Indie drama 'A Normal Life's' heart is in the right place

There's love and affection on screen in "A Normal Life," emanating from each frame of director Alex Herz's feature debut. Inspired by the director's real-life relationship with his brother, who has Down syndrome, the independent drama was made when Herz was just 19 years old. The final product reflects the film's small budget and the filmmaker's youth, but viewers who can identify with Herz's experience will likely be able to ignore its technical issues in favor of its big heart.

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North Bay filmmaker takes on teen suicide before it's too late

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (KTVU) - A new documentary aims to take the stigma out of the question, "Are you thinking about suicide?" 

The film, titled Not Alone, was produced in Marin County, a collaborative effort by two women. 

"How do you know if someone is suicidal or if they're just a regular teen?" poses narrator

Jacqueline Monetta, herself a Marin teen when the film was shot. 

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'Not Alone': Documentary title a message of hope for struggling teens

FARGO — Last month, a statewide survey from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction revealed that mental health issues are on the rise for N.D. teens.

While the survey indicated positive things like the number of students who don't wear a seat belt, texted while driving or tried smoking is decreasing, some alarming statistics indicate that electronic bullying and depression among students is increasing. Similar survey results rang true for Minnesota students.

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This 4K Boston Time Lapse Took Two Years To Make

It took more than 80 time lapses, 64,000 raw photos, a helicopter and two years of hard work. Four students from Emerson College in Boston took on the massive undertaking of showintg the city in its beauty, from city skylines to the New England Patriots' championship parade. Simply stunning!

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Watch This Dizzying 4K Timelapse of Boston, “City of Champions”

Somehow, gorgeously shot aerial footage of Boston never, ever gets old.

Take, for example, “City of Champions,” a dizzying, astronaut-filled timelapse of our fair city shot in beautiful 4K video. It’s the third installment in a series by four Emerson College students: Diego Rosende, Jack Bushell, Jordan Kines, and Nick Vigue. (You may remember their previous joint, “Breathe,” shot from a helicopter.)

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Budding filmmaker documents open swim

Regardless of what open-water swimmer Simon Dominguez was able to accomplish during his challenge outside the Golden Gate on July 29, Redwood High graduate and budding filmmaker Jack Bushell knew he had a great story on his hands, and one that had to be told.

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