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 […]
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 […]
Documentary films and music are the two ways I do most of my learning. This documentary is an incredible mix of both, and unlike any documentary I have ever seen. Rodriguez is an overlooked 1970‘s musician (sounds like an American version of Donovan), who recorded a couple albums and then vanished. He didn’t have much […]
Curators Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma put together a zany show earlier this month in which they screened five documentary films by Ai Weiwei alongside works by Indian artists that shared similar themes, all political and irreverent in nature. Sharma met Weiwei at the Gwangju Biennale International Curators Programme 2010 in South Korea and got him […]
There was once a band named KARP. They quickly dominated the scene in Olympia and then set out for world domination, one song at a time. This documentary tells the story of their legacy from start to finish in great fashion.
I’m so happy the Teddy Grays family let Magnum photographer Martin Parr loose with a camera in their 194 year-old sweet factory, otherwise this documentary might never have existed. A beautifully intimate portrait of a family business frozen in time, with characters almost as old as the copper pots, who painstakingly churn out endless pear […]
The Age of Champions is a documentary that follows the paths of a few seniors training and participating in the senior games. The participants range in age from their early eighties up to a hundred year-old tennis player. The film was incredibly inspiring and it is refreshing to see people with such healthy souls and […]
Premiering at SXSW, which kicks off this weekend, this brilliant documentary chronicles the disturbing world of model scouting in Eastern Europe, where young girls are taken away from their homes and families with the promises of riches, only to be exploited by unscrupulous agents for the Japanese market. Unsettling, but fascinatingly so.
This is the story of Jiro Ono: an 85-year old sushi master and owner of Tokyo’s renowned three Michelin starred restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro. Often touted as the world’s best sushi chef, Jiro-san’s relentless pursuit to create the perfect piece of sushi forms the focus of this stunning documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
Indie documentary fans may remember a gem called 45365 that hit South By South West a few years ago. The infamous Ross brothers have a new film at this year’s festival and, like so many artists, they’re looking for Kickstarter help. What sets their campaign apart are the prizes. For $6, they’ll drink a toast […]
PressPausePlay is not your everyday documentary on digital media. It showcases a bunch of ‘artists’ and their scattered opinions on democratized culture in terms of the lack of limitations holding back today’s artista from creating. It won a couple awards, too. No surprise.
This feature documentary about the collision of Human Rights, Buddhism, and art as a weapon for peace in Burma needs your help. Check out the teaser above and the Kickstarter campaign.
Jibberland shows the insight of an imaginary world created and explored by and eight year old, reminding us of how far your imagination can take you and how easy it is to be creative for a child. It also helps that Marie is probably the coolest kid I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.
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.