Montpellier, France, 2000
Visual Futurist Syd Mead ("Blade Runner," "Aliens," "Tron") reflects upon the nature of creativity and how it drives the future.
Our memory is dissipating. Hard drives only last five years, a webpage is forever changing and there’s no machine left that reads 15-year old floppy disks. Digital data is vulnerable. Yet entire libraries are shredded and lost to budget cuts, because we assume everything can be found online. But is that really true? For the first time in history, we have the technological means to save our entire past, yet it seems to be going up in smoke. Will we suffer from collective amnesia? This VPRO Backlight documentary tracks down the amnesiac zeitgeist starting at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, whose world-famous 250-year old library was lost to budget cuts. The 400.000 Books were saved from the shredder by Ismail Serageldin, director of the world-famous Library of Alexandria, who is turning the legendary library of classical antiquity into a new knowledge hub for the digital world. Images as well as texts risk being lost in this ‘Digital Dark Age’. In an old McDonald’s restaurant in Mountain View, CA, retired NASA engineer Dennis Wingo is trying to retrieve the very first images of the moon. Upstate New York, Jason Scott has founded The Archive Team, a network of young activists that saves websites that are at risk of disappearing forever. In San Francisco, we visit Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive that’s going against the trend to destroy archives, and the Long Now Foundation, which has put the long-term back on the agenda by building a clock that only ticks once a year and should last 10,000 years, in an attempt to reconnect with generations thousands of years from now. Directed by Bregtje van der Haak / produced by VPRO Backlight, The Netherlands You can watch the Dutch episode here: http://tegenlicht.vpro.nl/afleveringe... For broadcast rights: www.nposales.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
The documentary chronicling the filmmaker's failed attempt to bring the science fiction novel to the big screen.
Gizmo is a documentary about oddball inventions and inventors from the 20th century.Howard Smith`s 1977 documentary about improbable inventions compiles old newsreel footage of wacky inventions in action, (or inaction as the case may be), as well as some inventors` physical quirks and others` daring deeds in "bringing their invention to market," all for your enjoyment. Gizmo! is an irresistible collection of newsreel footage chronicling the inventive spirit in America. We are treated to some of the strangest inventions ever concocted by man, as well as a few forgotten contraptions that seem to make a great deal of sense. Naturally, filmmaker Howard Smith does not let slip the opportunity of showing the inventors at their most foolish, so once again those ubiquitous shots of collapsing one-man airplanes and malfunctioning jet-powered backpacks are trotted out.
After his older brother Victor died in Berlin, Cristian (17) decides to make a documentary about his family and his brother's best friends. How do they feel? How do they deal with the death of someone so close to them?
Inspired by the home videos I made since the late eighties, in this, my first feature film and/or mockumentary, I 'kill' myself to interview my family and my best friends from Chile and Germany, exploring the acting skills of non actors and the line between fiction and documentary.
The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities.
But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world's most influential creators of the digital era. presspauseplay.com @presspauseplay Facebook: on.fb.me/y4gEK1
Duration: 58 min.
Directed by John Hughes
One way street explores the life and work of German Jewish critic and philosopher, Walter Benjamin, who died escaping the Gestapo in 1940. Although Benjamin's work is little known in this country, he is regarded in Europe as one of the most influential figures in 20th Century thought.
One way street provides clear and accessible introductions to some of the central ideas in Benjamin's writings. Expert commentary from a range of English scholars situate Benjamin's work in the context of their time and evoke a sense of the excitement that his work has generated. A heightened visual style, montage structure and strong musical treatments correspond in evocative and powerful ways with the concerns and the strategies of Benjamin himself.
Extract of a documentary about Olafur Eliasson.
Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results.
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The Atomic Cafe craftily captures a panicked nation, offering a fascinating and witty account of life during the atomic age and resulting cold war
Art and copy is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time.. http://artandcopyfilm.org
Trente ans apres la fermeture de la colonie miniere de Schefferville, les Innus, apres avoir pris possession de la ville abandonnee par les non autochtones, font face a un nouveau defi : la reouverture des mines de fer...
Cattelan is the court jester of the art world and the cartoonist of Conceptualism. Denied permission to meet and interview the artist, Ben brings Cattelan's sculptures to life and sends them on missions to put questions to the artist and his doubles.
Les 4 saisons d'Espigoule est une comedie francaise realisee par Christian Philibert, sortie en 1999 et tournee dans la commune varoise de Ginasservis (qui prend pour l'occasion le faux nom d'Espigoule).
After discovering that the Kodak factory in Chalon-sur-Saone, France, was closing its film production facility, Dean obtained permission to document the manufacture of film at the factory with the soon-to-be obsolete medium itself. http://www.ubu.com/film
Matthew Barney makes art on a Hollywood scale with videos, sculptures, photographs and drawings. His Cremaster Cycle - the art world's answer to Star Wars - generated queues at the Guggenheim in New York. Video from http://www.ubu.com
the acclaimed hijacking documentary that eerily foreshadowed 9-11. We meet the romantic skyjackers who fought their revolutions and won airtime on the passenger planes of the 1960's and 1970's. By the 1990's, such characters were apparently no more...
A documentary about art, design, street art with Ed Templeton, Margaret Kilgallen, Geoff McFetridge, Mike Mills, Shepard Fairey http://www.beautifullosers.com/
The NO!SPEC campaign: Serves as a vehicle to unite those who support the notion that spec work devalues the potential of design and ultimately does a disservice to the client.
Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year) as part of a larger conversation about the way type
8 BIT is a hybrid documentary examining the influence of video games on contemporary culture.