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Indie Shorts Mag reviews 'Glossary of Broken Dreams'
Great review of 'Glossary of Broken Dreams' on Indie Shorts Mag.
The film promises to be anything but bland. Despite addressing political issues, revolutionary ideas and gently poking at the present culture of lackadaisical, dependent and largely misinformed public/audience, the film delivers its content with class, wit and generous humour.
For those interested in political debates and issues concerning the present world, this film offers not only the view of the contemporary landscape but also of various political origins. Educational, thought-provoking and intensely engaging, Grenzfurthner's Glossary of Broken Dreams isn't for the popcorn munching audience, but for those willing to give a serious thought to present day issues.
CelebBeat reviews 'Glossary of Broken Dreams'
CelebBeat gave us the best compliment ever!
The movie delivered on many more levels than I expected possible. It has the potential to break into echo chambers and filter bubbles; it can empower people by providing them with a deeper understanding of the human condition.
The Independent Critic reviews 'Glossary of Broken Dreams'
3.5 of 4 stars! What an honor!
The film is relentless in its presentation, but actually not too relentless. It's just rare these days to have a film filled with ideas that you actually have to pay attention to and images that actually mean something. You actually have to stop playing that damn video game long enough to fully immerse yourself in Glossary of Broken Dreams if you really want to get something from it.
Otherwise? You're going to be lost.
I'm pretty sure that even Grenzfurthner would embrace the idea that his views and his films aren't for everyone. A self-described Leftist and atheist, Grenzfurthner is as relentlessly charismatic as he is relentlessly well informed. It's apparent from his films that he's also a listener, though a listener who's willing to engage you in your ideas. If you're a fool, you're going to feel like a fool in a chat with Grenzfurthner. On the flip side, even if you're a lesser intellectual with an authentic curiosity and honest, cohesive position one gets the sense that Grenzfurthner will embrace you.
The simple truth is I loved every moment of Glossary of Broken Dreams, a tighter and more thematically connected work than Traceroute, a film that I also loved but found a touch more confusing in subject and presentation. Glossary of Broken Dreams is a nerdgasm of creative consciousness meets good intentions and abundant doses of intellectually informed human compassion. It'll fuck with your mind. Then laugh.
ScreenCritix reviews 'Glossary of Broken Dreams'
4.5/5 stars on ScreenCritix!
Mad as a box of frogs but thoroughly entertaining, we learn about freedom, privacy, identity, resistance, the markets, capitalism and the political left and right.
Sometimes in life, you can get the timing just right, there is no fortune telling involved or any strategy employed, you just end up in the right place at the right time. With the current political scandal involving Cambridge Analytics and Facebook, it seems director Johannes Grenzfurthner has struck gold with his timely documentary, Glossary Of Broken Dreams that he managed to make for just $10k.
IndyRed reviews 'Glossary of Broken Dreams'
We confused someone at IndyRed :)
Still, great review:
It's a mix and match party of epic proportions. Old school video game graphics. Puppets. Musicians, anime, the kitchen sink. There's no shortage of style but more importantly, somehow these things all co-exist in seemingly perfect harmony. (...) A rock solid three and a half stars. For those in the political know, it's not hard to imagine another full star being added.
We are starting a new project, monocon. Four days of hanging out, discussions, workshops, amusement and destruction, with/by/for monochrom and its friends.Are there better ways to spend time in the Austrian countryside? Definitely not.
It will be June 28-July 1 at Schloss Hotel Zeillern, a lovely and very affordable hotel and former castle in Lower Austria:
Schloss Hotel Zeillern
In case you want to come, we suggest that you go directly to their page and reserve a room for you. Let them know it's for monocon and food preferences (vegan)!
Cheers and many hugs!
Film Threat reviews 'Glossary of Broken Dreams'
Bradley Gibson wrote a great review of Glossary of Broken Dreams for Film Threat!
Working with a $10K USD budget, Johannes assembles a dizzying patchwork of rapid-fire occasionally seizure-inducing images and words to illuminate the dangers of capitalism, it’s historic rise out of oligarchical tendencies, and to re-introduce the virtues of Marxism all set to the soothing tones of a hip hop version of Pachelbel’s canon in D.
Many are troubled at the times. Most of us just distract ourselves or flail about in impotent rage on the internet. Johannes Grenzfurthner makes films and has given us 97 head-spinning minutes of core dump rage and frustration that is also entertaining and witty. Not, the website cautions, to be used with false consciousness or silicone-based lubricant.
Glossary of Broken Dreams: Winner 'Award of Merit' for Film Feature at Accolade Competition
WINNER! Glossary of Broken Dreams won the AWARD OF MERIT for Feature Film at Accolade Competition.
GLOSSARY OF BROKEN DREAMS: Party premiere and 25-years-of-monochrom celebrations!
It is time! Get your tickets for the party premiere of GLOSSARY OF BROKEN DREAMS and the 25-years-of-monochrom celebrations!
Puppets! Pixels! Anime! Live action! Stock footage!
Lumpennerd Johannes Grenzfurthner gives an ideotaining cinematic revue about important political concepts. Everyone is talking about freedom! Privacy! Identity! Resistance! The Market! The Left! But, yikes, Johannes can't tolerate ignorant and topically abusive comments on the "Internet" anymore! Supported by writer Ishan Raval, in this film, Johannes explains, re-evaluates, and sometimes sacrifices political golden calves of discourse.
Not to be used with false consciousness or silicone-based lubricant.
Featuring: Amber Benson, Max Grodénchik, Jeff Ricketts, Jason Scott, Stefanie Sargnagel, Gerald Votava, Robert Stachel, Stuart Freeman, Katharina Stemberger, Conny Lee, Jolyne Schlien Schürmann, Hannes Duscher, Roland Gratzer, Alexander E. Fennon, Michael J. Epstein, Michael Smulik, Kudra Owens, Martin Auer, David Dempsey, Anna Behne... and many others.
With artworks and animations by Bonni Rambatan, Matt J. Frith, James Brothwell, Clemens Kindermann, Stevyn Prothero, Steve Reeder... and many more.
Produced and edited by Johannes Grenzfurthner; co-produced by Günther Friesinger.
Written by Johannes Grenzfurthner and his intellectual sparring partner Ishan Raval.
Sound design by Daniel Hasibar.
Music by Michael Donaldson, Inti-Illimani, wobblersound, Kasson Crooker, Duscher&Gratzer, Christoph Burstup Weiss... and many more.
March 22, 8 pm! At Vienna's splendid Gartenbaukino!
Diagonale 2018: Festival premiere of GLOSSARY OF BROKEN DREAMS
Glossary of Broken Dreams
Documentary Film, AT/US 2018, 100 min, eOV
Puppets! Pixels! Anime! Live action! Stock footage! Lumpennerd Johannes Grenzfurthner gives an ideotaining cinematic revue about important political concepts. Everyone is talking about freedom! Privacy! Identity! Resistance! The Market! The Left! But, yikes, Johannes can’t tolerate ignorant and topically abusive comments on the „Internet“ anymore! Supported by writer Ishan Raval, in this film, Johannes explains, re-evaluates, and sometimes sacrifices political golden calves of discourse. Not to be used with false consciousness or silicone-based lubricant.
Glossary of Broken Dreams: Almost done!
Some folks were already asking: "What are you working on? Why are you so quiet about your current film project? What happened to your film about Tycho Brahe?"
Well... we still needed some more money for Tycho, but in July we learned that the goddamn ORF declined to support us -- and we had to postpone the whole production for a year.
I was so mad and frustrated that I decided: fuck it all. I will do another film, right now, just for my creative sanity. So I created... GLOSSARY OF BROKEN DREAMS.
I just started working. I asked friends for their help, and I'm glad they were kind and supportive. The really cool thing was: I simply kept working and working and working without asking anyone for permission, without writing yet another godforsaken grant application, and I didn't give a damn what people might think about the project. No target audience, no marketing strategy, no necessity to please juries, nothing. I made the film that I wanted to make. And I did it with my friends... in roughly five months.
99 minutes runtime.
I am very grateful for that.
GLOSSARY OF BROKEN DREAMS is an ideotaining cinematic revue about important political concepts. Everyone is talking about freedom! Privacy! Identity! Resistance! The Market! The Left! But, yikes, I couldn't tolerate ignorant and topically abusive comments on the "Internet" anymore! Supported by my good friend and intellectual sparring partner Ishan Raval, I try to explain, re-evaluate, and sometimes sacrifice political golden calves of discourse.
It features puppets! And anime! And pixel animation! And live-action! And stock footage!
Many thanks to my performers and artistic collaborators: Amber Benson, Max Grodénchik, Jeff Ricketts, Jason Scott, Stefanie Sargnagel, Gerald Votava, Robert Stachel, Stuart Freeman, Katharina Stemberger, Conny Lee, Jolyne Schlien Schürmann, Hannes Duscher, Roland Gratzer, Alexander Fennon, Michael J. Epstein, Michael Smulik, Kudra Owens, Martin Auer, David Dempsey, Anna Behne... and many others.
Color grading is done. Couple more days of sound design and mastering and GLOSSARY OF BROKEN DREAMS will be ready for the festival season.
Traceroute made it into the semi-finalist list at Filmplus Festival
Wow. Filmplus is a film festival honoring film editing and montage.
It's quite an honor to be on a list with Monika Willi, for Christ's sake!
Johannes always wanted to start a band with that name. Never did. Well, at least he has merch for it now.
Design is based on work by the wonderful Josh Ellingson.
On skirts, shirts, mugs, stuff.
A little cut-cup design based on the layout of an article about feral children. (Johannes created that layout for monochrom #15-23).
On shirts, leggins, skirts, mugs, whatever.
No name is higher
A message for believers.
Available on shirts, mugs, posters, whaterver.
ALF: A Clockwork Orange
“There was me, that is ALF, and my droogs, trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening.”
Created by Johannes Grenzfurthner (of monochrom) and James Brothwell (of Impeccable Flith)
Johannes Grenzfurthner: http://www.grenzfurthner.com
James Brothwell: http://www.impeccableflith.com
Available on shirts, mugs, posters, whaterver.
Sleep. No more.
It's a collage. A COLLAGE!
Available on shirts, mugs, posters, whaterver.
Photoshop LAAAAAAAYER was first available in Adobe Photoshop 3.0 in 1994. That rocks.
Available on shirts, mugs, posters, whaterver.
User review of Traceroute... makes us cry tears of joy
User "Pepe F" writes about Traceroute on Rotten Tomatoes. Read.
Traceroute: VOD options
Traceroute is available on Vimeo On Demand and Amazon USA/UK/DE!
For DRM-free download deals please contact us (traceroute AT monochrom.at).
Film Threat: Feature about Johannes Grenzfurthner and Traceroute
Johannes Grenzfurthner was born in 1975 and grew up in the Austrian boondocks in a small town called Stockerau. Out of the womb, Johannes was drawn to nerd culture. “I grew up with only two TV channels, and I was very happy my dad got a VHS recorder as early as 1980. It opened up a whole new telematic (as it was called back then) reality for me. I could record TV on a tape, and watch it later! Whoa! And in 1983, the first video rental store opened in my hometown, the same year as the first Chinese restaurant. That was something.”
Like many geeks who grew up in the 1980s, he experienced geek culture at the beginning… before the dark times, before Disney bought, well, everything. “I wasn’t allowed to go to the cinema, but my parents didn’t care about my video consumption. I had a great variety of films I could pick from on tape. Close Encounters of the Third Kind stunned me, Convoy and Capricorn One made me cry for justice, and Poltergeist terrified the living, scrape-your-face-off shit out of me. And I remember when I first rented Alien. I couldn’t wait to get home and see it. But at the point where the beast should have burst out of the guy’s chest, there was nothing left to see except interference. All the freak-fans who had previously rented the movie had rewatched that scene so often that the tape was completely buggered. Oh my. Still, I had night terrors for days.”
Johannes’ interest in nerd culture was something of an obsession. “I was always interested in obscure crap. I loved science fact (Carl Sagan is still my only media idol) and science fiction, especially John Brunner and William Gibson. I always felt like a nerd, although there was no word for it in German. Later, on US Bulletin Board Systems, I learned about the term and immediately embraced it.”
Johannes Grenzfurthner is as much an artist as he is a nerd. His feature documentary Traceroute (which received a rave review right here on Film Threat) is now available for digital download and the movie is a pure delight for anyone immersed in all things about nerd culture from movies to technology, the internet and even sex. In this exclusive interview, Johannes reveals what it’s like to see the world wearing glasses attuned to seeing the positively geeky side of everything in life.
Traceroute: download it on Vimeo On Demand
Important message from Johannes Grenzfurthner...
Finally! My nerd culture documentary TRACEROUTE can be downloaded on Vimeo On Demand. It was quite a challenge creating it -- and huge thanks to all the folks who supported me... during the road trip and afterwards in post-production.
I hope you consider buying or renting it. Would mean a lot to me.
(And in case you want a DRM-free option, contact me.)
Shout-out to the great staff at Video Caption Corporation for providing us excellent subtitling/CC service!
Film Threat reviews Traceroute: 10/10!
Bradley Gibson of Film Threat gave Traceroute 10 of 10 points. Damn!
Traceroute is the most fun I’ve ever had watching a documentary. If you’re a nerd (and you are) this is the road trip you’ve always wanted to take with your smartest, geekiest friend. You’re not going to want to come home. It’s Cosmos. It’s DragonCon on wheels. It’s your favorite sex fantasy. It’s alcohol soaked nonviolent subversive protest mobile and WiFi linked. It’s On The Road updated with tech, science, pseudoscience, sex, and fandom. This is Sheldon Cooper, Stan Lee, and your favorite Suicide Girls showing up at your door with an electric supercar, a bag of legal weed, and a cooler full of jello shots. No, this is Doc Brown showing up in the DeLorean saying “Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” This is Buckaroo Banzai texting to ask you if everything is ok with the alien spacecraft from Planet 10 or should we just go ahead and destroy Russia?
You say yes.
This is Innovative breathtaking rapid-fire filmmaking raw guerrilla style with nerd friendly blandishments in titles and music and computer graphic margin notes for good measure.
Do not miss this movie.
"Make Tragedy Farce Again": Order it!
Created by Johannes Grenzfurthner (of monochrom)
Link to products (posters, mugs, pillows, all you can wish for!)
"Traceroute": Leuphana University 2017 Official Selection
"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany (January 11), in cooperation with Scala Programmkino.
"Traceroute": International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema London 2016 Official Selection
"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema London, London, UK (February 18-26).
Fucking Machines: Arse Elektronika in 'The Gap'
An article in 'The Gap' deals with sex tech and Arse Elektronika. It's based on an interview with Johannes Grenzfurthner (German only).
Das österreichische Kollektiv Monochrom beschäftigt sich seit Jahren mit dem Zusammenspiel zwischen der Sexindustrie und der Tech-Welt. Bereits 2007 veranstalteten sie im Startup-Mekka San Francisco die erste Arse Elektronika, eine Konferenz für Sex & Tech, bei der jedes Jahr zahlreiche Speaker zu Wort kommen und neue Technologien vorgestellt werden. Während die Veranstaltung zunächst als einmaliges Event geplant war, wurde sie dank dem starken Zuspruch jährlich wiederholt und feiert nun ihr 10-jähriges Jubiläum. „Sex-Technologie ist ein sehr großer Bereich, der von Pornos auf Blu-ray bis zu einer technisch kontrollierbaren Fucking Machine reicht.“, erklärt Johannes Grenzfurthner, Initiator der Arse Elektronika. Unterschieden werden kann dabei zwischen Nischenprodukten, wie eigens angefertigten Fucking Machines, die nur ein kleines ausgewähltes Publikum ansprechen und dem Mainstream-Markt, der vor allem Pornos und Sex Toys konsumiert. Ein großes Thema in den letzten Jahren sei vor allem der Bereich der Teledildonik. Darunter fallen aus der Ferne steuerbare Sex Toys, die Remote-Control-Sex ermöglichen. Ebenfalls interessant seien reacting Sex Toys, wie beispielsweise Ambrosia Vibes, ein Dildo mit sogenanntem „Sucking Sensor“. Saugt jemand an dem Strap-On, gibt dieser Vibrationen an den Träger weiter.
"Traceroute": 33c3 2016 Official Selection
"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at 33c3 (Chaos Communication Congress), Hamburg, Germany (December 29).