Hello Dankness

17 Apr 2024 20:00
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Hello Dankness

Soda Jerk

AU
2022
Experimental
70’
OFe
Audience Award

In a stunning collage of hundreds of borrowed film clips, Soda Jerk dissect American society and politics between 2016 and 2021. Taking the form of a suburban musical, the years of Donald Trump’s presidency become a psychotropic horror spectacle. Conspiracy theories take over, hotdogs discuss the clash of civilisations, waste bins preach QAnon, zombies rally for revolution and real-life events are refashioned as Broadway musicals. The cast of characters include Tom Hanks, Annette Bening, Bruce Dern, Ice Cube, Wayne and Garth, Maya and Ana, Rue and Jules, Seth Rogen and Reyn Doi. American politicians play themselves, Jesse Eisenberg is in the role of Mark Zuckerberg and Vladimir Putin appears as the Phantom of the Opera.
In this cinematographic spectacle, the pop-cultural archive turns out to be a harbinger of a hysterical society. Real-life events, advertising clips, TV adverts, series, zombie films and blockbusters create a cinematic grotesque that eerily echoes the corrupting phenomenon that is Trump. Hello Dankness was edited during the COVID pandemic. Fuelled by political madness, the narrative lurches into a contemporary hellscape, bringing sense to a flood of nonsense with a revolutionary and uncompromising attitude.

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Sound design

Soda Jerk, Sam Smith

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Portrait of the artist duo Soda Jerk

Soda Jerk

Soda Jerk is an Australian artist duo who make sample-based films with a rogue documentary impulse. They are fundamentally interested in the politics of images; how they circulate, whom they benefit and how they can be undone. Based in New York since 2012, they have recently relocated to Europe. Soda Jerk have exhibited extensively within the fields of art and experimental cinema, and have collaborated on projects with cyber-feminist collective VNS Matrix and electronic music group The Avalanches. Hello Dankness premiered at the Berlinale in 2023.


Films by Soda Jerk (selection)
Terror Nullius 2018 | The Time That Remains 2012 | Hollywood Burn 2006


Awards for ›Hello Dankness‹
Best Feature – Atlanta Film Festival, Best Feature – Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival, Blackmagic Design Australian Innovation Award – Melbourne International Film Festival

17 Apr 2024 20:00
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