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Bomb the System

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by KASTsystem, Sep 9, 2003.

  1. KASTsystem

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    Bomb the System

    Discussion started by KASTsystem - Sep 9, 2003

    OK, I haven't been on 12oz for a long time, but never mind that...

    Bomb the System, a film by my good friend, Adam Lough, will be screening in competition at the Urbanworld Film Festival this month.

    It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and it was recently shown at the Los Angeles Film Festival. After Urbanworld, it will be shown in Greece.

    For all those who didn't get to see it at Tribeca for whatever reason, now is the chance - perhaps the last chance to see it in NYC for quite a while. Now in its seventh year, the Urbanworld Film Festival is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind.

    Here is the info about the screenings:

    Thursday, September 18th 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM Screen 1; Loews 34th Street
    Saturday, September 20th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Screen 2; Loews 34th Street
    Call - 800.910.8722 to purchase tickets.
    www.uwff.com

    Bomb the System's website
    Adam Lough's website (aka Piston Honda) (in the past he has done music videos for MF Doom & Kurious and Supastition)
     
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    Here is a review of the film from Variety magazine:

    Bomb the System
    by DAVID ROONEY

    A richly textured drama with an angry poetic edge that gets inside the
    obsessive subculture of New York graffiti artists, "Bomb the System" signals
    the arrival of a talented filmmaker in NYU film graduate Adam Bhala
    Lough.Displaying an incisive sense of place, an unaffected empathy for his
    impassioned characters, a kinetic visual style and a driving grasp of
    narrative and pacing, the 23-year-old writer-director provides a fascinating
    glimpse beneath the surface of the guerilla art world that avoids the
    prosaic bluster of so many indie street-life dramas. Careful positioning by
    the right distrib should help the film connect with hip young urban
    audiences.

    The New York graffiti art movement peaked in the late 1970s, became
    semi-legitimized in the '80s with artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, and was
    pushed further underground in the '90s when the city's transit authority
    introduced a rigorous subway cleanup campaign and the NYPD Vandal Squad was
    established. While a number of indie films in the '70s and '80s touched on
    the phenomenon, Lough's is the first in more than 20 years to really explore
    that world; helmer uses it as a gritty background for a moving story of
    friendship, loss, anti-establishment struggle, artistic expression and
    self-exploration.

    Despite having lost his older brother under tragic circumstances resulting
    from his nightly "bombing" forays with a graffiti crew, 19-year-old Anthony
    (Mark Webber) nurtures the same addiction. He hooks up with his buddy Justin
    (Gano Grills) and the latter's younger brother Kevin (Jade Yorker) to
    shoplift spray-paint cans and hit the streets each night, on constant alert
    for cops and hostile rival crews and compulsively looking for virgin walls
    in out-of-the-way spots where their work will endure.

    Not long out of high school, Anthony has no ambition beyond graffiti and
    getting high, but is pushed by his mother (Donna Mitchell) toward a San
    Francisco art college where he's been accepted, and by his politicized
    girlfriend Alex (Jaclyn DeSantis) to leave New York and travel with her.

    Signing himself "Blest," Anthony is one of the most wanted graffiti writers
    on the Vandal Squad's list, in particular that of hardass cop Bobby Cox (Al
    Sapienza), whose coke-and-booze diet makes him increasingly vindictive. A
    brush with the cop spurs Anthony and his crew to intensify their bombing
    excursions, earning them greater notoriety. When the inevitable
    confrontation happens, Cox's more level-headed partner (Bonz Malone) is
    unable to control the strung-out cop, resulting in tragedy that pushes
    Anthony to make a decision but then has darker repercussions.

    Lough's screenplay at times spells out its agenda a little forcibly --
    notably in an anti-corporate rant from Alex. But the story conveys a strong
    sense of graffiti as a self-fulfillment mission, from the 1980s when kids
    "took the paint or took the pipe" to become artists or gangsters, to the
    present, when it represents a sense of purpose and belonging in an otherwise
    aimless existence or even just the glue with which to cement fraternal
    bonds. It also touches on the evolution of graffiti into other forms, from
    Alex's more overt political poster art to the gallery-friendly work of a
    former street exponent.

    The dirty cop character feels somewhat cliched and is overplayed by Sapienza
    as a snarling ball of hatred, but performances generally are restrained and
    affecting, especially the younger characters. Webber creates a sympathetic
    central character, deftly balancing intelligence, conviction and a certain
    lost quality.

    Expanding on an experimental short film that served as his thesis project,
    Lough brings sensitivity but also an urgent, visceral feel to the gripping
    drama. Working with accomplished editor Jay Rabinowitz and lenser Ben
    Kutchins, the director roughs up the visual field with lots of jump cuts,
    dissolves and freeze frames, playing with film speed, focus, stock exposure
    and post-synched dialogue. Sharp use is made of heightened colors, often
    plucking out bold primary tones within the frame to match those of the
    graffiti art. Soundtrack also is densely complex, powered by a dynamic,
    extremely varied techno score from independent hip-hop producer El-P.
     
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    metallix - Replied Sep 9, 2003

    AWESOME. i wanted to see it first time but missed it. it would help if it was on kazaa or something...
     
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    -Rage- - Replied Sep 9, 2003

    whoa KAST. Welcome back bro.

    I was actually thiking of that cement barrier on wheels you made once. Still have the pics of that?
     
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    InDY_500 - Replied Sep 9, 2003

    exactly what i was gonna say.........
     
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    KASTsystem - Replied Sep 9, 2003

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  7. imported_Tesseract - Replied Sep 9, 2003

    you got mail
     
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    metallix - Replied Sep 9, 2003

    ^ great!
     
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    -Rage- - Replied Sep 9, 2003

    Awesome... thanks KAST.


    If I wasn't working I'd come up to see the film in a heartbeat. Great article to boot.
     
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    that sound like a real good film.:p
     
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    anyone got some bootlegged shit they wanna send me ;)
     
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    any plans on another LA screening??
     
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    arrrggh matie you know you want to hook me up with the pirated ish
     
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    australia

    iam in australia, any chance of australian/international audiences viewing it?
     
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