A Little Piece of Earth

A somewhat bittersweet, but beautiful portrait of Charles Bello who has lived a life of creativity and self-reliance in the forest. He reminisces about his wife and kids and the great life they made in the forest. Now 85, and alone, he still finds meaning in living in solitude on 400 acres.

Be active, and be creative, and be alive.

Charles Bello

Pizza Toast & Coffee: Kissa Bugen

Craig Mod is one of my favorite creators (writer, videographer, programmer, and more).

Pizza Toast & Coffee (2021) is a short documentary about kissaten — Showa-era (1926-1989) Japanese cafe — culture. Bugen is a small kissa in a suburb south of Tokyo. It was featured in the book Kissa by Kissa. Proprietor Yamane-san has survived four bouts of cancer and has run his cafe for close to forty-five years. He makes a mean pizza toast with a unique cutting style. Pizza toast is a staple of kissa culinary culture.

Craig Mod

Losing Sight of the Stars

“Lost in Light, a short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, the movie shows how the view gets progressively better as you move away from the lights. Finding locations to shoot at every level of light pollution was a challenge and getting to the darkest skies with no light pollution was a journey in itself.”

The video by Sriram Murali is only three minutes long, and it’s a beautiful and sad illustration of what we are missing in the night sky.