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“Marvin Gaye: Transit Ostend” [Documentary] (Video)

In 1981, a 42-year-old cash-strapped Marvin Gaye took the Southampton ferry to the Belgian fishing town of Ostend, to settle there. Haunted by personal, marital, and financial problems, he’d found refuge in London, where he’d fallen prey to numerous temptations. Freddy Cousart, a Belgian R&B and Boxing Club owner, offered the singer-songwriter a chance to move to the Belgian beach town of Ostend in early 1981. Gaye accepted and committed to a healthier lifestyle and managed, step by step, to get his life back on track. Cousart hoped to keep the artist under his wing and manage his comeback from the safe haven of Ostend, but when Gaye’s mother in the U.S. needed emergency surgery, Gaye left Ostend abruptly and never returned…
 

“I am an orphan at the moment and Ostend is my orphanage…At this particular time, there are places I’d rather be, but I probably need to be here, and that is why I stay.”
‒Marvin Gaye

The Concept of a Critical Society

“The critical habit of thought, if usual in society, will pervade all its mores, because it is a way of taking up the problems of life. Men educated in it cannot be stampeded by stump orators…They are slow to believe. They can hold things as possible or probable in all degrees, without certainty and without pain. They can wait for evidence and weigh evidence, uninfluenced by the emphasis or confidence with which assertions are made on one side or the other. They can resist appeals to their dearest prejudices and all kinds of cajolery. Education in the critical faculty is the only education of which it can be truly said that it makes good citizens.”
‒William Graham Sumner

“Siddhartha” [Film] (Video)

“Siddhartha”, based on the novel of the same name by the late German author Hermann Hesse, was shot on location in the holy city of Rishikesh and in the private estates and palaces of the Maharajah of Bharatpur, in northern India. It tells the story of a young Brahmin (member of the highest priestly class of Hindu society) named Siddhartha who eagerly wishes to break free from his routinary life to experience the world he’s yet to see for himself. It’s this restless passion for experience, truth, and peace of mind that leads him on a spiritual journey that along the way takes the shape of asceticism, sensual pleasures, material wealth, self-revulsion, and ultimately the oneness and personal harmony he’d been seeking all along…

“Endtrip” [Film] (Video)

“Endtrip” is an animation short film in which we experience a breathtaking trip through the bizarre and fantastical unconsciousness of a drug overdosed girl. This visually stunning journey offers a glimpse into the extraordinary and strange workings of the mind…

Robert Anton Wilson ‒ “Disinfo Nation” Interview (Video)

In this interview conducted by Richard Metzger for the UK show “Disinfo Nation” (originally broadcast January 28, 2000), the late author Robert Anton Wilson fields questions on the Illuminati, the real value of the dollar, the 23 enigma, Bill Clinton’s ties to various conspiracies, and the spread of vengeful rumors by the mass media depicting Timothy Leary as an FBI informant…

“Fantastic Planet” [Film] (Video)

Based on French science fiction novelist Stefan Wul’s “Oms en Serie” (“Oms by the Dozen”), René Laloux’s La Planète Sauvage (“Fantastic Planet” for its 1973 U.S. release) paints an animated tale of humans kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue humanoid giants called Draags (Traags in Wul’s novel). The story takes place on the Draags’ planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om (homonym of the French word “hommes”, meaning “men”) named Terr (wordplay on the French word “terre”, meaning “Earth”) from infancy to adulthood, when he escapes his subjugation with a Draag learning device with which to educate the savage Oms and incite them to revolt. “Fantastic Planet” won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973…

“Reality and the Extended Mind” [Documentary] (Video)

“Reality and the Extended Mind” focuses on experiments that explore what is known by researchers as psi phenomena ‒ anomalous extended properties of consciousness that have been measured under experimental conditions by qualified scientists. Their existence has far-reaching implications relating to our understanding of both consciousness and reality itself…

“Primer” [Film] (Video)

“Primer” won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and tends to draw repeat viewers eager to crack writer/director/star Shane Carruth’s puzzler of a time travel drama. Carruth, an engineer by training, plays inventor Aaron, whose entrepreneurial partnership with fellow brainiac Abe unexpectedly results in a process for traveling back several hours in time. The men initially use these rewind sessions to succeed in the stock market, but a dark consequence of their daily journeys eventually complicates matters. Shot on 16 mm film for $7,000, the film has a tantalizing, sealed-in logic that forces viewers to see the fantastic with a certain dispassion. You may well find yourself sitting through this one more than once to more fully grasp its paradoxes and ethical quandaries…

“Counter-Intelligence: The Company” [Documentary] (Video)

“Counter-Intelligence: The Company” lays out the structure of the modern intelligence agency, using the evolution of the CIA and the creation of the concept of “plausible deniability” to show how the continued rapacious spread of the clandestine National Security State has been built up over time, to the complex network it is today…

“Quest for the Lost Civilization” [Documentary] (Video)

“Quest for the Lost Civilization” follows writer and adventurer Graham Hancock as he visits the most mysterious ancient sites in search for the fingerprints of a lost civilization. Traveling from southern Europe to Egypt, and the Americas to Japan’s Pacific Islands, Hancock uncovers astronomical and geological evidence of an advanced civilization that may have existed as early as 10,500 BC…

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