Dir: Travis Wilkerson
We were first introduced to Travis Wilkerson as a filmmaker back in the early days of Rev with his fantastic agit-essay on Cuban revolutionary filmmaker Santiago Alvarez - Accelerated Underdevelopment: In the Idiom of Santiago Alvarez. Since then we’ve stayed in touch and now he’s back with this excellent experimental agit-punk-noir work Machine Gun or Typewriter?
Using a lot of found footage, lazy and laconic sequences of urban landscapes, animated graphic insertions and a hushed voice-over throughout, in this work “The protagonist, who we only ever see behind (and half obscured by) a microphone, narrates this idiosyncratic odyssey as the sole operator of a pirate radio station, using his latest broadcast to appeal to a former lover, for whom he’s searching in the aftermath of police crackdowns on Occupy.”
It’s subversive, political, different and with a passing nod to Alvarez and experimental giant Chris Marker, Machine Gun or Typewriter? is an experimental feast with great musicality and very definite cool.