Archive for October, 2012

‘A Working Dog’ video released

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Film

The Hardest Hit

For The Hardest Hit week Kaliya Franklin and Paul Carter asked a man and a dog to have a Work Capability Assessment. It may be funny, but its no joke that 4/10 WCA appeals are successful, in 2010/11 WCA appeals cost £42million and 78% of disabled people say their health got worse as a result of WCA stress…

 

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Nick Zedd on UBU web

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Film

You can view Nick Zedd films on UBU web at http://www.ubu.com/film/zedd.html

Taken from the UBU website:

“Nick Zedd ( born Jan 25, 1958 or May 8, 1959 in Takoma Park, Maryland) is a New York City based filmmaker and author. He coined the term Cinema of Transgression in 1985 to describe a loose-knit group of like-minded filmmakers and artists using shock value and black humor in their work. These filmmakers and artistic collaborators included Richard Kern, Tessa Hughes Freeland, Lung Leg, and Lydia Lunch. Under numerous pen names Zedd edited and wrote the Underground Film Bulletin (1984-90) which publicised the work of these filmmakers. The Cinema of Transgression is explored in Jack Sargeant’s book Deathtripping Creation Books.

Zedd has directed several super-low-budget movies, including the feature length They Eat Scum and Geek Maggot Bingo, as well as numerous short films. With Rev. Jen Miller he is the co-creator of the public access television series Electra Elf (2004-), featuring Miller, Faceboy, Andrew J. Lederer and a who’s who of New York downtown art and performance-types. He is the author of two books, Bleed (1992, Hanuman Books) and Totem of the Depraved, (1996, 2.13.61Publications) both of which are autobiographical.

He is the director of photography on another TV series called “Chop Chop” (2007) produced by Nate Hill. Additional writing by Zedd is featured in Up Is Up But So Is Down (NYU Press) as well as in Captured (7 Stories Press), Low Rent (Grove Press) and Bleed (Hanuman Books). Nick Zedd performed in a noise unit called Zyklon B, releasing a single called Consume and Die in 2000.

Zedd toured with Lisa Crystal Carver’s Suckdog Circus and exhibited his films in the early 1990s.

Important essays outlining Zedd’s philosophy are the Cinema of Transgression Manifesto, published pseudonymously in the Underground Film Bulletin and The Theory of Xenomorphosis (1998).

Additionally, Nick Zedd has acted in such super-low-budget films as the Super-8 film The Manhattan Love Suicides (1985), What About Me (1993), Bubblegum (1995), Jonas In The Desert (1997),Troma Films’ Terror Firmer (1999) and Thus Spake Zarathustra (2001).”

Geek Maggot Bingo

Geek Maggot Bingo

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NICK ZEDD appears to be returning to filmmaking with a “historic motion picture” to be shot in Berlin and is seeking the funds to make it happen. This film could bring back a long ago deceased underground film energy/environment, and new recognition for subversive appreciation. He’s done it before by more or less starting the Cinema of Transgression and seems to be prepared to subvert the scene once again with new energy and a well thought out film structure as can be seen in the kickstarter description (link below).

Here’s Jack Sargeant, author of DEATHTRIPPING : THE CINEMA OF TRANSGRESSION


Nick Zedd needs your money to make a film. His role in the world of underground film can’t be underestimated, from launching the Underground Film Bulletin through to the Cinema of Transgression manifesto, he’s left his cultural mark. Add to that some great movies (re-watch War Is Menstrual Envy and…

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Nick Zedd’s They Eat Scum (1979)

Posted: October 25, 2012 in Film

Nick Zedd’s They Eat Scum (1979).

Nick Zedd

Posted: October 25, 2012 in art, Film, tv
Nick Zedd and Monica Casanova

Nick Zedd and Monica Casanova

The early films of Nick Zedd are collected on Abnormal: The Sinema of Nick Zedd which i would heartily recommend. Geek Maggot Bingo attempts to shoot a horror film in an apartment complete with bizarre monster and woods. It’s a bit like Plan 9 from Outer Space – only more fun. Electra Elf is much later.

A good book on Zedd is his autobiography Totem of the Depraved.

Electra Elf

Electra Elf

The Super Network

HAIL is now playing at Cinema Nova – VIC and Dendy Newton – NSW. Please click on the cinema link for more details and session times.

Margaret Pomeranz from ABC’s At The Movies recently gave the film a glowing review – 4.5/5 “Perhaps not a film for the faint-hearted, it is nevertheless an important entry into the Australian film landscape.” Read the entire review HERE.

Synopsis:Fresh from a Melbourne jail, Dan is reunited with the love of his life, Leanne. A fierce, passionate and tender couple who have learnt to appreciate the simplest pleasures in life, Dan and Leanne celebrate, and when surrounded by friends he announces he has resolved to go straight.

Believing he can change with Leanne by his side, Dan finds a job and slowly builds a new life. Unforeseen circumstances intervene & Dan, having lived for years on the verge of excess…

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Posted: October 25, 2012 in Film

Iron Man and Iron Man 2 at Amazon

One Zero Nine

Check out the first Iron Man 3 trailer coming to theaters April 2013.

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