East of Hell

Two music-based videos, screening on a double bill. East of Hell (2013, 45 min.) is a fascinating French documentary about the black metal underground in Surabaya, Indonesia; director Mathieu Canaguier illustrates how the community [treads] Eastern philosophy, Western customs, and [censorial authority groups] to sustain an idyllic if extremely loud cultural ecosystem. Psychic TV: Dreams Less Sweet (2013, 47 min.) is set to the sophomore LP by cult pop band Psychic TV, collecting 47 avant-garde videos by various artists. Like the album, the film is alternately amusing, disturbing, and nonsensical; a few of the individual videos are whimsical enough, but the overall work is carelessly structured, a barrage of images devoid of context or justification.