Dreams Are Colder Than Death

What does it mean to be Black in America in the 21st century? The recently formed Black American film group TNEG™ has set out to elucidate this very question. Hearing from the likes of fine artist Kara Walker and musical artist Flying Lotus, the film is based on a deceptively simple approach — asking a refined list of black ‘specialists’ as well as ‘uncommon folks’ questions about what they think, and more importantly as lead director Arthur Jafa states, ‘What they KNOW’ — the film is an unprecedented ‘stream of the black consciousness’ and a strikingly original and rarefied look at black intellectual and emotional life. What’s so unorthodox about this simple approach is that the interviews were recorded separately from the images in the film. What results is a breathtaking, kaleidoscopic look of American black life from the dawn of three original filmmakers.

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records)

“Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton” is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. Under the direction of founder and world-renowned DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw has consistently released critically acclaimed, left-of-center albums since its founding in 1996. Drawing on live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the folks who put Stones Throw on the map, “Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton” delves deeper into the label’s enigmatic artists, history, culture and global following. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]