Archive for October, 2009
Ladyfest (2009, 46 MB, 4:39 min)
Second in Sebastian Hernandez’ neat documentary series on DIY/alternative lifestyles.
I like the genuine respect & empathy Hernandez shows for his subjects, which doesn’t,
however, preclude honest & three dimensional film-making.
Once again Hernandez’ technical skills are evident (But not in a look at me! kind of way)
In particular I love the jumpy camera work/edit in the second interview, which manages to be
aesthetically pleasing without detracting from the actual substance of the interview – indeed
it adds to it.
Looking forward very much to seeing the third!
Bowl (2009, 2 MB, 1:52 min)
Bowl/Glass (2009, 2 MB, 1:01 min)
Bowl/Flower/Vase (2009, 3 MB, 57 secs)
Little River (2009, 2 MB, 1:00 min)
Recommended to us by the sublime Sam Renseiw who,
when he speaks, we listen.
Nonetheless I had some difficulties in coming to grips with this.
Sam tells me it relates to some current You Tube thing whereby people
throw ping-pong balls into various receptacles with a high degree of accuracy.
Clearly I should stay in more.
So…in this case the balls are substituted by a species of cookie, apparently
known in Denmark as ‘chamberlains’.
(I asked Sam exactly what a chamberlain was.
“Chamberlains is an odd translation of ‘kammerjunker’ that
can both be a chamberlain and danish cookie/biscuit.
It is usually consumed in summer with “koldsk
The Yes Men Fix The World (2009, 37 MB, 2:30 min)
Coming to theaters in October, The Yes Men – Fix The World.
They have an unusual hobby: posing as top executives
of corporations they hate. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits,
the Yes Men lie their way into business conferences and parody their
corporate targets in ever more extreme ways – basically doing everything
that they can to wake up their audiences to the danger of letting greed run our world.
More vids here and here.
Kissin’ (2009, 29 MB, 2:11 min)
Doing what it says on the tin (unless you were anticipating a Russian concert pianist),
a vid both charming & solidly made from Shawn Kornhauser & Nick Sullivan
which somehow transcends its premise -“A Video About Being Young” ,
which it clearly is, but it feels like they’ve captured more &
this has something to do with the subtle, but nonetheless
crucial, use of sound which really opens the whole thing out.
Woodworms I (2009, 8 MB, 26 sec.)
Wind & Styrofoam I (2009, 10 MB, 29 sec.)
A couple of installations by Swiss artist Zimoun.
Woodworms I is a sound installation based on live sounds
of woodworms. In Wind & Styrofoam I, 5 stations generate
unpredictable movements of Styrofoam balls.
Truth or Consequences (2009, 90 MB, 10:03 min)
Very nicely made and engaging documentary, first of three,
all of which we hope to feature here, by Sebastian Hernandez,
amply fulfilling earlier promise.
Technically this work is even more assured.
I have to say personally I preferred the politics of his earlier work.
(Not that I assume Hernandez views are necessarily to be identified with
those of his subjects, so, to put it better, I preferred the folks
in the earlier movies)
There’s more context here.
Plane Days (Excerpt, 2009, 6 MB, 1:22 min)
“Old friends. Young friends. Lovers and loners.
They all wait, hoping, to see something they