The Rise Of The Synths is the story of a group of music composers from different countries who in the mid 2000’s, unknown to each other but with the help of Myspace, spontaneously created an underground music scene known as Synthwave. It was the first time the Internet gave birth to a real music scene. Synthwave can be described as music that uses an electronic modern composition heavily inspired by the soundtracks of cinema, TV and video games from 1980’s pop culture. Through the story of Synthwave, the film explores these questions: “Why now, this nostalgia for the 80s? Where does it come from and what will become of it?” There is a secret world out there, populated by some of the last rebels on the Internet, and it’s happening now.
Is our turbulent world at a breaking point or, a turning point? In 1976, controversial and celebrated philosopher Michel Foucault presented a sensational lecture on power that predicted our current moment of chaos and conflict, describing it as a perpetual war waged through racism, violence and technology. He gave this war a name: biopwer. Now, what Foucault described four decades ago as a threat is in full fury around the world. This film, presented as a hybrid-reality (a mix of performance and documentary), is at once a bitter fable and a fever dream bringing forward Foucault’s challenge that later is too late and that the time to act is now. It offers an alternative: do not resist…oppose!
Applebroog, now in her 80s, looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings and paintings, as well as her private journals. With her daughter’s encouragement, she investigates the stranger that is her former self, a woman who found psychological and sexual liberation through art.
Yank Tanks reveals the phenomenon of classic American cars of the 1950s that have survived in Cuba. Like an exotic, endangered species, these colorful cars – Caddies, Buicks, Hudsons – roam this island paradise, trapped in a time warp.
Interviews with Mockbee’s peers and scenes with those he’s influenced infuse the film with a larger discussion of architecture’s role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, social change and citizenship.
Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star’s playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.
Allah Made Me Funny – The Official Muslim Comedy Tour has had hundreds of shows throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The Tour was originally created to relieve tensions and address negative stereotypes about Muslim religion and culture.
Magdiel, an aspiring “corrido” composer from the drug capital of Mexico, faces two options for a better life: trafficking drugs or crossing the border illegally into the US. “Narco-corrido” is one of the most vital forms of music in North America, a chronicle of immigrant life and the narcotics underworld – a cross between a medieval ballad and gangsta rap.
In the summer of 2000 a San Francisco artist known only as Someguy released 1000 blank journals into the world. In them, he wrote: “This is an experiment and you are part of it. Add anything you like, then pass it on.” Three years later, journal number 526 found its way back to him. But where had the other 999 journals disappeared to?
This insightful and warm profile comes on the occasion of the 70th anniversaries of Rosalind Russell’s breakthrough role as Sylvia Fowler in The Women (2009) and her most famous role as Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday (2010).