Tuesday, 20 February 2018

ANTI-EASTWOOD - The New British Art-House Cinema


Cult Hero, the Lizard King, Enfant Terrible, Mr Voodoo Trick, but what is certain is that filmmaker Fabrizio Federico is helping widen a generation gap in the film industry by doing what isn't expected of a movie director. 
He releases his films for free online, used mobile phones and CCTV cameras, casts street-superstars and doesn't use scripts or relies on funding to create his films; in the process, retaining 100% creative power over his movies. 
He has always insisted on his own talentlessness, presenting it as a challenge to anyone who thinks they could do better. His mystique not only comes from his popstar good looks and outspoken views, but from the fact that his films appeal to the tribal magic that lurks in the shadows of cinemas hidden frames. It's primeval & occult qualities that he and filmmakers such as Kenneth Anger, Dennis Hopper & Gaspar Noe have also embodied. It is a very seductive juju charm that the mainstream has long been weary of.

The manic and rowdy quality of Federico's films stem from his cinema manifesto Pink8 which has spawned an international collective of outsider filmmakers who are seeing the manifesto as a creed for a radical new step for a purer form of cinema. Federico never studied how to make films, learning everything from ground zero with some heartbreaking consequences, ''I lost my 1st film because my computer blew up; damn Dell computers, had to start all over again from scratch.'' 
His film Pregnant focuses on technology addiction in the 21st century. The mass hypnosis of a generation, as we witness each character's inner spiritual stagnation and mass disconnection from society. His debut feature film Black Biscuit is a portrait on wild youth and its lust for sex, drugs and money. His psychedelic editing & rhythm convey a shamanic quality to his films. Disorganised but focused, a slightly awe-struck air, his films are completely improvised. ''What appeals to me is the beauty and terror of particular vibes, from there I streamline each films path.''


Trouble also seems to follow him like a manic flame. Mainstream critics loath his films, to the point where Federico and film critic Chase The Whale have developed a long standing feud regarding critical hack jobs. And during a live radio interview in America, Federico was involved in a on air argument with several film critics after they had failed to watch his film. But his confidence and fearless attitude may originate from the fact that he survived a house fire at the age of five. ''I tasted deaths appetite at an early age, the world has seemed like an illusion ever since.'' There has also been rumours that he has sold his soul to the devil.

Challenging censorship his footage has been confiscated by the police because of his helter skelter commando style shooting tactics. But all this stems from his pure love for cinema. ''To me film is like a myth, a collection of all of the strengths and failings of humanity, magnified for us to figure out.'' 


Federico has currently set up the Straight Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival, he also starred in his first movie Kingdom of Shadows directed by the movie duo Clara Pais & Daniel Fawcett, and has also created a Ziggy Stardust style alter-ego of a film director from Mars, called Jett Hollywood. His new film LOON was released on Halloween 2017.''I enjoy the beauty of life, but Im also turned on by the dark absurdity and surrealism that life has to offer. Its a circus.'' 

Monday, 12 February 2018

Filmmaker Shane Ryan - Confessions Of A Realist


''So, I really don't see the point in this film stuff anymore. I actually just cried for the first time out of frustration, as in, I didn't feel the emotions I've ever felt while crying, but tears still suddenly poured out of me in public. I just can not take this fucking shit any goddamn more. I just can not. Things have gotten so ridiculously bad.
Before you say that I'm just complaining, take a minute to scroll my page. 95% of the time I am simply promoting my work, keeping my spirits up. Like I've been doing for 30 goddamn years ever since I started pursuing this ridiculous dream. So, either you are only attracted to me complaining, or Facebook only shows you when I am. And I don't even call it complaining, I call it calling out all the fucking bullshit in this industry and this world. But call it what you want. I just do not see the point in any of this, anymore.
Everything I do gets deleted these days it seems. Everything I've done this week has just been deleted. I can't post in a film facebook group about my films without it being blocked by facebook. I can't comment on a film I fucking made in a facebook group. Seriously??? I can't post casting notices on IMDB or funding notices on IMDB without it disappearing hours later. They say it's because I can't try to raise finds on there, but that's half of what I see on there. And why can't I post casting notices then??? I can't post castings in casting websites because they don't like the descriptions of the films. I can't get my films onto Amazon or other sites because they have nudity or violence (when mainstream Hollywood TV is filled with this shit). I can't even edit my films to have non of this stuff, cause they still end up deleted by these companies. Now Amazon is fucking indies even harder in the ass by making them generate 1/2 a million fucking hours of views in order to keep their payments. If they don't they loose over half of what they currently make. Thanks Amazon, you crooks.
I can't even keep 13 year old youtube accounts (13 years of uploading) with PSAs on them about helping people because some fucking how they're not appropriate. Look at what's on youtube!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cops killing people, beheadings, anal waxing, etc, all with billions of views, but I can't have my own censored movie trailers up there, nor videos about how to help people?????????!?!?!?!!!!! And yet I get ripped off by people on youtube itself nearly ever day for over a fucking decade!!!
I can't have private screeners on Vimeo without them deleting my entire accounts because they don't like the content, but they have Gasper Fucking Noe films on there, with cum shots at the camera uncensored!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Back when I first started, I actually had a little money coming in. Not much, say 10k, which of course all went back into promoting. But at least it was 10k I had that I didn't have to spend myself, all coming from DVD sales, just DVD sales.
But then ya'll killed the video store (thanks a fucking lot), and it all became digital, and since then I haven't been paid one fucking penny. Not one fucking goddamn penny has come from digital. And on top of that, I can't even work my own fucking ass off for no pay without facebook, youtube, vimeo, and all these other cunts deleting my shit left and right. Seriously...
what is the goddamn mother fucking point?????????????? Let's just delete all art and censor everything. I'm really totally lost and stuck right now. Why bother getting up? Why bother working on anything? Why fucking bother typing this? It's just going to be deleted with the click of a fucking button like it never even existed. And that has officially driven me completely mad.
I have nothing left. I actually started laughing, between crying, because I'm that far gone. Thanks to all you digital overly sensitive fucks who have completely killed art.

The hypocrisy of the media also puts vomit to my eyes. I've spent 15 years or whatever trying to get indiewire just to mention one of my indie films, nothing. It didn't matter when I made the lowest budget film ever to receive major distribution. No response. It didn't matter when I broke my own record, twice! No response. It didn't matter when I got MTV and LA times and Variety to review my films, no response. It didn't matter when I made the first film in history to include more than 100 directors (and an indie film), no response. It didn't matter when I made a transgender based film with a real transgender actor, also one of the youngest (or maybe the actual youngest), to co produce and co write and co direct, no response. But I did get coverage in all of the major news stations all over the world, once, just once, when it was nothing but fucking lies about me, all designed to make the world hate me for 48 hours (which unfortunately for me, it worked). Nothing but thousands upon thousands of death threats and hater comments, hundreds of people telling me to go kill myself and much much much worse, and the worst shit I've ever been called in my life (and I thought I went through severe bullism in school, fuck). But I can't get one goddamn mention from these people, not mother fucking one, for 30 years of hard work I put in. It's all such horse shit. Fuck 'em all.


Thanks for all the support (aside from the big gulp of people who unfriended me just after posting this). All honestly though, I've tried most of this advice 1k times or more. Like Rocky going after Apollo, only I got nearly a decade on Rocky's age andI've fought Apollos of this world about 5k times. I just don't give a fuck anymore. I'm broken. Even if I won I wouldn't enjoy it I've taken so many beatings. I'm numb. A vegetable. I never cared about being on top. Shit, if I made 25k a year doing what I do I'd be fucking thrilled (25k a year is goddamn horseshit, but I'd be totally cool with that). Working my ass off 24/7, always having to be on call, and not only not getting paid for it the past 30 years, having to put what money I've never even had into all this is just bullshit. Now with the internet, it's so much worse. It's like you're always always always working, but I never get shit. If I try to take just two days off from this non paying job I fall behind and/or some people hit me up 20 fucking times to get my to respond. It's exhausting as fuck. And there's no hope left. It's not just that this industry is hard, people and companies have killed it, running it into the ground. I grew up in a distribution company for 20 years watching them adapt until they practically crumbled. They had hundreds of employees, transitioned from Laserdisc to DVD and Bluray. Then once the internet hit, they fired nearly every fucking body. My dad lost his job from them after 20 years at that place. Many people from there haven't worked a regular job in the years since. Netflix and Amazon have killed the chance of indie filmmakers (real indie filmmakers) making money. There was a day when indie films had chances (like the 90's). Now, an indie film is a film that has huge stars. You can't be Edward Burns, Darren Aronofsky, Christopher Nolan, Kevin Smith, etc today, and make a film that has nobody you ever heard of in all the roles, behind the camera, the production, etc, and with nearly no budget. Now an indie film is something starring Jennifer Lawrence who "decided" to make an indie film. There's no chance left for us. And you can't get people to help, like John Waters' days. If you're making something, especially if edgy, you can't get everybody to work for free...just for the excitement of making a movie. Surely not actors. You spend 5 years on a project, and an unknown upcoming actors won't spend 5 days without pay. I'm not talking about SAG actors, veteran actors (before everyone gets pissy at me again). I'm talking about unknowns, a group of people all willing to put in their time and creativity to make an indie film. Just doesn't happen anymore. Which is hilarious because then the people who have a budget, who actually have the fucking money, fire people like my dad and those who put in their time and dues for decades, and/or won't pay them shit for all of their experience. Everything's ass-backwards, those with experience and a great resume can't get shit, and those just beginning want it all without having done shit.

And on top of that, places like Amazon who ran indie film into the ground, are now cutting out 60% of the fucking pay they're giving (which is already shit), to indie films!!! Come the fuck on. And they censor the shit out of us. It's not that they censor everything, they're only targeting indies, the hypocrisy should get all these people gunned down to burn in fucking hell, it's sickening. I understand part of it is business, but if we ain't getting paid fucking shit, why should we sell out to them to make what they want?? It's not selling out if they're cutting our already shit royalties by another 60 fucking percent. So, we have to sell out, and not get paid, and not make the films or art we want. Yeah, sounds fucking great. It's not even art or cinema anymore, and it's not business either since we don't have any money coming in. It's simply...nothing.

This whole internet censorship thing is fucking pathetic and ridiculous. This is what makes me want to just say fuck it all. I know making it in film is hard, getting your film to stand out is near impossible (but it once was possible - I did it, I made the fucking films that did it after 22 years of trying, but that kind of chance dried up just a couple years later with the death of video stores). Sp, if you can't even put your goddamn fucking film out how do you ever have a chance??? It used to be, you had a chance. If you spend years on a film/pushing it then you might finally get distribution, then with that you get into stores and immediately into viewers eyes (automatic massive promotion), and from there it's all a matter of do they buy it (and if so you get money) and do they like it (and if so you can feel extra good and maybe use that to get people to have faith in getting you money to make another film, or at very least already have distribution in route for your next film). But now with video stores gone, it doesn't matter if you spend years trying to get distribution, the indie distributors can't even get you into stores, because hardly any fucking stores even exist anymore. And they can no longer get you on Netflix (the place that once prided itself on having films like ours and helped run video stores into the ground), because now that Netflix is big, they basically said "fuck you" to real indies. And you can't get onto what was supposed to be the savor of indie films and self distribution, Amazon, because they turned into the biggest pile of art censoring scum bags on the face of the internet. My first film, which got into thousands of video stores, got a whole whopping third of the film cut out of it to get it onto Amazon Prime (a fucking third of the goddamn movie, which still didn't even matter, they still booted it). That wasn't even my film anymore after the severe editing, but that didn't even matter. My 4th film got booted (that was the real beginning), from companies that actually prided itself in carrying adult films, because the credit card companies didn't want films like mine (art films which had about 5 min of nudity, wow oh wow, yet adult film/anal penetration was fine, but an arthouse film with a few minutes of nudity, "ohhhh shit, that's gotta go"). Now indie distributors tell you, and this coming from horror and exploitation distributors, that they don't want any nudity (meanwhile Hollywood turns TV into softcore porn with shows like Shameless, Game of Thrones, ect). And now even violence in indie film can get us booted. What's next, the word "fuck" or even "damn" (are we going in reverse or what)? Pretty soon, speech, literally, will be banned. And even if you comply they boot you. I had zero nudity on my youtube channels. And I got 20 years worth of channels deleted without any warning whatsoever. T-W-E-N-T-Y goddamn fucking years of uploading gone with the click of their fuckhead ass button. I obeyed their shit rules, and still didn't matter. My films got hacked to shit for Amazon (to the point I wouldn't even want anyone watching them now anyway) and they still get booted. I set my Vimeo screeners to private for critics only, and even Vimeo (which allows fucking solo explicit porn) deletes my entire channel without warning.
And now on facebook, I can't even promote my fucking films in appropriate film groups, without getting booted. I can't even pay to have a promotion on my own goddamn mutha fucking horse shit cunt page, because somebody had some 5 dollar red liquid on their face in one of the 10 pictures (ohhh, so fucking violent). So, that is my argument. Yes, making a film and getting it out there is damn near impossible. But fuck you Amazon, fuck you youtube, fuck you facebook. If we can't even upload, promote, sell our fucking films that we spent our shit whole life on, then what is the goddamn muther fucking point in any of this horseshit??? The only way is to go back to doing what I did 20 years ago, before I ever got distribution, was make a shitload of VHS tapes, keep them in a backpack, and go sell them to drunk people coming out of bars. That's what it's come to, that's what the internet gave us. Fucking bullshit. We need physical media back. Even if our film somehow gets distribution, is pussy ass enough to be PG rated, and gets on these streaming sites, the digital pay is about 1/1000th of the pay as a single DVD was (all of the money I made was from the first 7-8 months of films I made, zero has been made on a single film in the 9 years since once video stores went out). So, instead of having to sell 10k DVDs to get around 5-10k from royalties, you would need about a fucking million downloads/full viewings (which is impossible pretty much) from legit streaming sites, just to get that tiny shit bit of money. Money you probably already long spent of your own just trying to get the fucking thing made. This is why filmmaking is bullshit. At least with acting, all you have to do is show up and act. With writing, just write the fucking thing. With singing, just sing the damn song, play the fucking guitar. I wish I would have just done that, that's all I ever wanted the first 15 years I was pursuing this, was acting and writing. The idea of directing repulsed me. I should have stuck with that. Because as an indie director, you end up having to also usually shoot it (which means lean how to use camera, lights, etc etc etc), edit it (which means effects, color correcting, fonts, design, etc etc etc), score it, design the promotions, make the promotions, cast it, produce it, when actors don't show (as they often don't) then you have to cast off the street, or act yourself (on top of all the other shit you're already breaking balls to do), then the script goes out the door, so you have to constantly write it on the spot, finance it, etc, etc. All to get deleted by these cunt websites in the end. And on top of that you have this Youtube generation inspiration of wannabe self made star actors who want to tell you how to make your fucking movie that you spent years on doing everything on and they spent a couple fucking days on. Or they think you're making money (ha ha ha) and try to sue you. At least with physical media, the haters have to go through the effort to burn your shit, which is against the law if they didn't buy it, so they have to buy it first, and then when they buy it the distributor makes more, so you just made money, and probably got free promotion. Now it's horseshit, they just hit click, on you're gone without anyone knowing you were ever even there.''

Friday, 9 February 2018

''WE WERE THE CHOSEN REJECTS'' - The Trials of NIRVANA 'Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!'


Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! is stuffed, collage-style, with numerous moments of audience baiting: Cobain humps a camera and then hocks a loogie onto the lens at a festival in Denmark, gets the shit kicked out of himself by a bouncer after a poorly-timed stage dive, and the band wrecks the stage after playing “Territorial Pissing's” instead of “Lithium” on England’s uptight Jonathan Ross Show. After a clip of Cobain correcting an interviewer who describes the band’s live set as violent (“It doesn’t have anything to do with violence. It’s about fun. Pure fun.”), the film closes with a montage of the band destroying their instruments at such coveted gigs as the Reading Festival and Saturday Night Live

It’s as tempting then to look at Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! as a document of Cobain unleashing his personal demons (it could make a cool double-bill with The Devil & Daniel Johnston) as it is to pontificate about Nirvana’s placement in the canon of Western culture. 
Underground filmmaker Fabrizio Federico cites the film as a big inspiration, ''I'd come home from school and watch it all night long and just marvel at the editing style, just pure anarchy. It's as if you're watching a Nintendo terrorist new's bulletin, all that 1990's home camcorder footage is so scratchy''.



Conceived by Cobain as a kinetic document of the band's 1991-92 world tour, but completed by bandmates Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic, along with director Kevin Kerslake, the film careens through the band's early catalogue and, of course, their earth-shaking platinum sophomore smash, 1991's "Nevermind," interspersing clips from countless television interviews and home video antics amid searing live performances of such now-classic tracks as "About A Girl," "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Polly" and "Come As You Are." Above all else, what shines through most in is the band's tireless sense of humour; faced with a soul-crushing schedule and a frenzied media descending upon these three twenty-somethings in an effort to decipher the appeal of the then-newly tagged "grunge" phenomenon, Grohl, Novoselic and Cobain all maintain a wry detachment from the insanity swirling around them. Cutting up on an airplane or goofing around backstage, you clearly see that these were men not comfortable shouldering the weight of an entire generation.

Released in the mournful months after Cobain allegedly took his own life in April 1994, the film functions as a companion piece to the chilling "Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York," which was released two weeks prior to the documentary, providing a glimpse at both ends of the band's musical spectrum. The incandescent flare which lit up popular music in the early Nineties, only to just as quickly be snuffed out, the music and message of Nirvana still resonate to this day. Like the man says: here we are now, entertain us.

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Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival - Laura Grace Robles (Interview)


How’s the Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival impacting the world of indie filmmakers? 

It used to be that Indie filmmakers felt like they needed a film crew, a script and great lighting equipment, not to mention an expensive camera to make a decent film. But now movies are being made with camera phones and they are destroying Hollywood by stealing their audience, because its a movie now being made to fit in your pocket. Because of internet distribution things have changed drastically and the future of cinema is streaming films for free on Youtube and Vimeo. Which is really inspiring to others who dream of making films one day and with our festival. With the Youtube and Vimeo era of today film festivals like ours, we are giving an opportunity to those filmmakers who take the same risks Fabrizio Federico and I do. That’s why we started this film festival to begin with so that struggling film makers get a chance to participate in an innovative showcasing system. Now, you don’t need to have auditions or worry about all the fuss behind creating the perfect feature film or music video because our festival promotes the DIY mentality that comes along with guerrilla film making, street culture that says I will take any risk necessary to capture my solace vision and it doesn’t have to be perfect to be accepted. This will endorse the individual and freedom of speech with films that aim to fail but most of all included the Punk Cinema and Anti-Art Film generation that believes mistakes are beautiful and perfect, that continuity is wrong and film schools are poison. We hope to rescue the underdog running into these dilemmas. That’s what makes the PINK8 manifesto so great, its the utter essence and roots of Punk Cinema; directors like Fabrizio Federico, Lars Von Trier, Harmony Korine and myself among others who have already proven taht you don’t need to do things by industry standards, whatever that means because now you don’t need anyone to make a film but yourself and a phone camera. Indie film making is headed towards a wide awakening debut of transgressive films. I mean it already has hit the wall of films of today that guerrilla film festivals like ours are taking over by emptying the sardine seats at the box office. When you think about it directing films should be a luxury not something you must do to make money off to survive as a human. It takes all the true virtue and purpose out of film making for the self and if its money your after your obviously in the wrong business, everybody knows that. Even those million dollar budget films that are being made lose tons of money from the lack of spectators who refuse to spend a dime on a movie, especially now that you can just download any movie you want online before it even comes out in the theatre.

What kinds of feature films have been submitted over the past years? 

Well the first year we ran the Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival I was really excited because it was going to be my first time ever participating in a film festival like this. I had been rejected so many times after paying money to submit my films just to be excluded again and again. Then with Straight-Jacket I found my audience and I knew i had to take advantage of the opportunity I had to showcase in a festival that Fabrizio Federico and I had directed. Straight-Jacket was now giving me a chance I had never had before. My film Nigga Booty Nights has been showcased, the film was extremely rude, controversial and racist when compared to the analogies of modern day slavery during the time Obama was in office. It was the first time any guerrilla film festival had showcased hybrid video art and experimental film like this as one and the same ever before. Its rare that festival judges are willing to take such a big risk at showcasing something so rare and unique like this because by showing something like this it meant you were taking the risk of losing your audience because what you were showing was not “popular” or accepted as “good filmmaking” and we welcome all types of audiences, critics and filmmakers of the everyday people who just want to see or do something risk taking. The second year we ran the festival the award winning film for most proactive film was Peacock directed by Kurtz Frausun, a film maker out of Dallas, Texas, a guerrilla film maker who pushed the boundaries of what was art and questionably pornography. When we screened his film some spectators were appalled by the effort we made to publicly screen such a pornographic images at a public venue that was open to the public. This year I’m excited to see what kind of submissions we get in, its always a challenge picking out the film selection after spectating the tons of submissions.

The festival has received a lot of criticism from the biggest festivals because Straight Jacket offers free submissions to anyone with a feature film or music video, why such criticism? 

Typically the reason people start film festivals is to make a pretty penny off having some kind of outlet for the many desperate filmmakers dying to get into a film festival. These millions of filmmakers compete with hundreds of thousand films every year. Thats not what we came here to do, its free because we care more about generating a new common audience that caters to the DIY culture and everyday person, not just for critics but for all types of film makers and spectators. We feel money shouldn’t keep anyone from submitting their feature film or music video and allowing them to have a chance to be a part of our showcase it generates feedback. We depend on the future of cinema and film distribution that’s why we choose films streaming on Youtube or Vimeo so that way our audience isn’t putting a price on these priceless films that are self actualising films and not as though it were a form of ordinary entertainment. Its more like a form of junk film evolution that has now become a part of the Ant-Art Film genre for DIY guerrilla and junk film street culture.


Whats better about having an online film festival? 

Those who get accepted into our film festival do not need to travel across the world and they don’t need to go broke just to participate in the film festival just to show up for a night to partake in their premiere. Instead they can browse among the entire film selection in the privacy of their own home and see how other film makers are taking the same risks they are. Its really a muse to compare the different film making styles around the world and how they interpret experimental and guerrilla film making styles with a new care free attitude. We hope to rule the the world one day by becoming apart of the future of cinema. Also our film festival takes the pretentious mentality away from who and who cannot obtain access to our film selection, its simple anyone who has internet access can view our festival during our screening dates. This means the audience is able to watch our films for free without having to leave the comfort of their own home by not having to spend hundreds of dollars to spectate great creative films. Of course its an acquired taste but this is the future of film entertainment, free online streaming and by beating the corporate costs we are moving up in the industry because the market for homemade films are becoming more on demand to the you tuber who has more fun watching real people and street super stars who aren’t so pretty, perfect or over glamorised but instead more natural and realistic yet so convincing and so believable it is what makes films more authentic thus more desirable by more to be seen just like the boom of reality TV, its what makes you feel like a human again, it helps people accept themselves for who they are not how perfect they must be. 


What is the difference between Anti-Art Film & Anti-Film? 

Anti-Art Film doesn’t actually exist its just something we could consider a new genre and assumed to be related to the Dada movement and or related to the antithesis of the Art Film genre. Instead of the Anti- Art film having a niche audience like Art Film should have it would attract a larger more common scale audience from the masses as though it were like fast food cinema not being produced for financial gain and of course instead of it being a serious work of art it would appropriate junk film aesthetics that remain part of the junk aesthetic discovery, during the Dada movement when artist began to work with found objects using quotidian materials as the ultimate punk attitude questioning the definition of art exactly assuming there might not a be a definition at all to begin with. Anti-Art Film is just the after Neo-Dada experience following the Dada movement in the era of Fluxus. Fluxus, not a movement rather a radical happening most considered a movement although to some Fluxus artists like Yoko Ono refused to agree that Fluxus was a movement but more of a phenomenon that emphasised ideologies stated in the Fluxus manifesto, a manifesto which a group of many kinds of different artists from around the world published together becoming the most radical era for art in the 60’s at the time. A time where conceptual artists were practising interdisciplinary forms of research for their art making in order to resolve their experimental process. I think anti film is more comparable to punk film and the punk film making mentality being made today during the Punk Cinema movement, but just the way Fluxus was and was not considered a movement to some, anti film can or will not be considered a movement to everybody rather some may argue the movement may or may not continue to be Punk Cinema. Anti-Art Film is a newly discovered genre that is just now coming to the surface of guerrilla and experimental film making discussed as the repercussions of anti art that occur regarding the study of anti film making styles.


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Filmmaker Fabrizio Federico's Top Songs

Movie Soundtracks are what truly elevate a film to a higher level during a scene's climax. Underground filmmaker Fabrizio Federico chooses his song-mix; even though most of the songs have not yet seen the light of day in a flick yet.

Velvet Underground - Heroin 
T Rex - Metal Guru
Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff
New York Dolls - Who Are the Mystery Girls?
Pixies - Debaser
Crowded House - Dont Dream Its Over
Sid Vicious - My Way
Oasis - Hello
Snoop Dogg - Murder Was The Case
Iceage - Ecstasy
Robert Johnson - Me & The Devil Blues
Eminem - Stan
Dion - Runaround Sue
Wu Lyf - Heavy Pop
The Doors - Light My Fire 
Pink Floyd - Bike
The Ronettes - Be My Baby 
Van Halen - DOA
Lil Peep - The Brightside
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Blow Monkeys - You Don't Own Me
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
The Vines - Get Free
Led Zeppelin - Dyer Maker/Dazed & Confused
Public Enemy - 911 is A Joke
George Michael - Careless Whisper
Rolling Stones - 2000 Light Years From Home
Chet Baker - My Funny Valentine
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
Guns & Roses - Welcome To The Jungle
Joy Division - Colony
Lee Scratch Perry - Cow Thief Skank
Berlin - Take My Breath Away
Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
Frank Ocean - Wiseman
David Bowie - Rock & Roll Suicide

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

T REX 'Born To Boogie' The Ultimate GLAM Movie


By 1972 Marc Bolan was a genuine Godhead, he was Camelot! The ultimate dandy, an undeniable pop star worth his salt, the perfect blending of wild 50's rock & roll and 60's fey underground cool. Marc was tapped into the teenage zeitgeist like few other artists have ever been, producing some of the greatest songs of the 21st century. His trajectory was reaching a crescendo and It was around this time that Ringo Starr saw an article proclaiming ''T Rex are bigger than the Beatles''. With loads of money and his own film company he decided to get involved in documenting T Rextasy at it's prime. ''It's one of my favourite films, I love it so much, it's such a huge inspiration on how I make movies, I just adore how they didn't use a script, it was all instinctive and fun... pure heart'' says filmmaker Fabrizio Federico. 

Born To Boogie is a surreal Fellini-type film, for starters, the Wembley concert (March 18, 1972) was going to be Marc's coronation, 2 shows in one day, a 5 camera shoot in order to capture every bit of the excitement, guitar turned up to 11 and with minimum stage production. All that was needed were those songs. 
Marc was a terrific showman, he had chutzpah, peacocking and strutting his stuff while wearing a T-shirt with his own image on it, plus 10,000 screaming kids going ape-shit There was a pungent smell of girls wetting themselves cose of the sheer Dionysian excitement. There's a moment in 'Baby Strange' where the hysteria is climaxing and descending into a riot, you see the police keeping the kids back, and the acoustic set is just gorgeous, 'Spaceball Ricochet' & 'Cosmic Dancer' shine on, and when Marc throws out the tambourines and attacks his guitar with it during 'Get It On' you can feel the stadium shake.



And this is just the concert, Born to Boogie has some of the greatest characters you will see in any rock movie - a man dressed as a doormouse (Ringo) driving a red convertible, with a top hatted Bolan with a fly squatter, looking like a glam Willy Winka. A midget materialises and eats a rear-view mirror, then you get an all-star jam on 'Tutti Frutti' at Abbey Road studios with Elton John, & Ringo jamming with Marc and Mickey, later even perched in a piano while rocking out to 'Children Of The Revolution'. 

There's the funny retakes of the fluffed ''Some people like to rock'' scene on the airstrip and the famous Tea Party scene (filmed at John Lennon's house) with a bemused Catweazle playing a butler, surrounded by frisky nuns and Mickey Finn looking like Dracula covered in jam, as Marc jams an acoustic medley with a string section in whiteface. 

The film is terrific and shows the apex of Marc's career, everything came true at that fateful concert, no performer has had this impact since maybe Kurt Cobain and the feeling of Glam lives on and it's main lesson is to be yourself in life's erratic magical mystery tour. 
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