"Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to "document" reality." - Wikipedia
This is a collection of Full Length Documentaries, Documentary Snippets, Trailers and interviews with filmmakers, Enjoy and vote up videos that you think should get more exposure.
If you have not noticed you have to edit the videos length when you are entering the information fields. Quit being so damn lazy eh !
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A year old, but most(?) links still seem to work.
Some 870,000 images of New York City and its municipal operations, going back to the mid-1800s, are now available to the public for the first time online.[AP]
The city Department of Records officially announced Tuesday the debut of its photo database and its previously unpublicized link to the site.
The images are part of the Municipal Archives' vast collection of more than 2.2 million photographs, featuring all manner of city oversight — from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings.
Researchers, filmmakers, genealogists and preservationists particularly find the photos useful. But anyone can search the images, share them through social media, or purchase them as prints.
The department's Kenneth Cobb said bringing the images online was part of the agency's mission to make city records accessible to everyone.
Link: New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery
Unfortunatly, there are no mirrors available yet, so access is... sporadic.
"Israeli youth today has no fear of saying what it really thinks about Arabs. The youth featured in the video below are not only are they happy when children die, but one girl said she has no problem with taking a weapon and killing innocent Arabs"
"Off Book is a web-original series from PBS that explores cutting edge art, the artists that make it and the people that share it online.
New episodes every other Wednesday."
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expressive_aphasiaposted by JTZ 3 years 9 months ago • 3,503 views
"What started out as a simple interview about a studio evolved into this: an hour-long documentary about the 18-year history of Volition, Inc. The studio provided an unprecedented amount of never-before-seen concept art and early footage of their great games, even from a couple that were canceled before their release. The video covers a lot of ground, so we divided it into four parts so that you can jump right in and learn the story behind your favorite Volition games. We recommend starting from the beginning to get a full look at not only the history of Volition, but how far the gaming industry has come in 18 short years. Let us know what you think, and thanks for watching..."
This episode should be active for at least a week. It is a must see documentary on the state of e-voting.
You may have missed Dan Rather's disturbing episode showing Sequoia failures during the 2000 Florida election was not an accident and how the punchcards were purposefully designed to fail in order to bring in a new age of electronic voting machines (which Sequoia was trying to sell).
CNN interview with Dan Rather does a good job summarizing the above episode.
DVD Rip streaming - For those who haven't seen it....this has to be my all-time favorite documentary concerning the art world....
'My Kid Could Paint That' is also pretty great.....
New York Times - Feb 14 2010
Banksy, the pseudonymous British street artist, has built his reputation on stunts — like inserting his own work among the masters’ in museums — that taunted the market in which his pieces sold for millions. But with his latest project, the documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” he is laboring to convince audiences that he’s playing it straight.
The film, which opens on Friday in New York and California, follows Thierry Guetta, an amiable Frenchman who lives in Los Angeles and videotapes everything — or so we’re told. When Mr. Guetta and camera eventually tunnel into the world of street art — he was introduced to the scene through a cousin, the Parisian artist Space Invader — his enthusiastic recording melds nicely with the artists’ desire to have their otherwise ephemeral work documented. He captures that scene’s luminaries, like Shepard Fairey and Swoon working on rooftops and in alleys under cover of night.
It seems to be a natural fit for a documentary. But Mr. Guetta’s nonstop footage turns out to be unwatched (he has boxes and boxes of unlabeled tapes) and even when he cobbles something together after years of shooting, largely unwatchable. “He was maybe just somebody with mental problems who happened to have a camera,” Banksy says in the film.
So Banksy decides to take control of the material himself — or so we’re told. Robbed of his camera and prodded by Banksy, Mr. Guetta, meanwhile, morphs into a street artist, inventing an alter ego called Mr. Brainwash and staging an opening exhibition in Los Angeles that turns him into an overnight sensation, all of which is captured in “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”
The film itself was a sensation at the Sundance Film Festival this year, especially after Banksy works (including stenciled images of a cameraman shooting a flower) began popping up on storefront walls in Park City, Utah. At the Berlin International Film Festival in February, he called a news conference, only to cancel it at the last minute and show a video, in which he appears in shadows, cloaked in a hoodie and with his voice disguised, as he does in the film, to vouch for its veracity.
The thing is, both Banksy and Mr. Guetta are pretty unreliable narrators. The immediate scuttlebutt was that Mr. Guetta either didn’t exist at all, that he was in cahoots with Banksy or that he was Banksy himself. Even aficionados of the scene were unsure what to think.
“Is it real?” asked Andrew Michael Ford, the director of the Last Rites Gallery in New York and an independent curator who has worked with street artists. “Is it a hoax?” The film, he added, offered so many circular possibilities that it was “tough to comment on it directly.”
But everyone involved has vouched for it. “Of course the more I try to say it’s all true, the more it sounds like I’m somehow perpetuating the conspiracy,” said Mr. Fairey, a friend of Banksy’s.
Mr. Guetta did not respond to a request for comment — though he does seem to exist and to be as idiosyncratic as he is in the film.
“I don’t know why so many people have been fooled into thinking this film is fake,” Banksy, or someone purporting to be he, wrote in an e-mail message from Los Angeles, where the film had a premiere on Monday night. “It’s a true story from real footage. Does it bother me people don’t believe it? I could never have written a script this funny.”
As Marc Schiller, the proprietor of the street-art-enthusiast Web site woostercollective.com, put it, “It is one of these cases where Banksy has found in his art that truth is stranger than the best fiction you can imagine.”
Both Mr. Schiller and Mr. Fairey said that “Exit Through the Gift Shop” was of a piece with Banksy’s site-specific work, like a guerilla Guantánamo installation at Disneyland and an ersatz pet store in the West Village.
“Banksy is making a movie that’s 100 percent like a Banksy exhibition,” Mr. Schiller said. He called it a prank, then corrected himself, labeling it “a Banksy event.”
Mr. Fairey, who said that he and Banksy were in the same situation in trying to recover the footage of their career-defining moments from Mr. Guetta, added: “This is a way for Banksy to tell his story but at the same time critique the street art phenomenon. It’s perfectly aligned with how he does things. But it was a very shrewd adaptation to a problem that existed, not something premeditated.”
Banksy said it was a stretch to call the film his directorial debut.
“I didn’t take the director’s credit because I thought that was a bit unfair,” he wrote. “The editors essentially built the whole thing, and I deferred to the producer on the scenes I feature in — otherwise I’d just have picked the shots where my silhouette looks good.”
Still, he added, making it was “an all-consuming process, and my vandalism has certainly suffered as a result.” And Mr. Schiller said that Banksy was “involved in the smallest little detail of every aspect of this production and of the marketing of the film.” (Banksy said he financed it himself; new graffiti appeared in Los Angeles for the premiere.)
The surprise, Mr. Ford said, is in how quickly non-art-world audiences were to accept the notion of graffiti as a major spectacle.
“It’s one of those things where I’m not quite sure what I’m here for, but I’m excited about it,” a fan in line for Mr. Brainwash’s 2008 show, where works sold for tens of thousands — still far less than Banksy’s prices — says in the film.
“Banksy cares very much about selling art and what people think of him,” Mr. Fairey said, “and he understands thoroughly that people’s fantasy is a far better marketing tool than reality.”
Ultimately, wondering whether “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is real or not may be moot. It certainly asks real questions: about the value of authenticity, financially and aesthetically; about what it means to be a superstar in a subculture built on shunning the mainstream; about how sensibly that culture judges, and monetizes, talent.
Asked whether a film that takes shots at the commercialization of street art would devalue his own work, Banksy wrote: “It seemed fitting that a film questioning the art world was paid for with proceeds directly from the art world. Maybe it should have been called ‘Don’t Bite the Hand that Feeds You.’ ”
It certainly doesn't sound all positive, but it does look like it will be interesting. Thought you guys might appreciate it.
Go to the above URL, read the blurb, click the link. Note that the first part is not available, but parts 2-9 are there. I'm a little concerned dl'ing this and YouTubing (and subsequently sifting) it because the Stones have apparently sued to keep this doc unreleased since it was made it '72. Anyway, it's grainy and the audio isn't very good, but you can get a feel for the utter hedonistic bubble they lived in at the time. Parts of it are very NSFW (drugs, sex).
1st SiftTalk post.
About to join a documentary crew as a cameraman, starting up in Maine, and ending all the way down in the Keys. If you haven't guessed, the doc is about route 1. I guess they are aiming to sell it to travel or discovery (if they are lucky)... otherwise, you may see it on PBS or something within the next year (will keep you posted). After that (a month) I am going to be moving up to rochester, NY, and will be starting on an Art History PhD in the fall. Whew. it never ends.
In any case, i wish you all the best during the rest of the summer. See you soon, and keep those quality embedz flowin', kids!
So this is my first post on sift talk, and I thought I would try and wait until I had something that I suspect would interest most of you. If you haven't seen it already, PBS and Frontline are putting together a pretty fascinating online series of documentaries centered around the idea that what will ultimately define our age is digital technology.
Frontline has done some docs like this one before, but this one is particularly cool because its content and its primary mode of exhibition are married.
So far they have released two "chapters." I guess they are going by country, because part one deals with Korea... specifically with video games and video game/internet addiction. The second chapter deals with America's emergent robotic military.
The other thing I wanted to bring up is actually a question for the veteran sifters and I guess Dag specifically. PBS video has embed codes; is it possible to post these? I couldn't get it to work. ;(
The Ring has power to change its owner.
mauz15 is a sifter of pure quality in my eyes. He posts so many great documentaries it's impossible to keep up. Besides posting great vids, he has also made a great effort in *deading and fixing videos. A long time member who joined the sift back in May 2006, mauz15 has finally joined the Diamond rank.
You are greatly appreciated, mauz! Be sure to check out his sifted vids and PQUEUE.