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.
Have you ever considered earning a graduate degree in dance and wondered exactly what earning that degree would entail? Is there a specific job you are interested in that requires a graduate degree in dance? Dance Informa spoke with faculty from the graduate dance programs at California State University – Long Beach, The University of Arizona, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and California Institute of the Arts to hear their insights about pursuing a graduate degree in dance.
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.
It’s not often an actor can appear in two movies at the same. Lucky viewers get to watch up and comer Dana Michelle Gourrier in two of this or any season’s hottest flicks.
Fresh off her triumphant work in Quentin Tarrantino’s spectacular Django Unchained our talented miss is now working opposite Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg in the political police thriller Broken City. Not bad for this brown eyed brown haired beauty who is starting to make waves in Tinseltown and on film screens everywhere.
Acting schools and learning her craft have been at for forefront of Ms. Gourrier’s success. A life long learner she won a coveted and prestigious fine arts degree at the California Institute of the Arts in 2010 and has parlayed this experience into a burgeoning career. Whether it’s doing voiceovers or commercials nothing is too big or too small to this quick witted sharp as a hawk thespian. Read More.
Five Dance Shows to See in L.A. This Week, Including Huck Finn Going Butoh
By Ann Haskins
This week's events include a New York transplant's local debut and a Mark Twain character mixing with a Japanese dance form.
5. Huck Finn goes butoh Oguri is arguably L.A.'s most recognized proponent of the dance genre of butoh and, with his Body Weather Laboratory, responsible for expanding the understanding of and appetite for this hypnotically slow, mesmerizing, sometimes apocalyptic dance form. This edition of BWL's annual Flower of the Season finds Oguri joined by Yasunari Tamai from Japan for the local premiere of Notaway-Quest for Freedom. Both Oguri and Tamai trained and danced with Japan's Min Tanaka, a seminal figure in the development of butoh in post World War II Japan. Notaway takes its inspiration from Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Huck's travels that had no specific destination, just away from where he was--not unlike butoh's travels away from classical Japanese dance. Frequent Oguri collaborator Wadada Leo Smith provides music, performed live by Smith's Golden Quartet at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice; Fri., March 1, 8 p.m., Sat., March 2, 5 & 8 p.m., Sun., March 3, 3 p.m.; $22 in advance, $25 at door; $17 students, seniors & under 18 years. www.brownpapertickets.com. (310) 306-1854. www.electriclodge.org.