John Coltrane – The World According to John Coltrane


“Produced with the cooperation of his widow Alice Coltrane, the documentary focuses on the later period of Coltrane’s work where he explored themes of Eastern spirituality. This is a retrospective documentary on the life and music of saxophonist John Coltrane, featuring reminiscences and interviews with his contemporaries and fellow musicians.”

Musicians interviewed include:

Roscoe Mitchell (saxophonist)
Rashied Ali (drummer)
Tommy Flanagan (pianist)
Jimmy Heath (saxophonist)
Wayne Shorter (saxophonist)
La Monte Young (composer)
Alice Coltrane (wife, pianist, harpist)


1 – A Love Supreme
2 – Alabama
3 – Blue Monk
4 – Dahomey Dance
5 – Dear Lord
6 – Eight Miles High
7 – Giant Steps
8 – Gospel Song 1
9 – Gospel Song 2
10 – Hot House
11 – Impressions
12 – Impressions 2
13 – India
14 – Koko
15 – Moroccan Folk Song
16 – My Favorite Things
17 – My Favorite Things 2
18 – Naima
19 – Number One
20 – Raga Bhimpalisi
21 – Roscoe In Morocco
22 – Round Midnight
23 – So What
24 – Things To Come


Toni Morrison on language, evil and ‘the white gaze’

“Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, M.A. ’55, returned to Cornell March 7, 2013 for a conversation about literature, politics and, especially, language. She answered questions posed to her by longtime friend and colleague Claudia Brodsky, a professor of comparative literature at Princeton University.”

John Legend – The House I Live In (Official Music Video)

I’ve posted below the new title track for the documentary film “The House I Live In,” an uncompromising exposé of the failures of the so-called “war on drugs” produced by John Legend, Brad Pitt, Danny Glover, and Russell Simmons, and directed by Eugene Jarecki.

“Filmed in more than twenty states, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN tells the stories of individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN is now available on demand.”


For information on viewing the film on PBS or via screening on demand, click the following link for the official site of the documentary film: “The House I Live In.”

New Zealand Landscapes Timelapse Volumes 1 & 2

For Erika, Robb, and all my friends at Tūrangawaewae and in New Zealand.

New Zealand Landscapes Timelapse Volume 1 – Bevan Percival

From the filmmaker:

My first go at timelapse. Shot over the last couple of months mostly in and around the volcanic plateau of the central North Island of New Zealand in the Tongariro National Park World Heritage Area. A culmination of thousands of still frames, some long cold nights and early mornings out under the beautiful southern hemisphere skies of New Zealand. Shot using a Canon 5D Mark II full frame DSLR rendered out in full HD 1080p from the digital raw stills at 5630×3740. Music is “Above Two Souls” by Gregg Lehrman and Boris Nonte.

New Zealand Landscapes Timelapse Volume Two – Bevan Percival

From the filmmaker:

This timelapse features my best work yet. It represents hours and hours of dedication to the art. I’m driven by chasing fleeting moments of damatic light on beautiful landscapes and also capturing the night sky and milky way in all it’s glory is a real buzz. Not be mention curling up out under the stars beside all the gear for whole nights at a time catching some sleep here and there between checking the gear and changing batteries and staring up into eternity with spectacular meteors burning up in the cosmic shore out the corner of your eye. Doing this sort of thing has bought me closer and closer to the wilderness. There is something about doing this sort of stuff that just makes you want to keep coming back for more and more. Maybe it’s the experience of being out there at one with the incredible beauty of this landscape. Maybe it’s the challenge of capturing it in the camera in the way that you witnessed it. Maybe it’s the excitement of seeing just what you got when you finally render it all out. Maybe it’s the satisfaction you get out of showing this to other people. Most probably it’s a combination of all these things.

All scenes shot in the North Island of New Zealand.

Main equipment used:
Canon 5D Mark II & various Canon Lenses
Dynamic Perception Stage Zero 6ft Dolly

“Go Beyond” by Ben and Matt Hales, licensed for use through Universal Publishing Production Music and APRA New Zealand.

Rokia Traoré – Mélancolie [Clip Officiel / Official Video]

Mélancolie is the first release from Beautiful Africa, the newest album from the multi-talented Malian singer/songwriter Rokia Traoré.


More information on the new album, tour dates, etc. can be found on Rokia Traoré’s Website.