Thursday, February 12, 2009

RESCUE: a little film by Tao Ruspoli

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The other morning in Venice Beach I witnessed this rescue and turned it into a littile PSA for the International Bird Rescue Research Center....
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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Salton Sea Boat Races for World Record Speed on Water

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The Mangusta & LAFCO team visits the wonderful and bizarre Salton Sea, where they attempt to set world records for speed on water.  
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Burning Man 2008

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A small taste of the Playa from Burning Man 2008, presented by Mangusta LAFCO Productions.
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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

MARFA, My Dear

An improvised absurdity starring Jaclyn Jonet, Black Moses and Lola "Prosciutto" Ruspoli. Directed by Tao Ruspoli, based on a story by Olivia Wilde

Friday, April 18, 2008

New FIX Trailer!

"Brash, cool and energetic ... a wild ride." - Variety

"A bold new style and talent." - Oliver Stone

"Ruspoli has succeeded in creating a film that not only compliments
Los Angeles' multi-faceted landscape, but meditates on it. While FIX
is everything one would hope - a frenetic, Odyssey-like journey
through an underbelly of drug culture and addiction, it's when the
film reaches moments of silence that its true voice speaks clear,
deeply exploring notions of family, loss, and ultimately redemption."
- Daniel Casey, Slamdance Programmer

"Fix has the gritty energy of 'Go', the speedy with of 'Arrested
Development' and a magnificent visual panache!" - IndieWire

"Funny, sad, dangerous, endearing; all the hallmarks of a big-money
blockbuster are here, delivered with an effortless reality and
spontaneity that no budget can buy ..." - M. Bradley,

a film by Tao Ruspoli
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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Flamenco: A Personal Journey part 1 of 10 A Film by Tao Ruspoli

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An unprecedented look at the Gypsy Flamenco lifestyle in Spain.

Formats available: MPEG-4 Video (.m4v)

Friday, September 28, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

FIX trailer Starring Shawn Andrews, Olivia Wilde, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Dedee Pfeiffer

Trailer for Fix, a new feature film by Tao Ruspoli

Starring Shawn Andrews, Olivia Wilde, Megalyn Echikunwoke, & Dedee Pfeiffer

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Olivia Wilde Interview

Actress Olivia Wilde (Black Donnellys, OC, Alpha Dog) talks about the play she is currently doing in New York, Beauty on the Vine, as well as the relationship between art, politics, and activism, and her work for Doctors Without Borders.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Momenti con Papa' Dado

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A film about my father made shortly after he died for his small children Theodore and Melusine. Features some of his best poetry and stories (in italian)
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¡Viva Barstow!

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An absurd tale of love and revenge, indians and vikings in the mojave desert. A film by Tao Ruspoli, Jonah Salt Greenberg and Steve Newman.
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Skateboard Diaries

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Tao narratest the adventures of the LAFCO bus in Northern California in 2001 from his skateboard...
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Dado Ruspoli: A Portrait

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Tao Ruspoli's first film...a poetic homage to his father, Prince Dado Ruspoli. Made in in 1995 and shot on 8mm film.
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DJ 80: The DJ Diva

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a short film by Tao Ruspoli
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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Out of Control

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a film by Tao Ruspoli, 2001

music by the chemical brothersÂ

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007


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Trailer for LAFCO's first feature film, Camjackers.

"It´s cool, man. We´ve got black friends!"

Two rich, clueless film school grads ( The Filmfakers) are shooting a ghetto interpretation of an ancient Greek play on the mean streets of Los Angeles. Their equipment is borrowed by three street youths (The Camjackers), who shoot a compelling documentary on underground hiphop. The Filmfakers rip off The Camjackers´ film and rise to fame and fortune. The Camjackers see their stolen work on TV and seek revenge.

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

COUNTERVIEWS: Robbie Conal, guerilla poster artist - Interview by Tao Ruspoli

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Robbie Conal is an American guerilla poster artist noted for his gnarled, grotesque depictions of U.S. political figures of note. A former hippie, he is noted for his use of snipes to distribute his poster art throughout a city overnight.

Conal's parents were both union organizers, and he grew up in Manhattan. He received his bachelor's degree in fine arts from San Francisco State University in 1968 and his MFA from Stanford University in 1978. He moved to the Los Angeles area in 1984, where he currently resides. Conal is an Adjunct Professor of Painting & Drawing at the University of Southern California's Roski School of Fine Arts.

Conal's work has been featured in numerous publications, including Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, as well as CBS's This Morning and Charlie Rose. He was the subject of the 1992 documentary Post No Bills directed by filmmaker Clay Walker. He has also written two books, Art Attack: The Midnight Politics Of A Guerrilla Artist and Artburn, a collection of his work published in the alternative newspaper L.A. Weekly. He has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Getty Trust.

In 2004, Conal joined artists Shepard Fairey and Mear One to create a series of "anti-war, anti-Bush" posters for a street art campaign called "Be the Revolution" for the art collective Post Gen.

Conal was also one of the 112 members at the "Table of Free Voices" event in Berlin.

One of Conal's posters is prominently displayed in a scene in the 1999 film The Insider.

(from wikipedia)


Interview by Tao Ruspoli from the LAFCO Bus


for CounterPunch 

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

COUNTERVIEWS: Peter Linebaugh on slavery, the Magna Carta, Guantanamo, self-governance and more...

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Tao Ruspoli interviews historian Peter Linebaugh. 

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Friday, March 09, 2007

Just Say Know part 5

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Tao Ruspoli's award winning documentary about heroin and opium addiction in his family. part 5 of 5     

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Just Say Know part 4

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Tao Ruspoli's award winning documentary about heroin and opium addiction in his family. part 4 of 5 

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Just Say Know part 3

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Tao Ruspoli's award winning documentary about heroin and opium addiction in his family. Part 3 of 5
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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Just Say Know part 2

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Tao Ruspoli's award winning documentary on heroin and opium addiction in his family. part 2 of 5
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Friday, March 02, 2007

Just Say Know part 1

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Tao Ruspoli's award winning documentary about heroin and opium addiction in his family.
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MOVING PHOTOS: Olivia Wilde 2

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"Moving Photographs" by Tao Ruspoli 

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

COUNTERVIEWS: Francisco Letelier Interview

Tao Ruspoli interviews Francisco Letelier,

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Yellowcard "Breathing" Music Video

Yellowcard "Breathing" Music Video by Tao Ruspoli and Cody Lucich 

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Saturday, February 17, 2007

COUNTERVIEWS: Patrick Cockburn on Iraq Part 2

Tao Ruspoli interviews journalist Patrick Cockburn on Iraq.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

COUNTERVIEWS: Patrick Cockburn talks about Iraq (part 1)

Tao Ruspoli interviews Patrick Cockburn (pronounced kōbɜːn) (born March 5, 1951) is an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and the Independent . Among the most experienced commentators on Iraq, he was one of the few journalists to remain in Baghdad during the first Gulf War. He is based in Jerusalem as a correspondent for the Independent, and has been filing reports on the war in Iraq. He has consistently displayed a pessimistic outlook for Iraq's future and considers the 2003 invasion of Iraq and its aftermath as a catastophic failure.

Cockburn was born in Scotland and grew up in County Cork, Ireland. His father was the well-known socialist author and journalist Claud Cockburn. He was educated at Glenalmond College, Perthshire, and Trinity College, Oxford.

Cockburn married Janet Montefiore, daughter of Rt Rev Hugh William Montefiore, and has two children, Henry Claud and Alexander. He has two brothers, Alexander Cockburn and Andrew Cockburn who are also journalists.

His most recent book, following award-winning reporting from Iraq, is "The Occupation" published by Verso Books. Mixing first hand accounts with reporting, Cockburn's book is critical of the invasion as well as the Salafi fundamentalists who comprise much of the resistance.

Cockburn's memoir is The Broken Boy, a memoir of his childhood in 1950s Ireland when he caught and survived polio. His previous books include Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein, written with Andrew Cockburn.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Sunday, February 04, 2007

SEX & POLITICS: Tao Ruspoli interviews Dr. Susan Block, Part 2 (CounterViews)

Part 2 of Tao Ruspoli's interview with sex therapist and free speech activist Dr. Susan Block at her downtown LA speakeasy.

Part of's counterviews series. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Jeffrey St. Clair Interview (part 2), co-editor CounterPunch

Tao Ruspoli interviews Jeffrey St. Clair, co-editor CounterPunch, Part 2, as part of CounterPunch's CounterViews feature.

Dr. Susan Block

Tao Ruspoli visits sex educator Dr. Susan Block. Orgies, Bush and Cheney dildos, Thanatos, and much much more.

Dr. Susan Block is a sex educator, cable TV host and author of The 10 Commandments of Pleasure. Commit Bloggamy with her at Email her at

Friday, January 19, 2007

An Interview with Jeffrey St. Clair, co-editor of Counterpunch (Tao Ruspoli)

Tao Ruspoli talks to Jeffrey St. Clair about Iraq, the state of the left, 9/11 conspiracy theorists and more.

Part 1 of 2. 

Monday, January 15, 2007

A Conversation With M1 of dead prez

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Tao Ruspoli interviews M1 of dead prez about revolution in the back of The LAFCO Bus.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Grimy World by Malachi (Dungeon Family) New Music video from LAFCO

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Grimy World

Malachi (Dungeon Family)

Directed by Tao Ruspoli

Shot by Tao Ruspoli and Cody Lucich

Edited by Cody Lucich James Wade and Tao Ruspoli

Produced by James Wade

Album: Workaholic Mixtape Vol. 2

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Outlawz: Fork in The Road Video

From "Can't Sell Dope Forever" Directed by James Wade and Cody LucichIf you are having trouble, click here to see youtube version

Monday, October 09, 2006

New music video for hip hop soul duo Slick and Rose

Directed by Tao Ruspoli

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Tao Ruspoli interviews Alexander Cockburn Part 2

What would president Cockburn do?
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PS: Welcome Counterpunchers! We think you would like the interview with below. He brings revolutionary politics to hip hop and we had a great chat...
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Monday, October 02, 2006

Runaway Slave: Music Video for a new song by of dead prez and Young Noble of The Outlawz

And, here is an interview with about his roots, influences, inspirations, his art, his politics and more...(click to watch)

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Thursday, September 28, 2006



An expressionistic explosion of images about travel, motion, memories, and overwhelming sensory overload. Shot on super 8, still photos, and hi def by Tao Ruspoli. With Steve Newman, Olivia Wilde, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Dado Ruspoli, Ray Flores and others...

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Shannon Mccollum: Photojournalist

Shannon works as the official photographer for hip hop artists like Outkast, Lil Jon, and dead prez. We interviewed him after a music video shoot we did for of dead prez. (click image to start film)

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Tao Ruspoli interviews Alexander Cockburn

In this 10 minute clip (the first of two parts) Alexander Cockburn, the renowned leftist journalist, talks about his father's influence, the state of the democratic party, the Roman empire, how to make a better sneaker, and much more!

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