Archive for May, 2009

Fan Submissions

Published May 28, 2009 by Dallas

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We got this one sent in from a few different places last week. Pretty crafty. Wild Things bento box.

Books You Might Not Have Read Yet: Dreams

Published May 27, 2009 by Molly

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Dreams chronicles in pencil drawings and UPPER CASE LETTERS the artist Jim Shaw’s dreams from 1987-1995. Here’s the interesting thing: it is entertaining. Here’s why: because all dreams are the same. Or they are the same and not the same. Imagine if everyone had the an identical Boggle board in their brain but imagined the letters in infinite combinations. Shaw’s book is a realization along those lines.

Therefore, there are elements of Shaw’s unconscious that you may recognize from your own. Foggy freeways, Orson Welles, bumper cars, scantily-clad Native Americans : this is what dreams are made of.

Smart Art Press produced a second printing of the book last year. The result is worth stowing beneath your pillow.

Maestros

Published May 27, 2009 by Spike

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The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

Published May 27, 2009 by Graham

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Jesco White: unparalleled tap dancer, charismatic Elvis impersonator and notorious criminal, was first introduced to the public through the PBS documentary Dancing Outlaw in 1991– a sort of testosterone-fueled, rebel yelling Grey Gardens. Like the Beales, the Whites were a family living on the fringes of society, dazzling audiences with their outrageous lifestyles. Transformed by the film into a cult phenomenon, Jesco toured the nation in the early 90’s and ended up tap dancing on the set of Roseanne (as seen in Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood) before disappearing from the public eye.

Nearly two decades later, producer Johnny Knoxville has returned to the iconoclastic White family in The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, finding them in a state of utterly exhilarating, free-flowing anarchy that would put the Jackass crew to shame. Providing a close-up look at the White family’s vile charm, the film examines their tendency to pass their dancing skills– along with their drug problems– on to each successive generation. If that weren’t enough for you, it’s got original songs and commentary from the freewheeling Hank Williams III. Check out the trailer, and then watch the following comically optimistic news report about Jesco White from 1994:

Where the Wild Things Are: Opera Edition

Published May 27, 2009 by Molly

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Backstage at the opera, some time in the early 80s.

Films of influence

Published May 26, 2009 by Spike

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There were a handful of films that we watched when we were deciding on the tone for WTWTA. I’d like to post them on occasion.

Randomly of all people Sarah Silverman told me about The Quiet Room. She’d seen it late night on cable and when I was telling her about the feeling I wanted WTWTA to have of the point of view of a kid trying to figure out the world and she said this was the one. After watching it I was totally blown away. Being in the head of a kid, the writing of the voiceover, and the way it’s told it’s so real like a tape recording inside the brain of a child… I’ve never seen anything like that.

Add it to your netflix queue.

Grizzly Balloon

Published May 26, 2009 by Dallas

If you weren’t one of the select few on hand for this weekend’s magical collision of Asdsska, Lucky Dragons and the Red Balloon at the Los Angeles Silent Movie Theater then you certainly missed out on something special. Sorry about that. Better luck next time. Meanwhile let’s give Grizzly Bear and some fancy editing a hand. Relax and enjoy…

Ray Tintori

Published May 26, 2009 by Graham

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24-year-old filmmaker Ray Tintori is a rising star in the music video world. He’s quickly gained a reputation for having a unique and visually compelling style thanks to last year’s psychedelic MGMT video, “Time to Pretend,” and the beautifully glitchy celebration of compression artifacts that is Chairlift’s “Evident Utensil.” But before he started his music video career, Tintori produced a pair of ridiculously fun short films as an undergraduate student in college.

Forming a tight diptych of short cinema, “Death To The Tinman,” and “Jettison Your Loved Ones” both employ a nostalgic black and white aesthetic, exhilarating rushed narration and over-the-top deadpan to great effect. While he wears his influences on his sleeve (most obviously, Guy Maddin and Wes Anderson), Tintori manages to go beyond mere hero-worshipy emulation and produces work that feel like it’s building upon those directors’ work rather than copying it. Check out the L. Frank Baum-inspired “Death to the Tinman,” below– I dare you not to enjoy it.

Rosenbach!

Published May 25, 2009 by Dallas

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If you happen to be in or around Philadelphia anytime from June 2 to September 13 WLYS suggests stopping in on the Rosenbach Museum and Library. The museum which houses The Maurice Sendak Gallery the exclusive home to thousands of original Sendak works will be hosting A Sendakian Sampler Drawings A-Z. The mini-exhibit will cover 26 Sendak-approved topics arranged alphabetically from Acrobatics to Zilch. A sweet afternoon for the whole family. And if you can’t make it to Philly but are still interested in picking up a piece of your own check out this page of limited edition Sendak prints. Spruce up your studio already!

“More” by Mark Osborne

Published May 22, 2009 by Spike

One of my favorite short films ever made.