1/14/2005

michael franti slamdances w/ riddim

In more Slamdance Film Festival News, Michael Franti, who fronts Spearhead, and kind of cares so much that it's annoying, now has a documentary film titled I Know I'm Not Alone, which will debut at the aforementioned festival.

Slamdance festival director Kathleen McInnis has this to say in general, which Franti's publicist Wendy Weisberg has co-opted for her own purposes in that way publicists do so very deftly: "We feel the documentary film to be the last stand of truly independent filmmaking--not yet co-opted by studios or the mini-majors but instead fresh voices from filmmakers almost always nearly shy of resources but rich in story."

There's no truly independent film out there taking any stands against corporate cinema. This is that same limp argument from people who are too lazy to seek out independent art and thusly feel more comfortable in suggesting that it does not exist. I would even take the argument that independent film doesn't matter over this. Anyway, I digress.

Weisberg then goes on to make Franti sound like a total corn-dog, although, it must be said, not out of character:
"Armed with an acoustic guitar and a video camera, Michael Franti takes viewers on a musical journey through war, life and occupation in Iraq, Israel, Jordan and Palestinian occupied territories...and everyday people who in turn reveal to him the often overlooked [???] human cost of war...Michael's storytelling and songs masterfully weave the film into a visual and musical tribute to the resilience of the human spirit.
There's some other absurd stuff about Franti "hanging out in a poet's lair," Franti singing his tune "Bomb the World" ("...you can bomb the world to pieces, but you can't bomb it into peace...") to a roomful of soldiers who just fled a bomb, how he "ends the day on a joyful note" and then gets to go home to San Francisco.

"Joy, a desire for peace and love for the human spirit embody Michael Franti's musical message and with I Know I'm Not Alone, the artist spreads his ideas to a different audience via a new medium."

Not to be daft, but really, isn't Michael Franti just sitting around waiting for a war so he can pick up his guitar and soothe bruised souls with positive vibrations? Truly amazing the manipulative tone with which we utilize the destruction of the very fabric of Iraqi culture [woah--the rhetoric is contagious] in the promotion of art.

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