Featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, follow the Volcano Choir (from Lacrosse, Wis.) as they embark on a journey to record their second album, “Repave,” in the snowy desolation of their Midwest studio (doesn’t that sound…cold). This video captures the tail end of their journey as they prepare to unleash the album on their fan base. Watch their musings on the evolution of the band from past to present and their creative process.
Nearly a year ago, Detroit’s plans to build a light-rail system ground to a halt. Budget cuts limited the effectiveness of the city’s bus system. People couldn’t get to work or anywhere else without running into the hassles of Detroit’s public transportation system.
“I was furious,” Andy Didorosi said. “Frustration can power so much. I said, ‘Screw it, I’m going to do it myself.’”
That’s exactly what he did. The 25-year-old created a fleet of colorful buses (with names such as Lochness, Silver Bullet and Blue) and sent them out to Detroit’s streets. With that, the Detroit Bus Company was born.
ARTCRANK is a poster party for people who love bikes. Founder Charles Youel offers a glimpse into this Midwest-based event that is showcased around the world. Directed by Tony Franklin.
Chicago nanny Vivian Maier lived in an attic and hid her talent behind a locked door. This trailer for “Finding Vivian Maier” teases the story of the mysterious photographer who kept her artistry a secret during her lifetime. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel.
Matthew Shlian failed algebra, but his geometric genius found an outlet in paper art. Shlian, a graduate of Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy, also teaches at the University of Michigan and designs packaging for some of the world’s best-known companies. Directed by Jakob Skogheim of Ghostly International.
Steven Swanson rescues furniture. Every year, the owner of Danish Teak Classics in Minneapolis ventures to Denmark, where he roams the countryside, plucking mid-century pieces from barns, back rooms and attics.
Swanson packs his forlorn treasures into huge crates and ships them over the ocean to his workshop in Minneapolis. Master craftsmen carefully rehabilitate each piece, teasing out the details that make each item special.
Fully restored, these modern classics go in display in the Danish Teak Classics showroom, where they await new owners and their perfect new homes.
In this Modern Showcase segment, Swanson gives us a peek into the process that brings these wonderful pieces back to life.