Raymond Depardon & Claudine Nougaret – Au bonheur des maths (2011)

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This film is based on the simplest staging principle: 9 high-level mathematicians have each less than 4 minutes to tell, in front of the camera, what fascinates or moves them, brings them joy, makes them dream or laugh in their scientific activities.

The film was shot for the purpose of the exhibition “Mathématiques, un dépaysement soudain” (Maths: a sudden change of scenery), which took place from October 2011 to March 2012 at the Cartier Foundation in Paris. Continue reading

Darezhan Omirbayev – Darezhan Omirbayev: Educational Films (2015)

Educational film by Darezhan Omirbayev for film schools students.

AUTOGRAPHS
A series of educational films, “Autographs” is a textbook for students of cinema department, which is dedicated to the works of great authors of word cinema. These films show and explore the most colorful and unique pieces that are typical and repetitive directorial techniques from the film (scenes), which are important in the work of one or another author. In the processof viewing and analysis of educational films, students studying filmmaking, film studies, as well as the cinematography, will be able to become better acquainted with the work of the filmmakers of world cinema – identify importa,t artistic techniques and visual solutions, which subsequently formed different directions in the cinema, and made the foundation of the evolution of “cinema language”. “Autographs” promote deeper study of the existing methods of film direction, and help to identify and compare in a condensed form the features of the style, filmmajer’s “handwriting”. “Autographs” include a series of educational films, manuals on a brief study of the works of such distinguished filmmakers as Jean Vigo, Michelangelo Antonioni, Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, Robert Bresson and others. Continue reading

Sara Fishko – The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith (2016)

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About the Jazz Loft Project

In January 1955 W. Eugene Smith, a celebrated photographer at Life magazine whose quarrels with his editors were legendary, quit his longtime well-paying job at the magazine. He was thirty-six. He was ambitious, quixotic, in search of greater freedom and artistic license. He turned his attention to a freelance assignment in Pittsburgh, a three-week job that turned into a four-year obsession and in the end, remained unfinished. In a letter to Ansel Adams, Smith described it as a “debacle” and an “embarrassment.” Continue reading

Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato – Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

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Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures is the first definitive, feature length portrait of the controversial American artist Robert Mapplethorpe since his death from AIDS in 1989. The one thing more outrageous than Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs was his life. Intimate revelations from family, friends and lovers are topped only by Mapplethorpe’s candor, revealed in a series of rediscovered, never before heard interviews, made public here for the first time. This is the unique portrait of an artist who turned photography into contemporary fine art with a bold vision that ignited a culture war still raging to this day. Continue reading

Detlef Siebert – The Man Who Discovered Capitalism (2016)

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The Film has three narratives:

the story of Schumpeter’s life,

the development of his ideas,

and how the digital revolution illustrates these ideas.
Stylized drama sequences, in combination with Monthy Python inspired cut out animations, illustrate key aspects of Schumpeter’s life and theory.Successful entrepreneurs such as Simon Woodroffe (Yo!Sushi), Eric Wahlforss (Soundcloud), Stefan Smalle (Westwing) and Renaud Visage (Eventbrite) share the secrets of their success and offer insights into what it takes to be the innovative entrepreneur who Schumpeter identified as the key actor in the capitalist drama. Continue reading

Harun Farocki – Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges AKA Images of the World and the Inscription of War (1989)

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The vanishing point of is the conceptual image of the ‘blind spot’ of the evaluators of aerial footage of the IG Farben industrial plant taken by the Americans in 1944. Commentaries and notes on the photographs show that it was only decades later that the CIA noticed what the Allies hadn’t wanted to see: that the Auschwitz concentration camp is depicted next to the industrial bombing target. (At one point during this later investigation, the image of an experimental wave pool – already visible at the beginning of the film – flashes across the screen, recognizably referring to the biding of the gaze: for one’s gaze and thoughts are not free when machines, in league with science and the military, dictate what is to be investigated. Continue reading