Thursday, 19 November 2015

Sol - Fabrizio Federico

                                                                                   Sigilla (symbol) of the Sol
                                                                                          Gerolamo Cardano

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Dark Side of Cinema

Since 1878 (which = 6) the birth of cinema has danced with many partners, splintering the art of filmmaking down many different paths. But from its birth certain filmmakers have brought to the table a more tribal Wicca ingredient to mystic filmmaking.

"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law'' 
Aleister Crowley
 Exploring insanity, ecstasy, nihilism, dreams, carnal and occult practices; their subjects and topics are far far away from mainstream cinema. Tapping into an energy that on first viewing may seem alien, but there lies its true magick, and rewards - Showing a way of life beyond the artificial veil of a fake plastic society and displays the divine Babylon of life. These filmmakers guide the viewer in the same manner as a healer would. Creating a rhythm of sound and vision that a shaman, sorcerer or witch doctor would be proud of.

Here are some of their spells:

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Pregnant (2015)

                                                               Out of the Blue (1980)

                                                               Mister Lonely (2008) 

                                                                     El Topo (1970)

                                                               Lucifer Rising (1974)

                                                                Performance (1970)

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival 2016 - FILM SUBMISSIONS

Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival 2016 is now open for Feature Film submissions and Music Videos. It's FREE to submit till March 1st.

To submit your work for the 2016 Festival's consideration, simply email us a YouTube link to your Feature film (must be over 40min in length) or to your Music Video (must be from a real band).

Please also include your production info, bio, website and film synopsis to:

Submission Deadline is March 1st 2016

DIY Culture

Friday, 16 October 2015

Filmmaker Fabrizio Federico's Favorite Books

Down & Dirty Pictures - Peter Biskind
Go Ask Alice - Anonymous
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Beyond Good and Evil - Freidrich Nietzsche
Lilith - J. R. Salamanca
Helter Skelter - Vincent Bugliosi
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls - Peter Biskind
The Doors of Perception - Aldous Huxley
Cries Unheard - Gitta Sereny
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
The Adventures Of Roberto Rossellini - Tag Gallagher
The Dead Zone - Stephen King
Crowds and Power - Elias Canetti
Edie: American Girl - Jean Stein
Pimp - Iceberg Slim
The Picture Of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
The Atrocity Exhibition - J. G. Ballard
Confessions of an English Opium Eater - Thomas De Quincey
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker - James Gavin
Last Exit to Brooklyn - Hubert Selby, Jr.
The Doctrine of Fascism - Benito Mussolini
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
The Cult of Violence - John Pearson
The Talented Mr Ripley  - Patricia Highsmith
Brighton Rock - Graham Greene
Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
12 Days on the Road: The Sex Pistols - Noel E. Monk
Story of the Eye - Georges Bataille
Say You Love Satan - David St. Clair
Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
Wiseguy - Nicholas Pileggi

The New UK Underground Film Movement

Duncan Reekie
The Godfather of the Exploding Cinema collective, plus in addition to making films such as Maldoror and curating screenings and events, he wrote the mind-blowing history of British underground filmmaking called Subversion: The Definitive History of Underground Cinema that is mandatory reading for any underground film nut. A true hands on maverick.

Craig Roberts

Compelling character actor who has now turned his hand at directing and fits the mold of being the perfect Trojan Horse to enter the mainstream film industry and shake it up from the inside. His debut feature film Just Jim is a darkly funny coming of age story shot on a low budget in Wales. Roberts is a self taught filmmaker and a strong advocate for supporting Welsh cinema.

Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais
Defining the ideology that two heads are better than one, this power team are the founders of The London Underground Film Festival and Film Panic magazine. Experimenters of the independent film vanguard with some of the trippiest films to come out in recent memory such as their mind bending feature debut Savage Witches.

Fabrizio Federico

Crashing together the poetic and the strange; whether its making micro budget features about alienation, sex and death cult philosophies in debut Black Biscuit or counting down to generational Armageddon in the form of technology and social media addiction with new film Pregnant. He is the founder of the Pink8 Manifesto which encourages new filmmakers to basically "Turn on, tune in, and drop out" . Get in touch with their inner improvised shaman and lose your mind.

Tony Burke

The filmmaker you love to hate. His thought provoking works have caused scandal and bewilderment, hence an artist in the truest sense of the word. Mixing together loneliness, beauty and desire. A body of work that captures the everyday absurdity of where bizarre circumstances can lead you.  His skillful portrayals on the poignancy of life can be experienced in his latest films The Fox and Him.

The Fox (watch)

Rouzbeh Rashidi

Avant-garde filmmaker associated with the Remodernist film movement and founder of the Experimental Film Society in Ireland. His consistently low-budget work is entirely self-funded and made with complete creative freedom, juxtaposing the immediate sensuousness of images and sounds, together with the nature of perception, memory and consciousness. Absolutely NO SCRIPT'S. A fan of science fiction and of pushing a film to its absolute edge. 

Scotland's mean streets are kicked in the balls by the presence of Mr Mackenzie's camera. Hip Hop and Cinema come crashing down the rabbit hole as the dystopian odyssey of Dimention Zero captures the wilderness of an hallucination called life. Beautifully shot on anything that he could get his hands on, depicting the crash city youth of hoodies, police and music. Its final message sublimely true; We are all art, as soon as we embrace ourselves.

Ben Charles Edwards

Whether its Fantasy, B Movies, Avant Garde or Dark Comedy there's no genre that this filmmaker cant master with Zen like ease. Embracing stylistic glamour with the unpredictability of Underground Cinema. His debut feature film Set The Thames on Fire displays an impressive claustrophobic disjointed atmosphere and at the center of all this a fearless ring leader weaves his directorial magic.

Official Website

Monday, 12 October 2015