It’s time for the Zeitgeist Media Festival!
This powerful event, which parallels our more intellectual Z-Day event, seeks to use the power of art and media to help inspire hope and change in the world. This non-profit, Multimedia Arts-Activist Festival will feature live music, comedy, short films, spoken word, art gallery, collaborative/interactive-art rooms, presentations by prominent activists, artists, and thinkers, and will host a variety of organizations to promote solidarity and discussion of pressing social issues, and their resolution. Embracing a spirit of unity and exploration, the ZMF creates an atmosphere of catharsis from the creative suffocation of everyday life, while reinforcing the call for us to come together to realize long-term change.
The 2016 Zeitgeist Media Festival Main Event
When: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, 2pm-11pm (doors open at 2pm)
Where: Art Share LA, 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Art Share LA is an art-collaborative located in LA’s downtown arts district.
Free parking is available across the street (S. Hewitt St.) from the venue.
Get Tickets Here: http://zmf2016.brownpapertickets.com
The ZMF has, again, partnered with the LA Food Bank to help aid the many homeless and suffering throughout the city. When thinking of ways to donate, remember that any food you eat or product you use to get you through the day are the types of products that could potentially be donated. Cans of food, non perishable, dry goods, etc. Some suggested food items include:
– canned protein such as tuna, sardines, stews, and soups
– peanut butter & jelly
– canned fruits & vegetables
– fruit juices
– staples such as beans, rice, pasta
PERFORMER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
Director of the Zeitgeist film series Peter Joseph to release trailer for new film “Interreflections”, Violin Virtuoso Lili Haydn, Comedian/Social Commentator Lee Camp, progressive comedian Jimmy Dore, award winning singer/director/multi instrumentalist The Siren, singer/songwriter Nomi Abadi, creative and grassroots activist Eleanor Goldfield, with many more artists & activists set to attend!
Trailer for “InterReflections” and Q&A
American Musician, Filmmaker, Author and Social Activist; best known worldwide as the creator of the award-winning “Zeitgeist Film Series” and founder of the “The Zeitgeist Movement”, a social sustainability advocacy group which currently operates across the world. He also founded and curates the Annual Zeitgeist Media Festival for the arts and is on the Advisory Board/Steering Committee for “Project-Peace on Earth”.
Apart from ongoing feature film projects, Joseph launched a free, TV style web-series called Culture in Decline in July of 2012, which has been translated into over 25 languages & has received critical acclaim and scored millions of online views. A pioneer in free, open-distribution media, Joseph’s work supports non-profit, unrestricted syndication via free online viewing and free downloads. He conducts such work via his production company: Gentle Machine Productions LLC. He was also a judge in the 2015 USFUCA Worldwide Youth Contest.
Both as a solo artist and as support, Lili has toured the world and performed in premiere concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl.
In addition to Lili’s extensive recording and touring career, Lili’s music has been licensed for TV, film, and commercials, and she is the featured voice and violin on several films with Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean 3 & 4), among many others. Lili is also a film composer in her own right, with ten feature films to her scoring credit, and a Film Composing Fellowship to the prestigious Sundance Film Institute.
A humanitarian and activist, Lili also performs regularly for various human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the Global Security Institute (for whom she recently performed a concert at the UN). Above all, Lili believes that music has the power to uplift and heal, and she’s very excited to share her new music with you.
“An incredibly funny man.” -John Oliver
“An amazing writer and a great political thinker. He’s the change you and I want to see.” -Janeane Garofalo
“He’s like Howard Zinn after 12 beers.” -David Swanson
Lee Camp’s stand-up comedy has been featured on Comedy Central, ABC’s Good Morning America, Showtime’s The Green Room with Paul Provenza, Al-Jazeera America’s election night coverage, Current, the BCC’s Newsnight, E!, MTV, and Spike TV, and headlined over 500 college shows.
Lee has written for The Onion, Comedy Central, Comedy Central and the Huffington Post, and wrote the acclaimed essay collections Moment of Clarity: The Rantings Of A Stark Raving Sane Man, and Neither Sophisticated Nor Intelligent.
He hosts Redacted Tonight, on RT America, every Friday night at 8pm ET. His podcast and YouTube webseries, Moment Of Clarity, frequently breaks 100,000 online views each week.
Pianist, singer, songwriter and composer Nomi Abadi has been performing almost her entire life. She wrote her first theme when she was four years old–a year before her piano concert debut as a soloist with the Orange County Chamber Orchestra at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. After years performing worldwide as a classical pianist, including the Prague, Vienna and Budapest, she joined the alternative music scene where she writes and performs her own material.
Nomi attended the Mannes School of Music in New York City when she was eight years old, the Orange County High School of the Arts with an emphasis in musical theatre and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in over 50 stage productions, especially as the youngest member of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company at 12. Nomi formed 3 bands in LA (including sibling-duo video game cover band, Gametilians), releases a solo album every year and lends her compositions and arrangements to films, stages, and piano metal covers.
Following the release her 2P, Animals, Nomi looks forward to returning to the stage of the Zeitgeist Media Festival.
Eleanor is a creative activist, poet, singer and writer.
She is the co-founder and singer of Rooftop Revolutionaries, a political rock band born from the fight against income inequality and all the evils that stem from it.
She is the founder and host of the creative and grassroots activism show, Act Out! which airs on Free Speech TV on Dish Network, ROKU, Amazon Fire and others.
Her spoken word performances blend visual projections and politically charged poetry. Besides speaking and performing, she assists in local action organizing and activist training. She is currently based in Washington, DC.
Jimmy Dore is the star of several Comedy Central specials, Author of the best seller “Your Country Is Just Not That Into You“, a writer performer for the Off-Broadway hit “The Marijuana-Logues”, the host of his own weekly radio show in Los Angeles, and on air host for The Young Turks, the largest online news show in the world.
His latest effort “Sentenced To Live” is Jimmy’s most powerful Hour of Stand-Up comedy to date. He effortlessly skewers our corporate media and bought politicians as he holds a mirror up to American culture.
“Citizen Jimmy” is the award-winning one-hour Comedy Central Special that was chosen Best Of 2008 by iTunes, and was named one the the top 5 comedy DVDs of the year by Punchline Magazine.
Jimmy’s everyman style and razor-sharp material draws people in and has made him one of fastest rising stars in comedy today.
The Siren is a multi award winning music producer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and director.
The Siren won the Akademia Music Awards for “Best Pop Song”, won the Producers Choice Honors for “Best of 25yrs Outstanding Music Producer”, received a nomination at the LA Music Awards for “Pop Artist of the Year”, and a nomination at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for “Music Producer of the Year”.
He invented a genre called “EpicStep” which is avant-garde pop fused with classical music with dubstep/trapstep electronic frequency modulation solos. He has peaked charts on Reverbnation #1 in all of USA, and #3 world wide. The music is getting over 13,000 spins per month on multiple radio stations all over the planet with over 100,000 fans online and millions of hits on youtube. His music was also featured on MTV Buzzworthy Top 5.
The Siren is the art Kaisi Berick creates. The name represents the final sirens that might be heard around the world during times of a great incoming cataclysm. Its a reminder that through all the differences of nations and its people, in the scenario of a global catastrophe, we must all unite to save our planet. All the music produced is composed in the ancient tuning of 432hz frequency instead of standard modern 440hz. This 432 number is a mathematically perfect number that resonates on a positive vibration with all chakras and is found all throughout nature.
The Siren has been an activist spreading socially conscious art and performed and spoke on RT News, Zeitgeist Media Festival, March Against Monsanto, United We Stand Fest, People Against The NDAA (PANDA), Berkeley’s 5d Paradigm Shift, and more. He was the first artist in the world to include whistle-blower Edward Snowden into the music.
Chad Fisher is a diverse, independent comedian from Austin, Texas. His comedy consists of biting social commentary and satire expressed through stand up comedy, sketches and prank calls. Chad has impersonated Alex Jones, Stefan Molyneux, Nancy Grace and many others in online viral sketches. He’s also produced several popular prank calls to the police, congressmen and military recruiters.
He attempts to bring awareness to important social issues and injustices while lampooning the current system.
He’s performed at The Willie Nelson Festival, The New Orleans Comedy Festival, The Ventura Comedy Festival and hosts several weekly stand up showcases in Austin. Chad has opened for Hannibal Buress, Jay Whitecotton, Martha Kelly from the Zach Galifianakis/Louis CK show “Baskets” and more.
Progressive rock/metal, instrumental band, focused on the aspects of musical catharsis that can “heal”, and help those dealing with emotional conflict. The goal of the band is to inspire inner strength and positive changes in life.
A Los Angeles based Hip Hop Artist who says it like it is. Using his music to voice his thoughts and experiences with a unique flow and sound.
He says “Hip-Hop is knowing whats up in your community and the world while being a movement of expression, ideas and information in society”
Influenced by 90’s Hip-Hop and raised in the San Fernando Valley on the mic an inner activist can’t help but to burst out of his lyrics at times, bringing a balance to both worlds of the Hip-Hop underground and mainstream music era. Touching on a range of social issues from unemployment to pollution, violence, politics and his dog eating his stash.
Expect a few laughs and get hyped with a new view on life. Raw Legit is building momentum as an emcee shifting the paradigm with a passion for world peace and spreading awareness one day at a time.
As a socially conscious activist, Arjang wants to bring positive energy to the Zeitgeist Movement and all grassroots collectives. Through the use of public speaking, music, and other creative expressions, he hopes to inspire and bring about social change.
The conscious rapper from Los Angeles CA, Guru Doug is part of a new wave of indie-electronic sounds with alternative influences coming out of the San Fernando Valley. The three piece band with drummer Ryan Wood and guitarist, Michael Carlito; bring a unique stream of consciousness spreading awareness to their audience. Here to Inspire while enticing change.
Norton is a live painter, who synchronizes his paintings to performances in a fluid and emergent expression. He captures time, feeling, and atmosphere in a magnificent display of creativity and brilliance.
Daniel was recently the Southern California organizer for Americans for Democratic Action, a campaign lead at the LA County Federation of Labor and Local Election Supervisor for KPFK . Daniel Lee has been a member of the Move to Amend National Leadership Team since March of 2012. An active member of Occupy Los Angeles and InterOccupy Daniel has participated in Occupy encampments across the country, the Black Lives Matter Movement as well as done community organizing locally in Los Angeles with Community Coalition and other groups. He has also served locally on the Culver City Martin Luther King jr. Celebration Committee for the last 6 years, is the current chair and has been a volunteer with El Rincon Elementary, also in Culver City, for the last 11 years. Daniel is a veteran of the United States Air Force and Air National Guard, a former student at the University of Southern California, and California State University Los Angeles and recently completed his Masters of Social Welfare at UCLA. Daniel is also the Move to Amend representative for the Global Climate Convergence and recently ran for City Council in Culver City. He is also in post production of a documentary, Eyes Off the Prize, which takes a look at the state of education and segregation 60+ years after the Supreme Court’s historic Brown v. Board of Education decision.
Geisty Bear has been interested in trophic cascades and polycultures ever since his first backpacking trip through the deep trails of Yosemite. He learned early that far more important than learning abstractions in classrooms, learning how to feed oneself without a wallet was paramount. In the time since he has fully plunged into the whole gamut of food cultivation sciences from permaculture to rewilding. The bleak state of our human habitats on Turtle Island has pushed him towards doing everything he can to initiate the creation of sacred habitats
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.”
(Kalen Ockerman) has been at the forefront of LA’s graffiti and mural culture for nearly three decades. He is famous for having pioneered the Melrose graffiti art movement in the late 80s and is considered by many to be LA’s most prolific public muralist. Early on in his career, MEAR gained his recognition for building the bridge between graffiti art and fine art. He was the first graffiti artist to exhibit at the infamous 01 Gallery on Melrose, as well as at 33 1/3 Gallery in Silverlake, where Banksy would later debut his first North American show. MEAR ONE’s work was part of the landmark Art in the Streets 2011 exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. He is perhaps best known for constructing powerful narratives juxtaposing philosophy, ancient mythology and modern politics to inspire an evolved conscious. This interpretation of reality is achieved through balanced dialogue between realism and the supernatural. MEAR ONE helps us envision the sublime spirit of our time – not by escaping reality, but by confronting it head on.
When Abby Martin began streaming her thoughts and emotions through a paint brush at 19, she discovered her niche. The elaborate and intricate detail that flows from her onto the canvas in a perfect distribution of dots and swirls reflects this introspective artist’s ability to juggle and organize the chaos of the human mind into a comprehensive piece of fully charged beauty.
The explosive energy of each piece calls to life with psychedelic force the different realities Abby treads as she deconstructs the world around her in constant search of balance and truth. Whether reflecting on the natural world or the manmade world, the awakening or deadening of consciousness, cultural controlling dichotomies, the power of the mystic and all that is unknown, the condition of the social, the construction of the economic, or the corruption of the political, Abby’s work displays an intense passion for life and her deep desire to engage others in her vision.
Mario Martinez (aka MARS-1) paints from a penetrating perspective of great depth. Viewers are drawn into his imaginative compositions, overflowing with colorful geometric and organic shapes, layered to form unique patterns and textures.
The artist signature style of vast, abstracted, quasi-extraterrestrial looking landscapes feature imagery of surreal distortions, contained within spherically convex transparent bubbles. Skillfully combining optical color blending with perspective line work, his painting techniques result in very three-dimensional forms, which echo the anatomy of architecture, and microcosmic structures of biology.
These 3-D qualities transcend into his sculptural work, as well. Mars-1’s distinctly individual aesthetic is not easily compared to the vision of his contemporaries or artists from past movements. His constantly evolving process continues to expand with each new series of work, seemingly beyond the reaches of even his own awareness.
Themes explored range from very scientific to more esoteric phenomena. From theoretical physics, metamorphosis and collective consciousness, to ufology and examining possibilities of otherworldly principles, the relative link between physical and life sciences are applied throughout. Transitional energies, natural multiplicity, helixes and spontaneous biological occurrences all come together, forming imagery with hypotheses beyond the scope of modern technology.
Luke Brown is an intrepid explorer, part of a new generation of visionaries reconstructing the templates of culture as we know it. His art speaks of the spiritual mysteries in the human imagination.
Mystical experiences, dreams, medicine journeys, and channeled lucid dialogues with the source of creativity itself, seem to guide and be guided by the colorful symmetries and living surfaces of his art. Much of his work emerges from a graceful synthesis of digital and painting mediums. Developing his work through mix and remix technologies, Luke is constantly redefining his style as a spiritual medium for growth. He is intent on mapping his hyper-spatial experiences with utmost accuracy, with whichever medium seems best suited, as a form of multidimensional cartography.
Artist and social activist living in Los Angeles, California. His work exists mostly in small art books, varying from tight black & white line works, to life sketches and paintings, mixed in with notes, quotes, and insights on society and progress. His activism involves promoting sustainability and system-change within the framework of traditional economics governing world society today. He helps curate an annual socially consicous arts-activist festival in Los Angeles.
On life drawing…
“Part of what makes drawing from life so interesting is the tension of constantly overcoming one’s blind, preconditioned outlooks on the physical world, working to see it honestly and objectively. This tension between objectivity and bias has been with us from our evolutionary beginnings, as we continue to mature out of incomplete understandings of the natural world. Life drawing hones this discipline of objectivity; to understand and accurately translate the natural world, rather than distort and impose upon it through preconditioned bias, as we do across the world today on the societal level, in old systems and traditions.”
Richelle Gribble creates mixed media paintings and drawings, prints, videos, puzzles and sculptures. Her artwork is inspired by concepts of virality, ecology, networks, group dynamics, and social trends that connect us all. She earned a BFA in Studio Arts from the Roski School of Art and Design with dual minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing at the University of Southern California, in 2013. Winner of 2016 Grand Prize Award for solo exhibition at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery with inclusion in Art Market San Francisco, Texas Contemporary, and Art Basel in Miami. Works exhibited on LED screen in Times Square; Christie’s Salesroom Rockefeller Center; Fisher Museum of Fine Arts; John Wayne Airport; and more. Art acquired by Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Kala Collection, USC’s Art & Trojan Traditions Collection, and also flew to space aboard Blue Origin’s space system. Work presented in a TEDxTrousdale talk “What is our Role within a Networked Society?” and published in The Creator’s Project, The Atlantic, and VICE Magazine.
In every piece of art that I create I strive to bring to you timelessness, nostalgia, wonder, introspection and pure imagination. For me creating art is a spiritual experience, it allows me to attune to the subtle energy and vibrations of the world around us and that which is within us. I aim to focus my art on that which is progressive and perpetual and that which empowers and inspires. It is my hope as an artist that people of all ages and all walks of life, cultural background, and all religion can find enjoyment in my work and that my art can help people see the common thread that links us as human beings, after all I am you, and you are me or as the Mayan’s would say In Lak’ech ala K’in
Life (Consciousness) I believe is a miracle. So many facets of life inspires me to want to create art what I personally enjoy depicting in my work are visions of ancient and contemporary culture, dreamscapes, geometry, love, indidvidual spirituality, architecture, symbolism, space and nature. I feel like everyone can relate to all those things so I choose those to be dominant reoccurring themes in my work. It is my hope as an artist that my visions fascinates you and brings to you feelings of bliss, wonder and nostalgia.
Sujey Ruiz is a Bay Area activist, artist, writer, photographer and environmental advocate. Her connection to activist ideas merge into her art, illustrating the need for change and our connection to everything. She completed an internship and works with The Crucible an Industrial Art School in Oakland. Sujey also worked as a photo editor, later focusing on photojournalism to capture the human struggle. Her artworks are influenced by and created using photography. In college she studied journalism, writing, ceramics, design, painting and drawing. She uses oils, acrylics, ceramics, pencils, charcoals and photography to create paintings, drawings and sculptures. Sujey captures nature while combining abstract and surrealist elements for her work. Her work also weaves repeating forms with themes of nature, humanity and conflict.
Sujey states, “I’m interested in all forms of communication and art in particular provides a way to communicate in a multilayer way”. “My work attempts to demonstrate we are part of a system process; a tapestry of arrangements creating larger unions of energy expression. I feel it is my obligation as an artist to show that, though modern humanity tries to separate itself from the process of nature, we are connected to everything and keeping our connected parts stabilized determines our survival”.
Barret is a graphic artist who seeks to inspire others to make the world a better place. Recognizing the fact that everyone interprets the world in their own unique way, Barret attempts to appeal to simple common ground ideas that encourage a more unified and peaceful existence, sharing his broad vision of a future where everyones lives as one to better themselves and the rest of humanity.
Ryan Reeves is an artist of the Zeitgeist Movement, grateful to share his gifts, co-creating a priceless planet of peace for all to know a life of love and abundance.
Exploring an alternative to toxic paints, Ryan uses a magnifying glass to focus the unconditional love from the heART of our solar system onto repurposed wood. With support from Love Fam 5, Ryan is able to share the Aloha Spirit in various mediums from graphic art, photography, to creating films of various genres that have been experienced worldwide. Aloha and much love!!!
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I was born in 1976. I grew up splitting my time between Andover in the Merrimack Valley, Charlestown & East Boston on some weekends. At 17, I graduated High School early and chose to work until heading to college. I relocated to metro Boston and attended college at the Art Institute of Boston where I earned my Bachelors In Fine Arts in 1998. I also won the “Excellence In Design” accolade from the school. For a brief time, I instructed at the same college in their “Continuing Education” program. After working a variety of freelance design jobs at firms, I became a freelance Artist/Designer primarily working in the Independent music community.
Today I spend most of my time making artwork, writing and performing music, and working for Deathwish Inc.
An England-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director of unverified identity. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Observers have noted that his style is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris. Banksy says that he was inspired by “3D”, a graffiti artist who later became a founding member of Massive Attack, an English musical group.
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