Unreleased Photos from New Documentary “Blue Velvet Revisted” by Peter Braatz

Blue Velvet is celebrating its 30th birthday this year coinciding with Peter Braatz’s release of Blue Velvet Revisited – never before seen photos and footage depicting the making-of. Director, Filmmaker and Transcendental Meditator, David Lynch asked German-born Braatz to come out to North Carolina to “observe him direct.” Braatz shot 70 reels of Super 8 film and took nearly 1000 photos. The behind the scenes look encapsulates the world of Blue Velvet and David Lynch like a fly on the psychedelic wall of the 1985 set. Photos of Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan and of course, Mr. Lynch himself. 

“David was producing every piece of art,” Braatz says. “He’s writing, he’s creating props, he’s making set decoration. You see him in my film working on each piece himself. So it’s not just a portrait of Blue Velvet, but a portrait of David in 1985 as an artist.”

“Beneath that appearance there are so many things happening,” says Lynch in Blue Velvet Revisited, and this making-of piece will take its viewers there. The documentary is being released along with a soundtrack just out from Crammed Discs.

“Sound is so important to him [Lynch], he adds so many things in postproduction,” Braatz says. “Ants crawling under a glass or—how do you call it in English?—a match that goes on fire. These things are mostly related very closely to the sound of the picture.” Angelo Badalamenti composed the original movie’s soundtrack and went on to create many more musical masterpieces with Lynch on projects such as Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks.

Now Braatz has made an homage to Blue Velvet, sensual, provocative and true to the eccentric, dreamy vibrations of what is now a voyeur classic. A “meditation,” he calls it.

Braatz hopes the documentary will have a film festival premiere this year.

Photos: Peter Braatz Blue Velvet Revisited 

David Lynch

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

 

“Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest” coming this July, 2011

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We are definitely looking forward to this. If you grew up in the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest touched your life in some sort of way. This new documentary, directed by Michael Rapaport film will be shown in over 20 major US cities, premiering in both New York and Los Angeles July 8th, and here is a full list of screening times and places.

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Yves Saint Laurent has a Documentary

To be honest, we like fashion, but we didn’t know that Yves Saint Laurent was gigantic as he was. We knew we was top-10 status, but this new documentary, L’Amour Fou, that we saw the trailer for this weekend when we saw the Italian film, Double Hour, looks pointless/awesome. (Because a documentary of Yves Saint Laurent, although cool, is not like Watergate research). The film seems to cover, obviously, the fashion powerhouse he created, but also the longtime romance between Yves and his business partner, Pierre Bergé.

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“J.Dilla: Still Shining” Documentary a must-see

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You know how much we like J. Dilla on this site. He is a Top 5, all-time sort of artist. He made beats and tracks that defied convention and went beyond original thought. He was the precursor to the thought. You get what we mean. There is a new documentary, “J.Dilla: Still Shining” that honors the late producer/MC.

From the Vimeo site: Created in 2006, this remembrance piece is created as a tribute to the memory and legacy of James “J.Dilla” Yancey. This is a piece designed for his fans and supporters who knew of his accomplishments before February 2006 and those that have grown to appreciate his genius. Here, we gain a greater insight and understanding about our musical icon.

“J.Dilla: Still Shining” from B.Kyle on Vimeo.

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