Immerse yourself in the energetic, innovative and potentially illegal world of mash-up media with RiP: A Remix Manifesto. Let web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, serve as your digital tour guides on a probing investigation into how culture builds upon culture in the information age.
Biomedical engineer turned live-performance sensation Girl Talk, has received immense commercial and critical success for his mind-blowing sample-based music. Utilizing technical expertise and a ferocious creative streak, Girl Talk repositions popular music to create a wild and edgy dialogue between artists from all genres and eras. But are his practices legal? Do his methods of frenetic appropriation embrace collaboration in its purest sense? Or are they infractions of creative integrity and violations of copyright?
This documentary is released under Creative Commons Attribution — Noncommercial 3.0 Unported license.
Dir. Scooter McCrae, 1994
USA, 84 minutes.
The Zombie sub-genre has been been tired for decades. Back in 1994 a young filmmaker named Scooter McCrae brazenly assaulted that tired template when he combined his obsession with the sublime, obscure euro-sleaze of filmmakers like Jess Franco, the cold art-house visions of Andrei Tarkovsky, and his own disenchantment with humanity in general, to create one of the ’90s most transgressive works, SHATTER DEAD. From scene one, wherein The Angel Of Death impregnates a human woman, causing planet Earth’s dead to rise, it’s clear Shatter Dead is a non-stop kaleidoscope of fresh, uncompromising imagery. A no-budget, shot on video, apocalyptic nightmare-world where trust and humanity’s desire to understand the meaning of its existence is constantly subverted, SHATTER DEAD is a milestone in both the the Zombie genre and the world of SOV.
THE DEAD NEXT DOOR
Dir. J.R. Bookwalter, 1989
USA, 84 min.
At the tender age of nineteen, Ohio filmmaker and horror film devotee JR BOOKWALTER created the ultimate 8mm zombie epic, THE DEAD NEXT DOOR. This wildly ambitious debut feature took 4 years to complete with a little help from hyperactive horror auteur Sam Raimi (FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME) and Raimi's regular collaborator Scott Spiegel. Bookwalter's film is the greatest and most sprawling fan made Romero love letter ever realized, and features, according to Bookwalter, a cast of around 1,500!
In a post-DAWN OF THE DEAD world overrun by the living dead, the Zombie Squad is helping search for the key to a special formula which may be able to destroy the zombie menace once and for all. In their search for the secret notes of a mysterious doctor they come head to head with a group of religious fanatics led by a Jim Jones lookalike who is willing to kill to in order to keep his own terrible secret safe. A bloody, FX, zombie filled showdown follows where no fleshy neck area is left unbitten, and no intestine left unchewed!
The DEAD NEXT DOOR is truly impressive in its scale and ingenuity, featuring guerilla shots of zombies attacking the White House and the Washington Memorial! Bookwalter's film also provides plenty of goofy laughs and gleeful groan inducing references for horror fans (characters with names like Dr. Savini, Commander Carpenter, and Raimi)! Capturing the bucolic splendor of Romero's NIGHT and DAWN in its more pastoral moments (thanks to the film's Ohio location), and delivering the goods for the gorehounds in spades, this is the perfect in-world riff for living dead fiends, and a testament to the passion and possibilities of low budget horror moviemaking.
Suki Chan’s new work, Still Point, is a film installation that engages with sacred spaces and places of pilgrimage.
"Whilst filming in sacred sites in Jerusalem, I was struck by how some parts of the city have two names, one in Hebrew and the other in Arabic. How one population can ‘unsee’ another group. How one part of the city is closed off to another group – by borders which are sometimes physical and sometimes psychological."
Still Point transports the audience from the site of the humble wooden structures offering refuge along Pilgrims’ Way in Northumberland, to contested sacred sites in Jerusalem, and the interior spaces of abandoned Syrian villages in the Golan Heights.
Filmed & Directed by Suki Chan
Associate Producer in Jerusalem:
Dr Yusuf Natsheh
Visual Effects Supervisor:
Special thanks to Chris Ingram, Awqaf Administration, Gareth Evans, Claire Bailey-Coombs, Teresa Grimes, Pat Treasure, Tintype Gallery, Naomi Aviv, Ilan Biton, Idit Nathan, Sara Talai, Silia Ka Tung, Amikam Toren, Eran Gilat, Pamela Kember, Steven Bode, Andrew Hunwick, Christina Sanko, Erik Skodvin and William Lau.