Select Media Festival 3
Insurgent Media Arts | October 13-22 2004 | Chicago U$A


October 15, 2004

CULTURAL COUNTER INTELLIGENCE

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CULTURAL COUNTER INTELLIGENCE
2002-2004, Various Directors & Countries, 95 min.
Friday, October 15, 6:15 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

Comprehending the assault on reason while living in the Age of Bush and his wars on terror and drugs means reading between the lines, remixing the edits, and investigating mind control. The Program includes DEEP BLUE (Mark Boswell), SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE (Rick Silva and Trace Reddell),A PERCEPTION OF WAR (Ramon Grendene), DESPOTISM, THEN AND NOW (P Rettig),DRUG WAR REALITY TOUR (Stephen Marshall/GNN), 30 SECONDS OF HATE (Bryan Boyce), CLOSER (GNN), ALUMINUM (Tyrone Davies), TERROR IRAQ SERIES (Mike Nourse).


UNCONSTITUTIONAL

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Chicago Premier!
UNCONSTITUTIONAL
2004, Nonny De La Pena, US, 60 min.
Friday, October 15, 8:15 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

Unconstitutional is an hour-long documentary detailing the shocking way that the civil liberties of American citizens have been infringed upon, curtailed, and rolled back since 9/11 -- all in the name of national security. In the rush to pass the USA PATRIOT Act, intelligence agencies have been empowered to "protect freedom and democracy" by destroying freedom and democracy. Real stories depict the personal loss of American civil liberties and present citizens who are resisting those efforts. From the producer of Unprecedented, Uncovered, and Outfoxed.

A member of the Illinois chapter of the ACLU will be at the screening for an introduction before and a Q and A after the film.


SELECTIONS 04

SELECTIONS 04
2002-2004, Various Directors and countries,
Friday October 15, 9pm (High School 1542 N Milwaukee Ave 3rd Floor)

The program features a variety of animations, short films and music videos giving an overview and sampling of the best work screening at this year’s festival. The program includes 30 SECONDS OF HATE (Bryan Boyce), CLEAN SWEEP ( Jason Archer and Paul Beck), SHOCK AND AWE CHICAGO AIR SHOW (Amy Cargill), WARNING PERTROLEUM PIPELINE (Jan Van Neuenen), MANIFEST DESTINY (Sarah Kanouse), MADE FOR TV (Maria Pappas), APOSTROPHE (Barnstromers), ITSU (Plaid video by Pleix), WINDOWLICKER (Chris Cunningham) FREAK (Daniel Levi), ALUMINUM (Tyrone Davies) and THE NEED (Adam Greul) and others.


October 16, 2004

ALTERATIONS OF EVERYDAY LIFE

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ALTERATIONS OF EVERYDAY LIFE
Various Directors, US/Japan, ca. 75 min.
Saturday, October 16, 4:30 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

Graphic designers, artists and modern day cultural producers are working with some guidance and influence of situationist philosophy. The utopian in us all cannot wait for a distant revolution instead we reinvent everyday life here and now. Interviews, motion graphics, and mini documentations of artists defying the monocultural life. Includes work by Cody Hudson, Barnstormers, Delaware Collective, Dithers, Western State, and Pablo Aravena.


Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y

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Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y
1997, Johan Grimonprez, Belgium/France, 70 min.
Saturday, October 16, 6:15 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

Buckle up for DIAL H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, the acclaimed hijacking documentary that eerily foreshadowed 9-11. We meet the romantic skyjackers who fought their revolutions and won airtime on the passenger planes of the 1960's and 1970's. By the 1990's, such characters were apparently no more, replaced on our TV screens by stories of anonymous bombs in suitcases. Director Johan Grimonprez investigates the politics behind this change, at the same time unwrapping our own complicity in the urge for ultimate disaster.


PickAxe and NAWLA action

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PickAxe and NAWLA action
Saturday Oct 16, 7pm
High school 1542 N Milwaukee Ace 3rd floor

PickaXe: An arsonist burns 9000 acres of protected old-growth public
forest in Oregon that can not be logged unless it burns. To stop the
proposed "salvage" logging of this incredible ancient forest, citizens are moved to blockade a road and keep the government out. After facing down a bulldozer and the State Police, the fort now known as the gateway to the Cascadia Free State becomes the focus for a developing community dedicated to protecting ancient forests throughout the mountains of Oregon. The film shows confrontations with disgruntled loggers, mass arrests and a 75 day hunger strike.

After the film will be a discussion about the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA), a free trade organization responsible for the destruction of 95% US forests that were standing as of 1800. NAWLA is having their annual Trade Show here in Chicago from Oct. 21-23 and we will be present to expose their unsustainable and destructive forestry practices. Come and find out how to get plugged into the upcoming events.

film excerpt (entertaining too)
http://crimethinc.com/a/fmp/video/onlyone.mov

admission: $5 donation


WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION

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WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION
2004, Danny Schechter, USA , 105 min.
Saturday, October 16, 7:45 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

There were two wars in Iraq ˆ A military assault and a media war. The former was well covered; the latter was not. Independent filmmaker, Emmy award-winning TV journalist, network news veteran, author and media critic Danny Schechter turns the cameras on the deceptive role of the media in reporting on, and promoting the invasion in Iraq. His latest film, WMD is an outspoken assessment of how Pentagon propaganda and media complicity mislead the American people by 'selling' the war to influence public opinion.


October 17, 2004

ANIMATION WARRIORS

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ANIMATION WARRIORS
2001-04, Various Directors, USA/Netherlands, 75 min.
Sunday, October 17, 3:30 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

Fresh tactics from a new generation of animation. Included are WARNING PETROLEUM PIPELINE (Jan van Neunen),CLEAN SWEEP & HOMELAND HOWDOWN (Jason Beck and Paul Archer), STATE OF THE UNION (Jason Archer), VIDEOS DE PAPER RAD (Paper Rad), BUSH'S ALADIN (ARABIAN NIGHTS) (Chinese Johnny), BIGGER BETTER (Ton Meijdam), and others.


WARP VISION (The Videos 1989-2004)

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Premiere!
WARP VISION (The Videos 1989-2004)
1989-2004, Various Directors, ca 105 min.
Sunday, October 17, 5:15 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

Warp Vision (The Videos 1989-2004) presents for the first time a kind of secret history of Warp Records: an alternate look at 15 years of incredible, radical electronic pop music in the form of 32 equally radical, eye-popping videos created by some of the world’s finest film-making talent.


October 18, 2004

BUSH FAMILY FORTUNES

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Chicago Premiere!
BUSH FAMILY FORTUNES
2003, Greg Palast, UK, 70 min.
Monday, October 18, 6:30 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

Investigative reporter Greg Palast turns his magnifying glass on the Bush dynasty, asking why the Bush family name has been associated with so many scandals over the last twenty-five years. BUSH FAMILY FORTUNES follows the award-winning reporter on the trail of the Bush family, from Florida election finagling, to the Saudi connection, to the Bush team‚s spiking the FBI investigation of the bin Laden family and the secret State Department plans for post-war Iraq.


SPECTRES OF THE SPECTRUM

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SPECTRES OF THE SPECTRUM
1999, Craig Baldwin, USA, 93 min.
Monday, October 18, 8:00 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

Spectres of the Spectrum is a feature-length 16mm film utilizing old 'kinescopes' to create an eerie, haunted "media-archaeology" zone for a sci-fi time-travel tale, wherein live-action actors search for a hidden electromagnetic secret to save the planet from a futuristic war-machine, inspired by HAARP the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program.


October 19, 2004

Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y

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Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y
1997, Johan Grimonprez, Belgium/France, 70 min.
Tuesday, October 19, 6:15 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

Buckle up for DIAL H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, the acclaimed hijacking documentary that eerily foreshadowed 9-11. We meet the romantic skyjackers who fought their revolutions and won airtime on the passenger planes of the 1960's and 1970's. By the 1990's, such characters were apparently no more, replaced on our TV screens by stories of anonymous bombs in suitcases. Director Johan Grimonprez investigates the politics behind this change, at the same time unwrapping our own complicity in the urge for ultimate disaster.


LIBERTY BOUND

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LIBERTY BOUND
2004, Christine Rose, USA, 90 min.
Tuesday, October 19, 7:45 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

A US Citizen's journey of discovery into the lies, oppression, and corruption that has invaded her country since 9/11. Liberty Bound takes an entertaining look at America’s ongoing struggle to keep a comfortable balance between democracy, capitalism, and fascism. This film investigates historic events that shape history. It is a film about courage and fear; ignorance and knowledge; propaganda and rhetoric.


October 20, 2004

CULTURAL COUNTER INTELLIGENCE

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CULTURAL COUNTER INTELLIGENCE
2002-2004, Various Directors & Countries, 95 min.
Wednesday, October 20, 7:45 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

Comprehending the assault on reason while living in the Age of Bush and his wars on terror and drugs means reading between the lines, remixing the edits, and investigating mind control. The Program includes DEEP BLUE (Mark Boswell), SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE (Rick Silva and Trace Reddell),A PERCEPTION OF WAR (Ramon Grendene), DESPOTISM, THEN AND NOW (P Rettig),DRUG WAR REALITY TOUR (Stephen Marshall/GNN), 30 SECONDS OF HATE (Bryan Boyce), CLOSER (GNN), ALUMINUM (Tyrone Davies), TERROR IRAQ SERIES (Mike Nourse).


UNCONSTITUTIONAL / WATCH THIS! double feature

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UNCONSTITUTIONAL
2004, Nonny De La Pena, US, 60 min.
Wednesday, October 20, 8:00 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

Unconstitutional is an hour-long documentary detailing the shocking way that the civil liberties of American citizens have been infringed upon, curtailed, and rolled back since 9/11 -- all in the name of national security. In the rush to pass the USA PATRIOT Act, intelligence agencies have been empowered to "protect freedom and democracy" by destroying freedom and democracy. Real stories depict the personal loss of American civil liberties and present citizens who are resisting those efforts.

A member of the Illinois chapter of the ACLU will be at the screening for an introduction before and a Q and A after the film.

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WATCH THIS! before you go vote.
A free, one-hour documentary, Watch This! is a multi-perspective meditation on the nature of political and creative dissent and the government's response in a post 9-11 world.

Shot almost exclusively during the Republican National Convention in New York, this film will surprise you about what really went on in the streets of NYC. A series of personal stories are intertwined to form a disjointedly coherent vision of reality. This complex reality breaks through the superficial nature of current political and social discourse.

Shot, edited, and produced in 40 days, Watch This! is being distributed for FREE as a high-quality download using traditional web sites as well as file-sharing technologies, such as bit-torrent.

Watch This! is produced by Glass Bead Collective (GBC) ­ a multi-disciplinary non-profit art collective.

Glass Bead Collective (GBC) is a multi-disciplinary non-profit art
collective. GBC produces projects from theatrical productions to films to real-time video art.

http://glassbeadcollective.org/watchthis


October 21, 2004

LIBERTY BOUND

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LIBERTY BOUND
2004, Christine Rose, USA, 90 min.
Thursday, October 21, 6:00 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

A US Citizen's journey of discovery into the lies, oppression, and corruption that has invaded her country since 9/11. Liberty Bound takes an entertaining look at America’s ongoing struggle to keep a comfortable balance between democracy, capitalism, and fascism. This film investigates historic events that shape history. It is a film about courage and fear; ignorance and knowledge; propaganda and rhetoric.


O Mundo é Nossa: Social Change in Brazil

O Mundo é Nossa: Social Change in Brazil
Thursday, October 21, 2004
High School 1542 N milwaukee Ave. 3rd floor
7pm


As part of the Select Media Festival Vanderly Scarabelli of the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), The Landless
Worker‚s Movement of Brazil, will speak about his experiences fighting for agrarian reform in South America. Filmmakers Joe Lukey and Tom Janas will further explore the struggles for social change through the presentation of their documentary "Don't Steal Our Sun; You Already Own the Cage."

"Don't Steal Our Sun; You Already Own the Cage," is a documentary about people struggling for economic and political empowerment despite the difficult obstacles set before them due to profound inequalities that have plagued Brazil since colonization. Shot in 2003 in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, birthplace of the MST, this documentary investigates Brazil's recent transition from dictatorship to democracy; the rise of the Workers Party to political power through
grassroots movements; the struggle of The Landless Worker's Movement for land and dignity; and the World Social Forum which declares "another world is possible."

Vanderly Scarabelli, member of the National Leadership Committee for the MST, has been active in the movement since 1992. Prior to his participation, Vanderly was involved with the social movements of the Comunidades Eclesiais de Base (base church communities ˆ CEBs) and
the Workers Party (PT), both of which have been crucial to establishing the foundation of what has become the largest social movement in Latin America.

Q & A will follow.


WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION

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WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION
2004, Danny Schechter, USA , 105 min.
Thursday, October 21, 7:45 pm (Gene Siskel Film Center)

There were two wars in Iraq ˆ A military assault and a media war. The former was well covered; the latter was not. Independent filmmaker, Emmy award-winning TV journalist, network news veteran, author and media critic Danny Schechter turns the cameras on the deceptive role of the media in reporting on, and promoting the invasion in Iraq. His latest film, WMD is an outspoken assessment of how Pentagon propaganda and media complicity mislead the American people by 'selling' the war to influence public opinion.