Posts Tagged ‘Documentary’

New Movie: The Light Bulb Conspiracy

Posted on: June 9th, 2012 by mbutu
The Light Bulb Conspiracy
Once upon a time….. products were made to last. Then, at the beginning of the 1920s, a group of businessmen were struck by the following insight: ‘A product that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business’ (1928). Thus Planned Obsolescence was born. Shortly after, the first worldwide cartel was set up expressly to reduce the life span of the incandescent light bulb, a symbol for innovation and bright new ideas, and the first official victim of Planned Obsolescence. During the 1950s, with the birth of the consumer society, the concept took on a whole new meaning, as explained by flamboyant designer Brooks Stevens: ‘Planned Obsolescence, the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary…’. The growth society flourished, everybody had everything, the waste was piling up (preferably far away in illegal dumps in the Third World) – until consumers started rebelling… Can the modern growth society survive without Planned Obsolescence? Did the eternal light bulb ever exist? How can a tiny chip ‘kill’ a product? How did two artists from New York manage to extend the lives of millions of iPods? Is Planned Obsolescence itself becoming obsolete? Written by Cosima Dannoritzer

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New Movie: PressPausePlay

Posted on: June 1st, 2012 by mbutu
PressPausePlay
The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era. Written by Anonymous

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New Movie: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Posted on: June 1st, 2012 by mbutu
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
In 1994, a group of scientists discovered a cave in Southern France perfectly preserved for over 20,000 years and containing the earliest known human paintings. Knowing the cultural significance that the Chauvet Cave holds, the French government immediately cut-off all access to it, save a few archaeologists and paleontologists. But documentary filmmaker, Werner Herzog, has been given limited access, and now we get to go inside examining beautiful artwork created by our ancient ancestors around 32,000 years ago. He asks questions to various historians and scientists about what these humans would have been like and trying to build a bridge from the past to the present. Written by napierslogs

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New Movie: Dead Time

Posted on: July 19th, 2011 by mbutu
Dead Time
DEAD TIME is a story about two sisters, Wendy and Julie and their attempts at survival in spite of sexual abuse, excessive drug use and consequently, desperate criminal behaviour. The story begins as Wendy and Mark come together in the world. We follow them through their first marriage at age 16 and the subsequent tragedy that befalls their four-month-old baby. Early on we learn that both Wendy and Mark are sexual abuse survivors who don’t have the support or resources to effectively deal with their traumas and so turn to a daily ration of potent drug abuse (cocaine, heroin, alcohol, etc.) to ward off their psychological turmoil. Inevitably their marriage falls apart. Broken from the experience they both cling to their steady diet of drugs, pharmaceuticals and alcohol. Shortly after her divorce Wendy meets Reg who is a convicted criminal living a “shooters’ lifestyle by dealing large quantities of cocaine, hash and heroin. They buy cars, boats, jewelry and take weekend vacations to drug rich countries importing high-grade product. Wendy’s sister Julie, on the other hand, describes herself as 120 lbs. of post psychedelic drugs surfing on the border of clarity and functioning. She has lived her life by delving into areas considered taboo by many (prostitution, the porn industry, excessive LSD use). Her life choices grew out of a need to escape her destructive childhood experiences and explore all things forbidden. Julie’s understanding of the world is constructed within the realms of her drug experiences. Her insights, although unconventional, challenge traditional stereotypes and shed new light on art, sexual politics and power. All four players are one careless step away from death through suicide, overdose or criminal prosecution. Like a house of cards verging on self-destruction, their lives play out through a series of revolutions in an effort to regain control over their inner worlds.

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New Movie: Un Lugar en el Cine

Posted on: July 19th, 2011 by mbutu
Un Lugar en el Cine
Un Lugar en el Cine (titled in English, “A Place in the Cinema”) is about cinematographic resistance, understood through a commitment and dialog with History, and is structured through three filmmakers. The Greek master Theo Angelopoulos embarks from Athens on a trip, which ends in Ostia, the Roman beach where Pier Paolo Pasolini was murdered. Far from there, in a railway station in Spain, the Spanish filmmaker Victor Erice reveals himself through an interview whose discursive epicentre is the cinematographic resistance.

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