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Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree recipient Paul Taylor receives Bessie Award

October 16, 2012
in the theater of One World

Dance report | Paul Taylor, Alice Tierstein, Israel Galvan, Yvonne Meier bag Bessie Awards

NEW YORK CITY:  Paul Taylor, Alice Tierstein,  Merce Cunningham Dance Company‘s Event, Israel Galvan, Yvonne Meier and Trajal Harrall bagged the 2012 Bessies, the legendary New York awards for dance and performance.  Read story

Pioneering conceptual artist Michael Asher dies at 69

October 16, 2012
Los Angeles Times

Michael Asher, the groundbreaking L.A. conceptual artist and veteran CalArts teacher, died Sunday night after a long illness. He was 69.

A teacher at CalArts since the early 1970s, Asher was famous in the classroom for his wit and candor -- and also his endurance. His marathon "crit" (critique) sessions, designed to review student work, could by his own account run from 10 a.m. to midnight. "I throw away the clock," he once told me.  Read story

Indonesian dance icon makes U.S. debut at REDCAT

October 12, 2012
LA Weekly

5 Dance Shows To See This Week, Including Dancing at a Bus Station

3. Indonesian dance icon makes U.S. debut

In Indonesia "revered" is almost choreographer Ery Mefri's first name so often is his name spoken as revered Ery Mefri. A member of West Sumatra's Minangkabau ethnic minority, Mefri's signature choreographic style is dervived from a combination of spiritual movement and martial arts elements employing controlled extended balances, chanting, clapping and body percussion.  Read story

Alumni director cites CalArts in interview

October 11, 2012
The Hollywood News

Q&A With Hotel Transylvania Director Genndy Tartakovsky

New Sony Pictures Animation HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA is released on the 12th October in the UK and what a better time than to catch-up with director Genndy Tartakovsky to speak about Adam Sandler’s role creatures, mythological beasts and – of course – Dracula!  Read interview

Former adjunct professor Juan A. Gaitán tapped to curate for 2014 Berlin Biennale

October 10, 2012
Artinfo

Juan A. Gaitán Tapped for 2014 Berlin Biennale: The writer and independent curator, who splits his time between Mexico City and Berlin, has been named as the curator for the German capital's eighth biennial, slated to open in the spring of 2014. A former adjunct professor at CalArts, Gaitán has served as a curator for Rotterdam's Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and Vancouver's Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.  See story

Student interviews Ben Affleck for MTVU

October 10, 2012
mtvU

Jaymes From CalArts Interviews Ben Affleck For Us

Ben Affleck sits down to talk about his new film Argo, porn staches and his favorite cameo ever, when he goes one-on-one with CalArts film directing student Jaymes.  Watch video

Now deteriorated Siqueiros' fresco once on wall of CalArts' predecessor institution—the Chouinard Art Institute

October 10, 2012
Los Angeles Times

Olvera Street's missing mural, then and now

What's missing from this picture? Until now, it was the picture.

The public has not laid eyes on this fresco since it was unveiled exactly 80 years ago -- and thereafter soon whitewashed -- that politically angry and anguished mural that David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of Mexico’s "big three" muralists, painted in Olvera Street in 1932.  Read story

'Wreck-it Ralph' director Richard Moore attended CalArts

October 10, 2012
Animation Magazine

He's Got Game!

Inspired by many of our favorite videogames, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph delivers a funny, original and heartwarming tale about an 8-bit bad guy in search of a new life.

Nobody could have predicted that one of Disney Animation’s best features of the past few years would unfold in the world of 8-bit videogames—an environment famous for its crude and primitive use of animation. It’s even more impressive when you learn about the painstaking process of producing Wreck-It Ralph and how the creative team pushed the limits of CG animation to build the various worlds and diverse characters (over 180 of them) of one of fall’s top movies.  Read story

Aphorisms that legendary director and former Dean of CalArts School of Film/Video Alexander Mackendrick had taped to the wall of his CalArts classroom

October 9, 2012
Achilles and the Tortoise

Alexander Mackendrick’s 42 Filmmaking Aphorisms (courtesy of Ten Thousand Films)

This is a re-blog of a post from Ten Thousand Films. As my review of Mackendrick’s The Ladykillers is featured on Static Mass Emporium today, I figured it was as good a time as any to share these nuggets:

The 42 filmmaking aphorisms the brilliant Alexander Mackendrick had stuck to his wall when he taught screenwriting at CalArts:
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CalArts School of Film/Video featured in a documentary on the Motion Picture Association of America's new blog 'The Credits'

October 8, 2012
The Credits

Back To Film School: On Location At CalArts

Across the country, aspiring filmmakers are hard at work honing their craft at film schools. Whether it’s learning about the cultural impact of cinema, getting a technical training education in directing or cinematography, or advancing a lifelong love of cinema, we’re celebrating film schools everywhere with a week of film school-themed content.

The Credits recently traveled to the California Institute of the Arts–one of the country’s premier arts schools located just outside of Los Angeles. Started by Walt Disney in 1961 as a destination for artists, CalArts boasts a renowned film school, with notable alumni including directors Tim Burton, John Woo, and Genndy Tartakovsky.  Read story

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