Graffiti and EDM are covered in the documentaries BOMB IT and BETTER LIVING THROUGH CIRCUITRY, and we look at these and more with filmmaker Jon Reiss. Highlighting trailers for his films, as well as expanding on the subcultural undercurrents in his films, we also look at SURVIVAL RESEARCH LABORATORIES, his work on robotics, and see key parts of his movies and get advice for better living in doc filmmaking on BYOD…
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BYOD is hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice. Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi shares her insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.
Named one of “10 Digital Directors to Watch” by Daily Variety, Jon Reiss is a critically acclaimed filmmaker whose experience releasing his documentary feature, Bomb It with a hybrid strategy was the inspiration for writing Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution in the Digital Era, the first step-by-step guide for filmmakers to distribute and market their films. He recently co-wrote Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul.
He’s also the director of SURVIVAL RESEARCH LABORATORIES, BETTER LIVING THROUGH CIRCUITRY and most recently, the sequel to BOMB IT, BOMB IT 2.
00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
00:20 Introducing Jon Reiss.
02:00 Reiss’s difficulty with getting Bomb It distribution and how this inspired his book.
06:00 Clip: Bomb It trailer.
11:40 Reiss discusses finding Banksy and interviewing various graffiti artists.
17:40 Clip: Survival Research Laboratories: Ten Years of Robotic Mayhem trailer
19:30 Reese’s attraction to making Survival Research Laboratories as a propagandist.
27:40 Reiss discusses the rave scene explored in his 1999 documentary, Better Living Through Circuitry.
29:40 Clip: Better Living Through Circuitry trailer.
38:00 Reiss discusses Bomb It 2 and writing on the wall in Palestinian refugee camps.
46:10 Thanks and goodbye.