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Both these 2008 experimental features dive headlong into film history to create strange intertextual experiences (or jaded kitsch fests, depending on your receptivity). The more cerebral of the two, Jin Finn's The Juche Idea (62 min.), riffs on the true story of Shin Sang-ok, the South Korean filmmaker kidnapped in the late 70s by North Korean dictator (and noted film buff) Kim Jong Il. Quotations from Kim's “On the Art of Cinema” are contrasted with faux-archival footage from North Korean classics; meanwhile a South Korean video artist takes up residence on a collective farm in North Korea to be indoctrinated into the state ideology of Juche. You won't find a hint of theory in Craig Baldwin's Mock Up on Mu (114 min.), which uses original footage, voice-over narration, and a vast array of TV and B-movie clips to tell a wild but seemingly endless story about L. Ron Hubbard conspiring to build a trashy entertainment complex on the moon. Hubbard is played by video maker Damon Packard, whose Reflections of Evil and Space Disco One inhabit the same fractured Hollywood of the mind.

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