Lucky to catch six films this year! Here we go:
Werner Herzog's take on the impact the internet has had on the world via ten short stories. Great subjects which were mostly explored on the surface. Light entertainment for potentially heavy subject matter - ***/5
Unexpectedly tense and riveting exploration into an unusual company behind an online tickling fetish empire. Unbelievably insane and brave - ****/5
A rare inside look into the everyday lives of North Koreans through the guise of a propaganda film shoot. Great for those fascinated by the whole "North Korea" thing. HAIL GREAT LEADER KIM JONG-UN - ***/5
Richard Linklater's 80s "Dazed and Confused" follows a college freshman getting up to what college kids get up to as he moves into his baseball fraternity house the weekend before college starts. Fun and surprisingly profound - ****/5
Follows Mo'Wax record label boss James Lavelle signing DJ Shadow and the ups and downs of his ambitious UNKLE project. A little self-indulgent but great for those keen for an insight into a chapter of the trip-hop/ progressive hip hop scene. ***/5
Follows three aging residents of Westbeth Artist Housing in NYC still pursuing their artistic ambitions and dreams. Inspiring and heart-breaking - ***/5
Had to be a bit strategic this year with how I fit everything into the schedule; frontloaded the interactive program considering there was some work-related stuff and had to consider a few colleagues who joined me, then catching up on all the films in the second half of the festival once I had some time to myself. By then, it was already challenging trying to start and fit a lot of the films in and had to really let go of a few I really wanted to check out - hopefully they'll get showings or distribution locally or online.
Sad tale of the arrest of the guy behind the Silk Road - similar in vein to the Internet's Own Boy, but probably not as noble...
Cute recount of a American-Korean girl finding and connecting with her separated-at-birth twin sister. Nice fluff piece, and great for the younger generation.
Following the nuances and tales of a barge crew - beautifully shot and extremely intimate.
Trailer isn't available - solid recount of the rise and fall of Tower Records. Can see where Australia's JB Hi-Fi came from...
For the Record
Stenotyping. That is all.
Following the legalisation of marijuana in Colorado, The Denver Post launches the first editor dedicated to the subject matter.
Brilliant short, in a "Steve-Buscemi-in-Billy-Madison" sorta way.
The full film is 61 minutes long of high fps bliss
Stuart Turner, aka Claude Speee, paired his ominous and droney track Some Other Guy with Peter Marsden's explorations of New York after dark. Result below - I recommend headphones and a large screen.
A documentary about a guy who pieces together Vivian Maier's story after uncovering tens of thousands of her amazing photo negatives of candid street life that never got to see the light of day until after she passed away.
A lot of the photos featured in the movie were brilliant.
Flying Lotus never fails to impress with his album teaser videos.
Case in point here for "You're Dead".
Full album stream here via Spotify:
Very solid line-up this year! I haven't had much luck on a good film this year so I'm looking forward to potentially breaking this dry-spell. Aside from my usual penchant for their short film program, we have: living off the grid, the history of teenagers, Slint, Arabs in America, weird Japanese shit and the search for the little Filipino 007.
WHY DONT YOU PLAY IN HELL
THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG
This one was hitting a bit too close to home - living with a terribly packed garage warehouse, running off the adrenaline of the one-hit wonder and the reality of how unglamorous it all is.
It never gets any easier rewatching this
To those who have had the misfortune of ever seeing me dance, my apologies.
This is what is going through my head most of the time.
I remember watching this when I was 7 and thinking, "whoah". The chanting monks and Puyi's "mama!" still echoes in my head to this very day.
Like when I'm out grocery shopping with friends. Or in the middle of a pleasant meal.
I've uploaded my second poorly edited video of my travels when Liana joined me for a bit while I was in New York.
We really don't get up to much at all.
You can check out my first video here where I follow my host Terri around.