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Andrew Stanton’s storytelling TED Talk featured in Oscars adAndrew Stanton’s storytelling TED Talk featured in Oscars ad

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

During the Oscars, I got teary at three things: Lupita Nyong’o’s acceptance speech, the “In memoriam” montage and Google’s filmmaking-themed ad that ran toward the end of the night. This ad, titled “We’re all Storytellers,” showed young filmmakers experimenting with their craft and , on a night all about the power of film, it hit […]

Film

Voices of violence: Photojournalist Jon Lowenstein captures narratives of violence in Chicago’s South SideVoices of violence: Photojournalist Jon Lowenstein captures narratives of violence in Chicago’s South Side

Posted By Karen Eng

What is the effect of violence on a life’s narrative? TED Fellow and photojournalist Jon Lowenstein has lived in the South Side of Chicago for about a decade — first working as a teacher, photographer and community liaison at an elementary school and subsequently engaging with his African American neighbors to document life in this […]

Film

TED Fellow Negin Farsad opens film “The Muslims Are Coming!”TED Fellow Negin Farsad opens film “The Muslims Are Coming!”

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Negin Farsad’s new documentary, The Muslims Are Coming!, churns hilarity out of a not-so-funny subject: Islamophobia. The film follows Farsad, a TED Fellow, and a group fellow Muslim-American comedians (Dean Obeidallah, Aron Kader, Preacher Moss, Kareem Omary, Maysoon Zayid and Omar Elba) as they tour the United States and hold comedic interventions to show conservatives, […]

Film

A Scrabble board of TED FellowsA Scrabble board of TED Fellows

Posted By Karen Eng

While the majority of the TED Fellows headed to TED2013 to give talks on their incredible work, a smaller group headed to TEDActive, representing the program while embedded in the Palm Springs action. Artist Colleen Flanigan was among them, and created this adorable, Scrabble-themed animation to represent the Fellows there with her. Here’s what she […]

Film

The Oscars Best Picture field contains two TEDstersThe Oscars Best Picture field contains two TEDsters

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the contenders for Best Picture this morning, we noticed two familiar faces in the field. We were pleased to see the stylish thriller Argo among the nominees, as director Ben Affleck shared with us the “8 TED Talks that amazed me” in the fall. We […]

Film

10 talks about the making of movie magic10 talks about the making of movie magic

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“Movies have proved to be the ultimate medium for magic,” says Don Levy in today’s talk. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and former senior vice president of marketing and communications at Sony Pictures, Levy has always been fascinated by the sleights of hand that filmmakers use to create illusions. […]

Design

Remix web video with Popcorn Maker, launching today

Posted By Emily McManus

This morning at the Mozilla Festival in the UK, Mozilla launched their new web tool Popcorn Maker. (A beta version of Popcorn Maker debuted here on the TED Blog a couple weeks ago.) With Popcorn Maker, you can choose a YouTube video and add notes, live links, Twitter feeds, photos, links out to Wikipedia … […]

Art

Circus in the Sky: Fellows Friday with Usman Riaz

Posted By Karen Eng

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, artist and filmmaker Usman Riaz started recording his debut album, Circus in the Sky, at 18, shaking up the music scene in Pakistan. Then he rocked the TEDGlobal 2012 stage with a world-class performance on percussive guitar, alongside his hero, Preston Reed. Now he’s poised to make a global ruckus. You’ve accomplished a […]

Film

Visit the Barefoot College in a new film from TED Prize winner Jehane NoujaimVisit the Barefoot College in a new film from TED Prize winner Jehane Noujaim

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In 2006, filmmaker Jehane Noujaim made her TED Prize wish: that for one day, the world would band together for the shared experience of watching film. “As the world is getting smaller,” she said onstage, “it becomes more and more important that we learn each other’s dance moves, that we meet each other, that we get to know each other, […]

Culture

Finding life we can’t imagine: Christoph Adami on TED.com

Posted By Ben Lillie

How do we search for alien life if it’s nothing like the life that we know? At TEDxUIUC Christoph Adami shows how he uses his research into artificial life — self-replicating computer programs — to find a signature, a ‘biomarker,’ that is free of our preconceptions of what life is. (Recorded at TEDxUIUC, July 2011, in […]