Tapehead: Wizards of Oz

     |    Wednesday September 4th, 2013

From September 12 to 15, the third Down Under Berlin Australian and New Zealand Film Festival will present over 50 features, documentaries and shorts from the Sixth Continent. This year’s music savvy program inspired Tapehead to revisit an adolescent passion. In the 80s, Tapehead developed a major fixation on music from Down Under. Australia, as 

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achtung berlin – new berlin film award: Just Play Music

     |    Wednesday April 17th, 2013

The 9th achtung berlin – new film award opens tonight. “Achtung” (a German exclamation meaning everything from “please note” to “CAUTION!”), as the festival is affectionately called, showcases documentaries, shorts and features made in Berlin (and the Brandenburg region). Berlin as a film setting is also explored in much depth, as are themes such as 

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Michel Gondry: Pleasure of the Unknown

     |    Monday December 31st, 2012

Along with David Fincher, Michel Gondry is arguably the most acclaimed of the music-clip-whizkids turned movie directors. This elite club also includes Anton Corbijn, Antoine Fuqua, Floria Sigismondi, Mark Romanek, Tamra Davis and Spike Jonze (part of a loose collective of kindred spirits with screenwriter-director Charlie Kaufman, a frequent collaborator with both Jonze and Gondry). 

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Music Clips: Redefining Listening

     |    Sunday December 23rd, 2012

Music videos for the deaf – in the early 1980’s the concept might have been the basis of a particularly irreverent Saturday Night Live sketch. The idea is also reminiscent of a not-so politically correct jab at the art world in John Waters’ film “Pecker” in which a blind photographer is hyped as the newest 

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Tapehead: Sex, Religion and Video (no tapes)

     |    Thursday December 6th, 2012

While co-organizing this year’s One World Berlin Human Rights Film Festival, Tapehead was pondering how the always simmeringly controversial subjects of religion and sexuality really exploded, at times collided and in any case dominated the human and civil rights discourse this past fall more than in the recent past. Questions as intensely personal as what 

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