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  1. Hey y'all- While I am loathe to post the same stuff in two areas, I couldn't decide whether this was more film-like or musical. So, I'm posting in both places. Pardon if that is poor etiquitte. The crux of the situation is that I am currently working on a documentary about the band Luxury for which I am raising support via Kickstarter. A trailer can be viewed here: https://www.kickstar...y-autobiography or here https://vimeo.com/120423456 Here's a bit of background on the band: ____________________________________________________ THE BAND: Luxury is a band that began in the 1990's in the small town of Toccoa GA, but from the start, it was clear that their aspirations and influences were elsewhere. Sounding like Fugazi or Shudder to Think fronted by a younger, more vicious Morrissey, they were an anomaly, in Toccoa, or almost anywhere. They brought together such disparate influences that one could barely imagine them co-existing in a band, much less pulling it off as a thoroughly distinctive sound. The English melodicism laid on top of such pummeling instrumentation was a study in contrasts, but it was of a piece, as there was enough of the melodic in the instruments and enough brutality in the lyrics and vocal delivery that it hung together, just so. As singer, Lee Bozeman describes it, "I write these beautiful, nice songs, and then the band destroys them." Upon the release of their first record, Amazing and Thank You (1995), Luxury seemed poised to move to another level, but a wreck in the summer of 1995 (with tour-mates and fellow Georgians, Piltdown Man) had the opposite impact. All told, there were 3 broken necks between both bands, with Bozeman sustaining the most devastating internal injuries. The wreck changed their fortunes as well (evidently) as their ambitions. With each successive record, there was a greater sense of self-reflection in Bozeman's lyrics, and the music followed that deepening maturity, all the while maintaining the fundamental dichotomy of soaring melodies on top of angular post-punk instrumentation. The first record was essentially a document of their live shows, which were remarkable events in their intensity and the band's posture of defiance directed even at their own audience. On successive records, though, Luxury learned to use the studio as an instrument. While, on the first record Bozeman asks "So, what do you expect from life?" he seems to have spent each of the following records seeking to answer that very question. Causation is a notoriously slippery force to get one's hands around. Yet, humanly speaking, it is hard not to point to the wreck of 1995 when hoping to understand how three members of Luxury are now Eastern Orthodox priests (the other two members are an ordained Presbyterian [PCA] elder and an occasional Lutheran board of directors member, surely cementing their status as one of the most ordained bands in history). Now, it is doubtlessly a noteworthy fact that members of a band went on to become priests, as members of most bands are obliged to go on and do something different with their lives. But what can it mean for a band led by priests to continue making records? On their newly recorded fifth album, Trophies, the lyrical themes may be said to be further musings on the expectations and memories of life. But as with prior Luxury records, spiritual concerns are obliquely addressed, if at all. So does Luxury sound anything like a band full of priests? There are several legitimate answers: 1. Who can say? There are no others. 2. Self-evidently they do. For they are. 3. No. They don't even sound like Christians. ___________________________________________________ It is maybe worth mentioning that I play guitar with Luxury, and it is very possible that it is lame to make a film about one's own band. Check out the trailer, sort that out and let me know. By all means, feel free to share this trailer with your closest living relatives. Thanks, Matt Hinton
  2. Greetings all- As some of you may know, I am currently working on a documentary about the band Luxury. I am raising support via Kickstarter (11 days left!) and a trailer can be viewed here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2019093747/luxury-documentary-biography-autobiography or here https://vimeo.com/120423456 Here's a synopsis: "Biography / Autobiography: A Story of a Band Called Luxury" will trace the path of Luxury, a band who, on the cusp of success, suffered a devastating wreck. In the intervening years, they continue to make records and three members of the band become Eastern Orthodox priests. Through interviews and archival footage, Biography / Autobiography will tell the gripping and poignant story of Luxury and will follow the making of a new record, now as priests. Perhaps it is relevant to your interests. Naturally, I would be very grateful if you were to share this amongst your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and children. Tally ho! Matt Hinton
  3. Overstreet

    Virunga (2014)

    Virunga has the 2nd-best rating of any 2014 film on Metacritic. And it's streaming on Netflix in the U.S. Well, there go my plans for the afternoon.
  4. Tucker

    Internet Machine

    Internet machine is a multi-screen film about the invisible infrastructures of the internet. etc. etc. I couldn't decide if this should be posted in this forum, or in the visual arts forum. It looks like it has a visual arts/installation piece feel to it, and I think it is. But it's still a film, so...
  5. I really liked this doc. Gave me a reason to watch Night of the Living Dead before seeing the doc. For a bad movie, Night certainly turned out to be an important work. My review Link to discussion of Night of the Living Dead
  6. I've got a challenge for you all. A colleague of mine is looking for movies or shows that mix traditional storytelling technique with actual interviews in a sort of half-fictional, half-vérité style. Previous examples include Reds (the "witnesses"), When Harry Met Sally (old couples), Band of Brothers (WWII veterans), and Bernie (mixture of actors and townspeople). Can anyone add to this list?
  7. (A&F link to Inside Job (2010).) From the film's website: Devastating scars are etched into the red earth as Sav Samourn ponders the future for her family in the deep jungles of Cambodia. Tumultuous waves pound against Sari Math’s boat as he navigates through waters being fished to extinction. The sewing machine taps and hums beneath Khieu Mok’s delicate fingers as she struggles to make money to pay off her family’s mounting debt. Against this backdrop A River Changes Course is a cinematically spectacular and sensory journey into the lives of three young Cambodians and their families and an immersion into a world both distinctive and familiar.
  8. Hopefully I am not starting a duplicate...search was not pulling anything up. I remember seeing ads last year, but I kept missing it...Showtime had it in the on demand lineup, I added it to my queue and found out that it expired two days later and I never got to watch. I discovered it was back in Showtime's on-demand listings on Sunday and added it...turns out it expires today, so I watched last night. The basic gist of the documentary is following the punk artists of the mid-eighties-ninties and what happened when they went from being angry kids making music to piss off their parent to being...well...parents. It begins simply enough, with background on the punk movement and the artists being profiled, juxtaposing it with the current life a lot of these guys are leading. This also creates a problem the first half of the film struggles with. It is very regular talking heads stuff. It focuses heavily on Pennywise's Jim Lindberg. Linberg's story makes sense, it is a nicely touching story about how family can cause a change in priorities. And really, Jim is probably the more relateable for non-punk fans. Linberg seems quite passionate about being a solid father above a rebellious punk icon. And that is why the second half of the film is so much stronger. For most of the fathers interviewed, kids gave their life unexpected purpose. Seeing Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers starting to cry about his kids is touching. He makes a comment about the old parental adage "I gave you life..." and says that for him it was the opposite. His children gave HIM life. Seeing the heartache from several of the guys as they discuss the poor parenting examples they grew up with, and their desire to be better parents than what they themselves had is definitely touching. The second half of the film is just so thoughtful, the first half seems to feel disconnected. But I still really did like this one overall. (apparently Jason Segal just sold a pitch based on the doc for a comedy)
  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sbw4Q_QQWo&feature=youtu.be From IMDB -
  10. I figured I'd share this with you guys. Today, a friend of mine (and also an excellent musician), Levi Weaver, premiered a teaser trailer for a documentary film that's currently in production. And you can help get it made! That being said, personal connection aside, I'm legitimately excited about this movie after watching the teaser trailer. Knowing Levi (and getting to witness a little bit of his journey in person), this film has real potential. Levi's music (particularly songs like "Spirit First," which is featured in the trailer) are some of the more poignant/thoughtful reflections on life and faith in music I've come across in the last few years. Also, today (and today only - so there's very little time left) Levi's making ALL of his music available for free. There are links available at the bottom of the page. I think he's gotten around 150,000 downloads thus far.
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