Film Archive

International Programme 2015
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll John Pirozzi

Hypnotic rhythms, exotic sounds, cool singers: East Asian rock, wiped out by the Khmer Rouge. Time travel with magical archive material.

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

Documentary Film
USA
2014
107 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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John Pirozzi, Andrew Pope
John Pirozzi
Scot Stafford
John Pirozzi
Daniel Littlewood, Matthew Prinzing, Greg Wright
In the 1960s and early 70s a new musical style emerged in Cambodia which turned rock’n’roll upside down and created something new by mixing Western sounds with the delicate melodies, hypnotic rhythms and female vocalists of traditional Cambodian music. American filmmaker John Pirozzi takes us on a musical journey of exotic and yet familiar sounds. At the same time he uses archive material and testimonies of witnesses of the time to build a bridge to national history. While the young musicians, along with parts of Cambodian society, were opening up towards Western influences, their country was slowly moving towards the abyss. In 1975 the Khmer Rouge started their cruel elimination of all art and intelligence, including the music scene. The rediscovery of these songs is a late triumph of rock’n’roll.

Zaza Rusadze
International Programme 2015
Here Come the Videofreex Jon Nealon, Jenny Raskin

They set out from Woodstock armed with the first video equipment to document a U.S. in times of upheaval: the lively chronicle of a pioneer movement and the first pirate stations.

Here Come the Videofreex

Documentary Film
USA
2015
79 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Jon Nealon, Jenny Raskin
Jon Nealon, Jenny Raskin
T. Griffin
John Foster
Jon Nealon
Ryan Billia
History is unfair. This fact may be regrettable, but it’s unavoidable. Today almost everyone remembers who the hippies were – the Yippies, however, the activist arm of the American subculture, are all but forgotten. The “Videofreex” were a part of them: a collective that first met at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and set out with the first video equipment (Portapak) available on the consumer market to document the life of a U.S. in upheaval. They quickly rose to prominence by producing news programmes for CBS, but soon proved to be too independent-minded to survive in this environment. After a short while they withdrew from their contract and settled in upstate New York, where they lived as a commune of ten and worked as pioneers of something that didn’t even have a name then: open channel, pirate television, or media workshop.

The historic perspective of this film by Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin allows us to experience both the optimistic visions and the limitations imposed by group dynamics during the Videofreex’s active period (1969–1978). They have their own means of working against the unfairness of history.

Ralph Eue
International Programme 2015
Waiting For the Boom Ethan Bialick, Adam Billingham, William Engels, Connor Kerrigan, Janet Le, Tyler Lewis, Devon Manney, Gracie May, Maria Raykova, Chantelle Sundeen

What happens when you find yourself in a war situation and the security you’ve known all your life is gone?

2015

Waiting For the Boom

Animadoc
USA
2015
3 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Sheila M. Sofian
Ethan Bialick, Adam Billingham, William Engels, Connor Kerrigan, Janet Le, Tyler Lewis, Devon Manney, Gracie May, Maria Raykova, Chantelle Sundeen
Dancing Jars Music, SPCE
Ethan Bialick, Adam Billingham, William Engels, Connor Kerrigan, Janet Le, Tyler Lewis, Devon Manney, Gracie May, Maria Raykova, Chantelle Sundeen
Bethany Sparks
What happens when you find yourself in a war situation and the security you’ve known all your life is gone? Ethan talks about how helpless he felt when he was surprised by a missile attack during a stay in Tel Aviv and how this changed his awareness of freedom and life forever. The animation illustrates the drama of the situation and the panic Ethan still feels even as he describes it today.

Annegret Richter