One of the much-vaunted Sundance slate of movies directed by women, "It Felt Like Love" marks yet another micro-budget hand-held look at an adolescent's coming of age. This one is well-shot in HD by director Eliza Hittman, a Cal Arts grad making her feature debut after screening her short "Untitled" at Sundance, with help from D.P. Sean Porter and rookie teen actress Gina Piersanti, who has a future.
Filmed in the Brooklyn area, on the beach and other local environs, the movie is slow, intimate and almost silently observational but eventually its impact builds as this motherless lonely young girl seeks connection via sex with an older guy.
January 29, 2013 LA Times The article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune.
Jazz bass legend Charlie Haden yearns to perform again
By Howard Reich
The revered jazz bassist Charlie Haden hopes he can give a brief speech when he picks up his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy the day before the Grammys are broadcast on Feb. 10.
But Haden sometimes has difficulty speaking, and his energy level isn't what it used to be. He hasn't eaten solid food in about two years, he says, and he has considerable difficulty swallowing.
These symptoms, and others, have been caused by the onset of post-polio syndrome at the end of 2010, and they have dramatically altered Haden's life – and denied the rest of us the pleasure of basking in the warm glow of his music live.
Fair Weather in Los Angeles: Making the Rounds at Art L.A. Contemporary
By: Susan Michals
“I’m kind of obsessed with it.”
Actor Emile Hirsch wasn’t talking about Sundance—he’d already been there, done that by last Thursday night when, along with throngs of other well-heeled Angelenos, he arrived at Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger for the art fair Art L.A. Contemporary (ALAC). He was talking about ALAC, and his attitude reflected that of a lot of attendees. The event seems to have caught on.
Now in its fourth year, the fair, which ran through Sunday, has jumped out of its awkward tweens (see 2011), zipped through its adolescence (2012—see our report here) and emerged this year as a savvy, well-rounded adult.
A course in Screenwriting like no other. Sandy Mackendrick’s Master Class
By F.X. Feeney
Imagine a well-lit, double-size classroom in the bowels of a still fairly new school building. The year is 1974. The place: the California Institute of the Arts, then a boxy labyrinth on a bare lunar hillside. “The sub-level,” a maze of hallways where daylight never reaches, is home at all hours to insomniac film students.
It is in here that the coming semester— January to May—will house a demanding new course: the Writer-Director’s Workshop. Four hours per class, twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. We were to arrive at 10, break for lunch at roughly 12:30, then return for another 90 minutes of intensive discussion, ending approximately three p.m.
There are moments when we all wish we could "turn back the clock," as it were, and regain something we've lost. Why focus this tale of loss on 9/11? Do you have a personal connection to the events of that day, or is there another reason it stands out to you as a setting for your story?
I am a foreigner and have no connection with 9/11. I wasn't even in the U.S. when it was happening. As a human who has emotion, I know this might sound weird, but in the beginning, inspiration came along when I went to a concert of my friend, Julian Kleiss, who is the composer of the film. He played one of his songs that was not released yet. The song was so beautiful, I came up to him after the concert and decided to make a music video for him. While I was searching where the song had come from and his inspiration, I found out that the entire song was inspired from one page from a book called "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." And yes, the book is about 9/11.
New film breathes creative life into old West African Fable
By Ghana News -SpyGhana.com
The short film “Kwaku Ananse” makes its World Premiere on February 12th at the 63rd Berlinale Film Festival in Germany, where it is competing for the Golden Bear Prize for Best Short Film. Written and directed by Ghanaian-American Akosua Adoma Owusu, it is a creative retelling of a West African fable about wisdom. Owusu puts her unique stamp on the story by weaving it with a semi-autobiographical thread that makes the story deeply personal.
“El Tigre” Creator Jorge Gutierrez Moves Into Features with “Book of Life”
By Amid Amidi
El Tigre co-creator Jorge R. Gutierrez is moving into feature film directing.
He continues the recent trend of TV artists transitioning into feature animation, following Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania and Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph.
Gutierrez’s CG feature, Book of Life, will be released on October 10, 2014, by Fox Animation Studios. Unlike Tartakovsky and Moore who took over the reins of existing studio projects, Gutierrez is working from an original idea he’s been developing on and off since 2001.
That prism in the middle of Battery Park City glowing in the winter darkness with jewel-like colors is the Winter Garden as transformed by Anne Militello. Her distinguished career as a lighting designer has included Broadway and off-Broadway shows and operas as well as four previous commissions in Manhattan to transform architectural exteriors with light. She was the resident lighting designer at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and worked extensively with playwright Sam Shepherd for two decades. Now, she heads the lighting design department at CalArts in Los Angeles.