The holycoaster s(HIT) circus by PENG! Palast

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Thursday 31 January 2013

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 […]

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Danny Brown: Detroit State of Mind

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By Ratface in New Film on Tuesday 15 January 2013

I love the honesty of this documentary. It’s a great snapshot of the man’s life and approach plus the footage of Detroit sits really well with the tunes.

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You Are What You Eat: photos by Mark Menjivar

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By Sarah Eisenlohr in New Art on Friday 11 January 2013

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.

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DOCO: Orchestra formed in a Paraguayan rubbish dump

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By Francis Andrews in New Film on Sunday 23 December 2012

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.

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Documentary about the UK synth invasion

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By Night Panther in Video on Thursday 20 December 2012

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.

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Documentary about JR’s Wrinkles of the City LA project

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By Carlos Gonzalez in Video on Monday 26 November 2012

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 […]

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Song Dynasties: of Montreal’s new documentary

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By Low Lai Chow in New Film on Thursday 15 November 2012

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 […]

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The Cat and the Coup: a new ‘documentary’ game

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By Adam Wells in Video on Tuesday 13 November 2012

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 […]

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Documentary about William Trubridge’s world record freedive

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By Brice Budke in New Film on Monday 12 November 2012

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.

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Big Sky, Big Money: a PBS documentary [watch full video]

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By Nathan Marsh in New Film on Thursday 8 November 2012

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]

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The Artist is Present: Marina Abramović’s new documentary

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By Dani Dewitt in New Film on Tuesday 2 October 2012

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.

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Unspoken Northwest: a collection of poetry readings

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By Willy Walker in Video on Wednesday 26 September 2012

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 […]

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High Strung: a stop motion animation

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By Willy Walker in Video on Saturday 22 September 2012

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.

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Mesmerising music video of a tune dancing to underwater smoke

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Friday 21 September 2012

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 […]

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Hilarious informative short film about sushi

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Saturday 1 September 2012

If Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the documentary film that has been making waves in the arthouse film circuit of late, had a companion piece to open the film, it would be this. In this 8-min short featuring Japanese comedy troupe The Rahmens, sushi trivia, etiquette and traditions are hilariously jumbled with outright fiction and exaggerated […]

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