Four Documentary Films
The Filth and the Fury
John Lydon provides the point of view and narrates this Rockumentary film directed by Julien Temple that charts the rise, decline and fall of the Sex Pistols into historical context with Britain's social situation in the 1970s through archival footage from the period. The simple and rough method of merging scenes, the backlite interviews creating talking silohouttes and short cuts reflect the music the documentary covers. John Lydon never sounded smarter articulating the exciting, threatening and depressing story that is the Sex Pistols.
Directed by Julien Temple
Starring John Lydon, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook, Sid Vicious, Malcolm McLaren
Dogtown and Z-Boys
This documentary film explores the Zephyr skateboard team in the 1970s and the evolving sport of skateboarding. Early surf culture and historical Venice Beach, California visuals and story provide the context of the coverage of a group of teenage surfer/skateboarders and their influence on the history of skateboarding culture. Craig Stecyk composed the film with short scenes and simple, but striking production techniques and combined with the one take feel narration of Sean Penn mimic the urgency and excitement of the time.
Directed by Stacy Peralta
Starring Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Jeff Ho, Stacy Peralta, Craig StecykNarrated by Sean Pen
Exit Through the Gift Shop
A British documentary film directed by street artist Banksy. Suspected of being a mockumentary, this Oscar nominated film tells the story of Thierry Guetta, Mr. Brainwash, and his search to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. The film chronicles Thierry Guetta’s obsession and eventual fame as a street artist featuring a variety of street artists including Invader, Shepard Fairy and Banksy, whose anonymity is preserved by obscuring his face and altering his voice. As Banksy describes it, "It's basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed!"
Directed by Banksy
Starring Thierry Guetta, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader, André
A documentary film about inventor Tim Jenison's effort to duplicate the painting techniques of Johannes Vermeer, in order to test his theory that Vermeer painted with the help of optical devices. Spurred by the book Secret Knowledge by British artist David Hockney and Vermeer's Camera by British architecture professor Philip Steadman, this film is more academic than entertainment. There is a moment of discovery in Tim’s pursuit that provides convincing evidence that Vermeer used a camera obscura to guide his painting technique.
Directed by Teller
Starring Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, David Hockney