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David Weissman Talks About His Harrowing AIDS Doc "We Were Here," Our VOD Pick of the Week | Filmmakers, Film Industry, Film Festivals, Awards & Movie Reviews | indieWIRE
In his powerful documentary "We Were Here," filmmaker David Weissman ("The Cockettes") chronicles the arrival of AIDS in San Francisco and its subsequent aftermath through the eyes of five individuals who were witnesses to history. It world premiered at Sundance earlier this year (where IW's Peter Knegt proclaimed it to be "one of the standout films at the festival") and hits VOD this Friday, Dec. 9. It's our pick of the week.
Senna has been mentioned in this thread, and it's now streaming on Netflix. Great doc.
Watch: Trailer For Sumptuous Documentary 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi' Arrives | Filmmakers, Film Industry, Film Festivals, Awards & Movie Reviews | indieWIRE
Sushi is all of this and more -- some would call it an art, and those that do are likely in admiration of Jiro Ono, an elderly Japanese man who many consider to be the greatest living sushi chef. Leading his hidden-away Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant housed in a Tokyo subway station, the 85 year old has created a sensation all around the world, with food connoisseurs making a vacation out of dining in his ten-seater and that has earned a 3 Star Michelin rating. Even at his old age, the culinarian still strives to be better and meticulously trains his employees -- including his son/heir, Yoshikazu, whose skill unsurprisingly pales in comparison to his father's.
And now, Jiro has a documentary. David Gelb (cohort of Max Winkler; the two teamed on the short "The King Of Central Park" way back when) makes his feature debut with the documentary "Jiro Dreams Of Sushi," an elegant portrait of not only the man and his legacy, but his complicated relationship with his scion. The trailer has been released over at Apple, and it looks appropriately dignified and stylish -- not to mention it has the most enticing eye for food we've seen since "Tampopo."
Rewind This Trailer: The VHS Revolution May Not Be Quite Over | /Film
Among some movie movie fans, there is a slow resistance growing to anonymous online content delivery systems like Netflix. Those who remember weekend nights spent at the video store, or who wish they could remember those nights, are pushing slowly for the return of some communal video/movie exploration experience.
Because the video store was traditionally the home of VHS, a core component of this push is a wave of nostalgia for the classic video format. The fondness towards VHS is rooted in the idea of that video store, and in the fact that video was one of the first things to level the playing field for some types of films, and remains the only way to see some movies that never made the leap to DVD or digital distribution.
Three filmmakers, Josh Johnson, Carolee Mitchell, and Christopher Palmer, are putting together a film called Rewind This, which looks at the rise of video and the video store culture that flourished for years in the ’80s and ’90s, and how those things changed parts of the film business. They’re using Kickstarter to fund the film, but already have interviews with some video-biz luminaries such as Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman.
I went and checked this out last night...
No Room for Rock Stars; The Vans Warped Tour
I really dug it. With that said, I'm not sure it will translate to a lot of people, especially if you were never one to frequent shows or tours. I definitely didn't go into watching this because of the Warped Tour even though that's the tour they're following; it's more about the grind and life on the road. I did see that one of my favorite bands, Suicide Silence, was going to be a part of it and was looking forward to seeing how they would be a part of the film. Plus, I used to run in the same crowd as those guys before they were even a band and when they would play in front of about 35 people. I was pleasantly surprised of how much footage there was of them which was mostly of Mitch (lead vocalist & face of the band); mainly because they're not your typical Warped Tour band, not even close to it actually. It's very cool to see group of guys, kids at the time, start a band and get to the point they are at now, at least for me it was.For 17 years, the Vans Warped Tour has been a punk rock juggernaut, a misfit circus criss-crossing North America every summer as a wondering minstrel show for youth culture. Embracing a powerful, unifying ethic created by its founder Kevin Lyman, the Vans Warped Tour has grown and prospered as the music industry itself imploded and continues to sift through the rubble in search of a new way forward. Along the way, Warped has provided a launching pad for a dizzying array of talent, from Green Day and Blink 182 to Ice-T, Eminem and No Doubt, along with perennial punk legends such as Pennywise, All, Bouncing Souls and Bad Religion.
With more than 300 hours of film shot during the 2010 tour, No Room For Rock Stars documents the true stories of modern era rock and roll from every possible angle. From the kids in the van playing parking lots to gain notice, to the veteran stage manager whose life was saved by the tour, to the musician who crosses over to mainstream success while on the road, No Room For Rock Stars is Cinema Vèritè story-telling at its finest. A historical retrospective or concert film this is not. No Room For Rock Stars is meaningful insight into current state of rock and roll and the zeitgeist of youth culture.
Accompanying the film will be a blazing soundtrack of songs from the movie as well as Vans Warped Tour all-time greatest hits. The project will also have a significant library of bonus content, some of which will be featured on the No Room For Rock Stars mini-site at vans.com/warped and vanswarpedtour.com. From the team that brought you the highly acclaimed Dogtown and Z-Boys, No Room For Rock Stars will resonate beyond tour and punk rock fans to anyone seeking out the true stories of rock and roll.
Any ways, there is a lot of pretty cool footage and insight. They interview and follow Kevin Lyman around a lot and show what he has made of the tour while remaining a blue collar guy, yet gets the "business." This documentary is from the same guy that made 'Dogtown' and 'Z-Boys' so if you like those, I'd recommend checking this out when it comes out on DVD; or even if you consider music a big part of your life.