Tokyo Below is a subterranean train ride through the city's underground music scene. Down here it seems as though the overwhelming pop culture of the streets of Tokyo has had little effect. Starting at its rock and roll influences and progressing into the sounds of punk, hardcore, and emo the Tokyo music scene more directly parallels its American counterpart than the native pop mainstream.
Featuring the political punk music of DStolemybear, the melodic sounds of Bluebeard, and the glam rock of the Blue Velvets, Tokyo Below captures the struggle of the independent band to be heard among the overwhelming popularity of Japanese pop music. The film also explores the next generation of indie bands making a name for themselves including 13th Month, I am Yours, and Cloud Egg.
Produced, directed, and edited by filmmaker James R. Petix in 2001, the film gives a new look at the documentary medium combining music video style editing with non-linear storytelling.
The film was shot using a combination of digital video and Super 8mm film to create the look of a nostalgic tour through an ultra modern city. Like a subway train, the film takes time to stop and look at the many different music styles and the individuals that choose to go against the grain and stand out amongst the crowds of people up above.
Beauty is an experimental documentary focusing on the mass production of mannequins as a metaphor for the balance between individual and social perceptions of beauty in American culture.
note: this video was created as my undergraduate thesis in 2005. if you have thoughts or critique, please send them my way. thank you for your interest!
A short documentary about DC-based artist Billy Colbert shot between July and December 2007.
Billy Colbert works from his studio in an abandoned warehouse at the corner of 14th and T streets in Washington, DC. The location couldn't be any hotter in terms of its development potential... So Billy can only occupy this space temporarily while the owners of the building search for development opportunities for their property.
In the meantime, Billy is creating a series of art that examines commercialism in our culture. He combines imagery from bus stop ads, cutting and pasting from various posters to create new posters with ironic new meaning.
Co-Directed by Brandon Bloch and Marc Alexander
Edited by Brandon Bloch
Crew: Deran Brown, Zundra Bradley, Josh Solomon
Documentary Trailer for the work in progress DECONSTRUCTING DAD-The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott (formerly titled RAYMOND SCOTT: ON TO SOMETHING) , a biographical documentary by his son, filmmaker Stan Warnow, about the 20th century musician, composer, and inventor whose musical career included the swing era, electronica, and everything in between, including use of his music in Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. For more info go to scottdoc.wordpress.com/
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Kevin Russ has been a huge inspiration to me since about 2005 when I saw some of his pictures on flickr. Over the years, he has just become such an incredible and focused photographer, ranging from doing portraiture now to landscape photography. He is one of the most humble men you will ever meet and really shows that there is no secret to photography or getting an incredible image.
Kevin has been traveling throughout the great American west shooting landscape and wildlife solely with his iPhone 4s and 5. He rarely pulls out his DSLR unless it's for a bear or bear cub where he can't get close. This is just a small peek into his life as a traveling photographer and some stories that come along with it.
"Robin Won" - Unseen Music
"Far Away" - Jose Gonzalez