Are your palms nice and dry? Is your stomach failing to churn? Watch Don't Look Down
, a Channel 4 profile of freerunner James Kingston
that follows him to the Ukraine to fulfill his need to make other people nervous by climbing (and doing backflips on) cranes, bridges, and buildings.
Earlier this year, the BBC's Arena
produced and aired an excellent documentary on Brian Eno entitled "Another Green World"
containing "a series of conversations on science, art, systems analysis, producing
and cybernetics". [more inside]
'This is the story of how Factory pioneered
Briton's independent pop culture, imagined a new Manchester, and blew
of money:Factory - Manchester from Joy Division to Happy Mondays
"Songs From the Life of Leonard Cohen
. More a biographical documentary than a concert, the 70-minute program combines live performances--some complete, many abridged--mainly from Cohen's 1988 show at Carnegie Hall, in support of his then-current album, I'm Your Man, with interviews with Cohen himself, his original musical patron Judy Collins and protege Jennifer Warnes." Parts: one two three four five six seven eight nine [more inside]
Dan Treacy and his band Television Personalities
have had a long and storied history. Here's a nice little documentary (part one, two, three, four)
on 'em. [more inside]
For the last year, the Vice TV program Soft Focus
has presented an assortment of "discussions about art, culture, politics, personal history, personal feelings, fashion, and the like"
with a series of noteworthy musicians. Host Ian Svenonius manages to wrangle dialogue with of some of the music world's most colorful and idiosyncratic characters: The Fall's Mark E. Smith
, My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields
, The Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder
, Crass' Penny Rimbaud
, Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV's Genesis P. Orridge
, Cat Power's Chan Marshall
, Thee Headcoats' Billy Childish
, The Specials' Terry Hall
, Andrew WK
, Fugazi's Ian Mackaye
, and Palace/Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's Will Oldham
. [more inside]
In 1997, Todd Phillips
and Andrew Gurland
created a film documenting the savagely brutal hazing rituals that take place during Hell Week at U.S. college fraternities. Frat House
was completed and won the Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at 1998's Sundance Film Festival, an award that was later rescinded. HBO was slated to air it later that year, but pulled it for reasons that remain debatable to this day. It has never seen an official release.
Frat House (60 minutes, Google video,
) [more inside]
"Since bursting onto the scene in 1967, Leonard Cohen has inspired generations with his unique personality and haunting music, becoming one of the most original and enduring artists to emerge from the 1960's. In January, 2005, Lian Lunson traveled to Sydney to film the historic "Came So Far For Beauty" show, a tribute to Cohen at the Sydney Opera House organized by famed music producer Hal Willner. And in a series of candid interviews, Cohen himself reveals his trademark wry humor and soulful intensity, using his own artwork, poetry, and personal collection of photographs to reflect upon his colorful past and his creative process."
Lian Lunson's I'm Your Man (103 minutes, Google video)
"November the 23rd, 1989, and possibly the most influential British guitar band of the last twenty years were making their debut on Top of the Pops.
The group were Manchester's the Stone Roses. Having just released one of the most acclaimed debut albums of all time, they had the world at their feet. But then it all went horribly wrong. Within a few short years, the Stone Roses had split."
Sensational Stone Roses BBC documentary Blood on the Turntables in one two three four five six
"In January 2005, Mark E. Smith and The Fall (described as 'one of the most enigmatic, idiosyncratic and chaotic garage bands of the last 30 years') were the subject of a BBC 4 TV documentary, The Fall:
The Wonderful and Frightening
World of Mark E. Smith." parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9