On Sunday March 10th, Filmforum is proud to present Thom Andersen’s most recent work, Reconversão (Reconversion), an essay on the architecture of Eduardo Souto de Moura. Thom Andersen will be present for a Q&A! “… an elegiac quest into the essence of Eduardo Souto de Moura’s architecture.” — Celluloid Liberation Front Reconversão portrays 17 buildings and projects by the Porto architect Eduardo Souto Moura, accompanied usually by his own writings. It is a search for his architecture, without critical commentary. Only the tour guide at Braga Stadium offers generalizations, which fit that work well enough, but it may be the exception, not the rule. Souto Moura has the last word: "If there is nothing there, I invent a preexistence." Technically, Reconversão combines the crudeness of proto-cinema with the hyperrealism of digital cinema, bringing us back to the ideals of Dziga Vertov.Shooting only one or two frames per second and animating the images, in the manner of Muybridge, produces greater resolution, although not necessarily a greater sense of reality, and brings attention to the movements of water and vegetation that generally pass unnoticed.
Renowned filmmaker and teacher Thom Anderson teaches film theory and history at the California Institute of the Arts. In the 90's, he served as programmer for LA Filmforum. Read More.
Disney Greenlights Daron Nefcy's Teenage Princess Series
By Thomas J. McLean
Disney has ordered a new animated series tentatively called Star and the Forces of Evil, created by Daron Nefcy and with Eden Sher of the sitcom The Middle on board to voice the lead, reports Deadline.com.
The series is a comedy-adventure series about the other-dimensional magical teen princess Star Butterfly, who is sent by her parents to live on Earth with the Diaz family, whose son she takes under her wings to stop evil villains and protect her magic wand.
What did Alexander Mackendrick recommend every director do before shooting a scene?
By J. Ott
Director James Mangold was a pupil of the legendary filmmaker Alexander "Sandy" Mackendrick (The Ladykillers, Sweet Smell of Success) at CalArts. In a bonus feature on the Criterion disc for Sweet Smell of Success, Mangold talks about a key piece of advice that Mackendrick once gave him:
Photographer James Welling: From Sonic Youth Album Covers to Philip Johnson's Glass House
By Steven Rosen
At The Cincinnati Art Museum's current extensive survey of photographer James Welling's work, which is on display through May 5, you might wonder what you're looking at... or why you're looking.
Not all his subjects are recognizably photogenic or traditionally "pretty," such as sunsets on the beach, wilderness vistas, colorful flowers, cityscapes and the like. It is not that he rejects such straightforwardly cheerful photography -- he has done some soothing color work documenting farm landscapes -- but rather, he believes it's important to not be a prisoner of viewer expectations.
Trisha Brown Dance Company among highlights this season
The company will perform a retrospective project. Also on L.A.'s spring dance card: Bebe Miller Dance Company, Ballet BC and more.
By Laura Bleiberg
This spring, some postmodern dance heavy hitters come to town, with new works and tantalizing revivals. The weeklong Trisha Brown engagement is especially significant for its selection of historic outdoor works. It's a farewell of sorts — this trailblazer of the Judson Dance Theater movement of 50 years ago announced recently that she will not be creating any new pieces. For ballet lovers, the season's pickings are slimmer, though Ballet BC will show off its new look, instigated by artistic director Emily Molnar, and Los Angeles Ballet will devote two different programs to masterworks by George Balanchine.
Some people can act, some people can write, some people can direct, but a rare few can transition seamlessly between these art forms. One exception to this rule is mult-talented artist Derek Magyar who made his mark as an actor and is now producing and directing both theater and film. But his biggest achievement, perhaps, is giving back to the community of artists in Los Angeles through his involvement as a CalArts alumni and his latest project AuditionLoft.com.
Magyar realized his passion for acting at a young age, influenced by his filmmaker father and his mother, the head of an artist colony. You may recognize him from his breakout role as "X" in Boy Culture which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, or from his film roles in projects including Train opposite Thora Birch and Fencewalkers directed by Chris Carter. Or perhaps you are a fan of his role as Commader Kelby on Star Trek or his appearances on popular shows including Criminal Minds, Boston Legal, and CSI.
2013 Top 100 US Schools for Animation and Game Design
By ACR Staff
We started publishing regional and national lists in 2012 in response to myriad emails from aspiring animators and game designers asking us what the best schools were in the US, a given State, or in a particular area of the country. In preparing this year’s list, we considered over 400 schools in the US that offered programs geared towards animation or game design. In the end, our goal is to give students access to ample information so they can make an informed decision about the school they choose to attend and the program they pursue.
The latest collaboration between trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and choreographer Oguri
By Matthew Duersten
A Japanese butoh master and a free-jazz trumpeter seem like an incongruous fit, but the dark and turgid "freedom music" of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and Oguri's strenuous dances of confusion and deliverance both tackle fundamental human emotions in unapologetically abstract terms. Their latest collaboration NOTAWAY: Quest For Freedom, a loose reimagining of the river journey taken by Mark Twain's Huck Finn and escaped slave Jim -- part of a three-night stand at Venice's groovy-crunchy Electric Lodge last weekend -- brought this to an almost exhausting level.