A scene from The Bells (1926) is optically reprinted and edited to Michael Gordon¹s 7 minute composition. A meditation on the fleeting nature of life and love, as seen through the roiling emulsion of an film.
California Typewriter is a story about people whose lives are connected by typewriters. The film is a meditation on creativity and technology featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, Sam Shepard, David McCullough and others.
Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, three men from the outside participate in a four-day group-therapy retreat with a group of incarcerated men for a real look at the challenges of rehabilitation.
Alvin 'Bud' Wheeler,
A documentary about two different searches conducted in the Chilean Atacama Desert: one by astronomers looking for answers about the history of the cosmos, and one by women looking for the remains of loved ones killed by Pinochet's regime.
Dawson City: Frozen Time, pieces together the bizarre true history of a collection of some 500 films dating from 1910s - 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory, in Dawson City, located about 350 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Using these permafrost protected, rare silent films and newsreels, archival footage, interviews and historical photographs to tell the story, and accompanied by an enigmatic score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers (Captain Fantastic), Dawson City: Frozen Time depicts a unique history of a Canadian gold rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery, and salvation - and through that collection, how a First Nation hunting camp was transformed and displaced.Written by
Very well made documentary presenting film history, silent film history, history history.
If you like this sort of thing...
Photographs and snippets of film from the late 1890s lead to a wonderful series of films of very tough/hard people who encountered their own Bitcoin bubble in the shape of the Klondike gold rush.
And there are some very interesting names in the history of this little gold rush town.
It's a matter of taste but I am fascinated by films of long dead people who once thought they were at the forefront of civilization. Old time photos are good for imaginings, but films of people going about their business causes a lot more 'connectedness' between the viewer and the subjects.
"I know someone who acts just like that!"
We are presented with photos and film footage that makes one think "Deadwood" probably wasn't really such an exaggeration.
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