FROM Rick Smolan
YouTube Gives Budding Filmmakers a Shot at Sundance The Hollywood adage, "everybody's a director," hints that everyone has an opinion on how a movie should be cut. Now, thanks to YouTube and Ridley Scott, the phrase could become "everybody's a cinematographer." They've invited people from around the world to submit footage for a feature-length documentary. The finished Life in a Day will show at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Rick Smolan, who's generated several photography books around the day-in-the-life theme, is working with the project.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.