• 2pm. Rock ’n’ Roll...of Corse! (France, 88 min)
The Cannes official selection about Corsican guitarist Henri Padovani, who for a few months in 1977 was a member of the Police, appearing only on the band's first single.
• 4pm. Superstonic Sound: The Rebel Dread (UK, 45 min)
Meet Don Letts, the London-born Jamaican DJ, filmmaker and former Big Audio Dynamite member credited with bringing the dub sound to the London punk movement.
• 6pm. The Ballad of Mott The Hoople (UK, 105 min)
When these Brits reunited in 2009 (inspired by inclusion on the Juno soundtrack) they hadn’t played together in 35 years or spoken in 30. Yet they remain heavily influential.
• 8pm. Bob and the Monster (USA, 89 min)
The story of Bob Forrest, once drug-fueled singer of post-punkers Thelonious Monster, now renowned drug counselor, told by interviews with Flea, Courtney Love and others.
• 10pm. Road Dogs (USA)
Join LA bands Heavenly Trip to Hell, Kettle Cadaver, and the Peppermint Creeps as they bring their outrageous live show out on an American tour. Watch how the locals react.
• 7pm. Upside Down: The Creation Records Story (UK, 101 min)
The story of the UK label that gave us some of THE defining music of the late 20th century, like Oasis, Primal Scream, Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.
• 9pm. No Fun City (Canada, 84 min)
A passionate tale about Vancouver’s tight-knit music scene and its ongoing battle against irate neighbours, police raids, evictions, deportation, lawsuits, and even city hall.
• 11pm. High on Hope (UK, 72 min)
For the 20th anniversary of acid house, this film tells how it grew from small warehouse parties in north England to being THE mass youth cult of the end of the 20th century.
Let Him Eat Bread, 2008
Combining visual memories, which are detached from their own “reality”, the film Let him eat Bread extends the genre of documentary to question its own impossibility. Examining the tasks of framing as an act of transmission and connection, the film merges footage from Al Jazeera, clippings from different radio interviews, and quotes from diverse texts. The title of the film Let him eat Bread, taken from a New York Times article about noise pollution in the city of Cairo, refers to a metaphorical Arabic phrase which ultimately remains untranslatable, remaining foreign in itself. It revolves around the association, acceleration, compression, and prolongation of film-time as well as the manipulation and accentuation of the picture frame.
Self Portrait, 2010
A multi-faceted experimental montage using found footage, 16mm film, crumpled and scanned newspaper images, the computer camera, various texts and several cut up audio books.
Der Nebel (The Fog), 2009
In this intimate narrative, which takes as its premise the Little Ice Age at the end of the 18th century, the film Der Nebel extends the genre of found-footage-film to question its own clarity. Examining the act of seeing as an act of transmission, the film merges footage from Youtube with an extended shot of a ferry ride through the fog. The fog, a metaphor for capitalism, remains ultimately opaque, revolving around obscure allusions to the world’s financial crash.
Isolarium is a film that examines the interplay between disease and community and the isolation of the individual. The central motive is the surgical mask worn by groups of people arranged in unnatural and non-interactive still poses. 16mm and video are used interchangeably; the video ‘documents’ the filming and reveals a behind-the-scenes aspect which creates a corollary stripping of visual masks.
Sophie Hamacher works primarily with collage, reconfiguring media images by using documents and reclaiming them from their mere informative quality. She has written extensively on the relationship between art and document, and the unconscious or conscious witnessing of historical events through photography and film. Arranging visuals according to a need for the re-contextualization of media, she began employing images in order to question the difference between public and private and the possibility of documentation itself. She has directed, and written a collaborative film in Tehran, has co-curated the exhibition Überleben (2007), has taught and organized various seminars and workshops and is currently working on an documentary film about John Roemer, teacher and activist from Baltimore, who played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement.
A Science Fiction Melodrama directed by Clara Alcott
Kick is a short film by Clara Alcott. A science fiction melodrama, the piece deals with two women who have a psychic connection before they meet. The title "Kick" references a pregnancy in the story as well as the creative instinct or "kick".
Bookended by the images of a feverish dream, Kick is a meditative piece that explores themes of fear, passion and the desire to connect. Although a short piece, the film has the frenzied narrative of the classic woman-centered melodrama. Kick follows the story of Joselyn and Josephine, two women who have grown to fear the technical devices used in everyday life. Aware that technology has become an established part of contemporary relationships, their anxieties have isolated them and their most significant relationship is with their therapist Dr. Griffin. Always shot with a green gel, Dr. Griffin's treatment is possibly sinister. Initially unaware of each other the two women are drawn together. The emotive Joselyn has a reoccurring, terrifying dream featuring Josephine. Eventually the women meet after Dr. Griffin conducts a surreal therapy session with Josephine. Dr. Griffin is either aware of or in control of Joselyn's dream and psychic connection with Josephine. Dr. Griffin is mindful of Joselyn and Josephine's isolation and comes to learn that both women secretly desire to have children. As the women begin a friendship with each other they become confident in themselves and what their body's are capable of.
A visual and sonic experience, Kick utilizes the colors of traditional 1950s technicolor filmmaking along with a contemporary electronic score and experimental sound design. Douglas Sirk, the architect of 1950s Hollywood melodrama created a lush genre to experiment with. Shot on mini-dv, Kick works within as well as customizes the genre for a contemporary story and theme. The set dressing, wardrobe and cinematography comprise a warm and vibrant palate for the setting of the film. To enhance the element of apprehension with machines an electronic sound design runs throughout the film. Composer Marc Riordan's score is a mixture of a classic Hollywood drama score but with touches of horror and science-fiction accents. Todd Carter of the lap top group TV Pow, engineered and mixed the piece as well as provided the sound design. Kick features Sarah Weis as Joselyn, Jeff Norman as Dr. Griffin and Andrew Taylor as Dr. Reynolds.
Five Short Films About Love:
They Would Elope with Mary Pickford - 1909,
Bunny's Honeymoon with John Bunny - 1914,
Miss Stickie Moufie Kiss with Mr.
and Mrs Sidney Drew - 1914,
Leading Lizzie Astray with Roscoe "Fatty"
Arbuckle - 1914, Be My Wife with Max Linder - 1921.
Shorts Program: Paris and a Middle Eastern Twist: Three US Premieres
Following up on her 2009 Special Jury Prize winner But We Have the Music, Parisian director Shanti Masud presents Ne Me Touche Pas! (2010, 30 min.), a little piece of cinematic and musical bliss in grainy super-8 film. Masud will attend the screening.
President Sarkozy called them racaille—scum—but the underground and mostly immigrant rappers in Emmanuelle Lippe and Bertil Dubach’s film
Rapaille (France, 2009, 29 min.) took the insult and made it their own.
Rapping in Tehran (Iran, 2009, 37 min.) is secret and semi-legal, and many of the performers featured in Hassan Khademi’s short film have been arrested for speaking their minds in rhyme.
Intangible Asset No. 82
Directed by Emma Franz
Australia, 2009, 90 min.
Former jazz singer Emma Franz’s debut film follows Australian jazz drummer Simon Barker’s quest to meet an elusive South Korean percussionist, and then finds that this is but the first step on a larger journey of discovery and kickass jam sessions. Part road movie, part spiritual journey, part nail-biting race-against-time, Intangible Asset is a tangible, memorable film experience. “Intriguing…genuinely affecting.” – Joe Leyton, Variety
Also playing: Instant Composers Pool Orchestra – “Steigerpijp” (music video, dir. Barbara Hin and Martin Van der Veen)
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
Directed by Damien Chazelle
USA, 2009, 82 min.
Chicagoans finally get a chance to see “the finest indie movie of the past year” (Filmmaker Magazine), a jazzy, improvisational film about love and music. Guy’s a trumpet player who makes the wrong romantic choices when Madeline’s the one he should be with. The film combines gritty 16mm black-and-white near-documentary style with the spirit of a 1930’s musical extravaganza in a constantly surprising mix.
Also playing: Jeff Tain Watts Quartet – “Return of the Jitney Man” (music video, dir. Michael Wilson, Miho Morita, Fumio Tashiro)
West Coast Theory
Directed by Maxime Giffard and Felix Tissier
France, 2009, 66 min.
A FILMER LA MUSIQUE Selection
Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Too Short, Mike Elizondo, and dozens more hip-hop luminaries open up to an unlikely crew of French documentarians in this addictive outsider’s look at the face of West Coast rap in the new millennium. Centered on Segal, sound engineer for artists like Dr. Dre and Eminem, the film asks how the proliferation of desktop music-creation software will affect the future of hip-hop.
Also showing: Vega Teknique – “Sound to Sound” (music video) and Animate Objects feat. SoulStice – “El Dorado” (music video)
Of Montreal: Family Nouveau
Directed by Spenser Simrill Jr.
USA/Canada, 2010, 45 min.
English professor Spenser Simrill isn’t your typical academic: he got to hang out with hipster messiahs Of Montreal on their 2009 European tour, capturing both their bizarre stage antics and their equally bizarre backstage confessionals and pushup competitions. Seriously.
With: “The Cat Piano” (short fiction) Director: Eddie White and Ari Gibson. Narrated by Nick Cave. "Burn the Whole Place Down" (short film) Director: Jordan Wood
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