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Spelling Bee Coach // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Spelling Bee Coach // 60 Second Docs

After winning her first spelling bee at eight years old, Sylvie Lamontagne realized that she loved words -- the more complicated the better. She went on to compete in national competitions, and placed 4th in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee, her final competition before aging out of the bee… so what next? Now that retired speller Sylvie can no longer compete, she’s found a lucrative part-time job: spelling bee coaching. For $25/hr, Lamontagne is helping young competitors tackle the spelling bee, and learn to love language like she does.

Gunpowder Art | Paint With Gunpowder // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Gunpowder Art | Paint With Gunpowder // 60 Second Docs

Wyoming-based artist Danny Shervin paints with gunpowder. He stumbled upon the unusual technique in college, and his work soon blew up. Now, he uses a brush to arrange powder on canvas in the likenesses of wildlife -- owls, bears, and fish -- lights his work on fire, then shares the results with his 380,000 fans on Facebook. On his website, Paint With Gunpowder, these stunning works of gunpowder art sell for up to $5,000 apiece.

Female Sumo Wrestler // 60 Second Docs1m11s

Female Sumo Wrestler // 60 Second Docs

In Japan, sumo wrestling is still a male-only sport, so 33-year-old Natsumi Takagi, originally of Tokyo, took her ambitions to Los Angeles and became the first Japanese woman to compete, and win a silver medal, in the US Sumo Open. Despite her small size -- 5’5” and 120 lbs -- she regularly wrestles men several times larger, and even bested a sumo champion twice her weight. For Takagi, sumo isn’t just a fight. It’s what makes her feel like a bigger person.

Cremation Pottery // 60 Second Docs1m11s

Cremation Pottery // 60 Second Docs

Justin Crowe of Santa Fe started Chronicle Cremation Design, a company that turns human remains into pottery, after finding artistic inspiration in his grandfather’s death. He was surprised when others asked him if he could turn their loved ones’ remains into memorial objects, too -- and even more surprised when the scope of the project grew. Now, for those who seek to keep lost loved ones close, cremation pottery can be the answer.

Zen of Knitting // 60 Second Docs1m04s

Zen of Knitting // 60 Second Docs

Brooklyn man Louis Boria runs a custom knitting service in New York City. When a photo of him knitting on the busy NYC subway was taken by a former American Idol contestant, his story went viral. Business is booming, and now through the zen of knitting, he’s challenging the stereotype that men don’t knit.

Flip-Flop Art | Ocean Sole // 60 Second Docs1m04s

Flip-Flop Art | Ocean Sole // 60 Second Docs

Choking oceans cough up art. Millions of discarded flip-flops are posing major hazards to our oceans. Ocean Sole, a Kenyan ocean conservation group, is turning flip-flop pollution into art and even functional products to help protect the oceans. Flip-flop artist Francis Mutua guides us through their work, where over 900 Kenyans have found support and employment. Their mission is to become a global leader in helping ordinary people start businesses, all in the name of conservation.

Fear Engineer // 60 Second Docs + Crypt TV1m08s

Fear Engineer // 60 Second Docs + Crypt TV

At Philly’s Eastern State Penitentiary -- a massive haunted house inside an actual prison -- you're stuck inside a world of fear. Meet designer and Creative Director Amy Hollaman of “Terror Behind the Walls”, who dreams up the best and most horrifying ways to keep you there.

Monster Maker // 60 Second Docs + Crypt TV1m08s

Monster Maker // 60 Second Docs + Crypt TV

Alec Gillis of Amalgamated Dynamics Inc (an Academy Awards-winning SFX studio) is making monsters real. With his team of designers and engineers, he’s helped bring some of the most recognizable monsters from literature to life. You’ve seen his work in movies like IT, Batman v. Superman, and Jumanji, and he’s best known for designing the post-1994 monster from the ALIEN franchise. So be afraid -- be very afraid -- as we take a tour of a monster maker’s studio.

DIY Horror Makeup // 60 Second Docs x Crypt TV1m08s

DIY Horror Makeup // 60 Second Docs x Crypt TV

18-year-old Tiffany Baze cultivates a disturbing mastery of gory SFX makeup looks, all of which she creates using common household items. Though the ingredients she uses (like instant espresso for road rash and banana for fatty tissue) aren’t pricey, the looks she creates are horrifyingly impressive. DIY horror makeup is her art and her passion.

ASMR Sound Therapy | Whisperlodge // 60 Second Docs1m06s

ASMR Sound Therapy | Whisperlodge // 60 Second Docs

Melinda Lauw is the co-creator of Whisperlodge, an in-person immersive ASMR -- or autonomous sensory meridian response -- experience, leading people through a calming, pleasurable feeling brought on by certain sounds. 90 minute sessions enable ticket buyers to live a sensory experience designed to tingle and stimulate, relax, and decompress.

Yarn Wigs for Kids With Cancer | Magic Yarn Project // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Yarn Wigs for Kids With Cancer | Magic Yarn Project // 60 Second Docs

When Holly Christensen’s best friend’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer, she knitted a Rapunzel wig to cover up the hair loss. From this moment, the Magic Yarn Project was born. Now, at community workshops, volunteers of all kinds -- including incarcerated prisoners -- make colorful yarn wigs for kids with cancer, giving them a chance to be children again in their time of need.

Forest Apartment | Summer Rayne Oakes // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Forest Apartment | Summer Rayne Oakes // 60 Second Docs

Within New York City’s concrete jungle lies Summer Rayne Oakes’ green sanctuary -- her apartment, a forest of 500+ plants. With the absence of an outdoor space or garden after growing up in the country, Oakes, an NYC-based model, host and entrepreneur who also runs Homestead Brooklyn has brought the outdoors in and transformed her apartment into a welcoming indoor forest.

Animal Shelter Reiki // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Animal Shelter Reiki // 60 Second Docs

Reiki practitioner and animal lover Jennifer Halpern volunteers as an energy healer for shelter and foster animals from dogs to cats to rabbits, working to relieve their stress and pain by channeling positive energy into their bodies through touch. With the goal of helping these animals find loving homes, Halpern believes that her practice ultimately makes them more adoptable -- and reminds them that despite the uncertainty of their day to day, they are loved.

Baby Animal Rescue // 60 Second Docs1m05s

Baby Animal Rescue // 60 Second Docs

For the last 15 years, Joseph Keter has been rescuing, caring for and returning injured and abandoned animals -- mainly orphans whose mothers have died -- to the wild. From lions to cheetahs and buffalo to gazelle, Joseph has cared for some of Africa’s most iconic animals through his work for Animal Rights Reserved, a conservancy in Naivasha, Kenya. His days may be long and difficult, but when it’s life or death for baby animals on Lake Naivasha, it’s all worth it.

Wife Carrying Championship // 60 Second Docs1m05s

Wife Carrying Championship // 60 Second Docs

The North American Wife Carrying Championship requires competitors to vault over obstacles, sandy hills, and trek through mud, all while hoisting their wives. If you win the annual championship, you’ll receive the prize of your wife’s weight in beer and five times her weight in cash. Last year’s winners were Elliot and Giana Storey of Westbrook, Maine, and though this time they didn’t win first place, the pair still achieved a common goal together -- making it through the grueling race, and taking home second prize.

Wheelchair Water Park1m05s

Wheelchair Water Park

At Inspiration Island, a wheelchair water park in Morgan's Wonderland of San Antonio, Texas, kids are invited to have fun in a safe environment that caters to children with disabilities. On a family vacation in 2005, Gordon and Maddie Hartman saw how hard it was for children to connect with their daughter, who has special needs. So they decided to build a park just for children like her. Here, rides are custom-built to accommodate wheelchairs and inclusion is celebrated. So far, over a million guests from around the world have paid this one-of-a-kind park a visit.

Raising Reptiles | Brian Barczyk SnakeBytesTV// 60 Second Docs1m05s

Raising Reptiles | Brian Barczyk SnakeBytesTV// 60 Second Docs

Brian Barczyk has owned and operated one of the world’s largest snake breeding facilities for almost 30 years, caring for as many as 30,000 snakes and lizards of all shapes and sizes. Residents at his facility include everything from ball pythons to corn snakes, leopard geckos, king snakes, milk snakes, and rat snakes, and each year, his business BHB Reptiles sells between 15,000 and 20,000 as pets. He starred in the Discover series Venom Hunters and now hosts SnakeBytesTV on YouTube. With nearly one million followers across social media, where he shows off snake unboxings and the rare reptiles he rears, Barczyk’s using his significant social clout to show people why they should give snakes and their reptilian relatives a chance.

Ocean Defense Kid | Connor Berryhill // 60 Second Docs1m05s

Ocean Defense Kid | Connor Berryhill // 60 Second Docs

Connor Berryhill was only 5 years old when an underwater encounter with an endangered monk seal set him on a path to take care of the world’s most vulnerable creatures. Now 11, he’s taken his small-scale activism big and started his own nonprofit, MicroActivist. Their mission: to connect youth with projects to protect the ocean -- and save our planet's oceans and seas.

Mommy Milk Factory | Breast Milk Donor // 60 Second Docs1m05s

Mommy Milk Factory | Breast Milk Donor // 60 Second Docs

Elisabeth Anderson-Sierra has become well-known in Beaverton, Oregon, for her decision to donate her breast milk to families in need. The mother of two has hyperlactation syndrome, causing her to produce 1.75 gallons of milk a day, with 5,000 ounces stored in her freezer. Over the past three years, the prolific milkmaker has donated 700+ gallons of milk -- almost twice the world record! -- in what she describes as her “labor of love.”

Modern Jousting | Knights of Valour // 60 Second Docs1m05s

Modern Jousting | Knights of Valour // 60 Second Docs

It’s Shane Adams’s mission to resurrect competitive jousting, sport of kings. The Canadian Equestrian Team athlete and captain/owner of The Knights of Valour, a full-contact jousting team, believes that when it comes to facing off on horseback, there’s nothing like the real thing. The former World Championship Jousting Association president, who holds 17 international titles and hosted the History Channel's reality TV show Full Metal Jousting, doesn’t fear injuries like concussions, broken bones or emergency surgery. Despite the very real dangers of this extreme sport, he’ll continue to risk it all to do what he loves.

Dog Retirement Home | Silver Muzzle Cottage // 60 Second Docs1m05s

Dog Retirement Home | Silver Muzzle Cottage // 60 Second Docs

In Elk Rapids, Kim Skarritt runs the Silver Muzzle Cottage, Michigan’s only dog hospice. Many of the dogs there were lifelong pets who’ve since been abandoned. So far, she’s taken in 93 rescue dogs, some even near death. Despite their circumstances, her team works overtime to make up the love and care these dogs deserve. And once a week, the canines visit human seniors in their own retirement home -- sharing yet more unconditional love with another community that needs more of it.

Off-Road Kid // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Off-Road Kid // 60 Second Docs

10-year-old Austin Thompson isn’t an average kid -- he’s also a top competitor in the World Off Road Championship Series, racing in 170 class events. With his younger sister as his co-pilot and support from his cheering parents at every race, Austin’s family believe it takes a shared effort to succeed in competitive off-roading -- and in life.

2017 World Beard and Mustache Championships // 60 Second Docs1m04s

2017 World Beard and Mustache Championships // 60 Second Docs

At the 2017 World Beard and Mustache Championships in Austin, Texas, previous National World Freestyle Beard Champion Jason Kiley won once again, taking home Best in Show. Uniting whiskers in a cultural event like no other, the event hosts more than 1,000 competitors, fans and beard enthusiasts. To compete with this crew, it all comes down to shape, density, symmetry and overall look of the beard -- and women are welcome too. This year saw participants sporting everything from an English mustache to a Musketeer, sideburns, and even a beard shaped like a full-face wolf mask.

Magic: The Gathering | 7-Year-Old Dana Fischer // 60 Second Docs1m08s

Magic: The Gathering | 7-Year-Old Dana Fischer // 60 Second Docs

7-year-old Dana Fischer is a competitive Magic: The Gathering player at the pro level, who takes on adult players at the world’s largest competitions, with five Grand Prix tournaments under her belt. This elementary-aged planeswalker is always prepared to cast spells and go into battle. With the support of her older sister and her dad, who’s also an avid player and her coach, Fischer’s been playing since before she could read -- and when she faces off against wizards, mages or grownups, she always holds her own.

Cremation Pottery // 60 Second Docs1m11s

Cremation Pottery // 60 Second Docs

Justin Crowe of Santa Fe started Chronicle Cremation Design, a company that turns human remains into pottery, after finding artistic inspiration in his grandfather’s death. He was surprised when others asked him if he could turn their loved ones’ remains into memorial objects, too -- and even more surprised when the scope of the project grew. Now, for those who seek to keep lost loved ones close, cremation pottery can be the answer.