This unpredictable and fluid musical film by Jem Cohen is less a documentary about the punk band Fugazi and more a visual interpretation of the group’s artistic efforts. Energetically charged live performances, studio sessions and atypical fan interviews combine for a one-of-a-kind, mixed format piece.
The film dives right in and effectively captures the spirit, if not the story, of the band from minute one.
“Secrets In Plain Sight" is an awe inspiring exploration of great art, architecture, and urban design which skillfully unveils an unlikely intersection of geometry, politics, numerical philosophy, religious mysticism, new physics, music, astronomy, and world history.
Exploring key monuments and their positions in Egypt, Stonehenge, Jerusalem, Rome, Paris, London, Edinburgh, Washington DC, New York, and San Francisco brings to light a secret obsession shared by pharaohs, philosophers and kings; templars and freemasons; great artists and architects; popes and presidents, spanning the whole of recorded history up to the present time.
As the series of videos reveals how profound ancient knowledge inherited from Egypt has been encoded in units of measurement, in famous works of art, in the design of major buildings, in the layout of city streets and public spaces, and in the precise placement of obelisks and other important monuments upon the Earth, the viewer is led to perceive an elegant harmonic system linking the human body with the architectural, urban, planetary, solar, and galactic scales.
Linotype: The Film is a feature-length documentary centered around the Linotype type casting machine. Called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Thomas Edison, it revolutionized printing and society.The film tells the surprisingly emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world.
The Dream Machineis the longest, most comprehensive documentary about the history of computing ever produced, but since its release in 1992, it’s become virtually extinct. Out of print and never released online, the only remaining copies are VHS tapes floating around school libraries or in the homes of fans who dubbed the original shows when they aired.
It’s a whirlwind tour of computing before the Web, with brilliant archival footage and interviews with key players — several of whom passed away since the filming. Jointly produced by WGBH Boston and the BBC, it originally aired in the UK as The Dream Machine before its U.S. premiere in January 1992. Its broadcast was accompanied by a book co-written by the documentary’s producer Jon Palfreman.
Sufjan Stevens has contributed music to MAKE, a documentary about four self-taught outsider artists from directors Scott Ogden and Malcolm Hearn. Stevens’ 2010 album The Age of Adz was inspired by the documentary. The cover of the album is a painting by Prophet Royal Robertson, one of the artists featured in the film, and Stevens also partially built the album around Robertson’s life story. On June 21, Stevens’ label Asthmatic Kitty will release MAKE on DVD.
Besides Robertson, the film also profiles fellow outsider artists Hawkins Bolden, Judith Scott, and Ike Morgan. In a press release, Stevens calls the film “a beautiful and insightful look at the sublime task of making art when nothing else will do.”
An inspiring 75min DIY documentary film on new art and the young artists behind it. Directed by Isaac Niemand, and produced by ROJO® in collaboration with BossaNovaFilms, it was all filmed on the heat of live action at ®Nova Contemporary Culture which happened in July and August 2010, in MIS-Museum of Image and Sound, and SESC Pompeia, in São Paulo, Brazil.