A documentary covering the events of the Antagonist Movement over 2013. From street to gallery see the new wave in art from the last American art movement.
Documentary film director Ethan Minsker of the Antagonist Movement has a lot in common with our doc subjects. He has a long history with DIY filmmaking, zine creation, and Public Access Television and has known many of our gang for 20 years! He met Jerry, Joe, Dan, and the other 30MOM crew through mail correspondence in the mid-90s while they were doing their zine, “Hoofsip.” They’d trade videos through the mail as well as contribute to each other’s zines—Ethan fronting the long-running “Psycho Moto Zine.”
This week, Ethan released the trailer for his latest documentary, “Self Medicated.” The film explores a year behind the scenes of the Antagonist Movement, a group of artists based in NYC, but with a global reach. The trailer opens with a line that feels like it’s speaking to us directly:
“Sick of watching documentaries on already rich and famous artists?”
Why, yes, thank you! Though we’re a little jealous since we can’t use that line for our film now. Well played Ethan. Check out the trailer and links below!
In 20 YEARS OF MADNESS, we follow the 30MOM crew as they make a new episode of the show. Producer Jerry White Jr. decided to shoot the whole thing on analog video, primarily using a free VHS camera he was given, as well as others picked up for cheap on ebay and craigslist. While this choice was met with initial skepticism by many of the cast, no one can argue that the new footage “looks like 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS.”
And the number of people embracing VHS keeps growing! We posted a few days ago about Oscar® nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu shooting on VHS for a recent experimental film and now the folks at the Raindance Film Festival have compiled a top ten list of modern-day VHS music videos. The only thing we don’t get is how they overlooked White Limo by Foo Fighters! OK, that was three years ago, but it still feels as modern as a retro music video shot on an archaic format can!
30MOM director Jerry White Jr.’s VHS selfie from the episode 15 shoot
20 YEARS OF MADNESS features a lot of VHS footage shot in the 90s, culled from hundreds of hours of material, but our doc also highlights modern-day VHS video shot for the new episode of 30MOM. And show director Jerry White Jr. isn’t the only one embracing the so-called “consumer” and “obsolete” format. From Tim & Eric to Harmony Korine, VHS refuses to die.
One of the latest directors to embrace VHS is Academy Award® Nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams). He chose to shoot his recent experimental short “Naran Ja” with the same cheap VHS camera your parents still have in their attic (or basement). In an article at nofilmschool, Iñárritu waxes poetic about the medium:
“VHS texture is for digital what grain used to be for film…Digital and most film stock is so sleek now, that everything looks very plastic and unnatural. We have lost the skin of the images. Cameras reproduce reality much more sharply than my eyes can see and that’s why it looks fake…I thought this $39 VHS camera reproduced and exquisite, moshy-moshy, beautiful, horrific greeny-yellowish skin that triggered my emotional memory of TV series from the 70s. I loved it.”
While the short won’t be for everyone, it’s clearly not intended to be. “Naran Ja” is nevertheless confident in its exploration of movement and location while being a thorough contemplation of content transcending media.
Our New Trailer is on the way! In the meantime check out some other amazingly original documentary trailers over at DAZEDdigital. These films are changing the documentary format and pushing the limits at every turn. Be warned, these films are not your parents documentaries!