play loud! productions (film & music)
play loud! productions is a film & music production & label, founded 1997 in New York by filmmakers Dietmar Post and Lucía Palacios. Since 2002 the office is in Berlin. www.playloud.org
play loud! productions is a Berlin-based film production company and film and music label, founded in 1997 in New York by filmmakers Dietmar Post and Lucía Palacios. They are primarily known for their award winning documentaries covering music (Monks, Klangbad, Donna Summer) and politics (Franco’s Settlers, German Pop and Circumstance) in addition to fiction short films (Bowl of Oatmeal, Cloven Hooved). Their films capture multiple perspectives of their subjects with thorough interviews (conversations), allowing viewers to draw their own conclusions. Similar to many writers, labels and musicians, such as, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Can, Kraftwerk, Faust, ESP, Ton Steine Scherben, Dead Kennedys, EA 80, Einstürzende Neubauten, SST, Trikont, Frederick Wiseman, and others play loud! releases their films on their own film and music label. German critic Andreas Döhler has called Post and Palacios the German counterpart to the American Direct Cinema directors D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
In 2008 the filmmakers started working on a large archive project, the “play loud! (live) music series”, which is based on three precepts: Alan Lomax‘s work as an archivist and chronicler, John Peel‘s BBC radio sessions, and the work of Direct Cinema pioneers, such as the Maysles Brothers, Leacock, Wildenhahn and Pennebaker. “Filming live shows means not doing things TV-style, but in a very personal, intuitive and adventurous manner – nothing is staged for the shoot. You go along with things as they happen.” Some of the live performances are filmed with only one camera in one continuous shot and without any edits. Some critics have dubbed it “filmed paintings/painted films”.
play loud!’s music films have been called: “raw, rough, canny, straightforward, adventurous, witty, insightful, direct, non-tricksy, economic, minimal, unpretentious handheld camera work, unobtrusive, discreet and in depth”.
Musicians within the series are: Doc Schoko, Die Regierung, Lydia Lunch, Philipp Petit, Faust, Locust Fudge, Floating die Morel, Camera, Dieter Moebius, Michael Rother, Guru Guru, Limpe Fuchs, Burnt Friedman, Jaki Liebezeit, Christy & Emily, Gebrüder Teichmann, FM Einheit, Hans-Joachim Irmler, Damo Suzuki, Ilpo Väisänen, SchneiderTM, and many more.