13th

Netflix have been producing some amazing content lately, and this documentary about incarceration in America is well worth a watch. It deals with the US’s insanely high incarceration rate (over 4 million prisoners is the highest prison population in the world – higher than China, higher than everyone). And once they drill down into the numbers, things get even worse. It’s no secret black and brown people make up a wildly disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated people, and 13TH looks at how a small detail in the 13th Amendment essentially props up legal slavery, as criminals can be worked for little to no pay, and it’s big business. Regardless of color, many of the prisoners are locked up over trivial nonviolent drug offenses. This important social justice issue naturally overlaps with other major societal issues at the forefront today, including policing, police brutality, the fallout of slavery, institutional racism, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Not a fun watch, but a crucial one nonetheless.

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Rogue One

Excited about this. As opposed to the Nissan Rogue, which has absolutely no rogue-ish qualities, somehow. Happy Sunday!

Ruben’s Elevator

This video by Dress Code is kind of a trip…I’ve been lucky enough to meet “L.A.’s Oldest Manual Elevator Operator” and take a ride in his elevator, several times. He’s an amazing guy – sort of an old school gent, making new school friends every day. It’s incredible to think of all the friends he’s made going up and down the floors of the Art Deco building at 5514 Wilshire Blvd over the last 40 years. Via Booooooom TV.

Between The Lines

Some more great coverage of the recent POW! WOW! LONG BEACH 2016 mural festival I helped produce, via Havoc TV. This clip features incredibly talented Hawaii-based artist Defer, who really has a lot of great things to say about the event, and really nails how much extra work goes into it. It also features amazing French artist Kashink, who I was lucky enough to meet during the event. There’s a chat super-accomplished photographer, Martha Cooper, who was also in Long Beach, documenting the event. And last but not least, a visit with my new friend Pantonio, who painted at the wonderful Aquarium of the Pacific.

POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016 Recap Vid

Speaking of POW! WOW!, here’s a great recap video of POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016. It was expertly filmed and directed by Michael Inouye, edited by Michael Inouye & Sam Davenport, with hyperlapse video by Selina Miles, and additional footage from Andrew Tran, Zane Meyer, Vincent Ricafort, Pablo Rivera, Selina Miles, Jess T. Johnston, and Kevin Sawicki.

City of Gold

I’m a big fan of Jonathan Gold – the Pulitzer Prize winning food critic for the LA Times. I’ve certainly enjoyed some amazing food thanks to his knack for discovering culinary gems worth visiting. The downside is of course, that his reviews can really blow spots up, which, while presumably a great thing for business owners, can be frustrating for longtime clientele. Still, sharing is caring, as they say. This award-winning documentary City of Gold is all about the talented writer and it’s in theaters now.