a little disclaimer. This film that is the subject of this review
was produced/directed by a friend of mine; this friend was also
the co-producer of some of my own films and plays. So although I
have no connection to this film, I may be a little biased. That
said, the film What The Bleep Do We Know is something I
wanted to alert our SolPix readers to, simply because it is such
a breakthrough work that deals with subject matter that one will
not, to say the least, find in any way shape or form in mainstream
cinema today. The film is co-directed by William Arntz (my friend),
Mark Vincente (whom I met briefly) and Betsy Chasse (who I have
not met), and is a tour de force of what you might call
"hybrid" cinema -- a film that combines forms and genres
to create something new. Now quite a documentary, not quite a narrative,
but very experimental and ultimately very entertaining.
film has been making a strong showing in the Northwest U.S. (where
it was made), and is making its way to Los Angeles and points East,
and I predict will likely find itself screened in all major U.S.
cities by the end of the year. It won the Best Documentary at the
DC Independent Film Festival (where I saw it) and the Grand Jury
Prize at the Ashland Film Festival and Platinum Award for Best Feature
Documentary at the Houston WorldFest Film Festival, as well as rave
reviews from a lot of reviewer colleagues out there.
be honest, stylistically this is not a film I would have made, because
I have a different take on filmmaking. But the message of this film
syncs right up with what I personally believe is important. This
film is a unique exploration, and displays a bravado and level of
sheer cinematic balls quite unlike anything you're likely to see
in a while. The film's subject: the truth. What is it? Where does
it come from? Who is responsible for it? And when I say "the
truth" I mean, well, reality. What we perceive as truth. And
that wraps around so many tangential aspects of life that it winds
up posing all sorts of very personal questions: How do I feel about
myself? What are my addictions? To what extent am I a victim and
to what extent am I in control of my life?
friend Will has called his film "a weapon of mass reconstruction"
and I believe him. The issue with so much of today's culture is
that it based on "givens" that we don't question. The
fundamental basic "given" of human existence is that there
is some kind of objective reality we're all experiencing. And yet
our science, our advanced physics that comes out of an empiricism
that (ironically) had/has this belief at it core, that same physics
is questioning "objective" reality and subverting the
very science that spawned it. This avant garde science
is becoming, in a very real sense, the basis for a new kind of spirituality
that grows out of, and is not antithetical to, science. That is
the nature of the radical (and yet very reputable) scientists that
are interviewed in What The Bleep.
Simon, producer of What Dreams May Come and Bill And
Ted's Excellent Adventure said the film heralded a new cultural
shift. This I also believe, because I know that the creative projects
Will and I worked on together previously were of the same mindset.
His new film is in some ways an extension of that, and builds on
what I know has been a lot of soul-searching on his (and his co-directors)
part. They spent three years making this labor of love, that includes
some great special effects and great performances from Marlee Matlin
and the young Robert Baily Jr.
this film if you have a chance to see it. You can check out the
newest screenings on the film's website, given below.
find out more about What The Bleep Do We Know:
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