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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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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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