Celebrated video artist Alex Bag inhabits tropes of mass culture to split them at the seams. This latest video for MOCAtv presents Bag's collaboration with Patterson Beckwith, a public access television show that aired from 1994-1997, and features in-depth interview with the artist. Bag situates the project within the pleasures and dangers of video art: video art was cheap to make, but hard to see, and it was often governed by a high-culture demand to keep it separate from mass culture. Cash from Chaos and Unicorns and Rainbows allowed Bag to escape the art world audience and use TV both in content and in form. In one scene, a chef teaches us how to cook a VHS omelet. In another, an interviewer asks mall-goers, "what's your prediction for the future?" They answer, "Crap TV shows that are based on crap movies." Appropriating and exploiting documentary, how-tos, commercials, dating shows, newscasts, and more, Bag's satires were serious critiques of TV iconography and seriously funny themselves.
This movie, directed by Ringo Starr (1972), is a document of T. Rex during their biggest year and of the charisma of the star of group, Marc Bolan. About 80% of it is concert footage recorded on March 18, 1972 in front of 10,000 fans. It also contains an jam session featuring T. Rex, Ringo and Elton John as well as several eccentric and surrealistic fantasy vignettes vaguely reminiscent of The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour. Overall, it's an exuberant film that gives a good representation of the T. Rex experience at the time. It includes the songs Bang A Gong (Get It On), Jeepster, Hot Love, Telegram Sam, Cosmic Dancer, an excellent Children of the Revolution and more. This is a first rate and painstaking restoration from 16mm. T. Rex producer Tony Visconti, who recorded the original concert, restored and remixed it and the sound is great.
T. Rex had just had a great year in 1971 with several successful singles and the release of the Electric Warrior album. Ringo approached Bolan with the idea of making a movie about the band for Apple Films. Ringo himself was one of the cameramen for the sold-out concert used for the film. The Slider album was released in July and Born To Boogie came out in December. Sadly, Marc Bolan died less than five years later in a tragic car accident.
T. Rex was one of the greatest bands of the era and in 1972 they were at the peak of their fame. They had a massive following and T. Rextasy almost had the feel of Beatlemania at the time. Marc Bolan was a charismatic, witty and charming frontman and the father of glam rock. He refracted the values of 1950's rock 'n' roll, added lots of glitter and kept the idea of the three minute pop single alive in the early 1970's when certain elements in rock music were becoming bloated and pretentious. As a result, T. Rex has remained an important influence over the years on hard rock, punk, new wave, and alternative rock. Born To Boogie shows T. Rex at their very best and it is a not only a great movie for Marc Bolan fans but it provides and fascinating insight into that era and the intensity of T. Rextasy.
Free Tekno is a journey into the underground of illegal underground tekno festivals in central Europe. The crew travel with a group of Dutch and Irish boys who throw illegal rave parties in the forests of Germany and Czech Republic and gain access to an underground that many have heard of but few have seen.
On Any Sunday is a 1971 American documentary feature about motorcycle sport, directed by Bruce Brown. It was nominated for a 1972 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.
This documentary follows the lives ofmotorcycleracers and racing enthusiasts. Brown tried to show the unique talents needed for the different forms of racing. For instance, the motocross riders were typically free-spirited types, while desert racers were often loners. In Grand National racing, Brown showed the differing personalities, such as the business-like approach to racing displayed by Mert Lawwill versus the carefree approach that wild young rookie David Aldana became known for.
Steve McQueen is featured in the film, along with Mert Lawwill, Malcolm Smith and many other motorcycle racers from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
From a historical perspective, the motorcycles featured in the film include Triumph, Husqvarna,Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and other manufacturers that are still in business or gone by the wayside such as BSA, Bultaco, and Hodaka.