survive, but to live.

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The Conditioned Poet Question your Perceptions

23 April 2014

Perception & Deceit

No combination of prose can convey the beauty of this story, so we are going to keep it simple.

Stories have endured the test of time more than anything else because stories grant us an objective perspective of ourselves. Stories help us grow.

Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho was a homeless man for nearly 35 years. He lived unshaven, unwashed and wrapped in a garbage bag. He looked no more special than your everyday homeless man. A kind hearted Shalla Monteiro befriended this homeless man to discover his incredibly beautiful poetry.

The lesson in this story? Question your perceptions.

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Made in Tohoku

2 April 2014

Nature Turns into Disaster

Earthquakes, typhoons, thunderstorms, these are all a natural part of the earth. But when the lives of people are tragically affected by nature’s course it becomes a natural disaster. Our recent history is littered with many examples of earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes that have left people homeless and hopeless.

A Brother’s Help Made in Tohoku

In March 2011 an earthquake and tsunami caused great devastation in Tohoku, Japan. The Inoue Brothers traveled to the region to start a project with some of the affected local artisans. The result of this collaboration is their “Made in Tohoku” collection.

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How to Treat the Ladies

24 March 2014

A group of Australian farmers share their thoughts about their ladies. Treat your ladies right fellas.


Inspired to Inspire

18 March 2014

Passion and Inspiration

Everyone has something they feel they’re meant to do, it’s their passion. That feeling is something that connects people. So few people actually pursue their passion because it’s such a personal thing that failing is just too scary. A way to push past the fear is to be inspired. Imagine that you are a source of inspiration for someone. Imagine someone seeing you do what you love doing and how inspirational and motivational it is. They might just step beyond the fear and into themselves. If you’re inspired you inspire.


Heart of Africa

3 March 2014

It’s a beautiful thing to be granted perspective. Compared to life in the heart of Africa how does your problems measure up?

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The Weight of Mountains

1 March 2014

This short film is based on the incredible work of British geologist L. Dudley Stamp.

Shot in Iceland, this film beautifully displays the language of geology. The imagery is enigmatic and cultivate a sense of introspection. A viewpoint that can breed a connectedness to nature, which in turn can only benefit your day to day life. Mountains have a lifespan much like our own. They are affected by circumstance much like we are.

Physical geography and geology is an enormous and fascinating subject, and this film only touches upon the surface of the discipline. For those who wish to further advance their knowledge in this field, further reading and research is recommended.

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Rick Rubin: Listen to Silence

6 February 2014

Listen to Silence

Rick Rubin is one of the most respected music producers. Odds are that Mr Rubin has had his hand on one of your favorite songs, be it from Black Sabbath or Lana Del Rey. One would normally equate that world with oppulance and inflated ego. But just listen to how he speaks. His voice alone emanates calmness. Rick Rubin monastically connects music and art to nature.


Everyone, on some level, crave that connection with silence. Meditate and drift into it, naturally. The result is not only beneficial to your mind, spirit and your body, but also in your doing. And this spills over into your work, your relationships, your whole life.

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The Gap by Ira Glass

5 February 2014

The truth uttered in this two minute video is the kind of truth that transcends explanation. One of those things that you know is true, but the penny only really drops once you’ve experienced it.

Though it is focused for creative types, the definition of creative should not be boxed into a form of expression. We can be creative in all aspects of our lives. Be it the stay at home mom trying to start a business in Cape Town or the artist living in a closet sized apartment in NYC.

Do the work.

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Keep Exploring

4 February 2014

French photographer Brice Portolano’s three week backpacking in the wilderness of British Columbia is condensed into a 9 minute film called Keep Exploring.

His thoughts and realizations are worth digesting.

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Cheetah’s on the Edge

3 February 2014

Winner of the 2013 National Magazine Awards for best Multimedia piece of the year-
Cheetahs are the fastest runners on the planet. Combining the resources of National Geographic Magazine and the Cincinnati Zoo, and drawing on the skills of an incredible crew, we documented these amazing cats in a way that’s never been done before.

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Earthflight (BBC Trailer)

21 November 2013


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  “Take a breathtaking flight on the wings of birds across six continents and experience the greatest natural spectacles from a bird’s-eye view.”



The blockbuster film “Gravity”  took us as close as we will ever get to the weightlessness of space. Director Alfonso Cuaron reveals the film took 4 years of hard work. This involved inventing new filmmaking technology to bring to space to the theaters. BBC One’s Earthflight series is no different.

From Kenya’s  Lake Bogoria to the Arctic to the Grand Canyons, Earthflight takes you to 40 different countries capturing the incredible point of view of a 100 bird species. To get shots of wild vultures in South Africa, the filmmakers employed techniques reminiscent to that of our own Green Renaissance team in the renowned film “Flying with Vultures.”

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BBC One’s Earthflight series documents a journey most of us have only ever dreamed of.

Click here for more information on Earthflight.

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19 November 2013

SURFWISE follows the odyssey of 85-year-old, legendary surfer Dr. Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, his wife Juliette, and their nine children—all of whom were home-schooled on the beaches of Southern California, Hawaii, Mexico and Israel; they surfed every day of their lives, and were forced to adhere to a strict diet and lifestyle by their passionate and demanding, health-conscious father.

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The Holstee Manifesto – Live Life Intentionally

6 November 2013

If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.

The Holstee Manifesto inspires us to live our lives with intent, focus and presence. Not only is this disposition extremely beneficial to yourself, but it extends to your community, humanity and to future generations.

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