Category “Art and Artists”

The Realms of the Unreal

Documentary about Henry Joseph Darger, Jr. (1892 – 1973), a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a custodian in Chicago, Illinois. He has become famous for his posthumously-discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story. Darger's work has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art....

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The Evolution of 8-Bit Art

Super Mario Bros, Zelda, Tetris, and the days of summers past! Starting with Atari and Nintendo and tracing the full 8-bit trajectory over the last 30 years. It’s true that video games have gone far beyond the 8 bit format. However, why do they still hold such a tender spot in our hearts? Explored. Through the 1980′s, 90′s, and 2000′s 8-bit has become a cult following. Children who grew up playing Atari and Nintendo are now parents with children old enough to play video games. And many are introducing these children to their childhood games in much the same fashion as parents have...

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An Extra’s Life – On the Set of Band of Brothers

A behind the scenes look at the experiences of the extras who worked on the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. Shot entirely on the set in Hatfield, England, this short documentary provides a rare insight into their daily routine, what it meant to tell the story of Easy Company, and to be a part of one of the most successful TV series of all time. For more information please visit:...

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The Genius of Photography

Uncover the story of the invention and history of photography. Uncover the story of the invention of photography and the way in which it became an integral part of the modern world, including the remarkable achievements of the pioneer photographers, the revolution that took place when George Eastman made photography available to the masses with the invention of the Kodak brand. “Being in the right place at the right time”, “the decisive moment”, “getting in close” – in the popular imagination this is photography at its best, a medium that makes us eyewitnesses to the...

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Directed by Tamra Davis, the documentary features footage of Jean-Michel Basquiat painting, talking about his art and existing in the two years prior to his death in 1988. Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist, musician, poet, and producer. He began as a graffiti artist in New York City in the late 1970s and evolved into Neo-expressionist artist during the...

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Detroit Lives

The Motor City has been declared dead more times than Rasputin. But over the last few years, while The News Media (and Dutch tourists) were hemming and hawing over a few neglected streets that had started to look more like meadows, a bunch of creative badasses were quietly buying abandoned 9-story buildings, filling them with everyone they knew, and making Detroit actually pretty fucking incredible. Our old buddy Johnny Knoxville paid a visit to the D to explore for himself. From:...

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Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures is a 2001 documentary about the life and work of Stanley Kubrick, famed film director, made by his long-time assistant Jan Harlan. 135 minutes long, it consists of several 15-minute chapters, each detailing the making of one of his films - and two more showing his childhood and life. Jan Harlan managed to get many of Kubrick's collaborators together for interviews, including Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Keir Dullea, Arthur C. Clarke, Malcolm McDowell, György Ligeti and Matthew Modine. The film contains some rare footage, including from the Kubrick family...

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Queen: Days of Our Lives

In 1971, four university students got together to form a band. Since then, that certain band called Queen have released 26 albums and sold over 300 million records worldwide. The popularity of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon is stronger than ever. Their story is a remarkable one, a narrative that covers early struggles, huge obstacles, success, arguments, breakups, triumph, tragedy and an enduring legacy – all against a backdrop of brilliant music and stunning live performances from every corner of the globe. In this film, for the first time, it is the band that...

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There’s No Place Like Home

From the Producer: "There’s No Place Like Home is documentary about my home city of Bath, England. It follows me as I return home after three years looking to find out if there is something special about the small city of 80,000 people. I look at whether Bath, home to the likes of Ken Loach, Peter Gabriel, Nicholas Cage and Jane Austen has an unusual effect of inspiring its residents. I joined two of the cities most prolific artists for the film, John Eaves and Pete Brown to see how the buildings, the landscape and the people have played a huge part in influencing their...

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