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Better Living Through Circuitry

Dir. Jon Reiss | 1999 | 85 min

The origins of EDM: the people and the music that shaped America's electronic subculture.

Better Living Through Circuitry captures the first flowering of U.S. rave culture and electronic dance music, as told by the people who did it themselves: the promoters, designers, fans, and, of course, the DJs (including Moby, Spooky, Carl Cox, and Roni Size). Built around the theme of empowerment through technology, this is the story of a scene that balanced hedonism with idealism and even spirituality to build a DIY subculture into a massive worldwide movement, with a soundtrack featuring the Crystal Method, Meat Beat Manifesto, Psychic TV, and many more.

MFW Nugget

Better Living Through Circuitry won the best documentary award at the 1999 Chicago Underground Film Festival.

About the Director

Better Living Through Circuitry was Jon Reiss' first feature documentary. He narrative feature Cleopatra's Second Husband screened at the Los Angeles Independent, Seattle, Montreal World, Hamptons, Sao Paulo, and Bangkok film festivals and won Best First Feature at Cinequest. His shorts have also screened at Sundance, Berlin, New Directors/New Films, Edinburgh, Chicago, and other fests around the world he has directed numerous music videos, including the award-winning "Happiness in Slavery" for Nine Inch Nails.

Also Appearing
The Crystal Method
Lords of Acid
Roni Size
Carl Cox
Genesis P-Orridge
Electric Skychurch
Meat Beat Manifesto
Steve Hillage
Frankie Bones
United States
Dance Music