Art Archive

Real Samurai

A production of Japan’s NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai, or Japan Broadcasting Corporation), this roughly 45 minute documentary — recently broadcast in Japan — provides English narration, and explores the martial art of Katori Shinto-Ryu. At age 88, Japan’s “last Samurai” is still a powerful

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie is a documentary on the life of Woody Guthrie, the travelling songwriter and singer who paved the way for the likes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Born in Okemah, Oklahoma, in 1912, Guthrie became a spokesman for a whole generation of

Caine’s Arcade

From the author: I went to buy a doorhandle for my car and met this 9 year old boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade in his dad’s auto parts store. He invited me to play. 9-year-old Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation building

When You’re Strange

When You’re Strange – Award-winning writer-director Tom DiCillo’s riveting film uncovers historic, previously unseen footage from the illustrious rock quartet and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of their music and legacy. The film is narrated by Johnny Depp. “Tom DiCillo’s ‘When You’re

The Human Camera

Stephen Wiltshire is a 33-year-old autistic man with an extraordinary talent. He is one of less than 100 people in the world who is recognised as an autistic savant. Whereas some savants excel in mathematics or music, Stephen is an accomplished artist, and is

Reborn Babies

A global scene of 20,000 doll makers and collectors has developed around life-like replicas of newborns called Reborn Babies. The price of these dolls is usually anywhere from $250 to $800, depending on their complexity and level of detail. The most expensive doll, made

What Makes Art Valuable?

Go inside the glittering world of the super-rich as art critic and journalist Alastair Sooke explores the remarkable stories behind the Top Ten Most Valuable Paintings in the World to sell at auction. The documentary tells the stories behind the astronomical prices of art

Making The Matrix

The actual “Making of” documentary from the original movie release. A promotional doc for the film Matrix, The (1999) that devotes its time to explaining the digital and practical effects contained in the film. They’re giving away the cinematic secrets that they created solely

Concentric Beats

Concentric Beats is a documentary film about the US drum’n’bass music experience, focusing mainly on three cities: Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Besides featuring club and rave footage, the narrative of the film is carried through by over 70 interviews with some

Art Sleuth

Using unique detective-like approach the author analyzes famous artworks of Van Gogh, Manet, Botticelli, Vigee Le Brun, Rembrandt, Holbein, Bellini, Carpaccio, and Bruegel. Van Gogh painted “The Starry Night” in a sanatorium, a year before he committed suicide. While his fellows surrender to the

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. In recent years, Ai has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry examines this complex intersection

The Ghostvillage Project

The Ghostvillage Project was created over 3 days on the west coast of Scotland. 6 artists – Timid, Remi/Rough, System, Stormie Mills, Juice 126, Derm – were given free reign to paint in an abandoned 1970s village. Working together on huge collaborative walls and