People’s Quarantine Theatre: Shorts

These are all short films, 20 min. or less. Just some of my favorites:

1911: A Trip Through New York City (speed corrected with added sound) “Old film of New York City in the year 1911. Print has survived in mint condition. Slowed down footage to a natural rate and added in sound for ambiance. This film was taken by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a trip to America.”

Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll by Vaughan Mason & Crew. Don’t you wish you were at a roller rink right now?

Cargo Cult (dir. Bastien Dubois. Animated film about the development of a cargo cult on a Pacific Island during WWII)

Comingled Containers (Stan Brakhage, 1996) Pretty much all of Brakhage’s films are on Youtube. Binge!

Crooked (Orcus) Rot (David Firth, 2008) Creepy stop-motion classic.

Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986) “Considered one of the greatest rock and roll movies of all time, ‘Heavy Metal Parking Lot’ is actually a hilarious documentary tribute to rock and roll’s greatest fans. Filmed in 1986 at a Maryland concert arena parking lot before a heavy metal show, this hilarious documentary is an unvarnished anthropological study of American metalheads in their mid-’80s glory.”

Liquid (Off the Air, Adult Swim) “Off the Air” is so great. I wish it wasn’t on hiatus. At least there’s dozens of episodes already!

This is Color / Learn about color and its commercial use, pre-Photoshop.

Train Ride to Coney Island 1987 (Nelson Sullivan) Things were different back then.

ULTRADIVE ICE DIVING BAIKAL / Extreme sports and Eurodisco on Lake Baikal, Russia. You think you’re tough?

White Magic (1940, Handy (Jam) Organization, Chevrolet Division, General Motors Corporation) “The physics, science and applications of light.”


People’s Quarantine Theatre – Long Version

Most of these are art and music documentaries because that’s what I like to watch. Let me know if any of them get yanked off Youtube and I’ll update the list. Coming up next: short version!

The 1880s Speak: Recent Developments in Archeophony “Presentation given by Patrick Feaster at the annual conference of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in Rochester, New York, May 19, 2012. Visit to see some of his latest projects.”

Afro-Punk (doc. that inspired the annual AFROPUNK festival, 2003)

First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee

The Goat (dir. Buster Keaton, 1921)

Hackers: Wizards of the Electronic Age

Häxan (dir. Benjamin Christensen, 1922 “Based partly on Christensen’s study of the Malleus Maleficarum, a 15th-century German guide for inquisitors, Häxan is a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts.”) There is also an abridged version narrated by William Burroughs.

Holy Ghost People (Pentecostal/”snake handling” doc., 1967)

How to Draw a Bunny (Ray Johnson doc., dir. John Walter, 2002)

In the Realms of the Unreal (Henry Darger doc., dir. Jessica Yu, 2004)

Kowloon Walled City Documentary (1988)

Life In Hidden Light (dir. Miranda Tasker and Marcus Nield, “Video of life inside an enclosed Carmelite community, including short excerpts of interviews with some of the Sisters.”)

The Life of Tove Jansson (BBC doc., creator of The Moomins!)

ODDSAC (Animal Collective movie, dir. Danny Perez 2010)

People Who Do Noise (Portland, OR noise scene doc., 2008)

Phonogram Images on Paper “Phonogram Images on Paper and the Frontiers of Early Recorded Sound, 1250-1950.” Presentation given by Patrick Feaster at the annual conference of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in Los Angeles, May 12, 2011.

Pink Narcissus (dir. James Bidgood, 1971)

Stop Making Sense (Talking Heads concert doc., dir. Jonathan Demme, 1984)

Style Wars (graffiti/hiphop culture doc., dir. Tony Silver, 1983)

Wattstax (aka The Black Woodstock, concert doc., 1973)

We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (dir. Tim Irwin)

Wesley Willis: Artist of the Streets (1988)

Yo! MTV Raps (VH1 doc.)