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Me and Bobby McGee

    Pearl:  Janis Joplin (1943-1970)   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Janis Joplin brought her powerful, bluesy voice from Texas to San Francisco’s psychedelic scene, where she went from drifter to superstar. It was a liberating move for the lonely and out-of-place Janis, who always felt like she was a [...]

The Pigeon Kings of Brooklyn

  Birds of a Feather Do Flock Together   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Take a moment to look up from the busy streets of New York City. You might glimpse a flock of purebred pigeons swooping in circles around abandoned tenement buildings of the Big Apple.  They’re there for a reason.  [...]

You Don’t Know Jack

    Jack Andraka, The Teen Prodigy of Cancer   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Only a sophomore in high school, Jack Andraka invented a new test for a deadly form of cancer.  It’s cheap, accurate, and revolutionary. Andraka created his potentially revolutionary pancreatic cancer detection tool at nearby Johns Hopkins [...]

The Real School of Rock

    Aaron O’Keefe’s Middle School of Rock   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     You want your kids to be cool, right? Well, cool within limits.  No worries.  Coolness and education is baked into each and every lesson Aaron O’Keefe offers for his students.  In fact, he created the O’Keefe Music [...]

Kaboom!

  Up in Smoke   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Think of it as an explosive love story– with sparks. Rich and Dee Gibson are a quirky couple who have built a career out of doing what they love:  playing with fire and blowing things up. As the owners of Rich’s Incredible [...]

Smile to the World

  “It’s Your Choice”   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened.   ~Dr. Seuss   When you smile to the world, the world smiles back. People are basically good, and good-hearted.  And when they’re good and good-hearted, they smile.  It’s the curve that [...]

Portrait of a Dog Walker

31 March 2015

    Being Let Off The Leash   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Portrait of a Dog Walker is about a man who traded in a high-stress life in London finance to follow his dream of spending his life with dogs instead. Matt Hein gave up his fancy Savile Row suits and [...]

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From Coal Miner to Award-Winning Photographer

30 March 2015

    The Evolution of Ray Collins:  From Underground to Underwater   Award-Winning **VIDEO**     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Ray Collins gets up before dawn, pulls on a wetsuit and jumps into the ocean swell in search of the perfect wave. But instead of grabbing a surfboard, Collins brings a camera. That’s [...]

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L’Chaim– To Life

30 March 2015

    The Holocaust Survivor Band     Award-Winning New York Times **VIDEO**   Joshua Z. Weinstein Weinstein Films     They play for the joy and love of it all.  In Hebrew,  they refer to the song describing it as  L’Chaim– to life. Like many survivors of the Holocaust after World War II, Saul Dreier and Reuwen (“Ruby”) Sosnowicz [...]

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This Kid Can Shred

29 March 2015

    Kids Just Wanna Have Fun   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     This kid’s got some game. Meet Ian Matteoli.  He tears it up on the slopes. He’s the little 9-year old, 60-pound youngster from France who is already fluent in 3 languages, knows how to have fun, is as [...]

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The Reinvention of Normal

26 March 2015

    Off the Wall Creativity and Its Inventions   Award-Winning **VIDEO**     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     What is normal?  What is creativity? Creativity is about connecting things.  When you ask people how they did something creative, they feel a bit awkward because they only saw something that was simply there, something [...]

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California’s Water Wars

25 March 2015

    Record Drought Reshaping State’s Future   Award-Winning New Yorker **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     California has been suffering through a historically severe drought. For farmers of the Central Valley, the providers of the nation’s fruit basket, salad bowl, and dairy bottle, the future seems especially bleak.  Wells have gone dry, [...]

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Extreme Bungee Madness

24 March 2015

    New Zealand’s Beauty and the Bungee Beast   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     There’s nothing quite like the terrifying life or death experience of bungee jumping. It’s a leap of faith.  The do-or-die moment of truth, the holding of your breath in unnerving disbelief, the fatal psyche-plunge into oblivion, [...]

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Balancing the Budget on the Poor– with Fines

24 March 2015

    John Oliver:  It’s Time to Pay Up– Or Chill Out in Debtor’s Prison   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Debtors’ prisons have made a huge comeback.   Hooray? If you have money, committing a municipal violation is a minor inconvenience.  If you don’t, it can ruin your life. John Oliver [...]

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Rising Up Against the Odds in Africa’s Largest Slum

23 March 2015

    A Shining Hope: Kibera’s School for Girls   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     “I have a dream, a dream that will never fail. Every mighty king was once a crying baby.  Every great tree was once a tiny seed.  And so is my dream. This journey seems so long.  Yet [...]

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Pele and The Fire Within

22 March 2015

    The Big Island’s Kilauea Volcano   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Lance Page PageFilms.com      “She is Pele-honua-mea, Pele of the Sacred Land.  She is Pele, the eater of land, when she devours the land with her flames. She who rules the volcanoes of Hawai’i, and Mankind has no power to resist her.  When [...]

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A Vineyard Dispute, Lots of Cash, and a Murder or Two

20 March 2015

    Running For Your Life Through the Napa Grapevines   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It began with the red Adidas gym bag stuffed with $800,000 in cash– coupled with the wine deal gone sour. A tragic story of an overhyped and failed wine venture here in the heart of Napa [...]

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California Farmers Selling Water Instead of Crops

19 March 2015

    Southern Californians Thirsty– and Buying– Water at Record Rates   Get Ready, Humboldt   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Cash is king.  And so is the water. California farmers plan to sell water instead of crops– because they can get more money for it. The rice industry in the Sacramento Valley [...]

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Whiskey in the Jar

17 March 2015

    The Metallica Version for St. Paddy’s   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     One of the best known traditional Irish vocal ballads, Whiskey in the Jar has its origins stretching back to the mid-17th century. Found in dozens of forms throughout the globe, it tells the story of a highwayman robber who rips [...]

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Breaking Rules

16 March 2015

    Breaking Away is Part of Growing Up   Award-Winning **VIDEO**     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Rules are necessary for the development of society.  If they didn’t exist, we’d miss the pleasure of breaking them. When we’re young, people tell us the world looks a certain way.  Parents tell us how [...]

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Adapt and Live

13 March 2015

    The Exuberance of Life, Nature and Change   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Not only did he make the final cut, he won the contest. As a freelance cinematographer and producer traveling the country seeking adventure and shooting wildlife, Filipe DeAndrade originally studied film and wildlife ecology & conservation [...]

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‘What the Hell Did You Do With All That Money?’

12 March 2015

  California Administrative Office of the Courts Bleeding Counties and Courts Dry   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     “What the hell did you do with all that money?” a California legislator asked. That’s a good question.  It vanished. California legislators laid into the administrative bureaucracy of California’s courts at a hearing in the capitol [...]

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Internet Café Refugees

11 March 2015

    Japan’s Disposable Workers   Award-Winning **VIDEO**     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It is better to bend than to break, the old Japanese proverb goes. Internet cafes have existed in Japan for over a decade, but in the mid 2000′s, customers began using these spaces as living quarters to make ends [...]

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Tripping Through Austria

10 March 2015

    A Three-Minute Tour   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s a drop-dead gorgeous place, a country rich in history and culture. From the Austrian Alps to the low lying valleys, from the crystal clear waters to the lush green grass, the sights and sounds of Austria are nothing less [...]

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The Ocean Gypsies

10 March 2015

    Vanishing Sea Nomads of Southeast Asia   **VIDEO**   Jacques Ivanoff National Geographic     On the horizon we see them, their flotilla of small hand-built boats like a mirage beneath the setting sun. They are wary of strangers:  At our approach they split up and scatter. We close in on one boat, and [...]

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The Two Million Dollar Man Living in a Van

09 March 2015

    Major League Baseball’s Daniel Norris   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     The future of the Toronto Blue Jays wakes up in a 1978 Volkswagen camper behind the dumpsters at a Lakeland Wal-Mart and wonders if he has anything to eat. He rummages through a half-empty cooler until he finds a [...]

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The Woman on the Front Lines of War Journalism

09 March 2015

    Covering the Unquiet World of War Zones   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Don’t forget news is often something that someone, somewhere, doesn’t want you to know. The real-life tales from foreign reporters under fire or those determined journalistic gumshoes fighting against stone-walling bureaucracy are just as extraordinary as [...]

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The Woman With Three Breasts

07 March 2015

    A Total Recall Circus Sideshow   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     We like stories about unusual people with unusual stories to tell.  This one, though, takes the cake and left us scratching our heads in confusion and bewilderment and thinking the world had gone mad. A wannabe pop-star and aspiring [...]

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Alive in Oakland

06 March 2015

    Skating on the Thin Ice of Urban Life   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Ryan Reichenfeld’s Alive in Oakland is a unique short film about skateboarding. The documentary takes a look at the essence and purity of the sport and the impact it created in one small corner of the [...]

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Why Principals Matter

05 March 2015

    Changing the School, Changing the Culture   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Can school principals really make a difference? Earlier this year, Nadia Lopez was ready to quit her job at Mott Hall Bridges Academy.  Lopez founded the public middle school in 2010, hoping to provide educational stability to students in [...]

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Dogs in Cars: California

01 March 2015

  Doing What They Love Most   VIRAL VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     If three minutes of sunshine and dog smiles doesn’t make you grin, we’re not sure what will. In his short film Dogs In Cars: California, director Keith Hopkin captures eight dogs doing what they love and do best: leaning [...]

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Meandering Through the Desert of Life

28 February 2015

  Any Road Will Get You There   Award-Winning **VIDEO**     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     About a two-and-a-half-hour drive east of Los Angeles along the Twentynine Palms Highway, a tiny intersection brings you to the town of Joshua Tree, population 7,414. Sharing a name with the unusual Yuccas that punctuate the rocky [...]

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Net Neutrality and Freedom of Choice Prevail

27 February 2015

    FCC Makes Landmark Ruling for Americans   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     The Internet came close to being taken over by private for-profit companies who want to control what consumers see and how much they’ll pay for it.  In a battle between everyday citizens and the Big Telecoms, the citizens [...]

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Youth Take Climate Change Fight to the Courts

24 February 2015

    Teens Sue Government for Failing to Protect Environment   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Many young people feel they have too much at stake to wait for our leaders to get their act together and take meaningful action on climate change.   It’s being termed the Children’s Climate Crusade. High-school student [...]

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5-Foot-3 and Full of Rage

21 February 2015

  Las Vegas Teen: “I’m Gonna Come Back  for You and Your Daughter”   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     His mug shot tells it all:  an angry young man arrested on charges of murder and showing no sadness, remorse, regret or shame in his face. The suspect in what has been described as [...]

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Three Chords and the Truth

20 February 2015

  A Rock History Lesson– in 100 Riffs   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Is it the end of an era? In the very cool video above, Chicago-based guitarist Alex Chadwick at Chicago Music Exchange plays 100 well-known guitar riffs from 1952 to the present day in one surprising take, providing [...]

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The Difficulty of Saying ‘I Love You’

19 February 2015

  This American Life of Relationships   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Love is like a rose.  It’s difficult and thorny and awkward to put into words at times. It causes some to simply freeze up, uncomfortable and catatonic, unable to mutter those words of deep affection and devotion.  Have you [...]

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Inside The Grand Budapest Hotel

18 February 2015

  The Work of Director Wes Anderson   **Award-Winning VIDEO**     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel abounds with some madcap energy, high whimsy, and more than its share of dark comedy. It was well-received at the box office, garnering nine Academy Award nominations.  But Roger Ebert.com film [...]

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Organic Farming Flourishing Worldwide

18 February 2015

  Rising Recognition and Profits   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     “2 million of the world’s 1.5 billion farmers are now producing organically, with nearly 80 percent based in developing countries.  India boasts the most certified organic producers, followed surprisingly enough by Uganda and Mexico.”   There’s a growing trend happening in [...]

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Bonsai: Walking the Thin Line Between Life and Death

17 February 2015

  An American Shokunin   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     “There are no borders in bonsai.  Its peace flies to a rich palace as it does to a humble house, as it does to young or old, or to rich and poor.  This is the true spirit of bonsai.”   ~John [...]

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U2: Every Breaking Wave

16 February 2015

  Are We So Helpless Against the Tide?   **U2 Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s a love story of two star-crossed lovers in Northern Ireland during the sectarian unrest of the 1980s, a punk rock Romeo and Juliet—but with brogues. Irish director Aoife McArdle’s Every Breaking Wave is a short [...]

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‘Florida Man’: Washed up in the Sunshine State

14 February 2015

  Florida’s Flotsam and Jetsam   **Award-Winning Documentary**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Florida is a state with a strange propensity.   It has the unique and peculiar property of attracting people who are at the end of their rope. In Florida Man, a surprisingly poignant documentary by director Sean Dunne about the worn-out and inebriated [...]

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Living the Dream

13 February 2015

    Devin Graham Makes Every Moment Count   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     What did you do in the past year?  If you’re like Devin Graham, you’ve been busy.  Very busy. 32-year-old YouTube uber-darling Graham lives in Provo, Utah, and is well known for his exotic, extreme, fun and upbeat videos [...]

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Getting the Orchestra Together on the Same Page

12 February 2015

  The Great Human Odyssey   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s not easy getting everyone on the same page. Composer Darren Fung created a magnificent musical score for the upcoming CBC series The Great Human Odyssey. In an era when live-recorded orchestral scores are a dying breed, Fung, and filmmaker [...]

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The World Is As Big or As Small As You Make It

11 February 2015

  Exchanging Culture in North Philly   Award-Winning **VIDEO**     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     The World Is As Big or As Small As You Make It is a short documentary chronicling American kids using technology to connect with other kids in different countries. It began as a 140-character essay entry and was [...]

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Dying On Mars

10 February 2015

  Candidates Vying to be Colonists   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Would you do it? More than 200,000 people have applied to be on Mars One, a four-man mission to the Red Planet with no return voyage. Scheduled to depart in 2024, the voyage will be humanity’s first attempts at colonizing [...]

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Drug Pushers and Their Doctors

10 February 2015

    Getting Paid to Play and Prescribe   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing their drugs to physicians. Last Week Tonight host John Oliver took a closer look at these troubling truths and assorted ethical Doc Dollar dilemmas, skewering the cozy relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical companies. There’s [...]

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Thinking Outside The Box

09 February 2015

  The Illusion of Seeing and Believing   A Truly Awesome **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     The first time watching Box is a unique and jaw-dropping experience. Seeing isn’t always believing.  The viewer must juggle the pure enjoyment value of Box with the logistical questions and thoughts about the boundaries of space and matter. The second [...]

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