VYZMUSIC.com has been launched to promote the new movie "NOVUS," celebrating one of the world's greatest inventors: Nikola Tesla.
Tesla was the world's most famous man at the turn of the 19th century. His best friend was Mark Twain. He is the forgotten electrical genius of our modern Space Age. Every time we turn on a light, start up a car, use a computer, or watch television, it is thanks to Tesla. He invented AC electricity, the electro-magnetic motor, radio, loudspeakers, the Tesla coil, vacuum tubes, x-rays, remote control, radar, robots, ignition systems, the speedometer, fluorescent lights, neon, particle beams and registered over 300 patents.
A century later, many of his discoveries are just beginning to see the light of day. His real secrets, however, are still classified under the National Security Act of 1947.
This artistic, non-narrative, documentary film, created by the musical group, "VyZ," has a a running time of 58:25 minutes. The DVD features director's commentary, deleted scenes, and a bonus track called, "Tesla on Imagination." The movie's name is short for "Novus Ordo Seclorum," meaning new order of the ages, which is engraved on U.S. paper currency.
As the second film in the "Connect the DotZ" film series, “NOVUS” paints an inspiring, yet highly controversial picture of Tesla's most incredible invention, which was his greatest secret: the flying saucer. Do flying saucers really exist? Did Tesla really invent them? Are they humanity’s greatest invention? What about free unlimited energy? The playful combination of mother goose nursery rhymes, pirate cartoons, superman, UFO mythology, black hole astronomy and investigative journalism, evoke a trailblazing tale of the past 100 years with an optimistic vision of the future. While avoiding the cliché of "New World Order" conspiracy theory, the film does "connect the dots" to the genius of Tesla and the real possibility that we can create a better world: A New Order of the Ages.
As an experimental film, “NOVUS” is not only unique in its audio-visual treatment, but also serves as a springboard for discussing contemporary issues about humanity, technology, astronomy, art and innovation -- especially in the context of Tesla's connection to our 21st century. Can we reverse our global cycle of destruction? Can we reverse our selfish ways? Can we stop polluting our planet? Can we replace the fossil fuel driven, "Old Order,” with a “New Order” of clean electrical energy? Can we make a new start? Can we make the impossible... possible? These are the questions beneath the surface of the movie.
THE "NOVUS" PRODUCTION
The film features the timeless animation of master animators, Ray Harryhausen, Max Fleischer, and John Sutherland, which is artfully woven together with archival footage from ephemeral films and NASA Space imagery. Although the film is a completely digital production, the filmmakers' goal was to produce an organic, analog experience that compliments their improvisational music. Of special note is the "VyZ" filmmaking process that creates the film from the soundtrack... hence the "VyZ" slogan: “ImproVyZational Music for Movies.” The "VyZ" filmmaker-musicians all work together during the film editing process, which is inspired from their music. This multimedia band of digital artists consists of Rich Damone on bass; Charlie Tokarz on sax, clarinet and flutes; and John Pritchard on drums, percussion, and keyboards. The soundtrack also features special guest, Adam Holzman, who is known as one of the world's greatest keyboard players for working closely with Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Grover Washington, and many others, including his own band, Brave New World.
THE “CONNECT THE DOTZ” FILM SERIES
Like the music of "VyZ," the "Connect The DotZ" film series is centered around the themes of FREEDOM, VISION and CREATIVITY. All three film titles in the series come from the three Latin phrases on the back of the American dollar bill: UNUM (E Pluribus Unum), NOVUS (Novus Ordo Seclorum-New Order of the Ages), and ANNUIT (Annuit Coeptis-God favors our undertakings). “NOVUS” promotes the VISION of Tesla to harness the Electrical Power of the Universe, the Quantum Foam, the Ether, that surrounds us at all times. While it is an astronomical fact that we travel around the center of our Milky Way galaxy at 500,000 mph, it is less understood how Tesla was able to harness all that cosmic electricity in which we move -- let alone, invent the flying saucer.
The first "Connect the DotZ" movie, "E PLURIBUS UNUM - Out of Many, One," was completed in November 2003 and celebrates the legacy of JFK and the FREEDOM of America. The third movie, "ANNUIT COEPTIS - God Favors Our Undertakings," is a free-form documentary about the "VyZ" band and their CREATIVITY. It is currently in production and slated for release in June 2004.
The "Connect The DotZ" film series celebrates the inspiration of great men like President, John F. Kennedy, the brilliant inventor, Nikola Tesla, and the ancient Greek mathematician, Pythagorus. It champions the human heart to be free of the negative forces that have tied us to slavery and greed since the beginning of time. The series has been created as a trilogy of educational DVD movies to spark discussion about the amazing and chaotic world we live in today, as well as, discuss our options for the future. The "Connect the DotZ" film series is produced by the Pritchard School of Digital Arts (www.pritchardschool.com).
The "NOVUS" movie trailer and DVD preview can be seen at www.vyzmusic.com where the DVD and soundtrack can be purchased directly from the site. A free educational "Study Guide" (pdf file) can also be downloaded for students to use in the classroom, home study, or for personal enrichment.