October 15, 2011
I came across these two documentaries that are interesting examples of DIY documentaries.
Tarnation is the earlier of the two, released in 2003. Director Jonathan Caouette documented 19 years of his life with his schizophrenic mother. With a budget of $218 (edited with the free iMovie program) and two decades worth of super 8 film, photographs, answering machine recordings Caouette was able to create a world renowned film that received accolades from Independent Spirit, Gotham Awards, National Society of Film Critics, and London International Film Festival.
Life in a Day was released this year that was directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott. Life in a Day is made up of YouTube submissions from people who filmed their lives on July 24, 2010. Thousands are included in the final product. While I have only seen the trailer and various clips from YouTube there is something so powerful about bringing together all these strangers who are willing to share a little part of themselves. May I suggest a screening day?
September 19, 2011
As I was looking through the Media Studies Tumblr I found a call for submissions that is related to our course:
Cultivating heirloom urban farms. Designing unorthodox musical instruments. Founding new workshops in old warehouses. New York offers the chance to incubate dreams and breathe fresh life into enduring passions. It has long had a siren’s call for those driven to create the bespoke, the repurposed, the transformative. It is a living laboratory for human exceptionalism.
To celebrate this cultural dynamism, FATHOM+HATCH, a New York-based marketing and innovation consultancy, is hosting an evening of short films to explore the theme of ‘Made From Scratch.’ It will spotlight the ongoing legacy of New Yorkers who create products, companies, and ideas wrung from the raw materials of the City and themselves.
A total of six short films will be showcased at a screening party in a SoHo gallery hosted by FATHOM+HATCH on Thursday, October 6th 2011. These will be selected by a panel of judges, including renowned photographer George Lange, tech blog extraordinaire, Peter Rojas (Gizmodo, GDGT) and MTV guru and creator of Heroverse, Tom Akel. Each of the six selected filmmakers will receive a membership to the IFCenter. The audience’s favorite, to be voted on the night of the screening, will receive a prize of $1,000.
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