Waking Life (Richard Linklater)

10 05 2010

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Waking Life is a digitally enhanced American live-action rotoscoped film, directed by Richard Linklater and released in 2001. The entire film was shot using digital video and then a team of artists using computers drew stylized lines and colors over each frame. The film was Fox Searchlight Pictures’ only production using this technique.

The title is a reference to George Santayana’s maxim: “Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.”

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Historical Hip Hop Ephemera

23 02 2010

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WILD STYLE (1983)

Wild Style was the first hip hop motion picture. Released theatrically in 1983 by First Run Features and later re-released for home video by Rhino Home Video, the movie was directed by Charlie Ahearn ( director of the feature films Deadly Art of Survival and Fear of Fiction) and featured Fab Five Freddy, Lee Quinones, the Rock Steady Crew, The Cold Crush Brothers, Patti Astor, Sandra Fabara and Grandmaster Flash.

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BAD MEANING GOOD (1987)

The legendary 1987 BBC Open Space Film by Tim Westwood. Featuring (among others) Pride, Daddy Speedo, Fly Boy Dee, MC Crazy Noddy, London Posse, Trevor Nelson, Sipho, Run DMC, DJ Fingers, Cookie Crew, Wee Papa Girl Rappers





1984 (Film & Novel)

17 02 2010

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Nineteen Eighty-Four (sometimes 1984) is a British film, released in 1984, based upon George Orwell’s novel of the same name, following the life of Winston Smith in Oceania, a country run by a totalitarian government. The film was directed by Michael Radford and stars John Hurt, Richard Burton (in his last film role) and Suzanna Hamilton.

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense, revolutionary opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language and a belief in democratic socialism

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Anima Mundi (1992)

9 02 2010

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Image and music are intertwined in this third collaboration between director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass. The film was produced to celebrate the World Wildlife Fund’s Biological Diversity Campaign. The film combines images of nature with pulsing rhythms in a Microcosmos (1997) meets Koyaanisqatsi (1983) spectacle. (Currently out of print)





Why We Fight (2005 film)

2 02 2010

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Why We Fight (2005), directed by Eugene Jarecki, is a documentary film about the military-industrial complex. The title refers to the World War II-era eponymous propaganda movies commissioned by the U.S. Government to justify their decision to enter the war against the Axis Powers





Anarchism in America (1983)

1 02 2010

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Anarchism in America is a 1983 documentary, directed by Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher, and produced by Pacific Street Films. It has been re-released by AK Press to DVD. The film begins by explaining the filmmakers’ interest in anarchism based on their involvement in the group Transcendental Students while in film school at NYU.





The Environment

31 01 2010

A selection of videos addressing the state of the environment

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Noam Chomsky: Human Destiny

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An Inconvenient Truth

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