The Week-ish: the 59 collaborators  

This Special Edition Week-ish is curated by the 59 collaborators and is exclusively for the backers of our campaign to finish funding production and installation of the project. Thank you for supporting independent artists who are telling marginalized stories! 

The Level Ground Week-ish is a curated list of internet news, stories, and art that educates, inspires, and makes us more human. Subscribe to The Week-ish here to get it delivered to your inbox every week-ish

This very special Week-ish is a testament to Leslie Foster and his incredible collaborators, cast, and crew who made the 59 dream come true. We hope you enjoy! 


from Madeline Merritt, 59.2

The Fearless Collective and the work of Shilo Shiv Suleman were extremely motivational for me and the piece we collaborated on for 59. This collective travels the world creating murals against rape and violence towards women. They go to places where this violence is often normalized and women's voices silenced. Their beautiful works add a new voice to the conversation, speaking through images. 

Moving The Giants

from Angelina Prendergast, 59.1

It inspires me greatly that there are other humans committing their lives to preserving the most beautiful, sacred, absolutely necessary parts of the earth as we now know it. 

This Piece is A Poem

from Jacqueline Suskin, 59.8

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker performing to Steve Reich in the forest...the circular perfection of this expression, her precise and beautiful movements, the feeling of place and the camera work...all of it combined creates a perfect accompaniment to Steve Reich's mesmerizing music. I cry every time I watch it. This piece is a poem.

Watch these 

from Sarah London, 59.10

The "doll test" is a psychological experiment designed in the 1940s in the USA to test the degree of marginalization felt by African American children caused by prejudice, discrimination and racial segregation. Given the considerable increase of the phenomenon of migration in Europe in recent years we decided to re-create the test with Italian children.
From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as BADLANDS, DAYS OF HEAVEN and THE THIN RED LINE, THE TREE OF LIFE is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. This gift of the unedited footage of our film Murmuration is given in honour of Sir David Attenborough on the day of his 90th Birthday. This raw footage is unaltered for the full natural experience. Please be aware there is swearing in this video due to the overwhelming sense of awe.
A lost soul stumbles drunken through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.

the Language of Filmmaking

from Leslie Foster, 59 creator

Post 59, I've been taking time to explore music videos again. In the early to mid 90s, they were my introduction to the language of filmmaking and I love revisiting every now and then to see how the medium is being used. 

Two recent pieces stand out: Sia's "The Greatest," a beautiful, kinetic, and heart-wrenching tribute to the victims of the Pulse massacre and Andrew Belle's poignant dance duet for his song "Down." 


Thank you for reading and most importantly for listening. If you’d like to continue the conversation, you can find our collaborators online by clicking their names above. 

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