The filmmaker James Franco has been writing about a book of mine that Franco's students at CalArts in Valencia will spend this semester and the next turning into an assemblage of short films. This is supposed to add up to something, rather like the book was supposed to. Read story
Director Of "Brave" Tells Her Own "Binders Full Of Women" Story
Before Brenda Chapman went on to direct "The Prince of Egypt" and "Brave," she was a CalArts grad looking for a job.
At that time, she came face-to-face with the executive at Disney Animation in 1987, who hired her with those magic words every woman wants to hear from a potential employer: "We need a woman. And you're the right price." Read story
Many people think of LA’s edgier theaters as concentrating on the art, not on how to promote it or pay for it. But someone has to worry about the less glamorous managerial tasks at arts institutions of any size or aesthetic. At institutions heavily subsidized by other nonprofits, sometimes there is enough money to turn this work into paying day jobs. Here are the stories of two individuals, Diana Wyenn and David Mack, who have day jobs in management at alternative theaters — and how they got there.Read story
Luis Prieto captures slice of drug scene in ‘Pusher’ remake
In director Luis Prieto’s experience, when you set out to shoot a druggy crime drama in London’s legendarily cocaine-fueled nightclub world, odds are you’re going to find yourself surrounded by more than a few people sniffing actual Bolivian marching powder — not just lines of prop coke for the camera’s sake. Read story
I am on a plane in L.A. about to take off for Jackson, Mississippi via Atlanta. I have been going back and forth between Jackson and L.A. on my days off for four weeks now in order to teach. I am teaching both undergraduate and graduate students in film, creative writing and
performance. Read story
AFF 2012 Interview: Elizabeth Mims, 'Only the Young'
Stopping at Austin Film Festival on a festival circuit, Only the Young is a look at a relationship between three evangelical teens in suburban Southern California: two skaters who are best pals and their female friend (sometime girlfriend of one of the guys). Austinite Elizabeth Mims is one of the directors of this documentary, and answered a few questions I had before watching the film. Read interview
Michael Asher, a dean of the Conceptual Art movement, whose cerebral but playful work specialized in dismantling — often literally — the institutions that show art and that shape the way people think about it, died on Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 69. Read story