The films by this director at IFFR
toxiThropea poetically researches the tense and toxic relationship between humans and nature and exposes our inability to maintain our only biosphere.
The difference between state propaganda, advertising and popular culture can be difficult to distinguish. What is propaganda and how can we recognise it? On these news channels, the general public is invited to watch images from the Internet and television and to form an opinion on what propaganda is today.
Initiated by Mark McElhatten, this realisation of a collective project is a hommage to the originator of the idea, the late Mark Lapore. Compilation programme.
Beast People growl and murmur like zombies on a horror island. During the primitive performances of these noisers from Michigan, the public will be involved physically, against its will. Great effort was put into preserving old video glitches on DVD. At last a DVD with a play-backwards-function and audio comment by drunken teenaged girls!
There aren't any multiple camera angles and you can't feel the wind emanating from the bass speaker and kick drum with this fast-playing, two-man wrecking crew. It's just a camcorder that follows this band, which makes rock music as if it were techno. Planet-flattening sound-waves, equipment breakdowns, cops, bad weather and people in the freezer included.
Strange dredging noises from Holland. 'The Hondenkoekjesfabriek: centre for cutting-edge experiments, waste and artificial stupidity by a demented stuntman, located in a Dutch swamp.' This weird group of counter artists now has a DVD full of extremely trashy experiments, handmade dresses, animations, manipulated documentations and their event called 'Total Security', but a real mess is the clue.
John Fahey, a.k.a. Blind Joe Death, has been called the father of American Primitive Guitar. He brought a force and inventiveness in his compositions and playing that is firmly rooted in country blues and folk traditions. The DVD opens with an interview in the 1969 'Guitar, guitar' TV show. Fahey talks about his sources of inspiration and general thoughts on playing, and then the DVD jumps 27 years to a concert and interview in 1996. His physical appearance has changed but his approach is still the same: the guitar solo pieces are changing every time he plays them.
Several North American video tribes such as Paper Rad, Dear Raindrop, and Devin Flynn put their hands together to make Saturday morning cartoons look like trashy Nazi-programmed oatmeal of consumer misery with this DVD power-pellet. Makes an extra mess of the already chaotic lightning bolt and wolf-eyes-style rock music.
Since 1995, the Livonia, Michigan-based Timestereo group of artists has been making short films (along with all the usual CDs, visual art and performances). They pop popcorn and show their films at their own 'underground cult movie night'. Music goes from His Name Is Alive-like melodies to Detroit-style harsh noise. From tiny paper and clay animation to live-action drama, from nature studies to social experimentation and more, these movies are funny and strange...
World première of the collection of ten 1-minute films made for the well known Viennese film festival, among the makers are Martin Arnold, Peter Tscherkassky, Jonas Mekas and Stan Brakhage.
In the Japanese music world, experimental sound is not far removed from plastic pop music. The music-video-makers are also at home in all markets. A unique selection of Japanese pop promos.
The electronic music industry and the relevant music videos are still often not mainstream. Including videos by Ben Stokes, Tino, Chris Cunningham, Til Obladen, Inez van Lamsweerde.
New York, archetype of the post-modern metropolis, champion in the recycling of the urban image. From Mark Romanek's 'Devil's Haircut' (Beck) to Dom and Nics 'I am Afraid of Americans' (David Bowie).
Long live anonymity, the hippest musicians think. From Gorillaz to Fat Boy Slim and Daft Punk.
Working for imaginative bands like Radiohead and Royksopp, new talents such as Shynola, Run Wrake, Time Hope and Betzebu are creating innovation in music videos. Animation flourishes, particularly with the new potential of digital technologies.
French electronic music engendered a new music-video style: the 'French New Wave'. With Stephane Sednaoui (Mirwais, Jamiroquai), Alex & Martin (Air), Yann (St. Germain).
The music video as a story of dirty films. Unseen and Unclean investigates this grand tradition: from 'Sex Dwarf' (Tim Pope for Soft Cell) to the mainstream sex of 'Taste It' (INXS).