Evgenia Medvedeva – Dreams on Ice 2016 in Aore Nagaoka
Unless you still have a working VCR, the only way to watch the original, theatrical versions of Star Warsis buying the out-of-print 2006 DVD box set, which insultingly comes with the original movies as mere bonus features on a separate disk (meaning, you had to pay for the Special Editions to get them). Also, they are in unremastered, shitty-picture-quality form, as part of George Lucas’ punishment to fans for asking for them.
But what else are fans supposed to do? Edit their own trilogy?
A fan from the U.K. named Adywan did that and much more. He spent years painstakingly restoring and enhancing every frame of the first Star Wars movie, doing what fans wanted Lucas to do in the first place: clean up and restore the film without adding a bunch of blinking Ewoks. He’s currently doing the same to The Empire Strikes Back.
The result is called Star Wars Revisited, and not only does it revert many of the changes made by the Special Editions, but also its picture quality puts the official DVDs and even the Blu-rays to shame.
Pumzi – dir. Wanuri Kahiu // Kenya
In a dystopian future 35 years after an ecological WWIII has torn the world apart, East African survivors of the devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a young woman in possession of a germinating seed struggles against the governing council to bring the plant to Earth’s ruined surface.
Josh Castille (Ernst in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening on Broadway) performing “Satisfied” from Hamilton in ASL!
This is seriously mind-blowing, watch until the end. He’s amazing. (Starts at 0:34 and gets really good at 1:35).
What’s amazing to me (aside from the repeating visual refrain/references to the word “satisfied”), is that he chose to perform the rapped ASL as pop-and-lock, which is, goddamnit, SATISFYING.