Archive for the ‘Documentary’ Category

NZIFF 2015!!! DOCUMENTARIES:

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

It’s a wondrous time of year for intensive knowledge gathering and world-illuminating mind expansion – the New Zealand International Film Festival is in town!

Once again there are too many great looking films for most of us to catch them all, but to help narrow down the list here are the initial recommendations of one keen documentary enthusiast: (& they’re selling out so it may pay to >>book quick!<<)

THE LOOK OF SILENCE

This is the companion film to ‘The Act of Killing’ and rounds out a pair of truly world-changing documentaries of the highest artistic calibre and political potency. They relate to the anti-communist ‘purge’ in Indonesia in the 60s which killed upwards of 500,000 people and whose perpetrators remain in power today.

This is a must see, including Q&A with the director, Joshua Oppenheimer, who can also be heard discussing the films in this recent RNZ interview:


BELIEF: THE POSSESSION OF JANET MOSES

“This impressive doco disperses the fog of shame and sensationalism to shed light on the tragedy that made international headlines in 2007 when a young Wainuiomata woman died during a mākutu lifting.” >MORE INFO<


THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER

“A Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life by revealing it, amid growing clouds of revolution and war.” > MORE INFO <


THE PRICE OF PEACE

“There’s an enlightening and moving portrait of Tūhoe activist, artist and kaumātua Tame Iti at the heart of Kim Webby’s film about the trial of the ‘Urewera Four’ and its aftermath. She outlines the perils of surveillance in her account of the trial, in which Iti and three others were accused of plotting terrorist activities” > MORE INFO <

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RED ARMY

“A sports doc for people who don’t give a damn about sports” – and produced by Werner Herzog, so you know it’s good. > MORE INFO <

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GOING CLEAR:
SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

Scientology exposed! This is gold. > MORE INFO <


CARTEL LAND

“A gripping, nuanced look at two different responses to the ongoing violence and death strewn by the vicious drug cartels plaguing both sides of the Mexican/American border” – Tim Grierson, Paste > MORE INFO <

A recent interview with the director, Matthew Heineman:

This list will grow…

LAND OF THE LONG WHITE STAIN

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

The Lumiere Reader have released an online music-documentary featuring Seth Frightening, Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing, Shab Orchestra and I.E.Crazy as they tour the country. A “contemplative ode to a brood of genre-bending Auckland musicians”. Stream here & get further insights below:

“While the songs themselves are the heroes of the story, behind-the-scenes footage permits a glimpse into the processes and world-views of a group of fiercely creative individuals whose work falls outside the ever-constrictive paradigms of popular music in New Zealand.” – Claire Duncan, writer & director.

Zac Arnold of RNZ’s Music 101 spoke with Claire to discuss the difficulties of capturing the essence of live performance and what it means to be a musician on the margins:

Also, keep your eye out for more in Lumiere’s web-series covering pockets of New Zealand’s underground print and cinema scenes > http://video.lumiere.net.nz

END OF THE ALPHABET RECORDS ON RNZ // BRUCE RUSSELL DOCO

Monday, July 20th, 2015

FANZ, Live at Pyramid Club
Cover for FANZ, Live at the Pyramid Club

The New Zealand-based noise label End of the Alphabet Records hit the ground running with their release of the Nofi Rainbow Vol.1 compilation featuring NZ sound-art legends the likes of Bruce Russell, Peter Wright, Campbell Kneale and Antony Milton amongst a host of up & comers late last year. Since then they’ve had a prolific release schedule that’s showing no signs of slowing.

Label founder, Noel Meek, and artists Antony Milton & Fergus Nelson Moores (Mischancerie) spoke with Craig Hayes of the trusty Radio New Zealand about their impetus & ideas around sound. Stream it here:


Related content – an insider’s documentary on Bruce Russell of The Dead C, by his daughter, Olive:

SONOROUS CIRCLE FEATURED ON RADIO NZ!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Thanks to Samuel Flynn Scott and the lovely folks at Radio New Zealand‘s Music 101 for putting this together and broadcasting it to the nation! Featuring interviews with Womb, Paperghost and I.Ryoko. Stream below.

Womb
Charlotte Forrester, aka Womb

“Record labels are machines of hype, or at least they used to be. Some labels seem to exist for more esoteric reasons. Bring the right music together under the same label and strange alchemy can happen. Samuel Scott certainly found that to be the case at Sonorous Circle.”

Want more? Check out Music 101 for their amazing range of new music insights!

SUPPORT DOCUMENTARY CREATION! : WAIHOROTIU

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Wanna help this documentary team film a river buried under Auckland’s Queen St for two centuries?

“In this portrait of our urban surroundings we pay homage to the waterways buried under the Auckland CBD only to discover that though having spent two centuries intombed in our sewer pipes, polluted and degraded, the river Waihorotiu still flows.”

MORE INFO & DONATIONS: boosted.org.nz/projects/waihorotiu

LOADING DOCS: loadingdocs.net/2015films

MISCELLANY : 25.03.14

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

SUPPORT LOOMIO!
Loomio is a free and open-source, collaborative decision-making tool that could do wonders for the world, and it is currently being developed by some amazing people in Wellington. They’re running a crowd-funding campaign to raise development funds and have so far raised over $38,000 (with a goal of $100,000 and 22 days to go). Investigate, donate to a worthy cause and change the world for the better!

love.loomio.org/real-democracy-needs-to-include-everyone


SHOW IN WELLINGTON THIS FRIDAY:
The show starts at 9.15 with i.ryoko – and short sets to fit in the five acts by midnight!

GV AT PUPS
Poster by Lily Paris West


TIM PREBBLE – THE MUSIC OF SOUND:
This is a mini-documentary made by Wellington’s master sound-designer, Tim Prebble (with the help of cinematographer Ian Powell), made during his Auckland Regional Council residency at Little Huia. Tim also runs a reliably fascinating blog called The Music of Sound – worth a peruse!

DOCUMENTARY: ‘LOCKED UP WARRIORS’

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

This is a really good documentary on a subject that is rarely covered in the New Zealand media:

“New Zealand ranks as one of the world’s most peaceful countries in the Global Peace Index every year. Yet despite a strong reputation for social justice and equality, the South Pacific nation has the second highest rate of imprisonment in the western world.”

Read more on Al Jazeera

MISCELLANY 28.11.13

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

I think the following videos are somewhat of a western cultural zeitgeist – all are considered ‘entertainment’ to a greater or lesser degree, but all reflect a world in serious and complex conflict. There is hope in that at least these ideas are coming out to play in the mainstream.

Firstly, an artfully made music video seemingly about the interplay of power, royalty, weapons, armies, sex, gender, industry, money, cars, people, dance music, science, research, beaurocracy and entertainment, etc:

Gesaffelstein | Pursuit from DIVISION on Vimeo.

The next one is political entertainment gold! Comedian, Russell Brand, gets one over the establishment on a highly circulated interview for British television:

Paxman: “I’m not having a go at you because you want a revolution. Many people want a revolution. I’m asking what it would be like!”

Brand: “Well I think what it won’t be like is a huge disparity between rich and poor where 300 Americans have the same amount of wealth as the 85 million poorest Americans, where there is an exploited and underserved underclass that are being continually ignored, where welfare is slashed while (David) Cameron and Osborne go to court to defend the right of bankers to continue receiving their bonuses!”

Hopefully the issues raised are discussed, rather than being drowned in the spectacle. Though as Brand admits – and it’s hard to disagree – “The people that govern us don’t want an active population who are politically engaged, they want passive consumers distracted by the spectacle of which I accept I am a part.” (Brand in an article for the Guardian).

… And (deeper we go!) here are “two fanatics and a liberal” – Julian Assange (the ‘cypherpunk’ & founder of Wikileaks who remains effectively trapped inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London after 500+ days inside to avoid extradition to Sweden for questionable sex offences) interviews “an intellectual superstar, the Slovenian Philosopher, Slavoj Zizek – a former anti-communist dissident now turned self-described communist.” Along with David Horowitz, “a former left-wing radical and Black Panther ally, now a firey right-wing Zionist.”_”…We shout, rant & talk calmly about Nazi’s and Palestinians, Black Panthers and Israelis, of Obama, Romney and Stalin.” Madness:

No one can deny these are crazy times! You couldn’t have scripted this stuff (maybe Black Mirror could), but of course there’s even a Hollywood movie about some of it – The 5th Estate, which Assange has described as “opportunistic and hostile….a geriatric snooze fest doomed for failure.”. Maybe it’s best pirated – the cypherpunks would want it that way… hah.

DOCUMENTARY: BLACKFISH

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

I never finished my 2013 film festival recommendations! Here’s another, more to come…

“Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.”

blackfishmovie.com

And the article that inspired the doco > here

THE SOURCE FAMILY // HANNAH ARENDT

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

More Film Festival recommendations: