Thorald and Isaac Koren of The Kin have written an original song for the documentary, Genius on Hold, with the help of producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, New York Dolls). The film is about an inventor who turns to the mafia for revenge after his patents are stolen by the Bell telephone company.
To commemorate the centenary of International Women’s Day, Australian filmmaker Phoebe Hartley has launched an online documentary series celebrating extraordinary women. EXTRAORDINARY consists of eight projected episodes, with the pilot live now on a dedicated website, and the remainder to be uploaded regularly in the coming months. The videos profile women from a broad range of backgrounds, each one a cinematic snapshot of the contemporary female experience.
By Narrw Sprrw in New Photography on Friday 5 November 2010
Phil Jackson is a semi-nomadic skateboarder, artist and documentary photographer. Still shooting film and making zines he’s everything you like about Larry Clark or Nan Goldin, but with more hopping fences to skate pools and much less heroin addiction and domestic abuse.
With so many faux-documentaries out there, you’d think that the real world wasn’t interesting anymore. But Marwencol proves otherwise. After a brutal attack left him with brain damage, Mark Hogancamp created a bizarre and wonderful 1/6-scale Barbie-sized world in his backyard that has to be seen to be believed. The film won the Grand Jury [...]
On July 24th, filmmakers Ridley Scott and Kevin MacDonald invite you to submit footage of your life taken in a 24-hour span of time. They will edit the most compelling moments into a feature film that ideally will document one day on earth through the eyes of people around the world.
The pre-eminent scientist Stephen Hawking has envisioned what our most far flung neighbors might look like, using the latest computer technology, for the new documentary series, Into The Universe. Hmm, it’s not too dissimilar to what you might find on the People of Walmart blog. Right? We joke! We joke!
Lately, we’ve been gifted a few astounding documentaries with the rare ability to educate and influence opinion, as well as being riveting viewing over their entire length. Documentaries can be a grind with no worthy content omitted as part of an effort to provide a comprehensive overview of a subject. The result is something that’s an essential item for any university library, but at over two hours a mission to watch.
Kidnappings, murder, high level corruption and ear reconstruction are all part of life in Brazil’s Sao Paulo. The best documentaries cover all angles of a story, and here, nobody has been left out. The police, the government, potential victims and actual victims, a kidnapper, along with a plastic surgeon, the guy who makes bullet proof cars, and a frog farmer all get screen time. It’s a fascinating look into the endemic corruption that’s part of Brazil’s government, and the way the poor are driven to crime.
I actually really liked Until the Light Takes Us, the documentary about black metal by Audrey Ewell and Aiden Aites. I say ‘actually’ because I can see why so many people didn’t like it. It’s definitely not for fans of the genre, as there is not a lot of actual black metal featured in the film, and it focuses on the characters involved with the now mythic beginnings of the scene, namely Gylve ‘Fenriz’ Nagell of Darkthrone and Varg ‘Count Grishnackh’ Vikernes.
If you haven’t already seen Tyson, James Toback’s documentary of Iron Mike, do so immediately. Toback’s lack of editorial lets one of the most fascinating athletes ever speak in his own surprisingly introspective and articulate words. Toback heightens the manic contradictions in Kid Dynamite’s personality with schizophrenic, split-screen editing, creating a film that has a [...]
The international release of this film on December 25th 2008 couldn’t really have been more timely, given what unfolded in Gaza as the year drew to a close. At the centre of this docu-animation is a former Israeli soldier who served at the time of the Sabra and Shatila massacre in the 1982 Lebanon War, [...]
Documentarian Jehane Noujaim and TED have teamed up for a rather ambitious film and media event called Pangea Day on May 10th. The conference-film festival invites both amateur and professional filmmakers to submit short films.
Melbourne-based documentary and music photographer Leah Robertson has an exhibition of her work running at Prahran’s MP Gallery until March 9th. We got the scoop on the inspirations behind her shots: What’s been the most memorable gig you’ve attended in recent times? ‘Sufjan, Arcade Fire, Bjork and Rufus have all just played consecutively in Melbourne. It’s been one hell of an incredible, horn-heavy experience. Sufjan and Rufus’ respective wings and stilettos were lovely. My favourite local bands, The Drones, My Disco, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, and Baseball, are always great live, always memorable’.
Likely lad Dave Gorman is never short of a wacky idea. From seeking out 54 other namesakes to traipsing around the globe guided by a unique internet search, Gorman gives a good anecdote. His latest project — America Unchained — is no less peculiar. But this time he may have hit the sweet spot. His [...]