Creativity

Soul force at work

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead IN THE 2004 feature documentary Scared Sacred(www.nfb.ca/film/scared_sacred), activist filmmaker Velcrow Ripper went to what he called the “ground zeroes” of the planet – post 9/11…

Framing the Earth

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead APRIL 22 is Earth Day, and has been since 1970, when a bunch of Harvard graduates organized a grass roots teach-in on the environment….

The rebellion of the tools

Techno-Darwinism, cyber addiction and natural play by Geoff Olson I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electric outlets are. – A fourth grader in San Diego, …

Cultural exchange

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead The Necessities of Life (Ce Qu’il Faut Pour Vivre) is a fish-out-of-water drama about an Inuit hunter forced by illness to move into a Quebec…

Latest Palme winner a class act

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead Opening this month, Laurent Cantet’s French language feature The Class (Entre Les Murs) won the Palme d’Or, the top prize, at the Cannes Film Festival this…

The magic of music

A surgeon struck by lightning and a dancing parrot hold clues to music’s profound effects by Geoff Olson Film producer Mark Johnson was on his way to work one day…

Cinema as therapy

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead Israeli director Ari Folman, a draftee during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982, wanted to tell a story about his wartime experiences, but he…

Ripping tales

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead Intellectual property rights is one of the most vexing issues of the digital era. People on different sides of the planet exchange music, software,…

From scarcity to abundance

by Geoff Olson Many of us consider philosophy to be a specialized field of study, with little real-world application. Yet we’re all philosophers of one kind or another. We all…