Parallel Cinema Part 1 of 3:
Soviet Parallel Cinema emerged from the revolution of Old Soviet Russia during the 1980s when "the walls of Eastern Europe were coming down". Essentially Parallel Cinema is the messed up, independent cinema of the 80s; underground cinema embracing artists, actors, rock musicians and film lovers and which Shane Smith rounds up as "anti-establishment (and) madness on film". This experimental cinema was criminalized and watched by the KGB.
The Vice founder went to Russia to make some Parallel Cinema of his own. During his trip he explored the experimental cinema explosion of the 1920s including films such as 'Battleship Potemkin' (1925 - Sergei Einenstein) and 'Man with a Movie Camera' (1929 - Dziga Vertov).
In Moscow he met several of Parallel Cinemas founding fathers, including Boris Yukhananov, Gleb Aleinikov (who now runs the second largest TV station in Russia) and Oleg Kulik; a performance artist who famously lived as a dog for a year and has done many other extreme / dark / messed up things.
The film also profiles Andrei Silvestrov, the father of 'Alco-Cinema' (a concept embracing arts, entertainment and alcohol) with whom Shane Smith made a movie.
Part 2 of 3 of the Parallel Cinema mini-series is now up. I have not yet had a chance to watch it but here it is: