Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control (1997) 80 minutes
by Errol Morris
Screen on Saturday, March 9, 2019
presented by Charles Campbell
doors at 7:00pm, film at 7:30pm
March’s Screen will take place at Fresh Oysters Performance Research in Minneapolis.
I remember seeing this documentary many years ago and being a little bewildered by its apparent lack of coherence. Now, I see it as a model of creation that lays before you both in content and in form a great way to be an valuable artist. In particular the tenacity of the naked mole-rats that will chew right through concrete and the idea of sending multiple, cheap robots to Mars for exploration both suggest to me a mode of operating, a kind of thinking, that breaks through accepted ways of thinking and behaving.
The assault on convention is not always the brutal shock of the “unacceptable.” Sometimes it is a more fundamental removal of the ground on which convention can stand. But you have to be able to recognize it when it happens.
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control was made over 20 years ago, but its presentation of these four particular people is based on a set of values that are always needed.