Controlling Your Own Work – Noam Chomsky

Posted:  December 5th, 2014 - THE DAILIES

“If a person does beautiful work, under external comand (meaning for wages), we may admire what he does, but we despise what he is.  Because he is not a free human being.”


via Workplace Democracy

A certain kind of Cinema

Posted:  December 3rd, 2014 - ARTICLES

A certain kind of Cinema



By Vfill Prunner




Don’t make bad films.


If everyone agrees its good, it’s probably shit.


Independent filmmaking, means you have no master.


This is not a camera. This is a gun.


Don’t sell your children.


That which is new, is also old.


Banksy is not Picasso.


Truth is not agreeable.


A good hammer is useful.  Good cinema should be useless.


Your job is to burn the place down.


Don’t be coward.


Welcome to THENEWCINEMA magazine.

* This article was shortened so you can read it on an iPhone.

B E A U T Y – dir. Rino Stefano Tagliafierro (SHORT VERSION)

Posted:  December 3rd, 2014 - THE DAILIES

 This has been posted many times, but it is so nice that I am going to do it one more time.

[via Rino Stefano Tagliafierro’s youtube channel]

Monte Hellman


Monte Hellman


For those not familiar with his work, Monte Hellman may be one of best kept secrets of American independent cinema. Despite having made several remarkable films, he is rarely cited along with the better known authors of his generation.  This has thankfully been changing, most recently with him being awarded a special career prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2010.  Along with rereleases of his films by Criterion, which are helping reintroduce his films to a new generation.

With an almost free flowing lyrical style, unconventional narrative structure and minimalist aesthetic, his films offer an alternative perspective and challenge the Hollywood notion that story needs to be linear and formulaic to be satisfying.  Made with relatively modest means, they are also great examples of what cinema can be, even without a lot of money and maybe the artistic freedom it afords.

I had the chance to interview Mr. Hellman after the launch of his latest film, “Road to Nowhere”, a stylish neo-noir. While not my personal favorite of his films, it still shows a filmmaker ready to take chances and break new ground. 


Rebel filmmaker Monte Hellman, discusses his new film “Road to Nowhere”.

Los Angeles, 2011





THENEWCINEMA: You have stated in other interviews that “Road to Nowhere” is your first real Monte Hellman film.  Can you elaborate?

MONTE HELLMAN: It’s the first time I’ve been able to realize a project of my own, started by me, and created without any external attempts to influence.


TNC: How was working with the Canon 5D different compared to shooting on film? What were the biggest pros and cons, not just technically but creatively?

MH: Well… the biggest difference is, you can put the camera in places you can never put a normal film camera… I mean literally we would be in a booth in a bar and the camera would be taped to the wall in a place where you could never put a regular camera so it made it possible to use real locations in a way not possible with traditional means. I mean that’s one of the big advantages, the fact… that you can put the camera in places you normally couldn’t, and the other big advantage is you can shoot in the street and people don’t know that you’re making a movie.


TNC: Did it mean you were able to shoot without permits?

MH: Whenever we were actually shooting in L.A. or shooting in North Carolina, we had to have permits. You know, It was only with a few scenes that you go out with three people… but on a day to day basis you need to get the same permits you need to have the same number of people… it’s not very different.


Under the Skin (2013)


“Under the Skin”


Sadly so few films like this get made!!!



If you are interested in knowing more about how the film was made, check out the interview by David Cox for the Film4 Channel 





“You don’t start with the fewest parts… you are trying to distill to the fewest parts.  Simplicity is something you end with, you don’t start with it, you get to it if you are lucky.”


“The method and the narrative is the same thing.” 


Jonathan Glazer





Film4 Channel 

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?



Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? A film by Michel Gondry





 “The world is a very puzzling place. If you’re not willing to be puzzled, you just become a replica of someone else’s mind”

Noam Chomsky


I have not seen “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?” by director Michel Gondry, but anything that brings the work of renowned intellectual and activist Noam Chomsky to a wider audience, can only be a good thing.  As one of the most cited living person, Noam Chomsky needs no introduction.  But it is a shame how many people know of him as a public figure, yet haven’t engaged with his ideas.  What often seems a rare voice of reason in an increasingly dysfunctional world.  This soft spoken man has a particularly charming way of conversing with his audience, not pitching his views from a scholastic hight, but communicating with them on an egalitarian level.  His theories and ideas along with its supporting evidence, are laid out in concise and simple language which makes them easy to understand and hard to repudiate. While his emphasis on common sense humanitarian ideals make him impossible to ignore.


What might make him problematic to many, is that he puts us face-to-face with ourselves, and we may not like what we see.  With his emphasis on individual responsibility and work through activism and solidarety, he put the responsibility of what kind of world we want to live in squarely at our feet.  


What makes him problematic to the establishment, is that he is an independent thinker and independent thinkers are inherently antiestablishment.


I think many of his ideas be it on striking factory workers or civil rights movements can be relevant to all facets of human interaction.  As many of the problems faced in any profession or community can be traced back to a lack of empaty and solidarity. The “all for me, nothing for everyone else” doctrine so prevalent in western society, may work in the short run, but it is a dead-end strategy for mankind as a whole.  



You can see “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?” on iTunes and




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