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Film of the Week

Realms of the Unreal: The Story of Henry Darger, Artist and Writer.

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Henry Joseph Darger, Jr. (ca. April 12, 1892 – April 13, 1973) was a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a custodian in Chicago, Illinois.[1] He has become famous for his posthumously-discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story.

Documentary on Michael Landy’s Kaldor Public Art Project #24, Acts of Kindness. Below is Episode 1 of 2, about Landy and his latest art project, Acts of Kindness. To view the second episode, see the side bar of this video. Also, see this link for more news and videos on this wonderful project.

<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/26708274?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0″ width=”400″ height=”225″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/26708274″>Michael Landy Episode 1</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user6025992″>Kaldor Public Art Projects</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

What Would Jesus Buy?

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read my article on the “Church of Stop Shopping”( Dec. 2010 “The Agora”)

Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping, Official Site

The Church of Earthalujah is a New York City based radical performance community, with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. They are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters, earth loving urban activists who have worked with communities on 4 continents defending land, life and imagination from reckless development and the extractive imperatives of global capital. They employ multiple tactics and creative strategies, including cash register exorcisms, retail interventions, cell phone operas combined with grass roots organizing and media activism. They are entertainers and artists, performing regularly throughout The US and Europe.

“We are avid media makers, with two full length professionally produced CD’s, 3 documentaries films, including What Would Jesus Buy produced by Morgan Spurlock, which played on 125 screens in the US and European television. An earlier film, Preacher With an Unknown God won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Bill Talen has published 2 books (What Should I Do If Reverend Billy is In My Store and What Would Jesus Buy) with two others forthcoming in the next 18 months. We produced eight 28-minute television shows, The Last Televangelist, and broadcast them on cable and community access TV stations across the country. Our post-religious church is the subject of a small revolution on the Internet, where anti-consumerist fans have posted more than a thousand homemade Reverend Billy You Tube films of actions and shows”. Church of Earhalugah

“The future has already happened”. William Gibson

Cyberpunk – 1990
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Part 2
Part 3
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Part 5

A must-see. Marianne Trench’s campy, kinetic documentary about the cyberpunk phenomenon blends practical technological and medical hacks with philosophical forward-thinking about the often-cybernetically expanded boundaries of our humanness. Learned commentary by luminaries like William Gibson and Timothy Leary is augmented by interviews with actual hackers and anonymous computer criminals, creating a composite essay about our increasingly internet-dependent experience that is as important today as it was in 1990 when the film was created. Claire Donner

One Millionth Tower- 2011
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The highrise re-imagined.

One Millionth Tower re-imagines a universal thread of our global urban fabric — the dilapidated highrise neighbourhood. More than one billion of us live in vertical homes, most of which are falling into disrepair. Highrise residents, together with architects, re-envision their vertical neighbourhood, and animators and web programmers bring their sketches to life in this documentary for the contemporary web browser.

The result of this unique collaboration is a lush visual story unfolding in a 3D virtual environment. Visitors explore how participatory urban design can transform spaces, places and minds.learn more

Eat The Rich- 1988
http://www.indiemoviesonline.com/watch-movies/eat-the-rich
Eat the Rich is Peter Richardson’s 1987 British comedy, from the team behind the popular television series The Comic Strip Presents….
The film stars Al Pillay, and features a number of cameos, including appearances from the likes of Miranda Richardson and Nigel Planer as vile DHSS clerks, Robbie Coltrane, Rik Mayall as a union boss, Paul McCartney, Shane MacGowan, Jennifer Saunders, Jimmy Fagg, Kathy Burke, Koo Stark, Dawn French, Bill Wyman, Jools Holland, Hugh Cornwell, Adrian Edmondson, Angela Bowie and Lemmy.

The film begins in a high-class London restaurant named ‘Bastards’, where the protagonist, Alex (Alan Pellay), works. Alex, a disgruntled waiter, is subject to daily contempt and disgust of the upper-class customers, and gets fired for being obnoxious and rude to the clientele. After witnessing an act of terrorism on an embassy…

All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace-

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace from science2art on Vimeo.

This is a story about the rise of the machines, and how they made us beleive we could create a stable world that would last forever. Its a strange story, and it starts with a strange woman in the 1950’s in New York

Underground Documentary- The Weathermen
Underground-Documentary about the Weathermen
no revolution can take place successfully without an armed confrontation with the state.” Weathermen

With the recent Occupy Movements so prominent in the news, it seemed like an excellent time to show this 1976 Documentary about the uprising caused by the militant faction of the Students for a Democratic Society.

Underground is a 1976 documentary film about the Weathermen, the militant faction of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) who fought to overthrow the U.S. government during the 1960’s and 1970’s. The film consists of interviews with members of the group after they went underground and footage of the anti-war and civil rights protests during this time period. It was directed by Emile de Antonio, Haskell Wexler and Mary Lampson, who were subpoenaed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an attempt to confiscate the film footage in order to gain information that would help them arrest the Weathermen.

Underground combines interviews with and archival footage of the Weathermen to provide a picture of this group, their opinions on American society, and their hopes for the future. The filmmakers use the material from their interactions with the Weathermen Bill Ayers, Kathy Boudin, Bernadine Dohrn, Jeff Jones and Cathy Wilkerson to structure its exploration of the formation and direction of the group. The film begins by presenting images and words that describe the Weathermen’s process of being radicalized in the 1960’s through the Civil Rights Movement, the anti-war movement, and communist revolutionary struggles in Cuba, Russia and China, as well as historical struggles in the United States over Native American Rights and labor issues. The film moves on to discuss the Weathermen’s analysis of American society, addressing those who have inspired them, and further explaining the reasons behind their militancy, while also introducing the issue of tactics. The final section of the film addresses the group’s use of property destruction as a way to bring about change and destabilize the current, and in their view, corrupt system. They state that “no revolution can take place successfully without an armed confrontation with the state.” While the radicals themselves are reluctant to discuss the specifics of their bombings due to their unstable position as underground fugitives, the filmmakers provide us with a list of actions which they have undertaken. Underground provides an intimate look at the inner workings of the Weather Underground, and we see their discomfort with being filmed, their strong internal collective identity, and their isolation from society at large. The filmmakers do not use the interviews and juxtaposed images to promote the group or support their actions, and it is apparent that their motives for the film differ from those of the subjects that they are presenting. In the end this film provides an unprecedented look at how a bunch of middle-class Americans became self-styled militant revolutionaries, raising questions not only about the merits of their struggle, but also about past and future radical actions. –Wikipedia

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