Tag Archives | Documentary
Filmmakers Spencer Chumbley and Erik Ljung have shot for organizations like VICE and Al Jazeera. I caught up with the guys just before they debuted their film, The Death of Cory Stingley a the Milwaukee Film Festival.
Humans make things, we always have. But, we don’t just make, we create beauty. We pay attention to symmetry, form and detail. Why is that? Darwinian theory says it’s simply a form of “peacocking.” More specifically, our creative predispositions are merely “fitness signals.” For example, if you write a novel, create a moving peace of art, or compose a great song, it’s just a uniquely human way of showing off your intellect in hopes of attracting a mate, like a peacock with it’s innately douchey bouquet of feathers.
I fucking hate this idea.
But, let’s be fair. It’s totally undeniable that ego and social elevation are often intertwined with creative accomplishments.… Read the rest
h/t The Daily Grail
via the Vimeo page:
WE WILL LIVE AGAIN looks inside the unusual and extraordinary operations of the Cryonics Institute. The film follows Ben Best and Andy Zawacki, the caretakers of 99 deceased human bodies stored at below freezing temperatures in cryopreservation. The Institute and Cryonics Movement were founded by Robert Ettinger who, in his nineties and long retired from running the facility, still self-publishes books on cryonics, awaiting the end of his life and eagerly anticipating the next.
h/t Laughing Squid
“Beep is the definitive documentary film of game sound from the mechanical arcades through to today’s orchestras.”
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We have a really unique opportunity to do this film right now. Nearly all of the people involved in early video games are still alive. We can’t go back and interview early film composers, but we can interview game sound designers and composers from the early days. That opportunity won’t last forever. We need to document this incredible history while we can. We’re going to be keeping all the extra footage that doesn’t make it into the film, and make it available to researchers and fans, so everyone can have access to this important historical information, now and for the future! We’ve brought on board an archivist and librarian who are going to help us out with archiving and making these recordings available to you.
In light of Disinfo’s newest release, BOREDOM, we will be hosting “The American Boring Awards.” We’re currently in the nomination stage and will be taking nominations from you, dear Disinfonauts. To submit your nomination, simply comment in this thread!
And the categories are:
Most Boring Person of the Year
Most Boring Moment of The Year
Most Boring Show of The Year
Most Boring American City Of The Year
Most Boring Statement of the Year
Most Boring Performance of the Year
Most Boring Trend of The Year
Most Boring Awards Show of The Year
Carl Jung, the man who coined the term synchronicity and studied it extensively for decades, once said that “Synchronicity is no more baffling or mysterious than the discontinuities of physics.”
Sometimes it seems to me that the universe is like a giant organism or mind, and synchronicity is like a symptom of the cosmos tripping utter ballsack, having an orgasm, or a good belly laugh. Prodding itself along the path of greater self-awareness. There is a mode we can partially access that is more heavily tuned into the non-local level of things where everything is everywhere. Tapped in to a degree that we can barely imagine from our ordinary day-to-day state of consciousness. Often the leaks into consciousness are brushed off as mere coincidences.
I wonder what people would think if they could simultaneously see or be aware of all of our collective “coincidences” that have occurred in human life throughout our years, and then whether or not they’d still default to the explanation that it was mere coincidence… My guess, after documenting the phenomenon for years, is that the response would be pure astonishment, requiring heavy revision to the parameters of our reality-tunnels.… Read the rest
A short documentary (4 minutes) about Old Town Music Hall and the man who runs it.
Old Town Music Hall has been screening both vintage silent and sound films since 1967. Bill Field, the theater’s owner, accompanies the silent films with perhaps the most amazing Wurlitzer pipe organ you’ve ever seen.
I’m going to be doing a Q&A with the director of Unacceptable Levels, Ed Brown. I wanted to open up the metaphorical floor to Disinfo readers. If you have any questions about the film, about Ed Brown, about the chemical revolution, or anything else, send ‘em along.
STREAMING: You can stream Unacceptable Levels on Reel House.
Here’s the outline of the film:
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Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law.
This year we celebrate the 100th birthday of the cosmic reign of the avant-garde jazz musician Sun Ra whose official birthday is celebrated on May 22. For those who know the man’s music, there is no need for an introduction here. For neophytes, here is a sampling of the story from the Sun Ra Arkestra’s official website:
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Eclectic, outrageous, sometimes mystifying but always imbued with a powerful jazz consciousness, the music of Sun Ra has withstood its skeptics and detractors for nearly three generations. And well it should, since Sun Ra has been both apart of and ahead of the jazz tradition during that time.
Like Duke Ellington and swing-era pioneer Fletcher Henderson, Sun Ra learned early on to write music in an arranged form that showcased the specific talents of his individual Arkestra members, and he has retained the services of some of these musicians to this day: John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Julian Priester for example since they first joined in the 1950’s.
“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, also known as Chávez: Inside the Coup, is a 2003 documentary focusing on events in Venezuela leading up to and during the April 2002 coup d'état attempt, which saw President Hugo Chávez removed from office for two days. With particular emphasis on the role played by Venezuela's private media, the film examines several key incidents: the protest march and subsequent violence that provided the impetus for Chávez's ousting; the opposition's formation of an interim government headed by business leader Pedro Carmona; and the Carmona administration's collapse, which paved the way for Chávez's return.”