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Student Filmmakers Thrown into Vaccine/Autism Fray – “Invisible Threat”

All of the controversy only makes me want to watch Invisible Threat more.

via The Los Angeles Times:

Every school day, students at Carlsbad High tune in their classroom televisions to a news show produced by its award-winning broadcast journalism program.

Airing from a well-appointed studio on campus, the report covers topics ranging from final exams to nearby wildfires, delivered by a teenage staff that typically goofs around until the cameras roll and professionalism descends.

Carlsbad High has come to expect a lot from CHSTV, a “signature program,” according to schools Supt. Suzette Lovely.

But no one expected the kind of attention that has lately muzzled one of its most acclaimed works — a short documentary produced by an extracurricular offshoot of the program.

The movie, “Invisible Threat,” bills itself as a report on “the science of disease and the risks facing a society that is under-vaccinated.”

As the students and their advisors prepared to debut it, they found themselves cast as foot soldiers in a long-running immunization war between a small group of activists who argue that vaccines cause autism and the vast majority of physicians and scientists who say they don’t.

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Short Horror Film is Shot Entirely with iPhone 4s: La Boca Del Léon

unnamedThe Mouth of the Lion (La Boca Del Léon) is an interesting answer to the over-saturation of the “found footage” films that we’ve had to endure the past few years. It has that found footage feel, but is rendered in a relatively new way. The film also raises compelling questions about the whole “Skype exorcism” fad, you may or may not have heard about.

Personally, I’m still partial to widescreen films seen in the cinema. But, I always appreciate innovation and am a sucker for the horror genre. Enjoy.

NOTE: The film is roughly 5 minutes long.

via the Press Release:

“The Mouth of the Lion” (La Boca Del Léon) is a story directed by Alfonso García López Madrid and written by Vincent Blonde Catalan under the production of the pop producer GEOFILMS ENTERTAINMENT. Inspired by the real exorcisms of Manual Vatican, the film tells the harrowing story of a father who is obsessed with the world of the dead. One of his macabre games has gone too far, so he decides to make one last call for help.

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EXPLAINED: The Famous Head Explosion in Scanners

If you’ve ever wondered how David Cronenberg and his team managed to create that infamous head explosion in Scanners, you’re in luck. The new Criterion release of Cronenberg’s classic (which is on sale now at Barnes and Noble) contains interviews with the Scanners team who explain how they designed such a realistic portrayal of an exploding head on a limited budget.

The interview was uploaded to YouTube courtesy of the Criterion Collection:

After watching this, special effects supervisor Gary Zeller has earned a place in my “most badass artists” wall of fame.

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The Pope of Trash Interviews the King of Body Horror

Screen shot 2014-06-30 at 1.15.07 PMAbout a week ago the venerable Pope of Trash, John Waters, had a spectacular interview with the King of Body Horror, David Cronenberg. Every year at the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF), John Waters sits down to interview the new “Filmmaker on the Edge” nominee. This year was Cronenberg’s year and the interview was about as awesome as you’d expect.

They discuss Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch and his working relationship with William S. Burroughs, Cronenberg’s genres of “body horror” and “venereal horror,” and his current relationship with horror movies.

Unfortunately this isn’t the entire interview, I couldn’t find one online. Indiewire, however, did a great write-up and you can read that here.

You can skip to about 6:30 for the interview.

DAVID CRONENBERG interviews with John Waters PIFF Provincetown Town Hall from LIPTV 2 on Vimeo.

Some highlighted quotes:

Waters: “We’ve both featured assholes in a special way.”

Cronenberg [In reference to his white sunglasses on the red carpet at Cannes]: “They said I ruled the red carpet.”

Cronenberg [In reference to Naked Lunch]: “It really was a fusion of my DNA and William Burroughs’.”

Waters: “Ever been to a nude beach?

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The Mystic Vision of Julieta Triangular (NSFW)

Julieta Triangular is a fantastic film maker from Santiago, Chile whose psychoactive films compel and inspire.

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Pic: Julia Triangular (C)

Reminiscent of artists like Alejandro Jodorowski and Stanley Kubrick, her style sparks the imagination with a tense juxtaposition of beauty and mania. Her latest work, Bakenti is a fictional-magical short film, an accord with the jungle resting in the Peruvian Amazon. Born from the readings of the Shipibo-Conibo community, the wisdom of indigenous communities, and the supernatural and sacred dimensions of the Earth. Also based on our own reverence and gratitude for the power of Nature, the songs which reside in the heart of each and every human being, which allow us to reconnect with the divine teachings of our ancestors and our guiding plants, such as Ayahuasca.

Find out more about Julieta’s project here.

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New Photography Exhibit: Warhol, Burroughs, Lynch

Warhol, Lynch, BurroughsAndy Warhol is better remembered for his paintings, and even his films, than for the hundreds of photographs he took in the last period of his career. William Burroughs’ legacy counts writing and even painting before his drawn-on photographs. David Lynch is a known cinematic genius who happens to love capturing still images of massive industrial spaces.

Each of these tertiary bodies of work would be fascinating to see on exhibit, but a gallery in England has decided to display photos by all three artists in a trio of contiguous exhibitions. I know, it’s blowing my mind right now. Here’s the word from Channel 4:

They’re three of the key counter-cultural figures of the 20th century: Andy Warhol the pop artist, William Burroughs the cult novelist and the film maker David Lynch.

Now a trio of exhibitions at London’s Photographers’ Gallery shows us another side to these men – the view from behind their stills cameras.Read the rest

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Alejandro Jodorowsky On Creating Your Soul Through The Tarot

Legendary surrealist filmmaker, artist, magician, and tarot card expert Alejandro Jodorowsky reveals how the tarot allows the nature of reality to unfold:
If you use the tarot to see the future, you become a conman, a charlatan. For me the tarot was something more serious. It was a deep psychological search. When you see the tarot, you see that chance exists, that synchronicity exists, everything is linked. When you deeply enter that dimension that i call the dance of reality the world dances around you and gives you what you seek. We need something to help us pass on to another dimension. The creation of an androgynous thought that leads to a superior mind. When you are linked to everyone there are no enemies.
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Kung Fu Movie Genre Inventor Run Run Shaw Dies At 106

run run shawVia the New York Times, pretty much all you could ask for in an eccentric billionaire movie mogul:

Run Run Shaw, the colorful Hong Kong media mogul whose name was synonymous with low-budget Chinese action and horror films — and especially with the wildly successful kung fu genre, which he is largely credited with inventing — died on Tuesday at his home in Hong Kong. He was 106.

Born in China, Mr. Shaw and his older brother, Run Me, were movie pioneers in Asia. In 1924 Run Run and Run Me turned a play called “Man From Shensi” into their first film. In Hong Kong, Run Run Shaw created Shaw Movietown, a complex of studios and residential towers where his actors worked and lived.

Mr. Shaw enjoyed the zany glamour of the Asian media world he helped create. He presided over his companies from a garish Art Deco palace in Hong Kong, a cross between a Hollywood mansion and a Hans Christian Andersen cookie castle.

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