Film Archive

Jahr

Pickle

Animadoc
USA
2015
15 minutes
subtitles: 
No

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Amy Nicholson
Amy Nicholson
Joel Shelton, Tim Schadt
Jerry Risius
John Young
Brothers McLeod
Amy Nicholson
Jose Araujo, Weston Fonger
Pets are only human, too. Debbie and Tom own a farm and have the biggest hearts for abused creatures one can imagine. They have given shelter to hundreds of animals – from cross-eyed Siamese cats to disabled opossums to the Pickle of the title, a poor little fish that became a nursing case and for whom they finally crafted a comfortable sponge corset. A heartbreaking animadoc mini-drama about the tragedy of being.

Ralph Eue
International Programme 2012
Project Z: The Final Global Event Phillip Gara

Disney & Co. in the service of the US Army: how the military, science establishment and entertainment industry constructed a new, virtual enemy after 9/11. A touch of WikiLeaks in the cinema.

Project Z: The Final Global Event

Documentary Film
USA
2012
70 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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James Der Derian, Global Media Project
Phillip Gara
Brian Knoth, Ben Leadbetter, Alec Redfern, Bob Fish
Phillip Gara, James Der Derian
Phillip Gara
James Der Derian
An applied media criticism trip into the mindset of the military superpower USA: “Projekt Z” works like a black box in which various materials were deposited: interview clips with high-ranking military officers, politicians, scientists, but also fragments of reports, official and less official images. The contents of this box are spilled in front of the audience to uncover connections. A whiff of WikiLeaks wafts through the cinema. The trail leads back to the early 1990s. After the end of the Cold War, the US military are faced with the challenge of finding a new enemy. No threat, no innovation. In new training centres in the desert soldiers puzzle over who they are going to fight in the future and, most of all, how and with what equipment. The idea of “simulation” revives the collaboration between the armed forces, sciences and the entertainment industry – so the inevitable Jack Valenti comes in. A militarisation of society by means of a virtual enemy who, after 9/11, is declared a zombie once and for all - “Z” as in “Zombie”. From now on America is fighting the spirits it called upon itself. The second part of the film analyses the current situation in rapid interview collages and asks what must happen for the virtual bubble to avoid the ultimate accident – comparable only to a gigantic market crash, as Paul Virilio believes. Welcome to the present day.
– Lars Meyer