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.





The Zen Mind

29 10 2008

Thursday, October 30th in the TA ( HCL 8 )

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – The Zen Mind

The Zen Mind is a journey across Japan to explore the practice of Zen. We reveal the daily routine of a zen monk and take you inside the walls of the zen monastery and into a world never imagined by outsiders. Step inside the zendo or meditation hall, where the monks sit in zazen – searching for the middle path to enlightenment – it is a long hard journey. Every aspect of zen is uncovered – from a zen center in the middle of the bustling streets of Tokyo, to the mountains above Kyoto. Includes interviews with major zen masters and roshi.





The Graphic Novel Messiahs: Moore and Morrison

11 09 2008


Thursday, September 18th in the TA ( HCL 8 )

6:00 PM to 6:40 – “England Their England: Monsters, Maniacs, and Moore.

Though not the only documentary about the comic book author Alan Moore, it is the only one to feature Moore onstage fielding accusatory questions from his own toughest critic: himself. The short film focuses mostly on Moore’s larger influences and his desire to create challenging and thought-provoking works, but also features readings from his books and addresses the man’s irrational hatred of ducks.

Moore discusses the shift from the public perception of comic books as a childish diversion to the acceptance of comics as a culturally relevant artform, and his own attempt to portray the struggle between mankind and nature through Swamp Thing.

Also featured is Moore’s ornithophobic tune “March of the Sinister Ducks.” Criticisms about the inclusion of political content in comic books and the inspiration behind Watchmen.

6:45 PM to 7:45 PM – Grant Morrison at Disinfo Con 2000

Comic book author and chaos magick practitioner, Grant Morrison’s gives a mind blowing talk at the Disinfo Con. Known for such contributions and works as Judge Dredd, Batman (Arkham Asylum), Superman, All Star Superman, JLA, Flash, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, The Invisibles, The Filth, WE3, Seaguy, Marvel Boy, Fantastic Four, New X-Men, Spawn, Vampirella, and the list goes on and on….

Topics include: The Human Condition, The State of the World, Psychedelics, Magick, Society, The Invisibles, Terrence McKenna, Robert Anton Wilson, Aliens, and more.





THE CENTURY OF THE SELF: Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering

3 12 2007

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Wednesday, December 5th in the TA ( HCL 8 )

5 PM and 6 PM – Century of the Self Part Four – Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering (60 min)

This episode explains how politicians on the left, in both Britain and America, turned to the techniques developed by business to read and fulfil the inner desires of the self.

Both New Labour, under Tony Blair, and the Democrats, led by Bill Clinton, used the focus group, which had been invented by psychoanalysts, in order to regain power. They set out to mould their policies to people’s inner desires and feelings, just as capitalism had learnt to do with products.

Out of this grew a new culture of public relations and marketing in politics, business and journalism. One of its stars in Britain was Matthew Freud who followed in the footsteps of his relation, Edward Bernays, the inventor of public relations in the 1920s.

The politicians believed they were creating a new and better form of democracy, one that truly responded to the inner feelings of individual. But what they didn’t realise was that the aim of those who had originally created these techniques had not been to liberate the people but to develop a new way of controlling them.





The Century of the Self: The Engineering of Consent

17 11 2007

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Wednesday, November 21st in the TA ( HCL 8 )

5 PM and 6 PM – The Century of the Self: The Engineering of Consent (60 min)

The beginning briefly recaps the previous episode so don’t worry if you missed the first part!

Description: The Engineering of Consent

The programme explores how those in power in post-war America used Freud’s ideas about the unconscious mind to try and control the masses.

Politicians and planners came to believe Freud’s underlying premise – that deep within all human beings were dangerous and irrational desires and fears. They were convinced that it was the unleashing of these instincts that had led to the barbarism of Nazi Germany. To stop it ever happening again they set out to find ways to control this hidden enemy within the human mind.

Sigmund Freud’s daughter, Anna, and his nephew, Edward Bernays, provided the centrepiece philosophy. The US government, big business, and the CIA used their ideas to develop techniques to manage and control the minds of the American people. But this was not a cynical exercise in manipulation. Those in power believed that the only way to make democracy work and create a stable society was to repress the savage barbarism that lurked just under the surface of normal American life.





The Century of the Self: Happiness Machines

12 11 2007

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Wednesday, November 14th in the TA ( HCL 8 )

5 PM- The Century of the Self: Happiness Machines (60 min)

The story of the relationship between Sigmund Freud and his American nephew, Edward Bernays. Bernays invented the public relations profession in the 1920s and was the first person to take Freud’s ideas to manipulate the masses. He showed American corporations how they could make people want things they didn’t need by systematically linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires.

Bernays was one of the main architects of the modern techniques of mass-consumer persuasion, using every trick in the book, from celebrity endorsement and outrageous PR stunts, to eroticising the motorcar.

His most notorious coup was breaking the taboo on women smoking by persuading them that cigarettes were a symbol of independence and freedom. But Bernays was convinced that this was more than just a way of selling consumer goods. It was a new political idea of how to control the masses. By satisfying the inner irrational desires that his uncle had identified, people could be made happy and thus docile.

It was the start of the all-consuming self which has come to dominate today’s world.





The Pharmacratic Inquisition

2 11 2007

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Wednesday, November 7th in the TA ( HCL 8 )

Forward Escape is back with one of the most blasphemous and heretical documentaries to date. If you’ve ever wondered whether Jesus Christ was a psychedelic fungi here’s your chance to find out. In truth, this documentary is a wonderful tour through Astrotheology, Religions, Shamanism, and the theories of John Marco Allegro, the first British representative on the international team who worked on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

5 PM- The Pharmacratic Inquisition (120 min)

Thousands of years ago, in the pre monarchic era, psychedelic/entheogenic substances where publicly known world wide, and respected for their ability to bring forth the divine, Yahweh, God, The Great Spirit, etc. by the many cultures who used them. Often the entire tribe or community would partake in the Entheogenic rites. These rites were often used in initiation into adulthood, for healing, to help guide the community in the decision process, and to bring the direct religious experience to anyone seeking it, that might take these psychedelic sacraments properly. Crusades were fought, Inquisitions were enacted, and the so-called “Pagan” or country people lost their lives for their Shamanic beliefs. This happened not only in Europe and the Middle East, but in the Americas under the Spanish Inquisition as well.

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