Film: The Congress Director: Ari Folman Adapted from the novel The Futurological Congress, by Stanislaw Lem “For those who stubbornly seek freedom, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the system of ’brainwashing under freedom’ to which we are subjected and which all too often we serve as willing or unwitting instruments.” -Noam Chomsky Ari Folman, an Israeli film director, screenwriter, and film score composer, took some pretty broad liberties with the novel The Futurological Congress: … Continue reading A Leggy Blonde, a Cartoon Dreamworld, and a Pharmaceutical Corporation . . . What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
. . . The antechapel where the statue stood Of Newton with his prism and silent face, The marble index of a mind for ever Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone. ~from “The Prelude” by William Wordsworth Continue reading Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought, Alone
The Mindful Bard is all about supporting creative types (artists, explorers, scientists, problem-solvers, et al) in their search for inspiration, motivation, healing, self-knowledge, compassion, and efficacy. To this end we publish pieces on mindful living— ideas, interviews, comics, videos, and soundbites that inform and inspire social consciousness, creative thinking, and authentic art, as well as a few things that are just plain fun. We also recommend books, music, and films that inspire good art and social transformation. Francesco Casetti is a renowned professor of cinematography and author of the recent Eye of the Century: Film, Experience, Modernity. He’s chair of the Department of … Continue reading Archives: The Francesco Casseti Interview
Film scholar Francesco Casetti’s insightful explanation of the significance of film to the twentieth century Continue reading Archives: Eye of the Century, by Francesco Casetti