The Cruise

3 11 2008

Thursday, November 11th in the HCL 7

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM – The Cruise

This cult favorite is centered on the unique worldview and personality of New York City bus tour guide Timothy “Speed” Levitch, who later had brief appearances in Waking Life and School of Rock.

Timothy Levitch is profiled in this documentary that is basically a seventy-six-minute rant about what Levitch sees and what he thinks of his life in the city. Director Bennett Miller films him as a tourist would with a video camera-that is to say, poorly-but Levitch’s rich use of poetic language and imagery provides a strong counterpart. If Levitch seems a little unhinged at times-there’s a desperation and ugliness to some of his musings that is disturbing to watch-he’s still a fascinating, delusional raconteur. His travelogue is never glib, and often very funny.


True Stories and Born Rich – The American Dream

30 04 2007

Tuesday, May 1st in HCL 4

 8:00 PM – Born Rich

Born Rich is a 2003 documentary about the experience of growing up as a child in one of the world’s richest families. It was created by Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune.

The film was described as “a documentary on children of the insanely rich, directed by one of their own, Johnson & Johnson Inc. heir Jamie Johnson.” It consists primarily of Johnson interviewing his friends and peers about the experience of living life free of financial constraints. These interviews are offset by Johnson’s exploration of his own experience and family.

The documentary was nominated for two Emmy Awards including ‘Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming’ for the director, Jamie Johnson. The other nomination was in the category ‘Outstanding Nonfiction Special’.


9:20 PM- True Stories

“True Stories” David Byrne (lead singer of the Talking Heads) narrates and stars in a what could be called the only simultaneous mockumentary/documentary/musical. The “mockumentary” is all about this small Texas town’s sesquicentennial, but the real plot is about the strange characters who, with their antics and musical interludes (that’s the musical part), critique our American Dream and its ugly step-child: Suburbia.


Czech Dream and Surplus

21 04 2007


Tuesday April 24th in HCL 4

8:00 PM – CZECH DREAM: A Supermarket for a better life!

This film documents the largest consumer hoax a country has ever seen. Two young documentary filmmakers, set out to explore the psychological and manipulative powers of consumerism by creating an ad campaign for something that didn’t exist.

The campaign (designed by a renowned advertising agency) involved television and radio spots, 400 illuminated billboards, 200,000 flyers promoting CZECH DREAM brand products, an advertising song, a website, and advertisements in newspapers and magazines.

The marketing campaign drew over 4,000 people who turned up on the ‘opening day’. On the 31st of May 2003, they arrived at a green field where, instead of a supermarket, they found just the dream supermarket’s façade (10m high and 100m wide).

9:40 PM – SURPLUS: Terrorized Into Being Consumers

This documentary is an intense visual odyssey filmed in the US, India, China, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Canada and Cuba over three years. From the explosive riot days in Genoa 2001 to $7000 sex dolls in the US, SURPLUS explores the destructive nature of consumer culture. Breathtaking cinematography turns the notion that 20% of the world is gobbling up 80% of its resources from pure statistics into an overwhelming emotional experience. Surplus is the result of a complicated editing process by talented music composer/editor/percussionist Johan Söderberg.

The world was shocked when young protesters in Seattle, Genoa and Gothenburg attacked shop windows, cars and banks. SURPLUS sets off on a world journey seeking the answer to the question: why is the lifestyle of consumerism a source of such rage today?

The Heroes of Counter Culture and their Comic Genius

18 03 2007

Tuesday March 20th in HCL 4

8:00 PM – Censoring of Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks
Bands such as Tool, Radiohead, and Rage Against the Machine made tributes to this legendary stand up comedian. This documentary is a rare insight into the battle against censorship that the great Bill Hicks waged against corporate America and its mainstream media for the better part of 15 years.
Hosted by Janeane Garofalo, it documents Bill’s transition from a non- drinking, non- smoking, straight laced funny man, to a hard drinking, hard smoking, drug taking angry ranter, to the happy and finally, peaceful and insightful man of much wisdom.

Rest in Peace- 02.26.1994

9:20 PM – Robert Anton Wilson: Maybe Logic
Robert Anton Wilson
Quantum psychologist. Sit-down comic/philosopher. Discordian Pope. Whatever the label and rank, Robert Anton Wilson is undeniably one of the foundations of 21th Century Western counterculture. Maybe Logic – The Lives and Ideas of Robert Anton Wilson is a cinematic alchemy that conjures it all together in a hilarious and mind-bending journey guaranteed to increase your brain size 2 – 3 inches! Robert Anton Wilson is a man who has passed through the trials of chapel perilous and found himself on wondrous ground where nothing is for certain, even the treasured companionship of a six-foot-tall white Prolific American novelist, essayist, philosopher, futurologist, anarchist. Guerrilla ontologist. Psychedelic magician. rabbit.

Also Featuring: Paul Krassner, Douglas Rushkoff, Douglass Smith, Tom Robbins, R.U. Sirius

Rest in Discord- 01.11.2007