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The film contains strong imagery from the start, viewer discretion advised.

We are proud to announce the release of our first short documentary, Modern Panic: Dreams and Freedom, directed by Reflections Editor Tom Cottey. We teamed up with our friends at Guerrilla Zoo (lead by curator James Elphick) to produce the film, which explores the themes and ideas behind their acclaimed and controversial Modern Panic exhibitions.

The film includes interviews with artists including Carrie Reichardt, Alexandra Unger, Iain Macarthur, Andrew Hladky and counterculture figures Daevid Allen and Rikki Stein (who discuss the legendary Dreamachine.) The film also features performances by Lydia Darling, Nicola Canavan & Jon John, Alexandra Under, Mad Alan and Kimatica Studio.

Shot at their last Modern Panic exhibition the film is a sequel of sorts to the original Modern Panic film produced in 2011. Guerrilla Zoo’s series of exhibitions are inspired by the work of the original Panic Movement (Mouvement Panique), which was comprised of filmmakers and artists Alejandro Jodorowsky, Fernando Arrabal and Roland Topor, who created provocative and shocking live arts events in France in the 1960’s with an aim to liberate their audience.

The release of this film coincides with Guerrilla Zoo’s call for submissions for the next Modern Panic exhibition in London. If you are an an artist and are interested in submitting work for the next exhibition please follow this link: www.guerrillazoo.com/artist-submissions

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Alejandro Jodorowsky, one of world cinema’s most extraordinary directors, has released a pledge to fund his autobiographical feature film The Dance of Reality.

The eighty-two year old, who made such extraordinary films as El Topo and The Holy Mountain back in the 1970s, is looking to produce a film without financial ties to the film industry. He wishes to fund the film and presumably distribute it himself.

See Jodorowsky’s pledge video here:

And if you are so inclined you can donate on the following website:

http://www.ladanza.cl/es/tienda

For more information visit the official Guerrilla Zoo website here:

http://www.guerrillazoo.com/help-alejando-jodorowsky-s-new-film-become-a-reality

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Here is a short (and on the fly) interview I did with legendary Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (Fando Y Lis, El Topo, The Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre), back in 2009.

Jodorowsky was in London exhibiting works he created with his wife, artist Pascale Montandon. They were kind enough to speak to us at the private view.

This scene makes up part of a short documentary I created around the time covering Guerrilla Zoo’s Season of Jodorowsky.

I hope it gives you a small insight into Jodorowsky and Montandon’s creative relationship and some the the themes that permeate their work.

For more information on the Season of Jodorowsky please visit: http://www.guerrillazoo.com/season-of-jodorowsky/

A Season of Jodorowsky IMDb link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1788982/

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In collaboration with London based arts organisation Guerrilla Zoo, I have just released a short documentary I directed covering a powerful and provocative event of theirs this summer. The event entitled Modern Panic was inspired by the work of the Panic Movement, formed by legendary art filmmakers Alejandro Jodorowsky, Fernando Arrabal and Roland Topor in Paris 1962. The event acts as a follow up to Guerrilla Zoo’s Season of Jodorowsky from late 2009.

Still from the original Panic Movement’s performance ‘Sacramental Melodrama’.

Presented by James Elphick Modern Panic explores the work of a number of international artists. The list includes legendary prisoner Charles Bronson (central character of Nicholas Winding Refn’s Bronson), the enfant terrible of Bolivia Gaston Ugalde, Berlin based taxidermist Iris Schieferstein and controversial british artist Kira O’Reilly. As well as these big names the film features a host of remarkable upcoming artists and Guerrilla Zoo regulars. All of these artists come together to create an event in the spirit of the original Panic Movement.

I hope you enjoy the film (but I must note that due to the nature of some of the content it is perhaps not ‘work safe’).

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The teaser trailer for my short documentary exploring the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1788982/

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For me one of the most exciting pieces of news from the Cannes Film Festival, which came to a close yesterday, is the news that director Frank Pavich has set out to make the difinitive documentary on maverick Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unrealised adaptation of Dune.

Dune, based on the novel by Frank Herbert was intended to be Jodorowsky’s most epic vision. In the trailer for the documentary he states his intentions: “I want to create a prophet, to change the young mind of all the world”.

Now at the age of 82 Jodorowsky still speaks with passion of this project. See the trailer below:

JODOROWSKY’S DUNEhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1935156/

On a related (and slightly shameless) note, I shot a short documentary in London, 2009/2010  exploring Jodorowsky’s work as presented in ‘A Season of Jodorowsky’, an event run but arts collective Guerrilla Zoo. I intend to have a trailer of the film online in the near future, but until then here is a still of Jodorowsky and his art work:

A SEASON OF JODOROWSKYhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1788982/

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