Films, Videos and Video-Blogs by Rick Meghiddo
- 2016: Uplifting Expectations – December 19, 2015 (1:53’)
Video-Card of best wishes for 2016 from the Meghiddos. It brings up the power of creativity in art, science, technology, sustainability, urban farming and organic architecture.
- Inspirations for 2016 – December 19, 2015 (3:04’)
Inspirations for 2016 is a video-card of best wishes from The Meghiddos. It confronts the fear of the unknown with the power of creativity.
- Chichi: Ninety Years in Nine Minutes – December 5, 2015 (9:00’)
Chichi’s ninety-year trajectory is marked by tenacity and a curious mind that took her all over the the world. She was born in one of the Argentina’s Jewish colonies of the province of Entre Rios, a hub of emancipated immigrants from Odessa, which produced a second generation of leaders, professionals and intellectuals. She started to study law at forty-five, and continues to practice her profession every day.
- Sylvia Nonstop – September 26, 2015 (20:32’)
Sylvia Manheim’s 90th birthday celebration surrounded by loving family and friends was a reflection of this extraordinary woman that, in spite of being almost blind, continues to be active on subjects related to social justice. Showing acting of comedian Shalom Sherman.
- Urban Farming Day – July 27, 2015 / (4:47’)
Following a group of educators, community organizers and business representatives active in urban agriculture, this is an unplanned journalistic report.
- Crossing Borderlines – July 10, 2015 / (7:47’)
An autobiographical video illustrating projects, migrations and actions of the Meghiddo couple.
- Bill and Don Visit Farm Urbana – September 8, 2014 / (8:46’)
In a Downtown Los Angeles’ project, on the rooftop of a 170-unit apartment building, Ruth Meghiddo shows how the production of food on rooftops can be achieved through the use of the water-conserving Tower Gardens vertical system. Two professors from the University of California, Irvine, Bill Tomlinson and Don Patterson, took interest in the project for their course at the Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.
- Westwood LA – April 22 / (31:30’)
The story is about one of Los Angeles’ great Westside neighborhoods, Westwood. It is a personal perspective by an architect, realtor and filmmaker who lived in the neighborhood during the 1980’s and is back working in the area as a real estate broker. Far from being partisan, propagandist or nostalgic, the film carries messages meaningful to many other cities, American and around the world. It deals with problems of traffic, density, heritage, identity, cultural mix and environmental quality through images and interviews, at time humorous.
- Organic Architecture For Sale in Joshua Tree (Blog only. Video by TTK)
- On the Making of the Wallis Annenberg – December 29 / (12:43’)
Designed by architect Zoltan Pali, The Wallis new Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills was inaugurated on October 17, 2013. The video tells about the making of the building through a mix of images and explanation by the architect.
- Youthful Sustainability – October 19 / (5:47’)
An interdisciplinary students’ competition, “Solar Decathlon,” for the design of sustainable dwelling units. Twenty finalist groups built their version of solar-powered houses. Shown in at the Orange County Great Park, it attracted thousands of people, hungry for housing solutions.
- Empty Lot for People – September 22 / (6:17’)
An urban empty lot becomes alive through the performances of a dance group and a Hispanic theater group. It sends a powerful message on the need for public urban spaces.
- Architects @ MOCA – July 12 / (5:15’)
The architecture exhibition “A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture in Southern California” shows a large number of works by both veterans like Gehry, and Morphosis, and by a younger generation of architects. It brings the viewer “out of the museum” with samples of Eric Moss’ works in Culver City and Hagi Belzberg’s Los Angeles Museum of the holocaust.
- Shooting at Memories – June 14 / (4:57’)
Mount Zion is a Jewish cemetery in East Los Angeles, ten miles from Downtown L.A.. Founded in 1916, it was intended for free burials of poor Jews. The final resting place of about 7,000 graves, it has been seriously vandalized over the years. This video documents the place’s condition in June of 2013.
- A People’s Place in L.A – June 1 / (5:13’)
San Pedro’s “Ports O’Call” is a place for people of all ages. Located at an edge of Los Angeles, it attracts a large segment of the Latino community. It is an all-senses stimulator. Although not architecture as a building, it is a place from which architects, designers, planners and decision-makers in politics and investment can learn how the right setting can touch people’s emotional needs.
- Streets & Stradaccie in L.A. – May 12 / (8:34’)
This video explores some of Los Angeles streets and “stradaccie” (“ugly streets” in Italian) not as tourists, but as observers of the multiple messages they carry. It covers an area of approximately 10 x 16 miles (16 x 25 kilometers) which includes Inglewood, Ocean Park, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Westwood, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Downtown L.A., Chinatown and Koreatown. The street, which is the primary urban space, acts upon us 24/7 throughout our lives and synthesize what we are as a culture and also contributes in shaping what we are as individuals.
- Salon Sapiens – April 8 / (9:00’)
“The Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life” by the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena, under the Ventura Freeway Bridge, is a unique place. Carol Soucel King and Richard King host a salon dedicated to link spirituality with the arts, science, philosophy, music, literature and social issues.