A field trip to the Allied Media Conference turns into an intense debate about the nature of print vs digital media!
This is the trailer for the upcoming documentary film of the same name. In the last decade, DIY punk has become much more centralized under one umbrella, thanks to networking over the internet and the hard work of Plan-it X Records, a DIY punk label hosting such bands as Ghost Mice, Japanther, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, Kimya Dawson, and Against Me!
A cultural analysis of what causes zine makers to tick; what the hell zines are, why people make zines, the origin of zines, the resources and community available for zine makers, and the future of zines. Interviews with about 70 zine makers, ex-zine makers, and readers from the northwest. Featuring footage of the Portland Zine Symposium, a zine bicycle tour of Portland, and activities bringing zine culture to life. An original documentary culled from over 64 hours of footage. Best suited for people with a new interest in zines, pros, and novices. The video sparks untapped creativity and new interest into zine making and reading.
A documentary short about the history of the decorated and unique bike lane markings in Portland, OR. Why does that one have a golf club or a book? Without giving too much away, it’s an exciting issue that has been pondered by many and explained by few. See a fun and adventurous marking that Joe got to design. “Best Documentary Short” in the Mid-Valley Film Festival!
Discusses the lack of priority and funding towards passenger rail service in North America. Interviews with passengers, employees, and train obsessives tell the story of the rails being sold to cargo train companies, why the government fired David Gunn, & how each year appears to the be the last.
A VERY SERIOUS documentary about the primal importance of punk patches and their extreme importance to the future of the planet, if not solar system. We visited Topeka’s annual patch festival to get the scoop.
Chronicles players of the board game RISK and their obsessive behaviors. The game affects their personalities, turning anarchists and relaxed folks into conniving, manipulative, and calculated imperialists. Parallels to the patterns and habits of the US are drawn, showing how these situations, in the real world or a game, reveal human nature.
A little exploration of the now-abandoned Tennessee State Prison becomes a discussion about the later findings of the innocence of James Earl Ray in the assassination of Martin Luther King and the illegally small prison cells.
An in-depth account of one of the most important cultural epicenters in Portland’s history, “X-Ray Visions” tells the story of the X-Ray Cafe, an ABC NO RIO/924 Gilman-esque “Nightclub” that hosted bands like Green Day, Crash Worship, Nation of Ulysses, Neurosis, Everclear, Smegma, Poison Idea, and virtually every touring act from ’89-’94. Did you ever wonder how Portland appeared on the map as THE epicenter for weird, alternative arts and culture? It was because of the X-Ray – an entirely unique all-ages venue with a true “anything goes” aesthetic–a punk band, a circus act, toddlers banging on things, language classes, 25 cent advice, and a spanking evangelist might all appear on a single bill – and its presence put Portland on the map as a radical, rock and roll kind of town. Comes with a bonus CD soundtrack of former X-Ray regular acts, including Hazel, Dead Moon, Big Daddy Meat Straw, New Bad Things, Unwound, Crackerbash, Frances Farmer Gals, and more! Tightened up editing with a new cover by Sean Tejeratchi (Craphound!)
Ever wonder how vinyl records are made? This video explains it on a tour of the United Record Pressing Plant in Nashville, Tennessee.