A Brief History of John Baldessari by ‘Henry & Rel’


This week for our video highlight we’ve got something a little bit different for you…

Filmmakers Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman, or as they go under Henry & Rel, have put together an absolutely brilliant mini-documentary about conceptual artist John Baldessari, narrated by none other than Mr. Tom Waits (a favourite of ours here at MOFILM manor!)

Documentary filmmaking provides an interesting challenge for a filmmaker – how do you go about presenting the facts/story at hand without resorting to the cliches of the genre? Admittedly we’re generalising a little here… some subjects are interesting enough to hold your attention without the need for cinematic tricks, visual or otherwise, but what’s great to see here is the sheer explosion of ideas coming across in just under six minutes.

Henry and Rel’s stylistic mixture of playful animation, fragmented cuts to John himself, combined with a brilliant voice over leave you watching with a smile on your face – a great example of filmmakers capturing the essence of their subject by using their chosen medium in a way that really brings the narrative to life, in the way say reading a newspaper article just wouldn’t be able to do…

Outside of this the pair were responsible for the two most recent additions to the Paranormal Activity series of films, but for us, this is the most exciting thing they’ve done!

Hope you guys enjoy it, we’ve got a busy week coming up at MOFILM, as the excitement builds for our London event next Wednesday. We’re looking forward to meeting another group of MOFILM winners and we’ll be bringing you all the action as it happens!

So for another week then we say goodbye, have a great weekend all,



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