Archive.org Now Home To Huge Collection of Raw & Unapologetic Documentary Footage

For Immediate Release 6/24/14

 

Archive.org Now Home To Huge Collection of Raw & Unapologetic Documentary Footage

 

The Internet Archive recently became the proud guardians of the complete raw video footage from two video journalists’ year long road trip project. Shane and Amy Bugbee journeyed nearly all of America during a 12 month epic road trip interviewing Americans about the state of the nation, and producing some 200 short videos while on the road, their YouTube channel ‘A YEAR AT THE WHEEL’ has received some 1.3 million views and counting. They also gifted Archive.org their 534 page book and full length movie titled ‘The Suffering & Celebration Of Life In America’. The footage at current count is nearly 200 hours, and it continues to grow as more is added.

 

The collection, is available not only to view, but for other filmmakers and journalists to use the footage for their own projects, as many of the interview subjects were notable artists, activists, and scholars.  Subjects include internationally known photographer Joel Peter Witkin, anthropologist William H. McNeill, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Attorney for the American Atheists Edwin Kagin, punk icon Ian MacKaye, the Godfather of Death Metal Jeff Becerra, American Indian Movement activist Dennis Banks, the black metal band Averse Sefira, and eyehategod’s Mike Williams, in addition to these diverse individuals the duo spoke with a Baptist minister, a Texas cattle rancher, UFO trinket shops owners in Roswell New Mexico, and a variety of others.

 

The Project called A YEAR AT THE WHEEL documented the full year leading up to the momentous 2008 presidential election, with the trip ending in Washington DC the day after the election. Ironically, nearly none of the dozens of interviewees spoke of the particular presidential candidates, but rather voting, the American Dream, and questions about art, religion, our societal structure and our political system. Their footage has been featured on syndicated news shows, and even in the Peter Jackson documentary ‘West Of Memphis’.  Being on the road for a year is a daunting task, even more they managed the entire thing with no grants, no sponsors, and not even a credit card, in fact Shane and Amy Bugbee began their trip with $180 between them!  Against the odds, the couple traveled the entire trip with their trusty friends and cohorts, their dog Cheyenne and turtle Myrtle in only a Chevy Blazer.

 

The couple chose to give the footage to The Internet Archive to assist its founder Brewster Kahle fulfill his dream of creating a library more vast than that of the Greeks.  While many millionaires choose to buy sports teams and such things, Brewster Kahle chose to help the entire world gain knowledge, something the Bugbees feel very strongly about, as both are self educated by libraries and private study, never attending a University.  The project of uploading the bulk of the footage took a full week at Internet Archive headquarters in San Francisco, and it continues to take a great deal of time to organize, label, and describe the work so others can view and use it for themselves. “The purpose of doing this is to share our work with others to not just watch, but to use in their own video projects,” explains Shane Bugbee. When viewed in order, it may very well turn out to be the world’s longest documentary.

 

The short videos that were released from November 2007 through November 2008 captured America in a state of flux and a snapshot of America’s last bit of media innocence. The Bugbee’s were on the forefront of citizen journalism, they saw the manifestation of frustration from the people, as those on all sides of the political spectrum started to agree that the system was broken.  Those frustrations led to the advent of the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the Tea PartyShane and Amy Bugbee’s fearless and brutally honest project certainly shed light on these events and helped inspire others to hit the road. The Internet Archive was thrilled to accept such a large collection of America’s recent history, they believe it will serve generations far into the future.

 

• For more on the collection at the Internet Archive, go to: https://archive.org/details/ayearatthewheel

• For more on Shane and Amy Bugbee’s project: http://www.usaodd.com/

• For more on Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive: https://www.ted.com/talks/brewster_kahle_builds_a_free_digital_library

• For more on the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/

 

PREMIERE: Our movie at the Detroit Underground Film Fest

The World Premiere of “The Suffering And Celebration of Life in America” comes to the big screen for the first time ever, fittingly at The Detroit Underground Film Fest (DUFF) http://www.duffdetroit.com/ on August 22, opening night of the three day festival.

We are honored to have our movie screen here and we are in good company.  Other movies at the festival includes “Foxfur” from prolific director Damon Packard, “Animalada” from 2001 about a man and his love for his sheep, and a screening of the classic cult movie “Street Trash”.

Don’t miss the Detroit Underground FIlm Fest is you are anywhere near Michigan, as it will be unforgettable.

 From the DUFF website:

“After being ostracized from their community for Satanic allegations, husband and wife Shane and Amy Bugbee took to the road and went searching for the meaning of freedom. What resulted is a book, lecture tour, and this film. With an eerie ambient score and polarizing subject matter, it is an odyssey of talking heads unlike any other. From black metal musicians to political prisoners to people on the street, the Bugbees ultimately manage a kaleidoscopic point of view, though the message remains startlingly consistent throughout: the walls of America are closing in fast, but pushing back is worth the effort.”

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SAMPLES: Short videos of Caleb Scaber

Sometime Embeded Journalist covering the War. Artist. One time candidate for Mayor of Seattle. Actor. Stand Up Comic. Caleb ‘Shooter’ Schaber can do anything, anywhere and at anytime.

Part 4. See it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGhxSoGHxO0

Part 1 Caleb Schaber: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUP0bGvkvd4

Part 2 Caleb Schaber: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lFuMxpJ-hI

Part 3 Caleb Schaber: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St_QpAywpSk

The Movie: Watch the first 5 minutes of the movie…

Watch the first 5 minutes of our new movie ‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’ The movie covers Politics, Art, Religion and Revolution and is the companion of the book. We call the set a “Booovie”.

In this video, Sid Yiddish performs at the kick off event for our year long road trip, Ian Mackaye of Fugazi, pig farmer James Frye, Jeff Becerra of Possessed, White Panther John Sinclair, Black Metal band Averse Sefira, Dennis Dull of Hammond, Indiana, Fred Hampton’s neighbor Joe Murphy, weed activist Lonnie Wages and crazy Grant.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=g0GxCF29jEQ

The book and movie are for sale and available here: http://www.usaodd.com/?page_id=32

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EXCERPT From The Book: James Frye

James Frye:

People are afraid. Well, I don’t want to hear what so and so has got to say. People don’t want to hear what other people have to say, or they’re afraid of what people as a whole are going to think of them. Well, I don’t care! What they gonna do? We had this old saying when I was in Viet Nam, “What are you gonna do, send me to Viet Nam?” I’m already here.

~ From an interview in the book ‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’ by Shane and Amy Bugbee

Video clips of interview with James Frye:

http://youtu.be/0glhyd1n3Fg

http://youtu.be/1e_sa3FjRB0

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Hardcovers are now available! LOOK AT THESE COVERS!

Each cover is embellished with one of a kind art from Shane Bugbee. There are only 23 books in this edition.

Reserve Your Hardcover Now!

‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’

Shane has been hard at work making these one of a kind covers, wood burning the title plate, and using clay to make a one of a kind, 3D cover art. Each is a little different, all are beautiful, and book in this edition of only 23 books includes a hand made black book plate and a limited edition  linoprint, as well as the DVD of the movie. A bargain at twice the price!

Only 23 books available, $250 each.

Order here: http://www.usaodd.com/?page_id=32

Back cover: Hardcover edition of ‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’.

 

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EXCERPT From the Book: Timothy Wyllie

Question: Is there a difference between religion and spirituality?

 Timothy Wyllie: Oh absolutely yes. All religion is socialized spirituality, it’s a lot of people who are basically religious bureaucrats who seek to control and feast off the vulnerability of their followers, because their is something called the worship circuit, we do desire something bigger than ourselves, there is something deep inside us which wants or desires something larger than ourselves, and to cut ourselves off from that is really madness and sterility.

~ From the interview with Timothy Wyllie in the book ‘ The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’

Timothy Wyllie video from the A Year At The Wheel project:

http://youtu.be/XCuI1ZlIlCw

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