The Centrifuge Brain Project is a faux documentary about some of the most insane fairground rides you will ever see. This is a brilliant execution of an idea that is both funny and vertigo inducing.
I just caught Swiss-German theatre group PENG! Palast’s brilliant production the holycoaster s(HIT) circus the other day. It starts out with an entertaining behind-the-scenes ‘documentary’ of the group’s earnest attempt to collaborate with Israeli dancers, before plunging into a relentless stage performance that confronted the audience full-on with deeply uncomfortable issues of the prejudices and […]
This documentary series was created over a span of three years as Mark Menjivar traveled across the United States to photograph the interiors of refrigerators in homes. The results are like portraits, each reflecting how jobs, economic status, and possibly, life experiences affect what foods we consume. I like the little facts he includes about each individual. My favorite is probably the gallery owner who is noted to be, “not very good at small talk.” There’s a milk to people ratio of 5:1.
This looks like it could be a brilliant piece of television. Too often documentaries filmed in the developing world have a depressing air, but this one about an orchestra formed from the scraps of a Paraguayan rubbish dump is the right remedy.
This is the most in-depth documentary on the synth invasion of the late 1970s in the UK. It shows the growth of the movement with insightful interviews with the pioneers themselves. It also features incredible, rare performance footage.
Earlier this year, French artist and photographer JR visited Los Angeles for another campaign tied in to his Wrinkles of the City project. Filmmaker and photographer, theonepointeight, was fortunate enough to document the entire process and here we have a short film titled, JR: The Wrinkles of Los Angeles, that details the work and effort […]
One of my favourite bands has just launched a Kickstarter call to complete a documentary that has been 16 years in the making, including some newfound camcorder footage of the band in their early days. They’ve made their pledge promises as fun as their songs too — a pledge of $1 or more would make […]
If, like me, you are repelled by the thought of Call of Duty, don’t worry. There is a video gaming market out there for you. ‘The Cat and the Coup is a documentary game in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran’. We shall discuss […]
HECTOMETER pushes the limits of documentary filmmaking in this moving and lyrical portrait of William Trubridge’s world record freedive. Seattle filmmaker Matty Brown has crafted a visual poem, a film that documents real life events while simultaneously offering a deeply emotional rendering of the experience.
This documentary could not have a stronger catch: a box of documents found in a Montana meth house, detailing the opaque inner workings of a new big money unleashed by the Citizen’s United decision. Frontline, PBS’s premier investigative journalism show, is never one to pull punches, but this week’s episode was a barn burner. Measured yet gravely urgent, Big Sky, Big Money details how the geography of American democracy is facing seismic change by very deliberate forces with very little public oversight. [watch the video below]
She has remained one of the most enduring, pioneering and subversive performance and installation artists of the 21st century. I just watched her new documentary, The Artist is Present, which covers the history of her working life as an artist, her relationships, and childhood experiences, and the entire documentary is based on her latest exhibition that ran at the MoMa in New York, entitled The Artist is Present.
Unspoken Northwest is a project that I have been working on for a little over six months now. I’ve spent the time traveling around the region to create this video collection of poetry readings from poets residing in the Northwest. They are shown reading their works in places important to them, and/or their work within […]
Tommy Thomspon’s High Strung is a possibly auto-bigraphical stop motion animation about a character who becomes lost in his own work. It’s a haunting piece reflecting those points in life where the line between our work and our identity becomes blurred.
I got to know about the brilliant Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds from music documentary Press Pause Play — also brilliant and viewable in its full glory on Vimeo. There was this magical moment in the documentary where his song Ljósið soared to clouds dancing about underwater clouds. The excerpt came from footage in the music […]