Creating Freedom Project – The Creativity Post

By Creating Freedom Project | Jul 20, 2012

Synopsis
An independent film series about freedom, power and control, with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman, Vandana Shiva and many more.

What is Creating Freedom?

Based on years of research, Creating Freedom draws together some of the most illuminating, challenging, and inspiring ideas from the world’s leading thinkers and activists. In a society with great inequality, the dominant ideas tend to be the ones that benefit those with the resources to spread them. This is your chance to help spread a different set of ideas: ideas that will educate and inspire us to create a fairer, wiser, more beautiful world.

This independently-produced documentary series explores the relationship between freedom and power in modern society, synthesising a wide-ranging analysis of the education system, the media, PR, democracy, and economics to offer an alternative perspective on today’s situation and the future we’re creating. Creating Freedom blurs the line between art and activism; it aims to be a catalyst for self-education, creativity and social change.

What stage is the project at?

After three years in the making, we have completed the first film in the series, “The Lottery of Birth”. It will premiere at one of the world’s leading film festivals later in the year. We’re still deciding on the details of its distribution, but it will ultimately be freely available online.

We’ve already done a lot of work on the second film in the series, including a number of fascinating interviews. Up to this point, the project has been funded primarily by the artwork of one of the directors (www.raoulmartinez.com), and made possible by the generous commitment of everyone involved, and many a favour along the way called in by both the producer/directors. But to finish the second film, and do justice to the vision we have for it, we need your help.

What are the films about?

Noam Chomsky once said:

“For those who stubbornly seek freedom, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the system of ‘brainwashing under freedom’ to which we are subjected and which all too often we serve as willing or unwitting instruments.”

The films in this series take up this “urgent task” of understanding society’s mechanisms of control, while also going beyond to explore plausible visions of a better world.

Episode One—The Lottery of Birth: From birth onwards our minds are a battleground of competing forces. The outcome of this battle determines the society we create. It is a film about the cultural, educational, and commercial forces that shape our identities, often in ways that limit both our personal and political freedom.

Episode Two—One Dollar One Vote (working title): The modern religion of market fundamentalism has created a society in which one-person-one-vote has been replaced by one-dollar-one-vote. and in which the new ethical system is one of selfishness and greed. Where Christian scripture begins with Adam, the scripture of this new religion begins with economist Adam Smith. To understand how this modern faith, and its mechanisms of control, have spread and changed our world, we explore the relationship between PR, media, politics and democracy.

How can I help?

Since we released the trailer for the first film, the response to the project has been amazing. Many people excited about the series have contacted us, asking how they can support it. Here’s how you can help…

First and foremost we need to reach our fund-raising goal to cover all the costs of the second film. We are passionate about making a valuable, important and beautiful series of films. Even a small contribution will be much appreciated. This will be a project for the people, powered by the people.

Second, you can help us by spreading the word about the project by sharing the following links:

Creating Freedom – Part 1: The Lottery of Birth (Trailer): https://vimeo.com/36689416

Creating Freedom – Fundraising: http://vimeo.com/creatingfreedom/fundraiser

And third, if you have a talent that you think would be helpful on the project, and you’d like to do some work for us, get in touch.

Who are we?

The series is produced and directed by Raoul Martinez and Joshua van Praag.

Raoul is an artist, writer, and documentarian. His portraits have been selected for exhibition in London’s National Portrait Gallery, and he has painted leading figures in the arts and academia as well as a series of symbolic works. At the age of seventeen he left college to become an apprentice to an international portrait painter, and to study a syllabus of his own making with the aim of questioning his beliefs and the forces that had shaped him. A deep interest in philosophy soon broadened into a study of psychology, economics, politics and history. ‘Creating Freedom’ is his first documentary series. He is currently writing a book of the same name.

Josh began working in film in his native Britain at the age of sixteen. In 1998 he moved to New York City where he began working as a lighting technician on independent features. Over the next ten years, he travelled the world, collaborating on more than forty films under directors like Martin Scorsese, Bernardo Bertolucci, Woody Allen and Wong Kar-Wai. In 2005, Josh wrote and directed his first short film, The Dig, which went on to win the jury prize and the award for best director at the New York Independent Film Festival. As a member of the Media Working Group at Occupy Wall Street, Josh helped found the movement’s first video production collective, Occupy TVNY.

Tame Impala Announce New Album ‘Lonerism’

Aussie band Tame Impala. Photo by Maciek Pozoga

As they heavily implied with a teaser trailer just over a week ago, Tame Impala will release an album called Lonerism this year. The follow-up to 2010’s Innerspeaker, due in October via Modular, was recorded entirely by frontman Kevin Parker and mixed by David Fridmann. The single “Elephant” is out in July, but the first taste from the album, the track “Apocalypse Dreams”, is available in the widget below. Below the track, watch a trailer for the album, along with Pitchfork.tv’s 3D video for “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?” from Innerspeaker. Update: Check out the band’s tour dates below, via Modular.

Coming Soon from Tame Impala

Directed by Snakes & Ladders.
Additional footage shot by Matthew Christopher Saville.

Tame Impala – Tour dates

07-27 – 07-29 Byron Bay, Australia – Belongil Fields
08-01 Council Bluffs, IA – Mid America Center *
08-03 – 08-05 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08-08 – 08-06 Montreal, Quebec – Osheaga Music and Artst Festival
08-10 – 08-12 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
09-29 Brisbane, Australia – Parklife Festival
09-30 Sydney, Australia – Parklife Festival
10-01 Perth, Australia – Parklife Festival
10-06 Melbourn, Australia – Parklife Festival
10-07 Adelaide, Australia – Parklife Festival
10-14 Cologne, Germany – Gebaude 9
10-14 Paris, France – Bataclan
10-16 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
10-17 Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan
10-18 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
10-20 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser
10-22 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
10-23 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
10-25 Vienna, Austria – Fluc
10-26 Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
10-27 Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks
10-29 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
10-30 London, England – O2 Academy Brixton
11-01 Manchester, England – HMV Ritz
11-02 Sheffield, England – The Leadmill
11-03 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC

Reported by Pitchfork

Radiohead’s Video “Daily Mail” Shot at Bonnaroo

Here’s a music video for Radiohead’s Live From the Basement single “Daily Mail”, shot at this year’s Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee. Directed by Matt Ornstein, it’s a time-lapsed clip of a bunch of festival footage soundtracked by the audio from Radiohead’s live performance of the song– watch it below.

Tame Impala Live in Brooklyn, NYC

Photos by Ebru Yildiz.

“I’m sorry guys, I woke up and my voice sounded like… this,” croaked Kevin Parker, lead force for the Australian psych-rock outfit Tame Impala, last night at The Music Hall of Williamsburg. “We sound more like Ted Nugent Impala.” But he needn’t have apologized; except for a few of the high notes on “It Is Not Meant to Be” and some froggy moments during “Alter Ego”, Parker sounded exactly like he does on record– like someone trapped John Lennon’s vocal take from “A Day in the Life” in a jar and taught it to sing new songs.

In fact, the entire Tame Impala live experience is eerily close to the Tame Impala record experience. They are a powerful, flexible live unit, but even rumbling at full “Manic Depression” lilt, they sound pleasantly drowsy: the guitar fuzz is thick but underwater-sounding, like someone draped a horse blanket over the amp. Just like on Innerspeaker, all of the music– the wailing, the ghostly vocals, the glazed “Communication Breakdown” guitar attack, the organ– seemed to be pouring out in one warm thin drizzle from a transistor radio. The appropriate Winamp visualizer squiggled on the wall behind them. They looked like Stillwater. Failing to get stoned before the show suddenly felt like a serious oversight.

Photos by Ebru Yildiz

Across the board, it was a “whoa, dude” kind of night: Before Impala, Brooklyn’s Young Magic blew my mind slightly, sounding twice as singular and intense live than on record. The music was loose and free-form, but the sound was so loud and tar-thick that I felt it in my throat. Behind them, jarring film clips– a near-naked woman snake-charming a snake, a woman swinging from a rope hanging from the side of a building– added to the disorientation.

So by the time Tame Impala got to their third or fourth eye-dilating, throbbing boogie-rock vamp, marijuana felt superfluous. The band makes stoner-friendly music, for sure, but there’s also something cough syrup-y about it– the glassy mix of low-end dirty riffs and sky-scraping clean leads in the guitars have a pinwheels-for-eyes effect. (A kid behind me whose pupils resembled the visualizer on the wall went backward, arms straight, onto the floor, and had to be removed by security like a bag of laundry.)

Photos by Ebru Yildiz

In this context, the material from their upcoming Lonerism was rougher, coarser, and groovier. Their new jam “Elephant” swung hard, revealing its peacocking “Jeepster” heart. Up to that point, everyone had been nodding their head in delirious, languid unison. But the minute the “Elephant” riff broke out, a pack of girls near me snapped out of their stupor and began dancing, hard.

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Produced & Directed by:
RJ Bentler

3D Compositing & Animation by:
Michael Garber & Stephen McNally

Edited by:
Michael Garber

Engineered & Mixed by:
Jeff Curtin