Saturday, August 17, 2013

Documentaries that changed my life

sounds dramatic, really isnt. anyone that knows me knows I really dont get down with television. ok ok ok...with very few exceptions. The Big Bang Theory, Duck Dynasty, Judge Judy, The Office, The First 48, Golden Girls reruns & Seinfeld reruns. I really have become very critical about how much of my time is wasted in front of a tv. I never had a tv in my room growing up (my parents couldnt afford it and even if they could they probably wouldnt allow it).

fuck everything i wrote above. a couple of weeks ago my husband, on a whim picked up the first season of The Walking Dead on dvd...and I AM COMPLETELY OBSESSED. I havent painted or drawn (other than for tattoo appointments) since. it doesnt help that season 2 is on netflix....season 3 is on preorder, bitch! dude, seriously- how could i have missed this? this is what television was intended to be! So, Ive been a little busy...for starters, i began writing this post about 3 weeks ago...

so anyway, what i was GOING to say was that I really dont watch much tv, we cancelled our directv and hooked up with netflix. Its much better and Im not paying $80 for 600 channels of infomercials/commercials and Dancing with the Who-Gives-A-Fuck and Housewives of Who-Fucking-Cares. I watch alot of documentaries. Usually on my day off  I'll watch a couple and if Im up late drawing/painting I have one going as well.  I like anything by VICE , they are always interesting, awesome - see Tattoo Age  and sometimes scary- see: Cannibal Warlords of Liberia...holy shit.

So as far as independent films goes, here are a couple of my recent favorites. For the most part they are informative Earthlings is REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY ROUGH awful/painful/sad to watch, so tread lightly. However I think the knowledge what you can take away from it is immeasurable . The same goes for Pink Ribbons Inc, completely changed the way I look at fundraising and donating money. And there are some just for entertainment value (depending on who you ask...), Last Days Here is great  or better yet Exit Through The Gift Shop is much lighter. Anyway, enough rambling, seriously tho, I posted links to the trailers, so proceed accordingly.

in no particular order

 Food, Inc.
according to IMDB = "An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry."

Earthlings (very graphic)

wiki: Covering pet stores, puppy mills and animal profession, Earthlings includes footage obtained through the use of hidden cameras to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely on animals. It draws parallels between racism, sexism, and speciesism.

Plastic Planet
imdb: Werner Boote presents an up-close and personal view of the controversial and fascinating material that has found its way into every facet of our daily lives: plastic. He takes us on a journey around the globe, showing that plastics have become a threat for both environment and human health.

Full Film -

"Brian Springer exposes media manipulation in Spin, a documetary composed of 100% unauthorized footage gathered from open satellite feeds."

Park Avenue. Money, Power and the American Dream
full film :
"740 Park Avenue, Manhattan, is one of the most exclusive addresses in the world, home to some of the richest Americans, the 1% of the 1%. Ten minutes to the north, across the Harlem River, is the other Park Avenue, in the South Bronx. Here, unemployment runs at 19% and half the population need food stamps."

Freedom Fries: And Other Stupidity We'll Have to Explain to Our Grandchildren
full documentary (50 minutes)
from youtube: "A whimsical look at patriotism and consumerism in America. It explores the absurdity of many of the symbolic gestures that have recently pervaded our culture, such as the wasting of perfectly good French Wine and the waving of Chinese-made America flags. With the help of a leading scholar and an outspoken social activist, this film draws a concrete relationship between American consumerism and patriotism."

Pink Ribbons, Inc
from imdb: "Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve? Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause," becomes obfuscated by a shiny, pink story of success."

You're Looking At Me Like I Live Here And I Don't
from PBS: Lee Gorewitz struggles to navigate the increasingly confusing landscape of Alzheimer's disease.

Dark Days
from IMDB "A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City."

Last Days Here
IMDB "Documentary follows Bobby Liebling, lead singer of seminal hard rock/heavy metal band Pentagram, as he battles decades of hard drug addiction and personal demons to try and get his life back."

Bukowski: Born Into This
IMDB "Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'."

 Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home
Official site: LOST ANGELS: SKID ROW IS MY HOME takes an uncompromising yet life-affirming look at the lives of eight remarkable individuals, people who have found a way to make a life for themselves within the community of homelessness.

Banksy: Exit Through Gift Shop 
"The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work." -Sundance Film Festival via IMDB

Thats it for now, thanks for reading.