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Lior Shvil – The Kosher Butcher

29th October 2013 by doron
activism | arts | community | conceptual | documentary arts | humor | participatory | performance | politics | video


The Kosher Butcher
The Kosher Butcher (2010, 84MB, 8:56 min.)

“.. Israeli provocateur Lior Shvil presented “The Kosher Butcher,” a darkly humorous commentary on Mideast politics in which he portrays a meatpacking Sweeney Todd.”


Lucy Mills – Simply British

30th March 2013 by michael
activism | arts | event | experimental | historical | identity | observational | place | politics | sports | video



Simply British (2013, 77MB, 4:03 min)

Hi Lucy
I think it’s really good. Who did the Hard Day’s Night remix?
I really like the way it is clearly a powerful comment on lots of things to do with the contrast between Britishness & flag waving and national hubris &c. and the actual situation for many people, but it’s never simply a piece of agit-prop.
At first I thought its slowness in unfolding might be a problem but I like the way it makes us take the time to think, with the various repeated images (like the bus with the slogan on it) but also with different material developing against the background you establish, especially the ever present and heartbreaking Big Issue guy – it turns out to be slow burning as opposed to slow. I also like the 90 degree rotation of some of the stuff and the way that then fits rather nicely into empty-ish spaces in the other “channel”. Great work – congratulations!
michael


Betty Martins – I Wasn’t always Dressed Like This

29th March 2013 by michael
activism | arts | collaboration | community | documentary | education | identity | music | politics | portraiture | trailer | video



I Wasn’t always Dressed Like This [Trailer] (2013, 120MB, 1:42 min)

If the substantive piece (which I gather is about 33 minutes in length) is
anything like as good as this trailer promises it will be stunning.

This has all the hallmarks of the previous piece by Betty Martins – When the Souls Arrive – we posted here : beautifully made, scrupulously attentive to those being observed/interviewed but with its own quite particular gentle and steely authorial stamp.
(I usually hate anthropomorphising art – you know the thing, ‘this piece investigates’ &c. – except here
I am sorely tempted to say that Martin’s work ‘knows how to listen’. Of course what I mean is Martins knows how to listen, carefully and empathetically, and then to re-configure parts of that listening and looking and understanding too as moving image soaked with detail and feeling.)
In addition the subject matter could not be more timely: a broadside of delicate
beauty in the face of bigotry.


The Story of Stuff

20th December 2012 by brittany
activism | animation | documentary arts | education | politics | technology | video



The Story of Stuff (2008, 54.1MB, 21:20)

The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard is a twenty
minute video about waste, recycling, corporations,
and sustainability. Even a radical like me finds it
occasionally heavy-handed, but then, this is serious
stuff. Nicely done, worth the twenty minutes you’d
otherwise spend watching crap TV, no?


Locusts

6th December 2012 by brittany
activism | arts | community | documentary | documentary arts | education | historical | music video | narrative | politics | video



Emergence – Locusts (2008, 233.8MB, 11:19)

From celebrated MC Invincible, a docu-music-video
about the history of gentrification and capitalism’s
destruction of communities in Detroit.
Video features several local activists, including
Grace Lee Boggs and (full disclosure) my good friend
Ron Scott.
This intense collaboration gives me chills every
time I watch it.
I’ll let the rest speak for itself.


The Good Consumer – Neil Boorman

28th November 2012 by brittany
activism | arts | commerce | education | satire | video



The Good Consumer (2008, 18.2MB, 5:27)

In honor of , a satirical video about
being a good consumer. BND falls on Nov. 28 in North
America, but everyone else “celebrates” on Nov. 29.
So this whether this video is right on time for you or
a day early, we’re still pretty sure you will appreciate
the message.
Made by Neil Boorman from Bonfire of the Brands.


Kino Da!

26th November 2012 by michael
activism | archive | arts | documentary arts | education | experimental | historical | observational | politics | portraiture


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Kino Da! (1981, 5.6 MB,1:42 min )

Kino Da! , a wonderful portrait of the poet and communist Jack Hirschman
by the American experimental filmmaker Henry Hills is just one of the Hills films
that can be viewed at . More about Hills and his work see – henryhills.com

PS There is a marvellous DVD of Hill’s work now available. I have a copy and I
unreservedly recommend it. I come back to it time and time again.


Alfonso Cuarón and Naomi Klein – Shock Doctrine

31st October 2012 by brittany
activism | documentary | historical | politics



The Shock Doctrine (2007, 19.1MB, 6:47 min.)

Internet video version of Naomi Klein’s 2007 book, much more than an advertisement.
Heavy.
Hard to watch, as it should be.

‘America’s free market’ policies have come to dominate the world– through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries. {source}

Produced by Klein and Alfonso Cuarón, directed by Jonas Cuarón.


Robb Bradely/Randy Newman – I’m Dreaming of a White President

10th October 2012 by michael
activism | arts | audio | collaboration | community | controversy | humor | music video | performance | politics | remix/mashup | satire | video | YouTube


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I’m Dreaming of a White President (2012, 15MB, 3:16 min)

Great bit of film-making to match a genius song.
But…but…
Of course you want Obama to win just
to wrongfoot the racists et. al. but you
can’t help wishing he’d actually done something
to merit the mad hostility of the rich, the bigots
and the terminally gullible.


The One That Got Away – Marisa Olson

27th September 2012 by doron
activism | arts | community | conceptual | documentary arts | new media art | participatory | performance | satire | tv | video


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The One That Got Away (2005, 19MB, 9:02 min.)

In the Fall of 2004, Marisa Olson gained worldwide attention
while training to audition for American Idol