Levitated Mass documentary maker Doug Pray joins BYOD to discuss his films Hype!, Scratch, Surfwise and more in this friendly career retrospective of his documentaries. From permanent conceptual art, to the Seattle grunge scene explosion, to DJ culture and graffiti, Doug Pray shares his elaborate fascination with the creative world.
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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.
Doug Pray is an American documentary film director, cinematographer, and editor who often explores unique subcultures in his films. His work includes Surfwise (2008) a portrait of the nomadic, 11-member Doc Paskowitz family (often referred to as the “first family of surfing”); Big Rig (2008), a documentary about truck drivers; Infamy (2005), a documentary about graffiti culture; Red Diaper Baby (2004) a solo-performance film starring Josh Kornbluth; Scratch (2001), a documentary about turntablism and DJ culture; and his first feature, Hype! (1996), a documentary about the explosion and exploitation of the Seattle grunge scene of the early ’90’s. His most recent film Art & Copy, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, is about advertising and creativity and was distributed by PBS.
Art & Copy –
Big Rig –
00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
00:43 Introducing Doug Pray.
04:40 Levitated Mass, scene.
06:40 Making the Levitated Mass documentary.
31:35 Hype! clip.
39:35 Infamy, the graffiti doc.
44:02 Scratch, clip.
48:20 Big Rig, clip.
51:03 Surfwise, clip.