Tuesday, January 01, 2008

thank you Sundance and Steevoh

So today is my Doc Day. I have about 20 documentaries saved on Steevoh and this has been a great way to start the day.

I watched "A 100 Years and a Funeral" which was about Polygram and their film production arm, the rise and fall, based on the book by Michael Kuhn of the same name. It was really interesting because I recall seeing many of the films that came out of their production arm, so it was very interesting to watch the history of the production company.

I also watched "Control Room". It was about Al-Jazeera in the burgeoning days and months of the current Iraq War. It was a very interesting side of the media that I certainly haven't seen before. I don't want to say that I would put a satellite dish up on my patio to get the station, but they showed the truth that the American Media Outlets wouldn't show and that was the damage caused. Having talked to someone recently who returned from Bagdad like a month ago or so I realized how separated we are by what is actually going on half a world away. While there are media outlets embedded into the Army it doesn't mean that we actually are able to see what is going on. And Al-Jazeera shows the death and destruction and damage. It might be pointed but they are showing what their viewers want to see. This was a great film and makes me question journalism in the United States just a little more than I did before I saw it.

"Who Gets to Call it Art" about the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Henry Geldzahler (oops sorry just Henry) and the late 50s and 60s art scene in New York. The interview at the beginning of the film saying that artists make terrible talk show guests really reeled me in. It was really funny because its true. The film shows and actually explained the heart behind the paintings and sculptures. It was really great. Oh and I really dug the soundtrack too. Watching Warhol paint his nails with wite-out nearly flipped me out. Brilliant capture on film. It makes me excited to start collecting art (don't think that is a resolution or anything... you would be wrong, I have talked about what to do with my money now that I don't have a car payment and half of what I spent earlier will go to buying one or two pieces that are important to me a year*).

* and yes I am using an asterisk... shut up I am allowed.... that I think is why I am so excited by the idea of the online galleries offering affordable prints. by up and coming artists, its a blessing for someone like me... thank you 20 x 200, Etsy, flickr and Tiny Showcase. Imagine what these artists could have done then if the internet was as accessible then as it is now?

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