Tag Archives | Documentary

Detroit Globalized

Being from the Lansing and Detroit, Michigan area, it's so heartbreaking visiting my former home state now. The state feels empty; the GM Oldsmobile factories that I drove past all the time have been flattened. Sad. Detroit Globalized is a documentary explaining the effects that globalization has had on Detroit, MI.
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Cyberpunk on the Small Screen (Video)

CyberpunkGood day, Cybernauts. We've been enjoying this endearing flick for some time, but are just now getting around to posting about it. Cyberpunk is a 60-minute documentary from 1990 that serves as a charming bookend to the William Gibson documentary No Maps for These Territories. While Gibson is featured prominently in this doc, it also expands out to illuminate an entire slice of the late '80s/early '90s culture that used to be featured in the late, great Mondo 2000 magazine. Cyberpunk Review offers these insights:
Cyberpunk is a documentary that looks back at the 80s cyberpunk movement, and more specifically, how this has led to a trend in the “real” world where people were starting to refer to themselves as “cyberpunk.” The documentary sees “cyberpunks” as being synonymous with hackers. A number of writers, artists, musicians and scientists are interviewed to provide context to this movement. The guiding meme, as told by Gibson, is that information “wants” to be free. 60s counter-culture drug philosopher, Timothy Leary, provides a prediction that cyberpunks will “decentralize knowledge,” which will serve to remove power from those “in power” and bring it back to the masses. Many different potential technologies are discussed, including “smart drugs,” sentient machines, advanced prosthetics — all of which serve to give context to the idea of post-humanity and its imminent arrival on the world stage.
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WikiRebels: The WikiLeaks Documentary (Video)

Could Swedish public service TV network SVT's new documentary film about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have been released at a more timely moment? It's bang up to date and for anyone intrigued by Assange and co., essential viewing. Thanks to tipster Ken V, who correctly describes the film as "thorough and very informative."
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Who’s Afraid Of ‘Gasland’?

Who could possibly want to squelch the anti-fracking movie Gasland? Hmmm, let me think .... while considering this story from SFGate (submitted by 'Rainer' - thanks!):
Actor Mark Ruffalo has been placed on a terror advisory list by U.S. officials after organizing screenings for a new documentary about natural gas drilling.
The "Zodiac" actor arranged showings for "GasLand" earlier this year and voiced his concerns about the practice in relation to the national water supplies...
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The Rent Is Too Damn High – The Movie

The filmmakers of Damn!, the Jimmy McMillan movie, stopped by the disinformation offices this week to screen some of their footage. We're believers, and so is Movieline:
Remember Jimmy McMillan? Of course you do! The New York state gubernatorial candidate from “The Rent is Too Damn High” party was all the rage back in late October, when his crazy debate antics led to viral videos, Saturday Night Live impersonations and the other accouterments that come with 15 minutes of fame. Like a documentary.
That’s right: McMillan and his aggressive facial hair are probably coming to a content delivery system near you. Thanks to 91 intrepid investors, filmmakers Aaron Fisher-Cohen and Kristian Almgren received just enough funding...
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So You Think You Can Laugh? ‘Laughology’ Inspires First-Ever Laughter Championship

LaughologyContestants and their fans will converge in Montreal on October 27, 2010 for the first ever laughter competition — Le Grand Championnat de Rire de Montreal. Comedy contests are common, however this will be the world’s first televised laughing contest. The contest was inspired by my documentary Laughology, currently distributed by The Disinformation Company, in which I demonstrate that people can laugh spontaneously by using various "active laughter" techniques. Contestants across Quebec will compete in diabolical laughter competitions, contagious laughter face-offs, and competitive laughter duels to see who will be crowned the "Best Laugher in Quebec.” The show is a pilot for an eventual international laughter competition to demonstrate that laughter could itself be a competitive sport. The Championnat is a based on the revolutionary concept that because laughter is contagious: laughing makes people laugh. It involves games designed to produce natural contagious laughter. The whole event is also being filmed for Rire Extreme, a documentary for CANAL D. I got the idea for my documentary Laughology after meeting Doug Collins, an American who is said to have the most contagious laugh in the world: I believe that because of Quebec’s tradition of Joie de Vivre and Quebec may have laughers who are as good or better than Collins. This summer Laughter contests where held at major Quebec festivals, including le Festival du Grand Rire in Quebec, The Western Festival of St. Tite and le Festival de Poutine du Drummonville. The winners of those contests have been invited to the Championnat which takes place at in Montreal in a special ring. We really found some extraordinary laughers. I’m afraid to imagine what happens when we get them all in the same room. I hope that the idea of a laughter competition is to spread the positive, healthy emotions of laughter. And I'm trying to prove that laughter could be a competitive sport. Contestants are coming from around Quebec however, we have left one spot open for one last great laugher. Auditions will be held on Oct 27th at Salla Rossa at 5 p.m. Please email hey@laughology.info. to be put on the list.
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Waiting For Superman: Good Luck, Going to Public School, Kids Today! (Parents Take Notice.)

SupermanAs a product of the public school system in the Great State of New York, this film is well overdue. Everyone, please watch this. If you attended public school in any state in the U.S. I think you know what I mean. And if you have kids, please, at least watch at least a minute into this trailer. You will realize the filmmaker's intent. The public school education system is BROKEN .... if you're working within it, please speak out and join the effort to reform it. I knew something wasn't right as a child in the system, but what the hell do kids really know? Time to make a change,
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Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

Peter Joseph has created another sequel to the ever-popular Zeitgeist. Entitled Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, the movie will be released in 60+ countries and in 20+ languages starting January 15th 2011. Here's the official description:
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, by director Peter Joseph, is a feature length documentary work which will present a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter will transcend the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical "life ground" attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a "Resource-Based Economy".
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Lunch Line: The School Lunch Debate

LUNCH LINE reframes the school lunch debate through an examination of the program's surprising past, present, and possible future. Senators, Secretaries of Agriculture, entrepreneurs, and activists from all sides of the hunger and school lunch reform debates add top-down perspective to a bottom-up film about the American political process, its future health and welfare, and the realities of feeding more than 31 million children a day.
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Pirate Radio Cranks Up the Volume for Documentary

Pirate Radio USAVia Joe Nolan's Insomnia: Hello friends. This weekend I discovered an entertaining and eye-opening pirate radio documentary online: Pirate Radio USA. Given the post-Clinton legalization of media monopolies, the subject of pirate radio has once again become a hot-button topic. Pirate radio broadcasters use homemade technologies to take over radio frequencies, broadcasting without licenses, outside of FCC rules and regulations. Pirate radio has become a form of civil disobedience. The various subjects of the documentary fight directly against the corporate media by simply "stealing" FM bandwidth to broadcast their radical, rocking messages. Of course, the irony is that the airwaves above the United States are owned exclusively by the public. How can you steal what you already own?
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