Archive for the ‘Documentary’ Category

A Documentarian’s Observation – Long Hair Revolution from 2004 to 2019

Thursday, 4 July, 2019

*** A Documentarian’s Observation – Long Hair Revolution from 2004 to 2019 ***

Please have a read of A Documentarian’s Observation – Long Hair Revolution from 2004 to 2019” in the main original post where it is centralized at one location for ease of further update and adding materials.

*** New video to watch with added English subtitles ***

Long Hair 長毛 梁國雄 Leung Kwok-hung kindly gave me permission to follow and film him for about a month in 2004 for my debut documentary film Long Hair Revolution (2005). Now almost 15 years later in 2019, it has been a pleasant surprise and a bit emotional for me to watch the RTHK Headliner 頭條新聞 segment 【聰吧!新中年!】抗爭者言, 長毛 梁國雄) (episode 12, 愛民如子父母官 14/06/2019) featuring Long Hair.

I’ve spent quite a few hours over the last few weeks to video capture the Headliner 頭條新聞 segment【聰吧!新中年!】抗爭者言, translate the spoken Cantonese into English and lined up the English subtitle/Closed Caption text to exactly match the timing of the Chinese subtitle text on the clip. Feel free to let me know if you spot any clear mistakes and have suggestions to better translate things.

I’ve now uploaded my English subtitle enhanced clip onto YouTube, I hope you enjoy watching it: Long Hair – 2019 頭條新聞 RTHK Headliner

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Sam Klemke’s Time Machine

Monday, 25 March, 2019

Here is the million views viral video of a man obsess with capturing time (in this case via filming himself) that launched it all and got the filmmakers interested in making the documentary “Sam Klemke’s Time Machine“. This is definitely NOT your typical doc and it is rather fascinating in its own way and can be rather reflective as you get to see someone’s life flies by in front of your eyes in the time of a movie.

35 years Backwards thru Time with Sam Klemke (Time Lapse)

Here is an insightful 2015 Guardian Interview – “Sam Klemke: meet the original selfie king and his time machine” by Luke Buckmaster – As a pimply 1970s teenager, he started filming ‘personal status updates’ (and his penis) in his parents’ lounge. The difference between Sam Klemke and today’s YouTubers? He never pretended he was happy, says the documentary star

2015 KOIN 6, “‘Sam Klemke’s Time Machine’ debuts at Sundance”

Sam Klemke on Aussie Today Show 2015

Sam goes to Sundance film Festival 2015 – filmed & edited by Sam himself

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Here are film reviews you may want to check out:
Variety “A unique docu hybrid that turns one man’s decades of self-filming into an existential message in a bottle”,
* THR “Habitual over-sharing on camera may have a longer history than you might think”,

You can stream the film on Kanopy for free (if your library like Calgary has subscribed to the service). And I think this is Sam’s own YouTube channel “MisterEsoteric” where you can watch more of his clips.

Watch “Revolution Trilogy” 睇「革命三部曲」

Friday, 18 March, 2016

Director/producer/independent reporter Kempton Lam has made three full-length documentaries from 2004 – 2015. Kempton’s debut documentary Long Hair Revolution 「長毛革命 has been collected by the Canadian National Archive since 2009. The three documentaries are collectively known as “Revolution Trilogy「革命三部曲」 and are in Cantonese with English subtitles (廣東話、英文字幕). You can watch the three films at this YouTube Playlist (beautifully projected on your big screen HDTV or on your computer). Enjoy!

Long Hair Revolution 「長毛革命」 (full-length 2005) (read film & Canadian national archive info)

HKtv Revolution 「香港電視革命」 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)

Umbrella Revolution: History as Mirror Reflection 「雨傘革命實錄:以史為鏡」 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)

Oscar winner & director of The Cove wins Banff Green Grand Prize

Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

Louie Psihoyos, Oscar winner & director of The Cove wins Banff Green Grand Prize

The Cove” is a documentary I love and highly recommend. It was my pleasure to see Louie Psihoyos, Oscar Winner and director of The Cove won the Green Grand Prize at the 2010 Banff World TV Festival.

In Louie‘s acceptance speech, Louie talked about measuring a documentary’s success in terms of the people you changed. And a movie as a “Weapon of Mass Construction”, something that changes millions of people’s life. “We are not making movies, we are trying to start a movement.

Here is the award winning trailer (yes, the trailer won award too) of the Oscar winning documentary.

The following is from the press release.

GREEN GRAND PRIZE
Green Grand Prize: Louie Psihoyos, Oscar Winner and director of The Cove. The prize recognizes outstanding achievement in creating public awareness and understanding of environmental issues through the use of visual media. Psihoyos was selected as a result of nominations received from all around the world, honouring his tremendous impact on a global level. Dr. David Suzuki, president of the Banff Green Jury, presented the award to Mr. Psihoyos.”

Werner Herzog on images, TV, and shoes

Saturday, 26 December, 2009

Prom Night in Mississippi – New doc by Morgan Freeman

Friday, 20 November, 2009

Prom Night In Mississippi -> New doc by Morgan Freeman.

In 1997, Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi under one condition: the prom had to be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Freeman offered again. This time the school board accepted, and history was made. Until then, blacks and whites had had separate proms even though their classrooms have been integrated for decades. PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI captures a big moment in a small town, where hope finally blossoms in black, white and a whole lot of taffeta.

[via BMD]

Lift – short doc

Wednesday, 28 October, 2009

Dir: Marc Isaacs / UK / 2001

Filmmaker Marc Isaacs sets himself up in a London tower block lift. The residents come to trust him and reveal the things that matter to them creating a humorous and moving portrait of a vertical community.

For more of Marcs work visit: http://www.secondrundvd.com/release_isaacs.php

Long Hair Revolution

Wednesday, 28 October, 2009

Long Hair Revolution – Full length documentary

Directed & Produced by Kempton Lam

More info in this blog entry.

Welcome to ideas Vacuum Production

Wednesday, 30 August, 2006

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ideas Vacuum Production focuses in producing quality and provocative documentaries and online content. We have completed a 71-minute long documentary screened in 2005 Calgary International Film Festival.

In 2006, Kempton, founder of ideas Vacuum Production, was awarded a CTV Fellowship to attend the prestigious Banff World Television Festival where he pitched multiple projects to broadcasters from around the world (including BBC, NHK, CBC and CNN). In 2007, Kempton attended Banff as a reporter to report on the latest industry news and happenings at Banff World TV Festival and NextMedia.

Recently, Kempton has focused on creating online content and has produced and created over 200 video segments.