Documentary about Michael Jackson trufans: “We Are The Children”

Xeni Jardin: “Filmmaker Dianna Dilworth emailed me last week with a link to her documentary about hardcore Michael Jackson fans like the fellow above: We are the Children.

“It's a look at the lives of the fans during the trail a few years back,” she says — specifically, trufans out showing support for their idol during the pop star's 2004-05 trial on child molestation charges.

As folks who follow me on Twitter already know, I find the cable news MJ-death-marathon spectacle to be a sad reminder of the state of — well, the pathetic state of American cable news. I mean, what was that? Nine days of wall to wall “Michael Jackson: STILL DEAD”?

But thoughtful works like Dilworth's film, works that examine the lives of the “happy mutants” who are utterly devoted to this pop culture figure, I find fascinating. Do yourself a favor today: turn off the TV, stream this instead.

You can view Diana's film online for free at SnagFilms, a new ad supported film content site (Flash embed).

Or, you can buy a DVD here.” (Boing Boing )


“Banksy Versus Bristol Museum”

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Banksy finally unveiled his highly anticipated summer show at the Bristol Museum in the UK today. His largest collection to date, this exhibit has expanded upon the notions of animal cruelty seen in his last showing in New York City, Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill, and included commentary on human worker’s rights.

Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery presents this unique collaboration between the city's foremost cultural institution and one of the region's most infamous artists, tilted Banksy Versus Bristol Museum. Banksy has gained notoriety in recent years by using stencils to paint images on a diverse array of outdoor locations, always pushing boundaries but somehow managing to remain anonymous. This is the first exhibition in a three storey Edwardian museum.

For this massive show, Banksy worked in tandem with the museum's director. Banksy filled three stories of the building with his art in just 36 hours under tight security, as only a few museum staff were aware of the shows' imminent arrival. In fact, apparently many of the museum guides only discovered that they would be working in a Banksy exhibition on Thursday (two day’s prior to its public opening) after being employed via the Job Centre…” (Juxtapoz)


UK weapons inspector who was found dead was writing expose

Weapons inspector David Kelly was writing a book exposing highly damaging government secrets before his ­mysterious death.He was intending to reveal that he warned Prime Minister Tony Blair there were no weapons of mass destruction anywhere in Iraq weeks before the ­British and American invasion.He had several discussions with a publisher in Oxford and was seeking advice on how far he could go without breaking the law on secrets.Following his death, his computers were seized and it is still not known if any rough draft was discovered by investigators and, if so, what happened to the material.Dr Kelly was also intending to lift the lid on a potentially bigger scandal, his own secret dealings in germ warfare with the apartheid regime in South Africa.US television investigators have spent four years preparing a 90-minute documentary, Anthrax War, suggesting there is a global black market in anthrax and exposing the mystery “suicides” of five government germ warfare scientists from around the world.” (Daily Express UK)

A torrent download of Anthrax War is available at this link.