Worth Watching

Compiled is a list of films that require critical thinking in relation to our subject matter: digital media, art and culture.  Some we’ll watch in class; others you can explore on your own.

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PausePressPlay, 2011 (trailer): A film about Hope, Fear and Digital Culture.  A documentary about the digital revolution and its impact on creativity.  Directed by David Dworsky and Victor Köhler.

Exit Through the Giftshop, 2010 (trailer): Following the street artist known as Banksy, eccentric LA shop owner dives into the art scene, but as an artist or fraud?  Looking at how graffiti blurs the line between art and vandalism.  Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards in 2011.

Helvetica, 2007 (trailer): Looking at the typeface that redefined modernity and advertising as we know it.  Directed by Gary Hustwit.

Objectified, 2009 (clip): This doc takes a look at the complex relationship that people have with manufactured objects, and also, the designers behind them.  Directed by Gary Hustwit.

Art and Copy, 2010 (trailer): A look at some of the advertising magnates of the last century: their stories, thoughts, work and their influence on culture today.  Directed by Doug Pray.

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens, 2008 (trailer): One of the world’s most famous photographers is interviewed.  Looking at her life, art, mentors, subjects and more.  Directed by Barbara Leibovitz.

Manufactured Landscapes, 2006: Artist Edward Burtynsky directs this masterpiece about his fascination with the changes in landscape when industry gets involved.

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids, 2008 (trailer): Indian orphans are given point-and-shoot cameras and the ability to document their society.  The results are amazing.

The September Issue, 2009 (trailer): Following Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour through her fast-paced career and the making of the largest magazine issue of the year – September.  Art, advertising and fashion.

Beautiful Losers, 2008 (trailer): A doc that looks at the struggles, successes, financial strain and creative freedom of a group of artists.