sexta-feira, 5 de agosto de 2016

Documentary the art of Brazil in the USA by Sula Costa and Gil Becker

The TV producer Sula Costa and cameraman Gil Becker inspired him to produce the documentary the art of Brazil in the USA with the main objective to disseminate names that are not yet known in the market of the arts.
The first act of the audiovisual project is the account and experience of Brazilian artists. Each with its artistic format, though that belong to the same country, have highlighted the cultural differences from one region of Brazil to another.
The documentary will portray the life and philosophy of various artists, with their sculpture techniques, talk about your relationship with the Visual Arts and his life story.
Colors, forms, lights, volumes, shadows, perspectives, silhouettes… ideas. Art blows in all its dimensions in New York, an inspiring environment where circulating more than 10.000 artists by day. The feature-length documentary that invites the public to an exciting and playful film journey through the universe of Visual Arts.
Written and directed by Sulla Costa, THE ART OF BRAZIL IN THE USA, stitching with precision and creativity testimonials of artists, critics, Trustees and even cameos from established artists, beyond – why not? – professionals all kinds of art and culture. And extracts of their subjects the most provocative confessions, discoveries and reflections, interspersed by beautiful images of our recent artistic production. With testimonials of artists from North to South of Brazil, the documentary serves as research material and history of our contemporary art.

"The answers to the questions proposed shall be distributed by the documentary following its contents and all the senses and meanings that arose in dialogue with artists who exhibit their art in the year 2014 and 2015, building, so, a wide network of thoughts that complement or oppose opening up many possibilities of perception and understanding”, says the Director Sulla Costa.

About the exhibitions.
On the flow of artists who will be providing their testimony in the audiovisual project, will be organized exhibitions with the works of these artists, will be more than 10.000 works with different characteristics and scattered by the galleries and museums in New York.
The artwork of these artists always impressed me, mainly by two qualities: the technique, verging on perfection, his watercolors and the lightness of your hand, is brushing, with color pencil. By this delicacy to match the personality of these illustrators, some of them unknown, you've enriched my cultural background several times with his work. And, Interestingly, contrasts with the claw, the perseverance and courage with which she throws in successive projects, renewing permanently. "
Throw on your paintings several layers of pointillism, Unprovisioning the original image of your screens, seeking a foray into contemporary art language. Are numerous works on canvas where scenes from an idyllic Brazil crumble under the opacity of vibrant colors and reverberant.
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Organizing for Action

It might be hard to imagine now, but in 2013, when President Obama took a strong stand on climate change during his second inaugural speech, politicos and pundits in Washington were caught off guard, surprised that he even mentioned the issue.

They thought climate change was a niche issue -- but doing what's right for our public health and for our kids' future has always been more important than short-term politics.

That's why a few months later, the President announced his strategy to tackle carbon pollution. Today, we're celebrating the one-year anniversary of the centerpiece of that strategy, the Clean Power Plan, which will cut carbon pollution from our power plants by 32 percent by 2030 -- and help solidify our transition to an America powered by clean energy.

The Clean Power Plan is a big step forward -- in fact, the New York Times called it "the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change." But climate change deniers still want to roll it back.

Stand up for the Clean Power Plan and for aggressive action to tackle climate change.

The Clean Power Plan is the result of millions of people like you rejecting the idea that taking on climate change is too big or too hard, or that the status quo is all we can hope for. It's an example of the kind of change that's possible when people raise their voices together.

It's not the only victory we've won, either. We've doubled the amount of clean, renewable energy we generate in the U.S. Wind and solar are cheaper than ever, and hundreds of thousands of people work in these new growing industries. The groundbreaking Paris Climate Agreement -- reached last fall -- marked the first time nearly every country in the world agreed to cut carbon pollution and fight climate change head on.

We are making progress, thanks to you. But we can't stop now -- we've got to keep up the momentum to ensure we pass on a safe, healthy climate to our kids.

Say you won't stop fighting: 

quinta-feira, 4 de agosto de 2016

The White House, Washington

A few months ago, I received this letter from a Floridian named Sherman Chester. When Sherman was a young man, he wrote that he made some bad choices, got in over his head, and ended up with a life sentence without parole for a nonviolent drug charge. At Sherman's sentencing, even the judge couldn't believe he was bound by law to hand down a punishment that didn't fit the crime.
We know that Sherman's story is all too common in this country -- a country that imprisons its citizens at a rate far higher than any other. Too many men and women end up in a criminal justice system that serves up excessive punishments, especially for nonviolent drug offenses.
But this is a country that believes in second chances. So we've got to make sure that our criminal justice system works for everyone. We've got to make sure that it keeps our streets safe while also making sure that an entire class of people like Sherman isn't relegated to a life on the margins.
Last year, after he served more than 20 long years in prison, I commuted Sherman's sentence and those of many others who were serving unjust and outdated prison sentences.
And today, I'm commuting the sentences of an additional 214 men and women who are just as deserving of a second chance. Altogether, I've commuted more sentences than the past nine presidents combined. And I am not done yet.
These acts of clemency are important steps for families like Sherman's and steer our country in a better direction, but they alone won't fix our criminal justice system. We need Congress to pass meaningful federal sentencing reform that will allow us to more effectively use taxpayer dollars to protect the public.
I hope you'll take a minute to read and share Sherman's letter. The more we understand the human stories behind this problem, the sooner we can start making real changes that keep our streets safe, break the cycle of incarceration in this country, and save taxpayers like you money.
Thank you,
President Barack Obama
Read the full letter from Sherman Chester here.

The White House, Washington
I come from Uganda -- from a farming community in the countryside where I learned what I know from the farmers I grew up with.
When I had the chance to complete my education in agricultural science, the hardest decision I had to make was whether to find a new job or return to my local community and teach them a little bit of what I had learned.
More than anything else, I wanted to see improvement in the livelihoods of the farmers that helped me become the agricultural scientist, pastor, and mentor that I am today. So I returned home to the Arua district in Uganda, and spent years working to pass on the knowledge and skills I had gained.
My passion is to help bring solutions to the country, and continent, where I grew up. That's how so many of my fellow Africans who are part of the President's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) feel too.
And that's why I'm so excited to introduce President Obama to my YALI fellows, and to you, at a town hall today.
As President Obama knows, the African continent is not only in need of transformational leaders, but leaders who will make the deliberate effort to inspire those they lead to take up the mantle -- particularly young leaders, who are looking for seasoned role models to emulate.
Thanks to President Obama and the legacy he leaves with YALI, so many of us our are well-poised to do just that.
Thanks for listening to my story,
Emmanuel Odama
Arua District, Uganda