From the 17th untill the 28th of November it is that time again: Time for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). I always look forward to IDFA as it presents a huge selection of quality documentaries. Religion, music, society, love, you name it and is will be there. Unfortunately IDFA doesn’t allow embedding the trailers (which I don’t really get) but check out a selection of the trailers I found interesting.
I only learned of J. Dilla after he died 4 years ago. I got my hands on Donuts through a friend, and was hooked right away. Ever since I have been digging further into the work of this hip-hop prodigy. Stussy has now made a very nice documentary on Dilla. In this 3 part piece his life and work are illustrated and discussed by people who where close to the man.
It consists of 3 parts, of which only the first two part have been released up to date, but they are incredibly interesting. Check them out below:
As soon as part 3 is released, I will update the post.
Banksy is hitting the movie scene with his new documentary Exit Through The Gisftshop. The movie was added at the last minute to the main program of the Berlinale, and tells the story of the talentless street artist and Banksy groupie Thierry Guetta. After meeting Banksy, who forces him to make a documentary of the footage Guetta shot over eight years. After Banksy re-edits the dramatic results Guetta shoots to fame, starts calling himself Mr. Brainwash and becomes a phenomenon. Check out the trailer below.
Question is whether Mr. Brainwash is real or is Banksy moving into acting too? Mr. Brainwash didn’t help much when interviewed for The Wallstreet Journal…
Pretty funny how things sometimes seem to pop up right when they apply to your personal situation. Lemonade is one of those things.
The movie evolves around what people who were once paid to be creative for a living do when they’re laid off? They get creative with their own lives. Lemonade is an inspirational film about 16 advertising professionals who lost their jobs and found their calling, encouraging people to listen to that little voice inside their head that asks, “What if?” Check out the trailer below.
Last night I watched the multiple award winning documentary The Cove, and I must say it knocked me of my feet. It tells the story of the brutal slaughter of tens of thousands of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.
It is the story of Ric O’Barry, the man who captured and trained the dolphins used in the 1960′s TV hit Flipper. After working closely with these dolphins over the years he came to realize that these amazing, highly intelligent and self aware animals suffer greatly in captivity. After one of the dolphins died in his arms he has made it his personal mission to free as much dolphins as possible.
This mission has brought him to Taiji in Japan, where there is a thriving industry based on these whales and dolphins. At first glance it all seems friendly but there is a hidden, entirely different world behind it. A world of capturing dolphins and selling them to aquaria around the world, and mass slaughtering the ones that aren’t sold for their meat. A world the Japanese desperately want to keep a secret.
This documentary reveals the almost military operation conducted by the team to make this documentary. The have captured images of this before hidden brutality. Now it is their mission to spread the message, and put pressure on Japan to stop this brutal killing. Although it contains some gruesome images I think you must see this film. Open your eyes to what is happening. Help spread the word and try to stop this.
Check out the trailer below, and go get your hands on a copy of it!
I posted about this great documentary back in may. For those of you who have missed this post, RiP: A Remix Manifesto is a documentary film about what our current culture of filesharing etc. is doing to copyright etc. Very interesting stuff. But what I wanted to let you guys know, is that it will be on TV tonight, for dutchies only… It will be on Nederland 3 at 20.30h in Het Uur van de Wolf.
Fixed City is a documentary about the phenomenon of Fixed Gear communities in Germany. The scene is going through an explosion of popularity recently. The cool thing about this documentary is that they discuss this topic too: Is this increase in popularity a good thing, or should fixies remain underground?
The documentary will be out somewhere in August this year.