Tired of clicking around YouTube and iTunes for online videos of substance? Search no more! The Observer has your weekly handy guide to what’s worth watching on the Web.
Ted Kennedy’s trials, triumphs on video at the Boston Globe’s YouTube Channel – If you can’t get enough regular TV coverage, review the greatest moments of “Lion of the Senate”‘s long, storied political career online. The Boston Globe has posted an archive of footage, including his 1980 speech at the Democratic National Convention in New York, a review of his early years, and his recorded apology for leaving the scene of an accident in 1969 that left Mary Jo Kopechne dead.
The guy behind The September Issue – Anna Wintour has certainly been making the press rounds to promote the documentary, in theaters this Friday. But what about the guy who made it? Check out interviews with director R.J. Cutler on his production studio’s official site.
Current TV’s Vanguard – Current TV’s Laura Ling and Euna Lee recently returned to the states after being detained for 140 days in North Korea. Check out Ms. Ling’s work on the network’s award-winning documentary series. Ms. Ling, along with other correspondents Christof Putzel, Mariana van Zeller, Adam Yamaguchi and Kaj Larsen, tackle “America’s Secret War With Iran,” drug cartels in Mexico, and how young people are coping with the recession.
The Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks Documentary on Hulu – The Flaming Lips are currently on tour and just put out a 10th anniversary vinyl re-release of their fan-beloved The Soft Bulletin. To celebrate, Hulu released this intimate, genuine 2005 TV documentary, shot by Wayne Coyne’s art school neighbor from Norman, Oklahoma.
Lacquer: “Behind” Michel and Oliver Gondry’s seven-day drive from LA to New York in 4 minutes on YouTube – Michel Gondry, the director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and other films, and his brother Olivier, a special effects producer in Hollywood, take the wheel of yet another music video. This one is from the 2003 album Overloaded by Lacquer (aka French electro artist Stephane Jounot). Seemingly inspired by the Chemical Brothers’ “Star Guitar” video, which captures the French countryside, this gem holds a steady gaze on two guys speeding through mountain ranges, between skyscrapers and through thunderstorms, as they travel from sunny LA to New York. Turn up the volume, and live out your final summer roadtrip through the camera’s lens.