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Australia’s Revelation Perth International Film Festival will be holding it’s explosive 15th annual edition on July 5-15 with one of it’s most jam-packed lineups yet.
One of the most special events that Revelation will be holding is July 14‘s retrospective of the films of Jeff Keen, the pioneering British underground filmmaker who very sadly just passed away on June 21. Keen’s work has been having a major resurgence lately and Revelation is the latest organization to so boldly feature his breathtaking experimental film work, from classics like 1967′s Marvo Movie to modern films like Artwar (1993) and Joy Thru Film (2000). This is absolutely an event not to be missed.
Another staggering event this year is a very special live presentation of Crispin Hellion Glover‘s notorious underground films What Is It? and It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. (Click film titles for Bad Lit reviews!) These very »
- Mike Everleth
The fascinating, fresh-minded new documentary Surviving Progress bursts beyond the rickety gate of several hundred year-old science and collected human logic, asking "Why?" It questions and challenges vital and essential notions, very much including but not limited to the thought process of the way we do science. Directed collaboratively by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks (each experienced in the ways of "the activism documentary"), Surviving Progress sparks vital conversation and thoughts if not big-screen worthy presentation. Were it not for Martin Scorsese ostensibly lending his name and clout as Executive Producer, we'd likely be experiencing the film on public television, perhaps as a slightly glossier and global "Frontline" special in the U.S. It's the kind of project that can't help but be top heavy with »
There are days when I can only conclude that the popular TV channels have decided to throw in the towel. With BBC1 clearing its evening schedules for the Diamond Jubilee Concert from Buckingham Palace, the other channels all but gave up the ghost. ITV1 chucked in half an hour of Rita's wedding in Coronation Street but then settled for a James Bond film everyone has seen at least twice before; Channel 4 repeated a Come Dine With Me Jubilee Special barely a week after its first transmission, before serving up a tired helping of Gok Cooks Chinese and the Secret Millionaire; BBC2 gave us UK wildlife's tribute to the Queen in a Springwatch retrospective, a Ewan McGregor repeat of The Battle of Britain and yet another showing of The Terminator, which everyone must »
- John Crace
Martin Scorsese may be most well known for his gangster films, but the prolific director is no stranger to the non-fiction side of things. He's got a number of documentaries under his directorial belt, most recently George Harrison: Living in the Material World, with even more under his producer's hat. The latest is Surviving Progress, written and directed by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, and instead of focusing on bands or influential filmmakers, it's a sobering examination of how far we've come as a species, and whether our collective accomplishments are forecasting our own limits. First Run Features have begun rolling the film out on a limited release basis (it's currently playing in New York), and have recently released a trailer for the film...
- Peter Hall
Title: Surviving Progress First Run Features Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten Director: Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks Screenwriter: Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks from Ronald Wright’s “A Short History of Progress” Cast: Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, Stephen Hawking, Craig Venter, Robert Wright, Marina Silva, Michael Hudson, Ronald Wright Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 3/21/12 Opens: April 6, 2012 In teaching high school history, I regularly run into a kid in the class who says, “Let’s talk about current events.” I reply, “Ok, let’s look into civilization in Ancient Greece.” “Huh?” replies the youngster? Easy to explain. We human beings have been living in civilization for only 0.2% of our existence on [ Read More ] »
- Brian Corder
5 items from 2012
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