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With Operation Free Lunch, director Lixin Fan (a guest of the festival this year) looks at the impact of social media as a force for good in China. ... Lixin's debut feature documentary Last Train Home won the Joris Ivens Award at the 2009 International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, as ... Read more
THE AUTO-TUNE EFFECT, by Emmy-winner Stanley Nelson, looks at the history of the world's favourite pitch-modulation audio software. ... Nelson is perhaps best known to Melbourne audiences from his award-winning documentary Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (MIFF 06). He is also the ... Read more
An invisible bicycle helmet is a symbol for the impossible. If you can swing it everything is possible. ... Design students Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin live in Malmö, Sweden, where everybody uses bikes. Aware that bicycle helmets are one of the issues standing in the way of other cities having ... Read more
In the future, human exploration of the final frontier is likely to be a private affair. ... The Sky is NOT the Limit follows the quest to continue humanity's exploration of space through private investment and incentive. It's directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, the team behind the ... Read more
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