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Oct 31, 2012
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Spotlight #13: The Manifesto – Politics Meets Torture-Porn, Free-To-Share On VODO

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Director: Vishnu J. Seesahai
Year: 2010
Duration: 90 minutes

A lone, masked male enacts brutal violence on a group of  unwitting individuals. Familiar horror story? Think again.

This film is a document of a manifesto in action. It is both a political call-to-arms against the twisted operations of capitalist power that suppresses the many in service of the few, and a disturbing portrait of a serial killer urged to action by global injustice. Politics meets Torture-Porn in a horribly illuminating lesson on globalisation ethics.

The Manifesto began as the work of a nameless, faceless man who published a site called called globalistagenda.com. He used this site to rant about his anti-globalist views all prior to the Occupy Wall Street movement, which later popularized the same opinions.

Fearing that his message would not be heard the man withdrew from his rants and his blog, but not before vowing to start the last great American revolution. Then he vanished from sight. He is anonymous. Mr Nobody. He could be anyone of us. He is most definitely at large.

WARNING: This film contains disturbing images and dangerous ideas.

 

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Oct 19, 2012
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Spotlight #12: A Joyful Slog – A Documentary On The Irish DIY and Indie Music Scene, Free-To-Share On VODO

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Director: Community Of Independents
Year: 2012
Duration: 60 minutes

A feature documentary about the Irish DIY and independent music scene, tracing a history of bands, labels, designers, zines, music stores and venues crucial to this rich and extensive seam in the nation’s music culture.

Featuring a diverse crop of acts including Villagers, Jape, The Ambience Affair, Kidd Blunt, and Hands Up Who Wants To Die among many others, as well as bloggers, zine-publishers, promoters and enthusiasts, the 60 minute film connects the impact of Fugazi‘s first gig in Ireland to the rise of a thriving indie mind-set in music and the art, events and writing integral to it.

A Joyful Slog was produced by Community of Independents, a collection of videographers with an interest in documenting the bands and artists that make Dublin’s music scene unique. Through gigs, discussion programmes, and regular interview and performance videos, the group highlight the talent in Dublin’s pubs and venues.

This is a fascinating documentary for anyone who is either unfamiliar or interested in discovering more about the real Irish music industry. The overall sense is one of determination, hope and enthusiasm. It’s heart warming, passionate and will hopefully instill desire, passion and support for not just the bands involved, but for the DIY / Indie scene in general.

Colin McCracken, louderthanwar.com

REVIEWS

http://louderthanwar.com/a-joyful-slog-an-examination-of-the-irish-diy-and-independent-scene/

http://harmlessnoise.ie/2012/05/video-a-joyful-slog/

 

LINKS

https://www.facebook.com/CommunityOfIndependents

http://twitter.com/COI_DCTV

 

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Oct 5, 2012
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Spotlight #11: The Notorious Newman Brothers – A Goodfellas-Meets-Trailer-Park-Boys Mockumentary Mob-Caper, Free-To-Share On VODO

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Director: Ryan Noel / Retro Films Entertainment 
Year: 2009
Duration: 80 minutes

Gangsters have been covered before, but never like this! Join Max Chaplin, one of film’s most inexperienced directors, as he struggles to document Paulie and Thunderclap Newman on their ascension to mobster mediocrity.

Hoping to penetrate the notorious brothers’ tight bond, Max goes deep inside the duo to uncover the truth about wiseguys, their influences, wizard ladies, mammoth hair jackets, mobster charades, a little bit of manslaughter and easily one of the biggest dope deals of all time. “So do yourself a f**king favour and see the film the Mafia wish never got made!”.

Reminiscent of Trailer Park Boys, The Notorious Newman Brothers possess an off-the-cuff, foul-mouthed charm
canuxploitation.com

These guys need to seriously explore acting, maybe a “Flight of the Conchords” type vehicle for HBO
J Brewington, Hollywood is Talking

A hilarious and bizarre look at the gangster-film pastiche
Josh Samford, Rogue Cinema

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

“Preferring analog to digital, film grain to high definition, Retro Films Entertainment is a Toronto based production company picking up where 1979 left off. Raised on a healthy dose of films from the ’60s and ’70s, filmmaker Ryan Noel formed Retro Films Entertainment as a vehicle to not only produce the type of films that he would want to see, but to also carry forth the idea that filmmaking is a true art form… a notion that’s been absent from mainstream cinema for far too long. Can you dig it?”

AWARDS

“Best of Fest” – ReelHeART International Film Festival
“Best Screenplay” – Outhouse Film Festival
“Best Film” Nominee – The Indie Gathering Film Festival

LINKS

main site
theman-cave.com
antagonie.blogspot
screeningroom.blogspot
worldsgreatestcritic.com
cinematicautopsy.com
filmarcade.net
jamesweggreview.org
sinsarchive.blogspot
hollywoodistalking.com
roguecinema.com
thefilmchair.com
canuxploitation.com

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Sep 20, 2012
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Spotlight #10: Burning Memories – A Story Of State Assault On The Material Culture Of Ethnic Memory, Free-To-Share On VODO

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Director: Sritharan Someetharan
Year: 2008

One of the most traumatic events in the early stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka, still raging after more than 25 years, was the burning of Jaffna Public Library–a major landmark in Tamil cultural heritage housing more than 97,000 books and irreplaceable palm-leaf manuscripts.

This documentary attempts to document the war-scarred life of the library and the socio-political violence connected with it. The Jaffna Public Library was the major repository of literary source materials of the Tamil people and Tamil language. It was a vibrant place of historic and symbolic importance to the local minority Sri Lankan Tamil people until 1981, when police and government-sponsored thugs set fire to it, destroying it completely. The film narrates the entire history of the library since its inception in 1933 by juxtaposing voiceovers and interviews with former employees.

The interviews of the people who had benefited from the library are heart-rending, including Mr Sabaratnam who had been the member of the library since 1948. Archival footage of an interview of Mr Rasa Viswanathan in 1981, then Mayor of Jaffna, recollects the entire incident including the involvement of armed constabulary in the devastation.

The film highlights the traumatic cultural impact of the Sri Lankan civil war on Tamil culture and aims to bring the memories of a unique cultural asset to life for newer generations.

 

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Sep 17, 2012
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Spotlight #9: Ivory Bastards Against Extinction – A Madcap Mexploitation Movie Free-To-Share On VODO

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Director: Jonathan Case
Year: 2007

In the “future” world of 2006AD, a government fetus goes missing and the president contacts a group of supposedly alien masked luchadors, the Ivory Bastards, to recover it.

Ivory Bastards Against Extinction is a lunatic Mexploitation comedy working with shoe-string resources intelligently, taking rough-and-ready, badly dubbed Mexican action-drama as it’s starting point and pushing parody and liberties with quality to extreme and marvellous comic effect. Fans of the UK cult hit-series Garth Merenghis’s Dark Place will detect the same sinister, laughter-inducing subcarrier-wave technology at work in this loopy, no-budget escapade.

AWARDS AND SCREENINGS

B-Movie Film Festival 2007 (winner, best short)
Boston Underground Film Festival 2008
Charlotte Film Festival 2007
Syracuse Film Festival 2008

LINKS

www.cinemanational.com/ivorybastards

www.ivorybastards.comblogcritics.org/video/article/movie-review-ivory-bastards-against-extinction

www.syracusenewtimes.com/newyork/article-1733-ivory-bastards-against-extinction.html

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Jul 27, 2012
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Spotlight #8: Time Expired – A Terminal Comedy. Free-To-Share Indie Film On VODO.

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Directors: Nick Lawrence / Rachel Tucker
Year: 2011

A terminal illness comedy and award-winning indie film working light entertainment to profound effect.

Randall Zimmerman (Eric Starkey) is a simple man who loves his job as a parking enforcement officer. When he discovers he is dying, he just wants everything to stay the way that it is. Unfortunately for Randall, his friends and family have other ideas. His best friend Jay (Topher Owen) urges him to “live life to the fullest” by going on crazy adventures. His girlfriend Sasha (Carrie Slaughter) wants to have his baby. And his mother Corinna (Rebekah Turner) tries to save his life with home cooking, yoga, and smothering love. Randall must find a way to help all of them fulfill their needs if he’s going to have any chance of achieving his own dying wish — fixing a meter that’s been broken for more than a year.

Produced by newcomers Nick Lawrence and Rachel Tucker, TIME EXPIRED is an award-winning indie film that consistently defies expectations. It is both a comedy and drama, a light entertainment and a profound meditation on the nature of existence. But most of all, it’s a crisp, fun story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Official Site

AWARDS AND SCREENINGS
Worldfest-Houston (2011) — Winner, Silver Remi Award, Best Comedy Feature
Bare Bones International Film Festival (2011)
Temecula Valley International Film Festival (2011)

REVIEWS
http://normantranscript.com
www.filmthreat.com
http://muskogeephoenix.com

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Jul 12, 2012
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VODO SPOTLIGHT #7: Torchbearer – A Švankmajer Animation. Free-To-Share Indie Film On VODO

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Director: Václav Švankmajer 
Year: 2005

Suddenly the machine grinds to a halt and endless night threatens…

We can see a Town with an extensive Labyrinth. Day and Night alternate above the Town and Labyrinth, and the Sun and Moon revolve in a seemingly never-ending cycle. The machine keeping things in balance fails and the darkness that falls threatens to last forever. On his voyage into the heart of the Labyrinth the Hero must pass through three tests to confront the forces of breakdown.

Torchbearer is a creation of award-winning Czech filmmaker Václav Švankmajer, son of Czech surrealists Jan Švankmajer and Eva Švankmajerová. A rare treat shot on 35mm film, this 25 minute stop-frame animation combines beautifully wrought set and model craft with visceral sound design, influenced by the haunting mystique of Jan Švankmajer’s dark animations and their echoes in the works of Brothers Quay.

AWARDS AND SCREENINGS
Kristian, Best Animated Film, Febiofest, Prague, 2005
Best Animated Film, Fresh Film Fest Karlovy Vary 2005
3rd Prize International Festival of Animation Korea DIFECA, 2005
Award for best screenplay and editing, ACKO, Bratislava, 2005
Cracow Students Jury Award, IFF Krakow 2006
Special Mention for Best Czecho-slovak film, Fresh Film Fest Karlovy Vary 2005

REVIEWS AND FURTHER INFORMATION
http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/2012/03/24/the-torchbearer-by-vaclav-svankmajer/
http://www.csfd.cz/film/212520-svetlonos/
Official Website

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Leave a comment on this page describing what you like most about Torchbearer and you will be entered into a VODO prize draw. The competition closes on Friday 31 August 2012 and the winner will get a free GOLD ticket with 10 streams to gift to friends, giving them instant access to the film for 10 days from when they accept the gift. The winner will be announced in the first week of September 2012.

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Jun 26, 2012
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Just Do It – A Tale Of Modern Day Outlaws. Free-To-Share Indie Film On VODO

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Director: Emily James
Year: 2011

What would make you cross the line?

Just Do It is an innovative indie documentary that lifts the lid on climate activism and the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern day outlaws. Documented over a year, Emily James’ film follows these activists as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest.

Exposing the politics, responsibilities, fears and resolutions that lead people in increasingly visible number to take direct action on climate change, Just Do It is an independent, partly crowd-funded project offering an inside view on ‘civilised disobedience’: the strategies and tactics of organised dissent against environmentally and socially destructive corporate practices; and the methods of supporting and growing public challenges to corporate power at local level.

The film offers a unique inside perspective as it follows activists through strategic interventions and disruptions, from planning to realisation, in which they wilfully risk being subjected to violence and arrest in order to raise consciousness about the impact of otherwise unchallenged cultural, industrial and political norms on individuals, communities and ecologies. It provides this in-depth exposé thanks to the willing participation of its subjects who opt to be recognisable in their choices to defy the law for the purpose of promoting their causes, and thanks to the willingness of Director, Emily James, to affiliate herself with their actions to gain insight into their previously untold story.

…when you see people attempting to fix the world using only their bare hands, D-locks, superglue and bunting, how do you not offer them a hand? If the state says that makes me a criminal, well, I say it’s not really up to the state to decide. I am certain history will vindicate these people. Resisting what you think is wrong, and empowering yourself to change it, is always the right thing to do.
Emily James

Seriously topical but never so serious that it gets caught up in polemic, it’s a terrific story packed with characters and told with passion.
Empire

If eco-documentaries in the past have acquired a reputation for being unwatchable, here is a remedy.
The Guardian

 

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Emily James studied documentary directing at the National Film and Television School in the UK, her student films already winning international awards. After her first broadcast commission; The Luckiest Nut in the World (Channel 4, 2002), the Guardian asserted “Emily James is a genius… and will in time be revered as a television innovator.” Following the experimental Don’t Worry, (Channel 4, 2004) and What Would Jesus Drive?, (Channel 4, 2006), Emily moved into the world of feature documentary in 2009, serving as Executive Producer on The Age of Stupid. Just Do It – a tale of modern day outlaws is Emily’s feature directorial debut and screened in over 45 independent cinemas across the UK in Summer 2011, alongside a far-reaching community screenings programme. The film is available on DVD with Dogwoof, and is currently on release in the US.

 

AWARDS AND SCREENINGS

World premiere: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011
Nominated for the Sheffield Green Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011

 

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

Branchage International Film Festival 2011
Cinemambiente Environmental Film Festival 2012
Colorado Environmental Film Festival 2012
Crossroads Film Festival 2012
Docudays UA Human Rights Festival 2012
DokuFest Kosovo 2012
San Francisco Green Film Festival 2012
Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2012
Whaleback Film and Arts Festival 2012

 

REVIEWS AND FURTHER INFORMATION

http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?FID=137258

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2011/jun/17/sheffield-doc-fest-2011-highlights

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/jul/06/just-do-it-emily-james

http://democracyctr.org/news/getting-action-inside-the-hidden-world-of-climate-direct-action-with-film-director-emily-james/

www.thirteen.org

greenhousepr.co.uk

www.ameliasmagazine.com

Jun 17, 2012
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Exhibit A: English Subtitles Now Available From italiansubs.net!

Thanks to the hard work of the team at italiansubs.net, English subtitles are now available for the dark ‘found camcorder’ thriller Exhibit A.

The Bigger Pictures / Warp Films co-production tells the timely story of a normal family in Northern England disintegrating under financial pressure into an unimaginable nightmare. The film’s disquieting realism is underscored by the regional accents captured in the camcorder’s trajectory through family decline, and thanks to italiansubs.net, the brand new English subtitles open the narrative to a wider international audience who might otherwise strain to recognise the vernacular.

Exhibit A, winner of the prestigious Raindance Film Festival and nominated for three British Independent Film Awards, is available for both free-to-share download and support-and-share streaming on VODO.

italiansubs.net is a team of committed film and TV lovers in Italy, helping develop international audiences for productions of all sizes through subtitle development.

 

 

 

 

Jun 1, 2012
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VODO Spotlight #6: E11 – A Film About Climbing And Lust For Extreme Possibility

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Director: Paul Diffley
Year: 2006

One of the best all round climbers in the world is on a mission – to take rock climbing to new levels of both difficulty and danger. Dave MacLeod attempts to be the first to climb ‘Rhapsody’, the hardest traditional rock climb ever and the first to achieve the grade of E11 7a (trad f8c+ US 5.14c). This 2006 film enters uncharted territory. Taking you beyond the action it reveals the frustrations and the shear physical and mental effort that goes into climbing at the very highest level. We see MacLeod take a series of terrifying, massive, gutwrenching falls and the strain begins to show. He struggles to cope with the difficulty and seriousness of the endeavour. But doggedly, even obsessively he keeps returning to his ultimate project – Rhapsody.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Paul Diffey is a multi-award winning adventure-film maker, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. As well as creating his own productions under his Hot Aches label, Paul also works as a freelance cameraman, director and editor for the broadcast industry. His experience ranges from hanging off ropes filming live outside broadcasts of rock climbing to following adventurers and athletes pushing their limits. Among the adventure sports Paul has filmed are rock climbing, ice climbing, competitive kayaking, sea kayaking, fell running, mountaineering, cross-country and downhill mountain biking, kite surfing, yacht racing, skiing and snowboarding. He also has an interest in filming wildlife and intends to do more of this in the future. Paul has taught adventure film making as a regular tutor at the Adventure Film Academy and has mentored several students, passing on the benefit of his experience to an up and coming generation of mountain film makers. In addition, he has given presentations about mountain film and film making at events worldwide including the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Aside from his professional interest in adventure sports as a film maker, Paul is a lifelong rock climber and general outdoor enthusiast with a love of mountain environments and a passion to portray their special qualities through the medium of film.

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