DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Parallel Planes

Parallel Planes

This film pays homage to the American DIY spirit and the diversity of the US musical landscape outside the commercial music industry. While many other music films never make it beyond hero worship, director Nicole Wegner consistently maintains eye level with her twelve interview partners, who include Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi), Michael Gira (Swans) and Valentine Falcon (Get Hustle). What they all have in common is that they couldn’t care less about marketing strategies and target group orientation as they gleefully hack the music industry and play by their own rules. Though the film shows extremely diverse musical styles, there is a general agreement to see the DIY idea as the most important legacy of punk and the starting point of self-empowerment and resistance.

Like a certified mixtape, “Parallel Planes” combines old and new songs, really clever thoughts about making music and personal insights to generate a narrative that resembles an open building kit of ideas from which everyone who wants to take things into their own hands can help themselves. Using gaudy cut-up elements and references to video clip aesthetics, the film develops a drive which might even lead the viewer to rush out of the cinema with a project of their own in mind and simply start on it …

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize
Original Title: Parallel Planes
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Language: English
Subtitle: German
Runtime: 100 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Nicole Wegner
Producer: Susanne Ritter (Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln)
Cinematographer: Mark Kempken
Editor: Nicole Wegner
Animation: Simon Steinhorst, Hannah Lotte Stragholz, Devin Flynn, David Jansen
Sound: Marcus Zilz
Script: Nicole Wegner

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2017 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.