Waiting for Tomorrow to Wake Up by Monster Children Magazine and Pulse Films

A beautiful short film by Monster Children Magazine and Pulse Films depicts a somewhat idealized version of the lives of youth . The background tracks are from Indie genre phenoms M83 and Zola Jesus.

How to Still Watch Good Movies Even If It's Not in the Theaters

There are still good movies out there, and there are a lot of interesting movies coming out in theaters. Movies like Cloud Atlas, Wreck it Ralph, and The Hobbit, make it easy to see why people still love the blockbuster, big theater format. There is much to love about seeing Tom Hanks and Halle Berry with a million dollar backdrop. Movies are also more than that though, and there are some movies that exude such a fragile aesthetic and soul that can't survive the Hollywood process.

At the gateway to the world of indie films are movies like 2011's Bernie. Where the audience get's a sample of Jack Black's powerful ability to take on a character role we never would have imagined him in. Premium indie flicks like these, which are often Sundance, Cann, and SXSW alumni, are tough to see in theaters unless there is a close by independent film theater. That is unless you're okay with committing the crime of downloading.

For all the negative karma surrounding downloading movies for free on the internet, it's revolutionized movie watching for millions of people. Downloading, in general (i.e. iTunes), allows you to access a wide market of films. The illegal downloading from sites that use torrent file sharing has increased the ease and anonymity of downloading, and even though some of the founding sites have been prosecuted it hasn't slowed the speed of torrent popularity growth. Torrent users have access to a nearly unlimited number of titles. Depending on how deep you get into the black market of downloading you can find someone who's uploading anything you want, with the added benefit of having deep international reservoirs of films.

The problem with fighting downloads is that the audience knows that they can obtain a copy for free and instantly and they wonder why the market doesn't reflect that. Netflix, Hulu and a growing market of online video hawkers are breaking down the barrier. Until the market completely catches up, people won't stop stealing, unless their consciences poke 'em hard enough.

After a brief and shallow search online you can even find titles like 2000's The Vertical Rays of Sun. Foreign films offer another way for an audience to find movies that stray of the well beaten path and venture on breaking down life into abstract metaphors and pure aesthetics. Rays of Sun delved into family, writing, photography, and beyond to social taboos, through a simple but potent blend cinematography, silence and emotion. The movie is set in the Philippines and that culture shift acts like prism, bring new life and perspective. Foreign Films are often bearing special gifts for those looking for authentic cinema. Like this years The Other Son directed by Lorraine Levy.

People have a big appetite for media, that current movie prices don't completely reflect. So the question becomes; how do I get good movies whenever I want them?

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'Fighting For Peace' Massacre at El Mozote El Salvador by Valeria Herrador

Fighting For Peace is a documentary film focusing on the 1980’s civil war in El Salvador and the impact it had on individual people, many of whom emigrated to the United States in an effort to secure better & safer futures. 

Directed by Valeria Herrador, the film is a study in US funded massacres in Latin America as well as a new perspective from which to learn about El Salvador.
To learn more, watch the trailer, and donate please visit: 
Fighting for Peace, a documentary film directed by Valeria Herrador, aims to show the power of reconciliation in story telling. Intimate interviews with survivors of the war reveal that El Salvador was a place where many civilians did not associate themselves with either side of the battle. With survivors like Rufina Amaya Marquez (the sole survivor of the Massacre at El Mozote) passing away, Herrador’s is a crucial investigation of what really happened to the relatives of many Salvadorans during the civil war era and what it means today as a new generation emerges in the United States.
Time is running out. To help Herrador complete this film and raise awareness about the history of U.S. funded massacres in Latin America, please contribute to our cause and fight for peace by making a monetary donation. Your contribution will send Valeria Herrador to El Salvador, and allow her to interview survivors of the war that never left the country as well as show the changing political climate of El Salvador 20 years on. Herrador is a Salvadoran-American whose parents are from La Union, El Salvador.
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27 Killed in Elementary School Shooting

Isaac Matson

Gunman opens fire at elementary school, kills 27, including 20 students, most of whom perished inside kindergarten classroom.

Photo: State Police evacuating children from Sandy Brook Elementary School. Photographed by the Newtown Bee.

Tragedy visited American suburbia today.

A lone gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, shortly before 9:40 am this morning, according to CNN. The New York Times is reporting that 27 people were killed at the school, among those 20 children, ages 5-10 years old. The gunman took his own life inside a kindergarten classroom, reports the Times. The kindergarten classroom where the suspect, identified as 24 year old Adam Lanza, opened fire was taught by Nancy Lanza, the suspects mother. She is dead on the scene, according to USA Today. According to the Times, most if not all of the 18 children killed were in Lanza’s classroom.

The school’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, was also killed in the attack.

USA Today is reporting that police searched the house of the suspect’s parents and there is an unconfirmed report that Peter Lanza, the suspect’s father, was found dead on the scene.

Today is also reporting that the weapons recovered at the scene include a .223 caliber rifle, type unknown, and two handguns, a Glock and a Sig Sauer, exact models and calibers unknown. Some witnesses reported hearing up to 100 shots fired during the attack, according to Today

: Photo: Map of Sandy Brook Elementary School, surrounding area and graphic of weapons recovered at the scene. Produced by USA Today.

Early reports indicated the possibility of a second shooter involved in the attack. The Associated Press is reporting that the attack was carried out by a lone gunman and that the suspect’s younger brother is being held in connection with the shooting. The Associated Press is also reporting that the suspect’s girlfriend and another friend are missing.

The number of casualties is still being compiled. State police Lt. Paul Vance is only officially acknowledging “several fatalities” at this time, according to CNN.

NBC is reporting that most of the wounded have been taken to Danbury Hospital, which is currently under lockdown.

All schools in the area are under lockdown as of noon PST, according to CNN.

Sandy Brook Elementary School has approximately 600 students and teaches students up to the 4th grade, according to NBC.

Newtown, Connecticut is a suburban community approximately 65 miles northeast of New York City and is home to many commuters. “People come to Newtown for the schools,” Robert Place, 65, told USA Today

James Alan Fox of Northwestern University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice told Today, "If someone is interested in punishing society where it's most vulnerable, they know that a school is a place where lots of young, innocent children, our most cherished members of society, are congregated and under their gun -- literally."

Earlier this morning President Obama was notified of the shooting by his counterterrorism adviser John Brennan. In a press conference later in the day, the President said of the victims, "These were "beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old...They had their entire lives ahead of them. Birthdays. Graduations. Weddings. Kids of their own."

Nationwide, flags have been ordered to be flown at half staff.

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