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Documentary Watch: Make Believe

 

In Make Believe, director J. Clay Tweel follows six adolescent outsiders who all share an extraordinary passion: the art of magic. Armed with great skill and a dazzling array of illusions, these teenagers embark from the varied hometowns of Malibu, California; Chicago, Illinois; Capetown, South Africa; Littleton, Colorado; and Kitayama, Japan to attend the annual World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, where they each hope to be named Teen World Champion by master magician Lance Burton. The film’s six subjects are remarkably assured and dedicated entertainers. Offstage, however, they face the diverse obstacles of adolescence: loneliness, high parental expectations, the pressures of impending stardom, abject poverty, and the deep desire to fit in. With great humor, honesty, and heart, Make Believe reveals an enduring world that audiences know little about while it also explores a time of life no one ever forgets. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Joao MT

Joao MT’s playful ballpoint pen illustrations.

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Jacques de Beaufort’s Alternative World

Jacques de Beaufort’s surreal wizardry takes you across the universe and into alternative worlds.

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Peter Ryan’s Vintage Illustrations

Peter Ryan’s hand painted illustrations have a vintage hand painted quality to them. They look like a sophisticated version of hand painted signs that you see outside of bodega’s and liquor stores.

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Paul Cowan

I’ve been quite impressed by the most recent endeavors of young Chicago artist Paul Cowan. After seeing presentations from Cowan at the Green Gallery East, Devening Projects, and most recently, Alderman Exhibitions, something seems really fresh about the work. Quick, gestural paintings paired with a sort of “dry humor” install techniques utilizing pedestals, chairs and balloons amongst other things in unconventional fashions. Check out photos from “Breaking the Law“, ” Three Card Monte“, and ” Causality Without Cause” after the jump.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Arctic Light

Sine I posted Tiina Itkonen‘s photographs of Greenland earlier in the day it only seemed right to keep the nature lovefest going with this epic video of  the arctic light in the Archipelago Lofoten in Norway. Watch the full epic video and read the first hand account of this natural wonder from photographer Mr.TSO after the jump!

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Next Day Flyers Presents: Kike Besada

Kike Besada’s layered posters and illustration perfectly combine digital illustration and vintage paper collage to create imagery that is contemporary yet has a dash of antiquity tossed in for good measure.

 

Kike Besada is presented by Next Day Flyers who make poster printing easy and affordable. For fast postcard printing services, order online.

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Lorri Ott

Lorri Ott’s experimental paintings combine unconventional materials such as poured plastics and fibers to create paintings that are fluid both in composition and material.

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