The Interrupters- a film by Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz
This film looks at a group of peace interrupters in Chicago, all with their own personal experiences with being involved in gang culture and dodgy dealing.
I saw this a few years ago, and although it looks at a topic that is well documented and not surprising in content- it is such a well executed piece of work, as you can see from the trailer it has really slick editing which continues throughout the film. Its a really good example of a solid and traditional format of film making. I sometimes just watch the trailer to give me some inspiration.
'The Act Of Killing' is a feature length documentary that gives Indonesian mass murders an opportunity to tell their story through flamboyant and baffling re-enactments.
Joshua Oppenheimer explains how ‘The Act Of Killing’ was conceived. Don’t be daunted by the fact that this interview is 40 minutes long, his explanation on how this documentary came to premonition (truly like nothing ever seen before) is just as gripping as the film itself.
I know that extreme sports photography can get a bit samey. Obviously it is extremelly impressive that you can ride a ten meter wave and not drown or that you can backflip on a trial bike and have time to name all the American states before landing and not die. That is impressive but the photographs can have an certain aesthetic due to the equipment, style and context that all merges into one after a while.
Daniel Vojtech is interestingly trying some other ways of presenting these tricks and skills which I quite like. The images above feature Tomas Slavik a Czech combined skier. Vojtech was in the top 250 Red Bull illume this year, Red Bull’s international photography competition for action and adventure sports. Check out some of the other contenders - not a bad bunch.
Unlocking The Truth - The Avant Garde Diaries
Malcom Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins have not only been blessed with some a-list sounding names but also with the talent and attitude to fulfill them. They make it look so easy.
If they can stage a world tour in their basement surely anything is possible right!?
American Juggalo - directed by Sean Dunne
This film looks at the hardcore fans of American hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse. Every year the gathering of Juggalo’s and Juaggalets occurs, at a festival which isn’t only dedicated to the music of Insane Clown Posse but as you can tell is a celebration of the Juggalo way of life.
This is an awesome little film, great subject and really exciting to watch.