Clips from BIG NOISE FILMS
ZAPATISTA, BLACK & GOLD, THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY
Rowley is a 25-year-old co-founder of Big
Noise Films , a radical media collective whose pioneering digital
aesthetic is rapidly changing the way that political documentary
is made. His first film, ZAPATISTA, documents the Mayan peasant
uprising in Chiapas, Mexico. BLACK&GOLD is the story of the
Latin King and Queen Nation, the largest street gang in New York,
and their attempt to transform themselves into a Black Panther-style
street political organization. His latest film, THIS IS WHAT
DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE is a passionate account from the WTO protests
in the streets of Seattle.
2000, 20 minutes
Directed by: Tina Gharavi
This stunningly shot documentary
is a character study of a 17 year old lesbian, Annelise Rodger.
Fiction and documentary collide as scenes from her life are reenacted
for the camera. As director Tina Gharavi says, "CLOSER is
trying to find a new way to tell a lesbian story about being young,
being at the cusp of adulthood, and finding our identities."
FANSOM THE LIZARD
2000, 9.22 minutes
Directed by: Evan Mather
Based on family folklore,
Fansom the Lizard is the true story of a pet lizard who travels
from his home in Louisiana to Las Vegas in search of adventure.
This 9-1/2 minute short film dramatizes these adventures of Fansom
and is characterized by a vibrant fusion of hand-drawn and computer
generated animation. Fansom the Lizard was shot on Super-8.
BUENA VISTA FIGHT CLUB
2000, 1.50 minutes
Directed by: Evan Mather
Set within the context of
a glossy furniture catalog, a trio of musicians go on a bloody rampage.
This film is guaranteed to discourage your next spending spree at
the mall. Shot in Mather's Seattle, New York City, and Helsinki
Clip from EARTHEN VESSELS
Directed by: Carlos Cantu
Being alive is uncertain
business. Control is an illusion. Love, although difficult to realize
or recognize, insulates us from the bangs and bumps of life and
helps us to survive, whether it comes from God, a family member,
romantic partner, or friend. Earthen Vessels
is the story of a family confronting these issues during a homecoming
three years after the death of an adult son. The story explores
important issues about life in an age when humankind is more technologically
capable than it has ever been, can transcend time and place with
communications and information technologies, can look back at the
Earth from God's perspective, and can delude itself into thinking
there is less uncertainty and that its has more control of the world
than any other generation.
1998, 13 minutes
Directed by: Aaron Woolfolk
A chance encounter between
a young African American man in rural Japan and two young Japanese
girls brings about an embarrassing misunderstanding.
Episode of UNDERCOVER BROTHER
Series created and produced by Urban Entertainment
Disguised as mild-mannered
Anton Jackson, he's harmless enough for white people to trust him,
but as Undercover Brother he's secretly working for The Brotherhood
in its never-ending battle against The Man.
2000, 7 minutes
Directed by: Hans Uhlig
Trailer of COULD BE WORSE!
Directed by: Zachary Stratis
They sing (it's dreadful)!
They dance (sort of)! - but this doesn't stop director Zack Stratis
from casting his real Greek-American family in his first feature,
COULD BE WORSE! This genre-busting cinema verite/musical
extravaganza is a beautifully self-indulgent movie within a movie.
1999, 15 minutes
Directed by: Stephen Patrick Foery
A fusion of personal voice
documentary and art video which details the coming out experiences
of the videomaker--from first talking about his sexuality on WXPN-Philadelphia's
public radio show "Gaydreams" at age 18, to finding an influential
gay mentor on the Internet, to ultimately coming out to his father
in a tension-filled, on-camera interview three years later.