Mock up on Mu

  • 110'
  • USA
  • 2008
Years after the masterful films Spectres of the Spectrum and Sonic Outlaws, there's another new found-footage spectacle film by the master of the narrative collage, Craig Baldwin. For those not familiar with his approach, he constructs his films using an extensive collection of found film material from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s from various scientific, informative and obscure Hollywood films. Scenes and fragments that reflect the paranoia of that age are combined with fiction shot in a matching style in order to create a hybrid film universe of science fiction, pulp and underground culture.
In Mock up on Mu, several real figures from the American West Coast subculture play the leading roles: Jack Parsons, prototype crazy scientist and inventor of rocket fuel, L. Ron Hubbard, SF writer and later founder of Scientology, and Marjorie Cameron, beatnik artist and mother of the new-age movement, with in the background their shared relationship with the occultism of Aleister Crowley. Baldwin forges all these mainly true stories into a hyperbolic allegory about increasing militarism in space and the commercial sell-out of the personal yearning for interpretation and leisure. (EvtH)

Director
Craig Baldwin
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
110'
Medium
DV cam NTSC
Language
English
Producer
Craig Baldwin
Production Company
Other Cinema
Sales
Other Cinema
Screenplay
Craig Baldwin
Cinematography
Bill Daniel
Editor
Sylvia Schedelbauer
Production Design
Lars Auvinen
Sound Design
Sylvia Schedelbauer
Music
Trip Tech
Cast
Michelle Silva
Website
http://othercinema.com/archive/mainframe.html