Posts Tagged ‘Werner Herzog’

The intellectual properties of a plastic bag

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Does it count as idea theft if the rip off is for an environmental PSA? This interesting post by Michael Tully for Hammer to Nail asks this very question. Case in point: Rahmin Bahrani‘s Plastic Bag as jacked by The Magestic Plastic Bag, A Mocumentary. The original is narrated by Werner Herzog, the knock off  by Jeremy Irons. No contest. And while imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, this particular imitation has been selected to play at Sundance.

Herzog, Lynch, Bahrani and a plastic bag

Monday, September 27, 2010

Trashtastic news: Rent a DVD of Werner Herzog’s film My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done?, a collaboration with David Lynch, and you’ll also get a bonus track: Rahmin Bahrani’s mockumentary Plastic Bag, narrated by Herzog himself. Or you could just watch it now on YouTube.

Ramin Bahrani’s Plastic Bag

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Plastic Bag poster

Plastic Bag poster

Filmmaker Ramin Bahrani‘s short film Plastic Bag, which debuted at the Venice Film Festival, is now playing at the New York Film Festival and will soon be available online.  It’s 18 minutes long and features narration by Werner Herzog.

From Flavorwire:

Here lies the increasingly apparent message (Herzog: “I wish you had created me so I could die”) of an ecological PSA that’s still poetic and quite potent, one bolstered by Sigur Rós keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson’s lush score. Happily, you’ll be able to watch it online in the near-future since it’s one of the 11 films that make up Futurestates, a new series commissioned by The Independent Television Service (ITVS).

This project adds to my ever-growing collection of evidence that Iranian-Americans love trash.

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