NEWS

>>   I can proudly let you know that PARALLEL PLANES will have its world premiere at the DOK Leipzig Festival on 31st of October. Come around and celebrate with us here:

DI, 31.10.2017 – 22:15 – Cinémathèque Leipzig
MI, 01.11.2017 – 15:30 – Passage Kinos Wintergarten
FR, 03.11.2017 – 19:30 – Vary Leipzig (free admission)

If any donators want to come, email me.
More infos here. See you!

 

CATALOGUE TEXT

This film pays homage to the American DIY spirit and the diversity of the US musical landscape outside the commercial music industry. While many other music films never make it beyond hero worship, director Nicole Wegner consistently maintains eye level with her twelve interview partners, who include Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi), Michael Gira (Swans) and Valentine Falcon (Get Hustle). What they all have in common is that they couldn’t care less about marketing strategies and target group orientation as they gleefully hack the music industry and play by their own rules. Though the film shows extremely diverse musical styles, there is a general agreement to see the DIY idea as the most important legacy of punk and the starting point of self-empowerment and resistance.

Like a certified mixtape, “Parallel Planes” combines old and new songs, really clever thoughts about making music and personal insights to generate a narrative that resembles an open building kit of ideas from which everyone who wants to take things into their own hands can help themselves. Using gaudy cut-up elements and references to video clip aesthetics, the film develops a drive which might even lead the viewer to rush out of the cinema with a project of their own in mind and simply start on it …

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

THE FILM

PARALLEL PLANES  –  A DOCUMENTARY ESSAY ABOUT INDEPENDENCE AND MUSIC

“Parallel Planes” is a documentary film portraying 12 American musicians. It is a journey between genres, an essay on free thinking and an intimate look at how 12 critical players relate to the potential of music.
This film is a proof that music reminds us how and why we criticise politics and society and that our different ideas are bonded to each other.
with: Michael Gira (Swans, Young God Records), Mick Barr (Orthrelm, Ocrilim, Octis), Justin Pearson (The Locust, Swing Kids, All Leather), Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi), Valentine Falcon (Get Hustle), Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), Anna Barie (These Are Powers), Weasel Walter (Flying Luttenbachers), Jenny Hoyston (Erase Errata), Alap Momin (Dälek), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Otto von Schirach

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Design © by Malo
The German word for a catchy tune is Ohrwurm. When translated directly into English it means ear worm. What this German term has over it’s English equivalent is that it gets far more quickly far more directly to the point: music can crawl into holes in your head, touch your thinking and change who you are forever.
Nicole Wegner’s “Parallel Planes” doesn’t take us on a tour of music, she lets us go “on tour” with her in and around music. Her filmmaking troupe becomes our band as we touch down and into various sites and cities in the United States, meeting musicians along the way.
As with any tour, this film could be a road movie, a travelogue, even a diary. While it remains all of these things, what it is most strongly is a carefully-crafted mixed-tape. After all, a glimpse into the undercurrents of the last 5 decades of US music is not meant to be exhaustive, it’s meant to be mixed.
Wegner is giving us this particular selection for the same reason that many artists in the film form their own labels, to “document” what they’ve uncovered going on around them because they feel strongly about it. A mixed-tape is a way of simultaneously holding onto and sharing a subset of music, like writing something strange and exciting in a strictly sonic language and passing it on in the world trusting that others will hear it too. This film is a proof that music does that, reminds us how and why, and thanks sincerely a handful of its unrelenting players.

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TRAILER & EXCERPTS

 

>> PARALLEL PLANES  official trailer

     

 

>> excerpt / music video

     by Hannah Lotte Stragholz und Simon Steinhorst

     

ARTISTS & BANDS

STARRING

Michael Gira, Mick Barr, Justin Pearson, Ian MacKaye, Valentine Falcon, Jamie Stewart, Anna Barie, Weasel Walter, Jenny Hoyston, Alap Momin, Greg Saunier, Otto von Schirach

FEATURING THE BANDS

Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Get Hustle, Swans, The Flying Luttenbachers, Cellular Chaos, Swing Kids, All Leather, The Locust, Orthrelm, Octis, These Are Powers, Dubai, Dälek, MRC Riddims, Otto von Schirach, Erase Errata

 

MEDIA & PRESS

>>  Kaput Mag interviewed director Nicole Wegner:  Kaput Mag Interview
>>  We just released a mix on the fine Baumusik Label based in Cologne:
“PARALLEL PLANES – A mix for a motion picture”  features all artists and their film music at PARALLEL PLANES. Enjoy!