Over here at Indie Street, we practice a very indie audience-minded form of curation to make sure you don’t have to shift through a bunch of noise in order to get to the quality stuff. However, giants like Netflix, which offer thousands of genres and films - both good and….questionable - can’t be as geared towards a specific type of viewer. You can spend a lot of time rifling through titles when you could have been using that time to actually watch something instead. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a way to skip the scrolling and synopsis reading and just get to the watching action? Well, engineers over at Netflix might have found a solution in Mindflix, a sensor headband which reads your brainwaves. When wearing the prototype headband, Netflix users can browse the application without a remote control or anything! All you need is a (working) brain. With that, you can select a movie or TV show just by thinking. Mindflix works by detecting activity in your frontal lobe. The headband was successful at the company’s annual Hack Day but there’s no word yet on market release. Here’s to the future and perhaps Indie Street mind-reading headgear one day?! Until then, learn more about Mindflix by watching the video below!
Check out the latest documentary from our partner filmmaker Sean Dunne, free to screen, a compelling and hugely entertaining ride. Sean reflects on the doc, saying,"I really wanted Florida Man to open us up and gain permission from our audience to get loose and make films that aren’t necessarily about any one thing. In the process I feel like we made a film that is kind of about everything. We purposely set out to make a film that was hard to describe, a film that you have to experience, something that transcends the current confines of this beautiful medium. If viewers feel like they were there with us, like they were laughing with Florida Man, not at him, then we’ve done our job. Well-made documentaries, in my opinion, should leave you feeling introspective, not judgmental, not above the subject, but one with them. That’s what we were trying to accomplish with Florida Man."
20,000 Days On Earth is an inventive, lyrical ode to creativity and an intimate examination of the artistic process of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. In their debut feature, directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary, weaving a staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his creative cycle. It features those who have affected his life, including wry tales from the road shared with his regular collaborator, the multi- instrumentalist Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, who shared a duet with Cave in the breakout hit "Where the Wild Roses Grow." These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel, driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England.
Neither a music documentary nor a concert film, 20,000 Days On Earth still contains electrifying performances. Audiences see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas to an epic performance at Sydney Opera House. Cave also opens up to a psychoanalyst as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and journeys through his memories via mementos from his personal archive. This category-defying film pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes about artistry and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.
Sure stemming from Brooklyn seed gives us a bit of prejudice, but we would get behind this talented indie tribal pop duo even if they came from Mars. And their amazing EP is free on SoundCloud. Just trust us, you will be entranced.
Ben Kahn represents what IndieStreet loves to salute and expose in Indie music and Indie film. He has stayed away from the spot light (so far) while simply creating amazing music. London based producer/song writer/mystery man has blown us away with his hypnotically crafted sounds and the provocative entrancing mash-up of images of his music videos. Check out all 3 cuts to date on his youtube channel, and look for more from this brilliant off the radar musical beast.
In some sort of prophetic tribute to Daft Punk's Grammy wins, this month's Artist in the streetlight is Jagwar Ma. In our humble opinion, Jagwar Ma's next album (that may still just be a brainchild today) will take their 'fluid breakbeats and classic psychedelic effects' to new heights…IndieStreet predicts it to be in serious contention for a Grammy in 2015/2016 depending on release date… According to Ian Cohen (@en_cohen) from Pitchfork, "Howlin’ ensures everybody will be dancing, few will be doin' it right, but they'll all be feelin’ alright regardless." Off-beat happiness is what started daft punk on the path to greatness! 2013 album "Hustlin" on SpotifyBest Album Review we found: Pitchfork.com
"Endlessly Roaming We'll Glow" one of many solid lyrics from a song that we are happy we were turned onto in its youth. With only 234 hits on youtube when I saw it early this morning (2amEST), I'm happy to predict 100k plus for this new artist. (And the talented Sophie Locke will owe it all to IndieStreet's featured post!) Okay fine, it's just an awesome song and a fun music video. Street Creds to Ocean Calling for wielding some soul and adventure into an electronic-pop style. Follow Ocean Calling on twitter and Facebook, we know we will be waiting for more!
VFX software company, Red Giant, successfully features their own software while still creating an entertaining/comedic story. In this branded short film from 2012, a young filmmaker who obtains a mysterious device that unleashes the full force of cinema on his front lawn.
This short film kicks ass, and maybe you have already bit witness to it and its inevitable vitality, but it's too rad not to post on IndieStreet. We don't care that its budget seems astronomical, the creativity outweighs all. Enter Danny's mind and enjoy. #streetcreds
Just in case any of you on IndieStreet haven't seen Sofles-Limitless, here it is. Street Creds all around to the Ironlak team, photos from Selina Miles, and the talented street art of Sofles, Fintam Magee, Treas and Quench.
We all must get older, and more times than not, the best memories we have were not when we were the most comfortable. The times of struggle bring about the most cherished human connections. Directed by Oscar winners TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay, this film is a beautiful tribute to TJ's grandparents and their love. Hard to not shed a tear during this short film of old photographs.