Thursday, December 23, 2010

Random Review Friday: Independent Lens, Between the Folds

(It's not quite Friday but almost...)

Last Friday, as I previously mentioned, BFJ took the day off from work, and we had a leisurely lunch out.  We sat down at a table where someone had left a newspaper, and I happened across an article about the movie Between the Folds.  It sounded like a great film for our whole family so we looked it up that evening on Netflix and called the boys in to watch.  I couldn't believe how much moaning and groaning there was!  I told them they had to watch the first ten minutes and then they could leave.  I'm pleased to tell you that they all stayed to the end!  Origami is the subject of this movie, but it's not just about paper cranes.  This documentary really speaks to the ingenuity of art and the human mind.  During the middle of the film, Speed got up and brought back a stack of copy paper and began folding and folding.  I knew this movie would connect with him especially.  Many aspects of origami are showcased in this film, beginning with three different artists (I was transfixed by Eric Joisel's work), and moving on to other topics such as the scientific applications of origami, papermaking, and sculptures with just one fold.  There are so many different avenues of art within this one medium.  We all really enjoyed this movie.

If you don't have access to Netflix or other place to rent it, I understand it will soon be on PBS's Independent Lens series on television.  Keep your eye out for it!

ETA:  Sally commented that it will be airing on PBS on January 18 and the DVD is available now.  See comments for a link.

Coincedentally, I made this bow last week prior to seeing the film.  I don't know if I'll have time to make more but it was kind of fun.  I like making my own... everything!  You might have noticed that about me.  You can see a few more on Allsorts (what a pretty blog!) and find detailed directions for the bow at Craft Ideas.  Good luck making your own! 

One more day!  One more day!  One more day!  One more day! 


Sally said...

Hi, the broadcast date is January 18. Also, the DVD and additional information are available at

StarSpry said...

Cool bow! I also found a tutorial and I was going to make bows but I ran out if time. I'll have to start making some now for next year :)

Sounds like an interesting film. I'm glad your whole family enjoyed it. I'll have to check it out!