“I was inspired to explore how and where graffiti and street art had penetrated the globe into some of the most unlikely places… At the same time it was interesting to see how some of the constants of graffiti exist nearly everywhere – from Perth to Copenhagen: the need to express oneself in public – and the addictive nature of getting up!”
— Jon Reiss
BOMB IT 2 explores the indigenous street art scenes in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Perth, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Chicago, Austin and the Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank. Using a ultra compact camera and sound package, Reiss traveled by himself to film artists and writers representing a wide range of cultures, styles and beliefs including Klone, Know Hope, Great Bates, Twoone, Darbotz, Killer Gerbil and Zero, Bon, Alex Face, Sloke, Husk Mit Navn, Ash, Phibs, Stormie Mills, Beejoir, Zero Cents, Vexta, MIC, and Xeme, and many more.
“What distinguishes Jon Reiss’ lively, sure-handed film from the rest is that it widens the spectrum by taking a comprehensively international viewpoint.”
— New York Times
BOMB IT is the explosive new documentary from award-winning director Jon Reiss investigating the most subversive and controversial art form currently shaping international youth culture: graffiti. BOMB IT features old school legends and current favorites such as Taki 183, Cornbread, Stay High 149, T-Kid, Cope 2, Zephyr, Revs, Os Gemeos, KET, Chino, Shepard Fairey, Revok, Mear One and Blek Le Rat. You’ll never look at public space the same way again.
“Hip, hypnotic…engaging pic. Better Living Through Circuitry demystifies raves and sets the bar for others to explore this culture and music.”
— Charles Lyons, Variety
BETTER LIVING THROUGH CIRCUITRY is a rare insightful look at rave culture and the electronic dance community. The documentary presents such dynamic aspects of rave culture as empowerment through technology, the DIY ethic and the flowering of a new spirituality embracing transcendence through sound and rhythm. Provocative and enlightening, this film explores with a passionate intensity one of the most significant youth culture movements of our time.
“Harrowing yet delicious and often wickedly funny.”
— Filmmaker Magazine
CLEOPATRA’S SECOND HUSBAND is a psychological drama about a man who sublimates his life to those around him and the drastic measures he takes in order to regain the illusion of control.
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“Reiss has helped capture not only the ear-splitting techno-fury orchestrated by the remote-control-carrying SRL overlords, but the actual dangers inherent to each show. Flying glass, razor-sharp shrapnel and black powder explosions are unpredictable elements.”
— Film Threat
Before Battle Bots, The Matrix, The Terminator or any of their imitators, there was Survival Research Laboratories. Founded by the visionary Mark Pauline, Survival Research Laboratories utilizes incredibly complex props and robotics to create a unique spectacle unlike anything seen before. In this DVD collection Jon Reiss encapsulates the humor, terror, artistic bravado and technical genius behind the menacing machines and weaves into a gloriously cacophonous whole.
Really amazing stuff, unlike anything else, anywhere, anytime. Reiss is gifted with an ability to rock even the most jaded viewer.
— Bikini Magazine
Jon Reiss has directed more than 30 music videos for Nine Inch Nails, The Black Crowes, Diamanda Galas, Kottonmouth Kings, Slayer, Danzig, Extra Fancy, etc.
Festivals & Awards
Toronto Film Festival: Survey Screening of Selected Videos
Chicago International Film Festival: Silver Plaque NIN “Happiness in Slavery”
San Francisco International Film Festival:
Winner Golden Gate Competition NIN “Happiness in Slavery”