Documentary - Art and Artists Movies
‘The Genius of Photography’ is a documentary film by BBC Four, captured in six parts: Fixing the Shadows, Documents for Artists, Right Place, Right Time?, Paper Movies, We Are Family and Snap Judgements.
It traces the history behind 170 glorious years of this art, which has shown more than what meets the eye, intriguing us by the strange feelings that a scene captured on different mediums can make us feel delighted, moved, unhappy or angry!
The film features some of the most well known photographs ever taken and illustrates what made them so very special.
The series also explores every aspect of photography from daguerreotype to digital, portraits to photo- journalism and... read more
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul is a 2005 film/documentary directed by Fatih Akın. The film is a journey through the music scene in modern Istanbul, Turkey as well as portraying its cultural life. It was screened out of competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
It features German musician Alexander Hacke (member of Einstürzende Neubauten) as the narrator. Hacke and Akın travelled around Istanbul with a mobile recording studio and a microphone, assembling an inspired portrait of Turkish music — from arabesque to indie rock and rap.... read more
The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986
The lost subculture of America's rebellious, Reagan-era hardcore set is explored in filmmaker Paul Rachman's cinematic adaptation of Steven Blush's book. Disillusioned by politics, angered by greedy record labels, and bound together by a powerful antiestablishment sentiment, bands such as Minor Threat, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, and Bad Brains paved the way for such later bands as Nirvana and Pearl Jam by fearlessly questioning -- and frequently mocking -- the status quo, and proving that you don't need radio play to reach an audience. Whether working for a real change or ... read more
American Goth, an 86-minute feature documentary by Ryan Rhea, is a response to the approval of a $273000 grant from the Federal Government to the City of Blue Springs, Missouri in 2002. The purpose of the grant was to study and investigate the Goth culture due to the rising concerns of parents and citizens within the community that it was a danger to the local youth. The documentary however provides only limited information on the results of the grant and the issues that it was supposed to address, and instead focuses on giving a broad overview of the Goth culture in Middle America itself.
Using interview footage from both full-time Goths and fringe dwellers (people for whom it is not their entire life) Rhea explores different facets of the Goth culture without ever really examining them in depth. Discussing topics such as Goth fashion and its emphasis on the colour black, Goth music and its development from post-punk/nu-wave into sub genres of industrial and electronica, as well as literature and cinema that holds appeal for Goths, ‘American Goth’ presents the Goth subculture in a positive manner. This is aided by the presentation of any negatives as problems that affect youth cultures across society, not specifically Goth.... read more
Funky Monks is a 1991 documentary (also the title of a song from the 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik) about the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers and the recording of their highly successful 1991 Warner Bros. debut Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and recorded in The Mansion, a supposedly haunted house which Rubin now owns. The 60-minute documentary, which was filmed in black-and-white, features footage of the band recording many of the tracks that made the album, and tracks that didn't make the album although would be released as singles and b-sides (such as "Soul to Squeeze" and "Sikamikanico"). It also... read more
Pablo Picasso was the most dominant and influential artist of the first half of the twentieth century. Associated most of all with pioneering Cubism, alongside Georges Braque, he also invented collage and made major contributions to Symbolism and Surrealism. He saw himself above all as a painter, yet his sculpture was greatly influential, and he also explored areas as diverse as printmaking and ceramics. Finally, he... read more
AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who have remained constant members. Commonly referred to as a hard rock or blues rock band, they are also considered pioneers of heavy metal and are sometimes classified as such, though they have always dubbed their music as simply "rock and roll". To date they are one of the highest-grossing bands of all time.
ACDC - Behind The Music is the story behind Angus Young's schoolboy uniform and how AC/DC managed to take their raucous act out of Australia to become a worldwide phenomenon.... read more
The Art of 16 Bars (QD3 Entertainment) is a documentary slash boom bap 101 4seminar narrated by Method Man on the how tos and the one-two, one-twos of being an MC. It glosses over everything you need to know from how to take paper and write rhymes to how to make paper and write checks. Featuring interviews with lyrical black belts like Nas, Rakim, Aesop Rock, Kanye West, Raekwon, etc, the Art of 16 Bars is an unmistakable blueprint of success from the artists who have propelled themselves to Hip-Hops forefront.
Broken up into sections on Hip-Hop history, writing, sampling, freestyling, biting, and the ins and outs of the music business, the documentary is easy to follow and well organized. QD3 Entertainment was not playing with this project. The footage is extra glossy, the cinematography is on point down to the soundtrack and transitions, and Method Mans gritty journalism gives the film a rebellious but credible edge.
Whats good about the Art of 16 Bars is that each artist highlighted in the film speaks on their strength. Raekwon talks about how to write a hot 16, Supernatural drops the science of freestyling, Kanye tells his secret to crafting a catchy song concept, and KRS-One acts as Hip-Hops tenured professor, speaking about the foundation of Hip-Hop and why rappers do what they do.... read more
On 21 February 2012, five members of the group staged a performance on the soleas of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Their actions were stopped by church security officials. By evening, they had turned it into a music video entitled "Punk Prayer - Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!". The women said their protest was directed at the Orthodox Church leader's support for Putin during his election campaign.
On 3 March, two of the group members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were arrested and charged with hooliganism. A third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was arrested on 16 March. Denied bail, they were held in custody until their trial began in late July. On 17 August, the three members were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, and each was sentenced to two years imprisonment. Two other members of the group, who escaped arrest after February's protest, reportedly left Russia fearing prosecution. On 10 October, following an appeal, Samutsevich was freed on probation, her sentence suspended. The sentences of the other two women were upheld. In late October, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were separated and sent to prison.
The trial and sentence attracted considerable criticism, particularly in the West. The case was adopted by human rights groups including Amnesty International, which designated the women prisoners of conscience, and by a wide range of musicians including Madonna, Sting, and Yoko Ono. Public opinion in Russia was generally less sympathetic towards the women. Putin stated that the band had "undermined the moral foundations" of the nation and "got what they asked for".... read more
This episode features Whitney Houston, a singer and actress with a once in a generation voice that propelled her into the pop stratosphere. No amount of talent, however, could protect her from the demons that brought about her death in a Hollywood hotel bathroom at the age of just 48.
The evidence revealed by Houston's autopsy tells an astonishing story of excess. It reveals in detail the damage done by years of abuse, from liver and heart disease caused by alcohol and smoking to the perforated septum ravaged by repeatedly snorting cocaine. The programme also uncovers the cocktail of drugs that contributed to the star's death, from prescription medications to marijuana and freebase cocaine.
Most importantly, the evidence offers a ... read more