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Turk Pipkin's NOBELITY hatches its trailer online!

Hey folks, Harry here... Last year, in Father Geek's top films of the year list he put in the documentary NOBELITY. A film - literally - nobody has heard of really. Sadly, most people in this world don't attend great documentaries - some of us do, but most don't. The filmmaker in question on this film is a fella by the name of Turk Pipkin. I first met Turk when I was younger than my nephew. My parents sold arts & crafts on the 23rd Street Rennaissance Market across from the University of Texas - and Turk, on weekends, would come out and juggle and walk the slack line and balance things on his face and perform little feats of magic... all in clownface. Turk was my childhood clown and he taught me how to juggle two balls - never could get that third one to stay off the floor.

Well, last year he invited my father, my best friend Roland (behind the scenes champion on AICN) and myself to see an early rough assembly digital showing of his documentary - NOBELITY. The premise as he told me was that for the last several years - he's been tracking down the finest Nobel Laureates - some of the greatest minds in the world - and devoid of politics - putting to them the question regarding the greatest problems that the Earth faces in the next 50 years - and how we today can help to prevent them. There are no jabs at any political parties, it's just cold hard facts and breathtaking brilliance.

It didn't hit my top ten list for last year solely because it was a work in progress and Turk had more work to do upon it, but it was slight. The fact is - it is absolutely brilliant. Listening to these minds share their insight upon the problems facing everyone upon every bit of this planet and how to solve them is essentially just stunning. This is one of the absolute most important films of this year or any year. It premieres at SXSW this year, but has a theatrical release - here's what Turk says:

Our national release will be Earth Day weekend, April 20 - 22, and we hope to have as many as a thousand "Call to Action" screenings around the country in partnership with Artists for Amnesty International, interfaith church groups, and fifteen other big non-profits. If all goes well, a regular theatrical run will follow.

This is a very important film, not a deft bit of political assassination. This is reality - but not a doomed one. This is incredibly hopeful, positive and inspiring. Here's the trailer:

Discover NOBELITY!

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  • Jan. 21, 2006, 4 p.m. CST


    by flamingrunt

  • Jan. 21, 2006, 4:20 p.m. CST

    This sounds fascinating...

    by I Hate Movies

    but I'm still laughing at "he taught me how to juggle two balls." I'm sorry, no disrespect to you or the filmmaker Harry, but the juvenile in me just thought it was hilarious. Anyway, I hope this docu makes it way to my neck of the woods eventually.

  • Jan. 21, 2006, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Films like this sicken me to the core...

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Always whinging all the time, complaining 24/7; trying to change things constantly. "Woah like there's been an Earthquake in Pakistan we should all hear about", "Australians should let more people of different races in their country", "America isn't perfect"...Fuck this young Turk, why must he be the last to realise that the world's perfect. It truly is! Earth owns your ass. (P.S. Harry please post telling us when this is getting a release, it sounds inspiring. You know all the coolest cats in town).

  • Jan. 21, 2006, 5:08 p.m. CST

    so will this include henry kissinger?

    by newc0253

    he's a nobel prize winner. and that fact alone is enough to show what a fucking stupid idea this documentary is. after all, what does a nobel prize winner in chemistry know about, say, economics? or a nobel prize winner for literature about anything at all?

  • Jan. 21, 2006, 6:14 p.m. CST

    This belongs in the shameless promotion room

    by Bean_


  • Jan. 21, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Flawed Premise

    by fiester

    Science is highly compartmentalized and specialized these days. Asking a Nobel Prize winning biochemist what he thinks of the problem with radical Islamic Fundamentalism generates probably as insight a response as you'd get posing the question to your average convenience store clerk.

  • Madness. A sequel to a cool film that was far better than the last 2 Blade movies (which got A TON of coverage on this site) came out yesterday and it's being ignored. Good or bad, Underworld is a 100% GEEK FILM. I thought they reviewed super hero/monster movies on this site. Elektra got several reviews as did CATWOMAN! I bet my left nut that Underworld 2 blows both of those films away. Same director, producer and star...why wouldn't it be at least decent? I will find out tommorrow morning and post a review. So Harry, the Fog remake deserved your time and a 6 paragraph review, but Underworld 2 doesn't even EXIST according to this site. If I were a movie loving geek and was excited about a kick ass hot vampire chick slaying werewolves in a gothic setting, this wouldn't be the site to visit? You reviewed Van Helsing and GUSHED about how fucking cool it was (and it really wasn't) and Kate Beckinsdale was in that one! Weird. I think money is somehow involved (or not involved).

  • Jan. 21, 2006, 7:01 p.m. CST


    by Slim_Goodbody

    This movie has brown people in it...Americans won't care. What was last nights "Desparate Housewives" episode about again? Can you believe what Paris was wearing to that party last night? Very sad, but that is what Americans think about. This movie seems like "Born into Brothels" but on a global scale. That movie was hard enough to watch.

  • Jan. 21, 2006, 8:14 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    Doom, all those movies you mentioned getting coverage on the site had press screenings in Austin. If there was a press screening for Underworld 2 here, we were not invited. I saw it myself yesterday and while it's better than the incredibly dull and totally unoriginal first film it's still not something to cry to the heavens about not getting any coverage on this site. It's a mediocre big dumb action movie with some shitty, shitty CG werewolves and some terrible acting. That being said, I'd watch Underworld 2 a dozen times before watching Van Helsing again.

  • Jan. 21, 2006, 8:46 p.m. CST

    So the next 50 years...

    by CerebralAssassin about helping suffering kids with big pleading eyes in the 3rd world, is that it? This trailer bores.

  • Jan. 21, 2006, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Devoid of politics ? I presume its related to the 'other&#39

    by bioforge

    You know the one in the alternate universe. I also can't imagine a more loaded question then anything related to fears of the future.

  • Jan. 21, 2006, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Times Like These Are When I Miss Yasser Arafat The Most

    by skoobyx

    Goodbye sweet prince.

  • Jan. 21, 2006, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by Mike Lovestein

  • Jan. 21, 2006, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Sooo...starvation, disease and war are bad... Got it. The three

    by Negative Man

    We get this information from the Christian Children's Fund comercials on TV "For less then a dollar a day...". The movie (at this point, who may actually be brillant and provide new information) does look like it's prime for 2006's DUH AWARD. Only the young, ignorant and (no offense to them, we all are at times) bleeding-heart head nodders will see this as ground breaking or remotely informative. It looks like the SUPER SIZE ME of 'global problems' at the moment. A movie about the obivious.

  • Jan. 21, 2006, 11:59 p.m. CST

    I agree with you partially Quint...

    by torpor_haze

    I'd rather watch Underworld Evolution 12 times than Spielbergs $130 million borefest.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 12:13 a.m. CST

    i don't like the "the earth is in your hands" tagline. seem

    by Chief Redcock

    Very interesting, definitely worth watching. It's not a film for developmentally stunted, virginal fanboys (who watch crappy horror/action movies, ahem) that's for sure (i have a lot of respect for harry now for even daring to put it up), but the ideas being discussed here have to interest you. if they don't you're a part of the problem and not the solution and frankly i don't want to know you. 3 billion people in this world live on less than 2 dollars a day. 2 fucking dollars a day. children are sold into child slavery and spend 18 hours a day in the scorching sun riding camels in the middle east. the AIDs epidemic continues to spiral out of control in africa. something needs to be done about this problem now... all of the republicans (i know there're a lot) on this site who always complain about marxist this, leftist that... if you hate marx so much, quit trying to prove him right. help to solve this problem before it overtakes us. and yes, before anyone accuses me of being unnecessarily partisan, that goes for lazy, isolationist liberals too. Watch this movie and at the very least think about these problems for a split second before you hop into your gas guzzling SUV on the way to see underworld 2 or van helsing or whatever. then maybe do something about what you see and prove that your life's worth something...

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Umm, sorry about the overly cynical subject line, by the way. T

    by Chief Redcock

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Turk Pipkin = .....

    by heywood jablomie

    The homosexual love spawn of Newbomb Turk (The Hollywood Knights) and the New King of Comedy?

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 12:37 p.m. CST


    by ZombieSolutions


  • Which you kinda just gave me. You guys review movies that you pay for all the time, so a "late" review is better than none at all. Especially with a total monster-action-superhero film! I am surprised to hear that the f/x are bad though. Len Wiseman seems like a fan of the genre. Why would he not strive to top the original in every way? I respect that Underwordl 1 went with puppet/practical f/x instead of 100% CGI. I'll see it and hope I like it. I think I will. Watching Kate Beckinsdale doing her makeup in a mirror for 2 hours would be more entertaining than 3/4 of the movies I saw last year.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 4:58 p.m. CST

    "my childhood clown"? Harry, when the hell did you become Hamlet

    by Big Bad Clone

    hee hee...ham