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REVEREND BILLY & THE CHURCH OF STOP SHOPPING
The first documentary feature about the beginnings of Reverend Billy, a.k.a. Bill Talen.
Filmmakers Dietmar Post and Lucía Palacios have accompanied the Reverend and his troupe over the period of an entire year. The film follows the Reverend's "shopping interventions/actions" into cultural dead zones within the island of Manhattan such as Starbucks, Disney and the New York University construction site at the Edgar Allan Poe House.
Reverend Billy, a.k.a. Bill Talen, is an actor/performance artist and a leading figure in the anti-globalization movement. His work combines the forces of social and political change with the means of theater arts to counteract our media culture. His artistic and political work is influenced by various concepts of "street theater." His disruptions or "shopping interventions" in public spaces are in the tradition of the Living Theater, José Bové, Lenny Bruce, The Yippies. New York Times theater critic Jonathan Kalb calls his work "the most hilarious and pointed political theater in New York, something that has to be done in the risky environment of the street." The actions/performances inside and outside of Starbucks coffee shops and Disney stores often end with the Reverend being arrested. He calls it stepping into somebody's imagined box. The police call it illegal trespassing. The Reverend claims that social change always begins with civil disobedience and includes as his heroes the civil rights, peace and labor movements.
KLANGBAD - AVANT GARDE IN THE MEADOWS + FAUST LIVE AT KLANGBAD
DVD with two documentary films
8-page colored booklet with linernotes
German, spanish and english subtitles
Detailed band and track listings
Reprint of original Klangbad poster
List of all bands that ever played the festival between 2004-2009
Trailer Klangbad: Avant-garde in the Meadows
Trailer Faust: Live at Klangbad Festival
Trailer Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback
Trailer FM Einheit + Irmler: Live at Berghain
Trailer Doc Schoko: Oktopus im Pentagramm
Trailer A Summer Evening with Floating di Morel
Trailer Martin Rev: Electronic Pioneer
From the makers of “monks: the transatlantic feedback” come two new direct cinema style documentary films.
One about the pop avant-garde music festival Klangbad, curated by legendary Hans-Joachim Irmler (founding member of the seminal Krautrock band Faust).
The second film captures one of the rare live performances by Faust.
There are two kinds of rock festivals: the conventional and the adventurous ones. The former present music that everyone knows. Others are more experimental and put their ear into boundary zones. The Klangbad Festival, curated by Faust’s Jochen Irmler, belongs to the latter.
Since 2004 the picturesque village of Scheer hosts an innovative musical journey crossing various genres. In today's profit-oriented event scene it is hard to find anything comparable. The festival is small but growing constantly. Despite this fact, it abandons commercial sponsoring funds unlike normal open air festivals.
Award-winning filmmakers Dietmar Post (USA/Germany) and Lucia Palacios (Spain) portrait this fine festival in the style of direct cinemapioneers, such as, Murray Lerner, Albert Maysles and D.A. Pennebaker.
Or did you forget how those filmmakers combined simplicity and economy with craftsmanship in their seminal films Monterey Pop, Gimme Shelter or Newport Folk Festival?
“Klangbad: Avant-garde in the Meadows” stands in that same tradition of carefully chronicling an event.