Wednesday, 30 December 2015

My 2015 Retrospective in Music, Videos,Tracks to MidnightRadio Compilation and Fraction Studio Releases

Take a look at  my 2015 retrospective in music, videos, tracks to MidnightRadio Compilation and collab with Eisenlager on Fraction Studio's Himmelholzsteg 2. It's been an active and fulfilling year and is only going to get busier and better in 2016!  

The spring release of the digital album “Symbolic”, the fall release of the digital album “Oktave” and winding down 2015 with the December releases of the digital singles "The Marble Lady", "Forever Be" and "Perturbances".  Have a listen!

The Marble Lady

Forever Be


Release of my music videos “I Need Air”, “Les Mannequins”, “Cold War Communicado” and “Irridium” on YouTube.

My musical contributions to these MidnightRadio Compilations.  Free downloads always!

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Post-Christmas Chill

Join me on this lovely trip down music video memory lane as I kick back, relax and saturate my brain with these eclectic vids featuring some of the most iconic trailblazing bands, artists and record labels hailing from the 70s and 80s. Cheers!

All music and images remain vested with their respective copyright holders.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Warm Christmas Wishes and the Very Best for 2016

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and extreme happiness this holiday season from Vavaland! Thank you for taking the time to read and share my posts with your friends and I hope you will continue to show your support in 2016. 

Warm wishes go out to family, friends, on-line followers, people I’m following and fellow musicians on MySpace, Reverbnation, SoundCloud, Google Plus, Twitter and especially to everyone in the MidnightRadio Compilation Family net label community.  Let's keep the ball in the air for the New Year!

It’s been an exciting 2015 listening to, and showing our support by sharing each other's music and discovering the many eclectic, strong and independent talents on these awesome sites.

Wherever you’re celebrating this year, Christmas is the time for people to come together and share the spirit of the holidays.  Spread the love and pray for peace on earth.  All my very best and I hope you enjoy these festive Christmas videos I found while digging around on YouTube!


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Monday, 30 November 2015

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

My Favorite Documentary Films - 2015 to 2017

"My Favorite Docs" has graduated from the sidebar to its own permanent post.  Being the avid documentary film fan that I am and always have been, I'll be adding eclectic discoveries as I go along.  If you're looking for off-the wall, weird and wonderful docs of all genres, styles and subjects, you've come to the right place.  Please check back for regular updates.  You won't be disappointed!


Forged by the Gods (2017) - 60 mins.  A study of artificial metallic objects dating back hundreds of thousands of years including mysterious metal spheres that defy the laws of physics and an ancient wedge that has left historians baffled.  Ancient Aliens Season 12. 

The Akashic Records (2017) - 60 mins.  A look at brain waves during sleep meditation to observe the physical changes in the brain during a phenomena known as Akashic Records.  Ancient Aliens Season 12.

The Majestic 12 (2017) - 60 mins.  The study of a top secret within the U.S. government called the Majestic 12.  Scientists, government officials and military elite investigate reports of UFOs and supposedly examining crashed extra terrestrial craft.  Ancient Aliens Season 12.

UFO Conspiracy - Hunt for Truth (2017) - 120 mins.  Examining the long history of allegations involving alien phenomena and their supposed government cover-ups.  For the History Channel.

The Alien Architects (2017) - 60 mins.  A study of similar architectural marvels of the ancient world that bear striking similarities to one another, among them the pyramid complex in Giza, the Avenue of the dead pyramids in Mexico and an ancient pyramid temple in Cambodia.  Ancient Aliens Season 12.

The Mystery of Rudlowe Manor (2017) - 60 mins.  An exploration of the possibility that files related to the history of UFO phenomenon are locked up in a manor house in Wiltshire, England countryside.  Ancient Aliens Season 12.

Museum Secrets - Museum Island Berlin (2010) - 60 mins.  Spotlighting the Pergammon and Neues Museums in Berlin.

Joy Division:  Falling Up - The Full Story - (2013) (70 mins).  A reissue of "Under Review". This documentary film pours new light on the Joy Division story as it reveals much previously unknown about this extraordinary collective.  Directed by Christian Davies.

By All Rights (2017) (60 mins) - A look at efforts to give appropriate legal rights to whales, dolphins and porpoises.  Included:  the human like qualities creatures possess and the difficulties they face in dealing with many human activities. Directed by Stanley Minisian.  An Earth Views Production.

Buddah - (2010) (117 mins) - Academy Award-winning filmmaker David Grubin tells the historical tale of GautamaBuddah from his initial enlightenment under a fig tree through his death around the age of 80.  Narrated by Richard Gere.

Punk Revolution NYC – (2011) (192 mins).  The Velvet Underground, The New York Dolls & the CBGBs Set.  When, in 1964, an in-house songwriter for the Pickwick label was introduced to the Welsh viola player from avant-garde composer La Mont Young’s group, few predicted the profound effect this coming together would have on the development of global rock music.   But before the year was out, this unlikely had formed a band, hooked up with pop-art supreme Andy Warhol and, 12 months on, composed and were recording a collection of songs that many believed “started it all”.  Directed and written by Tom O’Dell.

New York Doll, The Movie - (2005) (78 Mins).  Arthur "Killer" Kane of the legendary band The New York Dolls rockets to the top of the glam rock scene.   Then with the death of a band member the group bottoms out and eventually splits up.  Arthur disappears from the music scene and in a surprising twist of fate, becomes a devout Mormon.  Produced by Ed Cunningham and Seth Lewis Gordon.  Directed by Greg Whiteley.

Looking for Johnny - The Legend of Johnny Thunders (2014) (98 mins).  When Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans on April 23, 1991, he left behind a mystery.  Though MTV and international broadsheets reported the guitarist's demise, for many in the mainstream, Thunders was perceived as an enigmatic outlaw.  Written and directed by Danny Garcia.

Command and Control (2017) (90 mins).  An account of an experience of a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980, that almost caused the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying a nuclear warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.  Directed by Robert Kenner for PBS.

Pink Floyd - The Story of Wish You Were Here (2012) (85 mins).  "Wish You Were Here" has an enduring legacy, and this film tells the in-depth story of its production from the perspective of those who were there at the time.  An Eagle Vision release.

Real Vikings - Ragnar and his sons (2016) (60mins).  Viking actor Clive standen, series creator Michael HIrst and Viking experts uncover the real stores of Ragnar Lothbrok and his famous sons, Bjorn Ironside and Ivar the Boneless, by visiting key Viking sites in Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Scotland and England. Produced for the History Channel.

NOVA – Secrets of the Sky Tombs (2017) (60mins).  The Season 44 premiere focuses on the Himalayas which were among the last places on earth settled by humans.  Scientists scale sheer cliffs and discover rock cut tombs filled with human bones and such intriguing artifacts as gold masks and Chinese silk. Produced by NOVA.

Secrets of the Dead – Vampire Legend (2015) (60mins).  The Season 15 premiere explores the vampire myth which if manuscripts and archeological evidence are accurate, emanated from medieval England.  The lore was popularized by Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and still has adherence.  

Eero Saarinen/American Masters (2016) (50:28 mins) – The life and work of influential Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen (1910 – 1961).

Soundbreaking - I Am My Music - Episode 8 (2016) (60 mins).  Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead are among the featured artists in this series finale which chronicles the evolution of music consumption from records and cassettes to CDs and MP3s. Directed by Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre for CBS.

Soundbreaking - Sound and Vision - Episode 7 (2016) (60 mins). Chronicling the era in which MTV forged and indelible and inextricable link between recorded music and the newly emergent music video, Sound and Vision considers what it means to see music as well as hear it.

Soundbreaking – The World Is Yours – Episode 6 - (2016) (60 mins).  Public Enemy, Run DMC, The Beastie Boys and Beck are among the featured artists at how sampling (borrowing fragments from existing recordings) created a new genre of music.  Directed by Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre for CBS.

Soundbreaking – Four On The Floor – Episode 5 - (2016) (60 mins).  Little Richard, James Brown, The BeeGees and Beyoncé are featured in this look at the process of building an irresistible beat.  Directed by Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre for CBS.

Soundbreaking – Going Electric – Episode 4 (2016) (60 mins).  The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and Devo are among the featured artists in this look at how music was transformed by the amplification and electrification of instruments.  Directed by Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre for PBS.

The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall (2009) (94 mins). On one night in August 1961, a few railway cars and a lot of barbed wire were moved into position in Berlin, dividing East Germany from West.  It was a barrier that would be extended and become increasingly more sophisticated over the 18 years of its existence. Produced by ZDF Enterprises for History.  Directed by Oliver Halmburger. 

Soundbreaking - The Human Instrument - Episode 3 - (2016) (60 mins).  Adele, Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera are spotlighted in this look at what makes a vocal track truly great.  Directed by Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre for PBS.

Soundbreaking - Painting With Sound - Episode 2 - (2016) (60 mins). The evolution of multi-tracking recording  of which expanded the palette of such artists as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac is chronicled.  Directed by Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre for PBS.

Soundbreaking – The Art of Recording – Episode 1 - (2016) (60 mins).  Soundbreaking begins where a recording does – at the intersection of inspiration and execution.  There stands the enigmatic figure of the record producer, the person charged with the critical task of both realizing an artist’s vicision and capturing it for posterity.  Directed by Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre for PBS.

Ancient Computer – (2012) (60 mins).  An unremarkable lump of metal found in a 2,000 year old shipwreck turns out to be an extraordinary treasure:  the world’s first computer.  When divers first discovered the corroded device in 1900, scientists were puzzled by its function.  Written, produced and directed by Mike Beckham.  Produced for NOVA by Evan Hadingham.

Journey Into Buddhism – Prajna Earth (2007) (85mins).  Prajna Earth visits spiritual intersections where Buddhist and Hindu wisdom traditions merged with the animist worship of nature, revealing a profound understanding of sacred nature existing both in the environment and within all living beings.  Director and cinematographer John Bush.  Narrated by Sharon Stone.

Marley – A Film by Kevin MacDonald – (2012) (145mins).  MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, legend, and the man, from his early days to his rise to international stardom.  Directed by Kevin MacDonald.

Mayan Prophecies and Crop Circles – An Extraordinary Connection – (2010) (105 mins).  Scholars and researchers have discovered an extraordinary connection between rate ancient 6000 year old Sumerian symbols, ancient symbols from the mysterious Mayan calendar and a group of amazing signs and symbols found among crop circle formations believed to be extraterrestrial in origin that are appearing in the farmlands of the English countryside.  Author Luca Trovellesi Cesana, directed by Pier Giorgio Caria for UFO TV.

Resident Alien – A Film by Jonathan Nossiter – (1991) (85 mins).  The widely acclaimed “Resident Alien” chronicles the hilarious adventures of cult figure Quentin Crisp, a flamboyantly eccentric Englishman who once pursued fame across the razor sharp edges of Manhattan.   Written, produced and directed by Jonathan Nossiter.

Janis: Little Girl Blue – (2015) (105 mins) – Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic of all rock & roll singers, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1970 at the age of 27.  With “Janis:  Little Girl Blue” Oscar-nominated director Amy J. Berg examines Joplin’s story in depth, presenting an intimate, insightful portrait of a complicated, driven often beleaguered artist.  Written and directed by Amy J. Berg.

1971 – (2015) (79 mins) – On March 8, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, a town just outside Philadelphia, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public.  In doing so, they uncovered the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights.  Produced by Marilyn Ness and Katy Chevigny. Produced and directed by Johanna Hamilton.
John Cage: Journeys in Sound.  A filmy by Allan Miller and Paul Smaczny. (2012) (60:35 mins) -  This documentary by Oscar-winning Director Allan Miller and Emmy-winner Paul Smaczny pay tribute to the most fascinating American avant-garde composer.  Produced by Paul Smaczny.

The War Game (1965) (49mins) - A documentary-style TV drama, Peter Watkins’ controversial and harrowing depiction of the effects of a nuclear attack on England hit the headlines when it was banned on the grounds of being too graphic and horrifying.  Written and produced by Peter Watkins.

Tony Palmer’s film of Tangerine Dream Live at Coventry Cathedral 1975. (2007) (27 mins)- In December 1974, Tangerine Dream were invited to play in the grand setting of Rheims Cathedral, a move certainly seen at the time as groundbreaking.  Because of this, they were then invited to perform in the cathedrals of York, Liverpool and Coventry.  Music is from the album “Ricochet”.  Starring Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Peter Baumann.   Directed by Tony Palmer.

Planète Yoga – (2012) (1hr 27mins.)  Planète Yoga nous fait voyager d’Est en Ouest dans l’univers du yoga.  On y rencontre des personnages passionnants, qui nous éclairent sur cette discipline orientale désormais adaptée et intégrée dans notre culture occidentale et révèle la soif de sens qui caractérise ce début de millénaire.  Production InformAction.  Réalisateur Carlos Ferrand.

Secret Societies of Hollywood: Pursuit of Perfection - (2014) (60 mins.)  A report on celebrities in pursuit of perfection and the great lengths they will go to realize their goals, including cutting edge surgeries, dangerous diets and other risky behavior.  Produced by Prometheus Entertainment.  Executive Producer Kevin Burns.

Experiments in Art and Technology and Artpix present Variations VII by John Cage. (2008) (85 mins).  In 1966, ten New York artists and thirty engineers and scientists from Bell Telephone Laboratories collaborated on a series of innovative dance, music and theater performances, 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering, held in October at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. Produced by Billy Kluver and Julie Martin of E.A.T. and directed by Barbro Schultz Lundestam.

Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks.  (2016) (58 mins).  The story of Koko the gorilla who can communicate with people via sign language due to the work of psychologist Penny Patterson, who adopted Koko in 1971 for her Ph.D assignment.  Directed by Jonathan Taylor for the BBC.

Spillover:  Zika, Ebola and Beyond.  (2016) (58 mins).  Examining Zika, Ebola and Nipah and other "spillover viruses" which reside in animals and can infect humans. Included:  the role human behaviors play in the spread of diseases; and what science can do to contain and prevent epidemics.  A PBS production.

War Journal: The Incredible World War II Escape of Major Damon"Rocky" Gause. (2016) (90 mins).  Involved in the Bataan Death March and then the fall of Corregidor island, Gause and another American, in a leaky old fishing boat, travelled from the Philippine Islands all the way to Australia and the doorstep of General Douglas MacArthur, who could not believe the men survived their 159 day ordeal in the open ocean.  Produced, written and directed by Tim Gray.

Mirage Men – (2014) – (85 mins).  For over sixty years, teams within the US Air Force and US Intelligence agencies exploited and manipulated beliefs about UFOs and extraterrestrial visits as part of their counter-intelligence programs.  Directed by John Lundberg.

I Am Ali – The Man Behind The Legend – An Intimate Portrait (2015) (1hr 52mins).  I Am Ali is told through exclusive, unprecedented access to Ali’s personal archive of voice recordings combined with touching interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends.  Produced by Clare Lewins, George Chignell and Greg Hobden.  Written and directed by Clare Lewins.  
I am Chris Farley - (2015) (94 mins).  I Am Chris Farley will tell the hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story of legendary comedian Chris Farley for the first time ever - from his early days in Madison, Wisconsin and at Marquette University, through his work at the legendary Second City to his rapid rise to the top of the comedy world on "Saturday Night Live" and in hit films like "Tommy boy" and "Black Sheep".

Awake: The Life of Yogananda – (2014) (86 mins).  Awake is an unconventional biography about the Hindu swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s.  Written and directed by Paola Di Florio and Lisa Leeman.  Produced by Peter Rader, Paola Di Florio & Lisa Leeman.  

Inside Claridge's – Part 1 of 3 (2012) (60 mins).  The goings-on at Claridges, a luxury hotel in London, are chronicled.   For the BBC.

Ghost Planes and the Mystery (2014) (120 mins).  Examining the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.  For The History Channel.

Trumbo - (2007) - (95 mins).  Trumbo is a unique film about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and his heroic journey from Hollywood royalty to blacklisted writer to Academy Award winner.  Based on the play "Trumbo" by Christopher Trumbo. Directed by Peter Askin.

Dark Star - H.R. Giger's World - (2014) (80 mins).  Surrealist artist H.R. Giger (1940 - 2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott's ALIEN.  Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death and sex.  A film by Belinda Sallin.

Soul Boys of the Western World – Spandau Ballet:  The Movie (2014) (111mins).   Relive the music, fashion and spirit of the 1980s via the incredible saga of the rise, fall and comeback, of New Wave legends Spandau Ballet.  Produced by Steve Dagger and Scott Millaney and directed by George Hencken.

The History Channel’s “7 New Signs of the Apocalypse” (2016) (1hr26mins).  A study of possible apocalyptic events threatening the planet.
The Path to Paris (2016) (20:13 mins).  Paris Attacks:  Did Intelligence fail in France?  The Paris attacks shook the world and raised many questions we are still struggling to answer.  The CBC's Terence McKenna takes a fresh look at exactly what happened.

Snow Chick (2016) (60 mins).  For Nature PBS. An Emperor penguin chick is
followed from its emergence from the egg to when it sets out on its own.  Narrated by Kate Winslet.  Produced and directed by John Downder.

David Bowie & Lou Reed – The Thin White Duke Vs The King of New York (2014) (107 mins).  This film charts the parallel careers of Bowie and Reed, focusing on their joint collaborations, shared interests and other connections.  Including interviews with Angie Bowie, Doug Yule, Billy Name, Leee Black Childers, Jayne County, Jimi Lalumia, John Halsey, Victor Bockris, Danny Fields and many others.  Directed by Rodney Ascher.

Andy Warhol - A Documentary Film (2006) (4 hrs).  "He was the most American of artists and the most artistic of Americans," one man later said - "so American in fact that he is almost invisible to us."  Andy Warhol - a riveting and often deeply moving film portrait of the most famous and famously controversial artist of the second half of the twentieth century - is the first to explore the complete spectrum of Warhol's astonishing artistic output, stretching across five decades from the late 1940s to his untimely death in 1987.  Narrated by Laurie Anderson, directed by Ric Burns and produced by Donald Rosenfeld, Daniel Wolf and Ric Burns for PBS.

David Bowie - Five Years (2013) (90 mins).  A profile of the rock star examines a momentous 5-year period in his career and his continual re-invention of himself from Ziggy Stardust to The Thin White Duke,  including the critically acclaimed album "Heroes".  Directed by Francis Whately for PBS.

The Salt of the Earth - (2015) (110 mins.) The Nature of Things with David Suzuki presents The Eagles Next Door (2016) - (60 mins).  The Salt of the Earth takes us on a stunning visual odyssey as we see the world through the eyes of one of the greatest image makers of the last century - world renowned photographer Sebastiao Salgado.  A film by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.  

The Nature of Things by David Suzuki.  Eagles Next Door - (2016) (44:14 mins). We follow the unfolding story of a single breeding pair in the suburbs of Vancouver, Canada, over the course of a year.  Via the social media phenomena known as "nestcams", we are able to witness the amazing life cycle and understand the adaptations they've made to be successful in the city. 

Red Army - (2014) (85 mins). A film by Gabe Polsky, Red Army is an inspiring true story about the Cold War played out on the ice rink, and a man who stood up to a powerful system, paving the way for generations of Russians.  Presented by Werner Herzog and Jerry Weintraub.

The Nature of Things hosted by David Suzuki - Call of the Baby Beluga (2016) (50 mins).  One day in Quebec, a baby beluga whale washes up on a gravel beach along the St. Lawrence River.  Unexpectedly, she is vigorously alive.  A scientific team decides to take unusual steps to try to save her.  Directed by Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm.

Healing Hands (2016) (50 mins).  Mykola Nyzhb, 11, lost both legs and an arm in an explosion in the Ukraine.  His future looked bleak until a Canadian medical mission to the Ukraine got word of his situation.  Dr. Oleh Antonyshynn tells CTV's W5 about Mykola's long road to recovery.

Secrets of Underground London (2014) (54:41 mins).  On the surface, London is a buzzing, modern metropolis - but underneath lies a secret, hidden world, all but forgotten by the millions of people above.  This program uncovers 2,000 years of subterranean history: a world of ancient caves and perfectly preserved Roman remains; mysterious rivers and gruesome plague pits; impenetrable vaults and top-secret bunkers. Produced by PBS.

It Takes Guts - (2015) (44:13 mins).  It Takes Buts reveals fascinating new discoveries about gut microbes; our body's secret weapon the battle of the bulge.  Produced by the Nature of Things with David Suzuki.

Happy People - A Year in the Taiga - (2010) (94 mins).  Iconic filmmaker Werner Herzog embarks on another unforgettable journey in the heart of a remote natural environment.  Directed by Dimitri Vasyukov and Werner Herzog.

Finding Vivian Maier (2013) (84 mins).  Who is Vivan Maier?  Now considered one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, Viviain Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime.  Written, directed and produced by John Malouf and Charlie Siskel.

Yves Saint Laurent – The life Story of the Man Who Re-imagined Women’s Fashion.  Empire Picture’s two episode DVD directed by David Teboul and produced by Christiane Baute.  Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times follows his career, from the dazzling debut of his first line, under his own name at age 22, to becoming one of fashion’s most creative and unorthodox designers.  (2004) (77 mins).  Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau. Director David Teboul was given virtually unlimited access to the behind-the-scenes production process of the creation of a line from initial drawings all the way to the final climactic show. (2004) (85 mins).

Nick Cave – 20,000 Days on Earth – (2014) – (97 mins).  This documentary drama is an inventive and an intimate examination of the artistic process of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave.  Directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.

Rick Steves' 'Travels - Berlin. (2014) (25:05 mins).  Season 8 concludes in Berlin including its trendy east side, people-friendly river front and vibrant social scene.

The History Channel - Atlantis Found (1999) (2 hrs.)  Examining the legend of the lost continent.  

Watchers of the Sky - (2015) (121 mins).  The global fight against mass ethnic killings - like those in Rwanda, Kosovoo and Sudan - started with a word: genocide.  Produced and directed by Edet Belzberg.

Birders:  The Central Park Effect - A film about birds and people (2012) (60 mins).  The Central Park Effect reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan's celebrated patch of green and the equally colorful New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration.  Directed and written by Jeffrey Kimball.

Queen of the Sun:  What Are the Bees Telling Us? (2010) (82  mins).  Queen of the Sun is a profound, alternative look at the global been crisis.  Produced and directed by Taggart Siegel and produced by John Betz.

Emptying the Skids - (2013) (78 mins).  Based on the groundbreaking essay in the New Yorker by best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen, Emptying the Skies exposes the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe. Directed by Douglas Kass and Roer Kass.

Peace Officer - (2015) (105 mins).  This thought-provoking documentary profiles William "Dub" Lawrence, a former sheriff, who is investigating the death of his son-in-law by a SWAT team, the same SWAT team he helped establish and train 30 years prior.  Produced by the CBC for the Passionate Eye.

Hippie Masala:  Forever In India (2007) (93 mins).  This Swiss documentary is a fascinating chronicle about aging flower children who, after fleeing Western civilization, found a new way of life in India.  Directed by Ulrich Grossenbacher and Damaris Luthi.
NOVA - Inside Einstein's Mind (2015) (53:07 mins).  An examination of how Albert Einstein developed the theory on the nature of reality.  Produced by PBS. 

Meteors – Fire in the Sky.  (2005) (94 mins).  Meteors, comets and asteroids cross the solar system offering clues about our planet and universe.  Can they destroy civilizations?  Did they wipe out the dinosaurs?  Have they brought life to our planet?  And when will the next one hit?  Produced by A&E TV.
Sonic Magic: the Wonder and Science of Sound reveals the historic power, promise, and potential of sound - and a strange phenomenon called cymatics that has created a new scientific mystery - The Nature of Things - (2015) (44:13 mins).

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story – (2012) (98 mins). A film by Brad Bernstein. One man’s wild, lifelong adventure of testing society’s boundaries through his subversive art.

The CBC’s Marketplace - Best Before Dates. (2015) (22:14 mins). Grocery insiders reveal tricks stores use to alter “Best Before Dates”. “The food may look fabulous, but the facts will gross you out”. – Erica Johnson

The CBC’s Interrupt this Program - Beirut (2015) (21:57 mins). This is a series that profiles artists, writers and entertainers from various cities around the world beginning with Beirut.

The Fifth Estate – The Fire Within (2015) (42:03 mins).  Women firefighters discuss being bullied and harrassed by colleagues.

Forever Young (2015 - 60 mins). – A study of aging offers new technologies that could potentially extend human life.

PBS - Extreme Wonders. Earth’s Natural Wonders- Part 1 of 3. (2015 – 54:53 mins). A look at life amidst the world’s extraordinary wonders starts on Mount Everest, where the Kumba ice fall presents a danger to Sherpas. Also, conservationists at the Grand Canyon try to help a Condor chick survive.

Bert Stern: Original Mad Man (2012) (89 mins). Bert Stern: Original Mad Man is the definitive voyage into the life and work of one of America’s most influential photographers. An original Madison Avenue “mad man”, Stern’s images helped create modern advertising. Produced by Gregory McClatchy. “I’ve always loved women. I think being a woman must be very difficult. After all, you’re always on the inside. Men look at the outside. It’s that illusion which is so delicious. Once you break that mask, then you are in another world.” – Bert Stern

Cobain: Montage of Heck – (2015) (145 mins). An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana Directed by Brett Morgan.

Marina Abramovic - The Artist Is Present – (2010) (106 mins). This film is a mesmerizing journey into the world of radical performance and an intimate portrait of an astonishingly magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art. Directed by Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre.

“Muscle Shoals”. (2013) (111 mins). Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River” as native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals is some of the most important and resonant of all time. “I’ll Take You There”, “Brown Sugar”, “When A Man Loves a Woman”, “I Never Loved a Man the Way That I loved You”, “Mustang Sally”, “Tell Mama”, Kodachrome”, and “Freebird” are just a few of the tens of thousands of tracks created there. Directed by Greg “Freddy” Camalier and starring Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Alicia Keys, Percy Sledge, Etta James and many more.
The CBC’s Marketplace “Gene Genie”. (2015) (22:26 mins) – Gene Genie is a study of the business of home DNA testing kits. Determining your health risks based on the interpretation and the accuracy of your results can get complicated. Can your DNA information be misused and disclosed, for example to insurance companies and employers? Find out here.

Sushi - The Global Watch – (75 mins) – (2012). Directed by Mark Hall. Sushi is a culinary favorite of millions around the world, from the heart of Texas to the streets of Moscow. Once a Japanese delicacy, the demand for sushi has exploded across the globe. It has also impacted the environment and drastically depleted the supply of wild blue fine tuna in our oceans.

GMO OMG. Is this the end of real food? (85 mins) (2013). Filmmaker and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how they affect our children, the health of our planet and our freedom of choice.

DOCOBanksy – A Film About Banksy. (59 mins) (2014). If you ask “Who is Banksy?” then you’re asking the wrong question. Directed by Dominic Wade.

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning.  108mins  (2014). This is a film about the life, loves and work of iconic photographer, Dorothea Lange, known for her famous image, The Migrant Mother. Written, produced and directed by Dyanna Taylor.

Jeff Wall: In Order To Make a Picture - (2015) - 45.02 mins. The Jeff Wall documentary showcases world renowned photographer's work. A True West Films by Lu Nelson produced by Elizabeth Yake.

Tales from the Royal Wardrobe (PBS Program). (60 mins) (2015) – An examination of the royal wardrobes of English monarchs included why most kings and queens carefully choreographed their apparel and for those who did not, instances when the results were calamitous. Directed by Nick Gillam Smith and produced by Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd.

Season 1, Episode 1 of “Man on Earth - The Triumph of the Homo Sapien”. (60 mins) - (2009). In this episode, Tony examines how a number of African ancestors were saved from certain death when global warming changed the area from arid desert to lush savannah and how in turn this led to the populating of what is now Europe. Directed by Tom Stubberfield.

Codebreaker – The Story of Alan Turing (2011) – (81 mins). He changed the world, but the world rejected him. Codebreaker tells the remarkable and tragic story of Alan Turing, one of the 20th century’s most important people.

The Tesla Experiment (2014) (60 mins). Ancient Aliens examines a theory that inventory Nikola Tesla communicated with extra-terrestrials.

PBS’ Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Lift the Veil of Secrecy on MI6. (2014) (60mins). This film goes back in time and behind the scenes to look at some of the world’s most calculated and delicately executed operations.

Serving the Royals (2013) (60 mins). A look at the work done by servants at Britain's Royal Palace.

Devo - The Complete Truth About De-Evolution (1993) – Now the complete truth can be told. A documentary of 20 Devo music videos, rare performance footage and tons of extras.

Ancient America - Mound Builders – Edgar Cayce’s Forgotten Legacy – UFO TV (2009) – (60 mins). Excavators uncover solid evidence that ancient America was settled at least 50,000 years ago.

Royal Scandals – (2013) (60 mins). The CBC’s Passionate Eye takes a look at scandals involving the British Royal Family.

What the Bleep do we know? (2004) – 108 mins. Part documentary, part story and animation, this film produced and directed by William Arntz, Frank Vicente and Betsy Chasse is about a divorced photographer as she tumbles down a metaphysical rabbit hole. Her mind-bending voyage through the worlds of science and spirituality includes revelations by quantum physics experts, playful animation, and even a conversation with a wise 35,000-year-old being. Ultimately, her perception of reality is turned inside out, and the meaning of life becomes clear.

The Punk Singer – A Film about Kathleen Hanna (2013) – 83 mins. Directed by Sini Anderson and produced by Tamra Davis, “The Punk Singer” takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of the fearless leader of the punk band Bikini Kill’s
Kathleen Hanna.

The World Wars (Trial by Fire) - (2014) – (60 mins) – The History Channel. An assassination sparks a global conflict in the opener of this series examining World War I and World War II from the perspective of powerful leaders who were involved in the fighting.

The World Wars (The Price of Glory) (2014) – (60 mins) – The History Channel. Germany’s economy collapses following the end of World War I. Adolf Hitler begins his rise to power.

The World Wars: Extended (The Rising Tide). (2014) – (60 mins) – The History Channel. The Great Depression arrives. Adolf Hitler rebuilds Germany’s military.

The World Wars: Extended (The Storm Explodes). (2014) – (60 mins) – The History Channel. Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler form a pact. Hitler invades Poland.

The World Wars (Never Surrender) - (2014) – (60 mins) – The History Channel. World War II breaks out in the series finale. The World Wars: Extended (Peace at Last). (2014) – (60 mins) – The History Channel. Allied forces invade Normandy in the series finale. Later, Adolf Hitler commits suicide.

Life in a day – (2011) (90 mins) –Director Kevin McDonald and producer Ridley Scott compile footing from over 80,000 Youtube videos in order to present a fascinating snapshot of life around the globe on July 24, 2010.

Fukushima – Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown – (Feb 2012) (54:40 mins) – PBS documentary for Frontline. The desperate days after the Fukushima disaster, told by those who were there.

Stonehenge Uncovered – The Nature of Things – (2014) ( 60 mins). Directed by Jeremy Turner. Stonehenge is examined using radar technology and modern scanning equipment to uncover hidden structures beneath the World Heritage site that surrounds it.

Weather Gone Wild - (2014) - (60 mins) The study of intense an unpredictable weather and how best to adapt to it. How to lessen the impact of climate change. Directed by Melanie Wood, written by Helen Slinger and Melanie Wood and produced by Sue Ridout for Dreamfilm Productions in association with CBC-TV and Doc Zone.

A Fierce Green Fire – The Battle for a Living Plant (2012) – (101 mins) - Written and directed by Mark Kitchell. Excellent documentary on an exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change.

It’s More than Handsome…Its Mansome – (2012) – (88 mins) Written by Jeremy Chilnick and Morgan Spurlock. Directed by Morgan Spurlock.

Autopsy: The Last Hours of Anna Nicole Smith – (2014) – (60 mins) – Directed by James Tovell and produced by Duncan Bulling. A tale of hard living and hard luck.

The Last Secrets of 9/11 - (2014) - (60 mins) - The Passionate Eye - A study of the large scale forensic recovery operations undertaken in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City. Included are interviews with family members of victims who have received fragments of their loved ones.

Inheriting Trouble - The Estate of Andy Warhol - (2012) - 42 mins. On February 22, 1987, the "Leonardo Da Vinci of Madison Avenue" dies unexpectedly after undergoing a routine gall bladder operation. He leaves behind an immense fortune and the overwhelming task of appraising his estate which is valued between $95M and $900M. The claws are out in this jaw-dropping documentary! A must see!

The People vs. O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard - (2014). On the 20th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson double murder, NBC’s Dateline provides new insights into this case in a compelling and revealing two hour documentary.

Venus and Serena – (2012) – 100 mins – Produced and directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major. Music by Wyclef Jean. Venus and Serena takes an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act professional tennis has ever seen.

The Wall – A World Divided – (2010) - 60 mins – Produced, written and directed by Eric Stange and narrated by Joe Morton. This film explores the lives of ordinary citizens who found themselves caught in the extraordinary politics of the Cold War.

Canada’s Restaurant Secrets – (2014) – 45:13 mins - CBC’s Marketplace – Produced and directed by Virginia Smart. Canadian restaurants are inspected and you’ll be surprised at what they discover!

Climate Change: Hot Times in the City – (2014) – 45:08 mins. The CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. Produced and directed by Jerry and Bette Thompson. Examining the effects of climate change in Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax and the toll it is taking on its inhabitants.

Playing God with Planet Earth – (2011) – 45:08 mins – Doc Zone – Scientists are experimenting with radical schemes to cool the planet. Will these experiments save us or be a form of technological suicide?

Naica – Giant Crystal Cave – (2008) – 1:00hr – National Geographic – Mexico’s Cueva de los Cristales (Cave of Crystals) is visited.

Wild Canada: Episode 1 – The Eternal Frontier (2013) – 44:46 mins – The Nature of Things with David Suzuki produced by the CBC and directed by Jeff Turner. The first of this 4-episode series explores Canada’s unique ecosystems from its eastern boreal forest, across the prairies, to the Pacific ocean and the Arctic tundra. Beautifully filmed and a must see for all nature lovers.

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap – (2012) – 111 mins. Directed by Ice-T and directed by Paul Toogood. The history of rap music is discussed with Ice-T and the rap legends he interviews.

MDNA World Tour – (2013 Boy Toy, Inc.) – 1:51:02 - Produced by Madonna and directed by Danny Tull and Stéphanie Sennour. Madonna raises the bar and them some during her live performance at the American Arena in Miami, Florida during the North American leg of her MDNA tour.

Supervolcano: Yellowstone’s Fury – (2013) – 45:10 mins - Produced by the CBC’s Doc Zone. There will be a very large-scale super volcanic eruption from Yellowstone National Park. The question is not if it will happen, but when.

Power Surge – (2011) – 60 mins – A NOVA Production by Hamilton Land & Cattle, Inc. for WGBH-Boston. Written and produced by Doug Hamilton. Are we finally on the brink of a clean energy revolution?

Up Against the Wall (CBC Doc Zone) (2009) 52 mins. Directed by Eileen Thalenberg and produced in association with the CBC. This documentary focuses on the wall separating Israel and the West Bank, the wall between the U.S. and Mexico and the walls that protect fortress Europe.

Legendary Sin Cities – Paris, Berlin, Shanghai – (2006) 3½ hrs – Directed by Ted Remerowski and Marrin Canell and produced by Demi-Monde Productions Ltd. in association with the CBC. Cities where art and culture mingled with corruption and decadence.

The Mystery of the Hope Diamond – Smithsonian Channel (2010) USA. Directed by Mark Radice and narrated by Kim Basinger. An intriguing look at the secrets, the legends and the curse of the extraordinary Hope Diamond.

Brian Eno: The Man who fell to earth (2012) – 162 mins - Directed by Ed Haynes. First ever documentary focusing on the life, career and music of Brian Eno during the 70s. With John Hassell and David Toop.

Blackfish (2013) – 83 mins - Directed by Gabriella Cowperthwaite. Don’t capture what you can’t control. A documentary on Orcas in captivity at SeaWorld.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) 84 mins - Directed by Ricki Stern; co-directed by Annie Sundberg. A candid look at Joan Rivers’ career as she turns 75 and the challenges she faces staying on top.

Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm (2013) - Montreal director John Curtin. A behind the scenes into the 1200 men and women who cater to royalty’s every whim.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen (1965) - Directed by Donald Brittain and Don Owen - An informal black and white portrait of Leonard Cohen.

Last Call at the Oasis - (2011) (105 mins) - Written and directed by Jessica Yu - Starring Erin Brokovich-Ellis. A powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century.

The Art of the Steal - (2009) (101 mins) - Directed by Don Argott - Documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art.

The Rape of Europa - (2006) - (117 mins) - Directed by Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen & Nicole Newnham - The story of Nazi Germany's plundering of Europe's great works of art during World War II and Allied efforts to minimize the damage.

Ansel Adams - A Film by Ric Burns - (2002) - (100 mins) - Written and directed by Ric Burns - A biographical documentary film tracing the life of the American photographer Ansel Adams who was known for his landscape images of the American West.

Shattered Ground - (2013) - (60 mins) - Directed by Leif Kaldor in association with The Nature of Things - Fracking, while a bonanza for gas and oil production, is caught in a backlash of suspicion and alarm. What's happening underground it seems can shatter more than just rock.

Vanishing of the Bees (2009) - (87 mins) - Directed by George Langworthy and Maryam Henein. This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee.

Asteroids: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (2010)- (50 mins) - Written and directed by Dan Kendall for the BBC. Will a giant asteroid strike our planet?

Dog Dazed - (2013) - (60 mins) - Directed by Vancouver filmmaker Helen Slinger for Doc Zone - This doc is about the close, symbiotic relationship between dogs and their best friends, us.

Windfall - (2010) - (60 mins) - Directed by Laura Israel. A town is split over the pros and cons of wind turbines.

Jane's Journey - (2011) - (111 mins) - Directed by Lorenz Knauer. A beautiful tribute to Dr. Goodall's accomplishments, a celebration of her spirit and an inspiration for all (Jennifer Merin).

Surviving Progress (2011) – (86 mins) – Written by Ronald Wright and directed by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks. This mind-expanding documentary bristles with provocative insights and probing questions about humanity and the state of the world (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times).

Simon Wiesenthal: Freedom Is Not a Gift from Heaven (1994) - (60 mins) -Directed by Willy Lindwer. The world famous Nazi hunter tells his story for the first time.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Zilon Lazer's "Syncope" at Galerie d'Art LOFT - November 19th to November 29th, 2015

You're invited to join Zilon Lazer on Wednesday, November 18th at 6:00 p.m. for the grand opening of his new show "Syncope" at Galerie d'Art LOFT located in the heart of Old Montreal.  The exhibition runs from November 19th through to the 29th.  Don't miss it!


Vernissage: November 18th, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Galerie d’Art LOFT
Address:  8, Rue Saint Paul Est (Corner St-Laurent)
Montréal, QC H2Y 1G1
Phone: (514) 903-1987
Daily:    Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Métro: Place-d’Armes

To view Zilon's Available Works/Painting on Objects, Sold Works, Biography and Expositions, click on the link below and go to Artistes/Zilon.


Sunday, 1 November 2015

MidnightRadio Compilation Artist Cover Art Designs and Works (2) - November 2015

When MRC releases a new compilation,  I’m not only eager to listen to the new music but to look at the compilation and artist cover art designs, which reflect each song and say a lot about the tone which the release is conveying.  From a minimalist, high contrast black and white photo, a blurred selfie, an obscure close-up, double exposure images, computer-generated collages, a photograph of an original painting, an abstract visual effect, a live band shot or a studio chill pic, each individual cover art has its own unique artistic technique and musical message.  Here are some recent designs which have caught my eye.

It's been awhile since I've done a feature on MidnightRadio Compilation's wonderful cover artworks, the last one being in December 2014, so here goes! 

Alien Pop Band - Lucky Day

Bad News From Cosmos - Night on a Persian Carpet

Bloody Blue - UNAUTHORIZED FREAKS 2.666 Pt 1

Carnal State - Release Date

Elypixa - No Beginning No End

Flaub - Antimateria

Human - Beautiful Misery

Morandi Experiment - Minus Two

P'Like - Temperance

Pax Loyu - poi

Phrozenlight - Japanese Playdoll

Pk Jazz Collective - Into Your Eyes

Projekt Luty - Pagak

Roses and Exile - Vulture

TOTAL E.T. - Corporate Security
MidnightRadio 33 - Julia Zimt

Us As Effigies - Brown Rhine

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