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“We Live in Public” [Documentary] (Video)

Internet pioneer Josh Harris has spent his life implementing his unique vision of the future, where technology and media dictate human social interaction and define our personal identity. At the end tail end of 1999, Harris launched an art experiment called “Quiet: We Live in Public”, in which he created an artificial society in an underground bunker in the heart of New York City. More than 100 artists moved in and lived in pods under 24-hour surveillance, carrying out their everyday necessities, even sharing a transparent communal shower ‒ all on camera.
 
On January 1, 2000, after just 30 days, the project was busted by FEMA and branded as a “millennial cult”. Undeterred, Harris struck again, this time as his own subject. Rigging his loft with 32 motion-controlled cameras, he convinced his girlfriend to allow him to record streaming video of every moment of their lives from the toilet to the bedroom. The project backfired, his relationship imploded, and Harris went broke. Mentally unhinged, he fled to an apple farm in upstate New York, where filmmaker Ondi Timoner chronicled Harris for a decade, culling through thousands of hours of Harris’s own footage, which resulted in a fascinating, yet cautionary tale where we all become Big Brother…

“Over the Edge” [Film] (Video)

“Tomorrow’s city…today” is how the planned suburban paradise of New Granada promotes itself, but something has been left out of the plans. No one’s paying attention to the town’s youth. This hot-blooded cult classic (a 1979 London Film Festival Outstanding Film Award winner) is the coming-of-age story of a group of teens left to discover their own values and coming up with enough drugs, booze, and discontent to literally push everyone over the edge. Fourteen-year-old Matt Dillon makes his screen debut as the kids’ charismatic, doomed leader Richie, in a lively film kicked up a notch by a rousing, anthemic soundtrack featuring the likes of Cheap Trick, The Cars, and The Ramones…

“The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story” [Documentary] (Video)

The sudden departure of Pink Floyd’s founding member Syd Barrett in 1968 marked the closure of the first prolific chapter in the Pink Floyd story. A maverick artist and true individual, Syd Barrett helped forge the British psychedelic scene when he formed Pink Floyd with Roger Waters, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason in 1965. This film documents the band’s rise to fame under the guidance of Barrett’s influence and his premature departure under a cloud of drug abuse and psychological problems. “The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story” is comprised of rare footage of early performances and interviews with members of the band, associates, fans, and friends…

“Synecdoche, New York” [Film] (Video)

We find something we want to do, if we are lucky, or something we need to do, if we are like most people. This enables us to get whatever it is we think we need. We enact the role we call “me” and try to brand ourselves as a person who can and should obtain these things. In the process, we sort the people in our lives into compartments and define how they should behave to our advantage. Because we cannot force them to follow our own desires, we deal with projections of them we create in our minds that will be contrary and have wills of their own. Eventually new projections of us are dealing with new projections of them. Sometimes versions of ourselves disagree, and sometimes we succumb to temptation.
 
Caden Cotard is a theater director whose marriage is falling apart, whose daughter barely knows him, and whose body is increasingly afflicted with a series of dire conditions that may or may not all be in his head. Caden’s production of “Death of a Salesman” starring only young actors is deemed a rousing success that earns him a MacArthur Fellowship. He leaves home for New York City, rents an improbably enormous warehouse, and directs an ensemble cast in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each cast memember to live out their constructed lives in a growing mock-up of the city outside. As the years unfold, Caden buries himself ever deeper into his magnum opus, blurring the line between the world of the play and that of reality…

“Waco: The Rules of Engagement” [Documentary] (Video)

This film unveils the truth behind the tragic series of events that occurred outside Waco, Texas, in 1993, which resulted in the killing of 4 federal agents and 76 men, women, and children of the Branch Davidian religious sect. “Waco: The Rules of Engagement” presents devastating evidence of federal law enforcement gone tragically wrong on purpose. It dares to reveal how the Clinton era Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) provoked a confrontation that would justify the attack eventually waged against the Branch Davidians, who became easy targets for the powers that be to exploit as part of yet another psychological operation.
 
ALSO: Complete footage of the late comedian/social critic Bill Hicks and filmmaker Kevin Booth filmed on-site (as close they were allowed to be), outside Waco in 1993 (before the siege)…

Andrew Feldmár ‒ The Parent-Child Relationship (Video)

“The so-called education in Hungary and elsewhere in the world, consists of teaching children the role that they will need to play in life. Sadly, there is not much energy in our societies, here or in America or Canada, to raise kids so that we encourage them to become who they want to be. Without roles, without telling them what they will have to say. So what happens to a person who is always role-playing? He hopes to have 5 minutes without having to role-play, or be on stage. But life is often like a 24-hour soap opera. If I was the star of such a soap opera, I’d never have time to live my life. I’d have to always be ‘in character’. A lot of people have such lives. Parents hypnotize a child into the soap opera and he may stay in it until death. He’ll never find out that life is something else.”
‒Andrew Feldmár

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