Archive for September, 2009

CONTEST WINNERS! UP TODAY!

Published September 28, 2009 by Dallas

Well, as you all may or may not know we have been running a contest with our good buddies at Crailtap called “Where The Wild Things Ought to be.” The idea was for you to put the Wild Things into situations you thought needed “Wilding Up.” The Grand Prize winner was announced today on Crailtap but the response to this idea was so tremendous that we decided to make up a new prize – The Directors Prize – chosen by Spike himself.

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Congratulations to Alex Synge for this entry of “Max on Wire.”

Sendak in SoHo

Published September 28, 2009 by Molly

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Exhibition alert! The Animazing Gallery in New York will debut the largest exhibition and sale of original Maurice Sendak illustrations and etchings on October 1st. How many? More than 200––plus a limited edition sculpture based on Where the Wild Things Are.

The show happens to coincide with much-lauded Sendak retrospectives at the Morgan Library & Museum in NYC and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, completing a nice trio of Sendak celebrations. Good stuff all around.

Where The Wild Things Ought To Be Contest – One Last Batch

Published September 28, 2009 by Dallas

Crailtap will be announcing the contest winners sometime today or tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who entered, there were so many we couldn’t even showcase them all.

Treeless Mountain

Published September 28, 2009 by Graham

Treeless Mountain

The tumultuous uncertainty of childhood has rarely been depicted so beautifully as in Treeless Mountain. Abandoned by their mother at the apartment of an almost cruelly indifferent aunt, a six year-old girl and her younger sister are forced to come of age prematurely through a series of silent betrayals and callously shattered perceptions.

Director So Yong Kim captures her heroines’ evaporating naiveté and subtly transforming identities through a stream of breathtaking images that are at once poetic and shockingly natural. At no point in Treeless Mountain do these talented young actresses give the impression that they are, in fact, acting. Their loneliness, confusion and desperation feels as real as any documentary. Between this film and her equally understated 2006 feature, In Between Days, Kim has established herself as force to be reckoned with.

One other note: Oscilloscope Laboratories, the distribution company founded by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, is responsible for releasing Treeless Mountain. With this addition to it’s already robust roster of acquisitions, the company’s curatorial prowess has become so sharply refined, it’s simply flabbergasting. Kelly Reichardt’s phenomenal Wendy and Lucy, the cripplingly emotional true crime documentary Dear Zachary, and Michel Gondry’s hotly anticipated film about his aunt, The Thorn in my Heart, are all films bearing the Oscilloscope brand– a logo on its way to the same realm of respect as Criterion’s lopsided “c.”

Lite Brite Neon

Published September 28, 2009 by Molly

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Lite Brite Neon is a South Brooklyn-based neon studio that uses neon tubes to produce candelabras, skulls, lobsters, chandeliers, and versions of the Brooklyn Bridge and New York Public Library (see below), among other radiant objects. Clever, right?

Also classic. The process of manufacturing neon lights hasn’t evolved much since its invention in the late 19th century. Glass is heated and manipulated into the desired shape, then filled with gas and reheated to yield its signature hyper-bright color. It’s a difficult and an expensive process to carry out, and the artists at Lite Brite Neon can safely be called masters of the craft.

Also? Time Out described the workshop as “arguably the neon king of New York”, which is maybe the best description any business could hope to achieve.

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Where The Wild Things Are x Opening Ceremony

Published September 25, 2009 by Dallas

Well, you’ve all been waiting for ‘em, asking for ‘em, emailing about ‘em… so here they are : WOLF SUITS! And not just any wolf suits, beautiful high end wolf suits brought to you in collaboration with our friends over at Opening Ceremony. The slideshow above represents a small taste of the full WTWTA x Opening Ceremony line which will be available via OC WEB on Monday. Guaranteed to sell like crazy.

Tell Them Anything You Want

Published September 25, 2009 by Graham

As if being an artistic genius weren’t enough, Maurice Sendak is an endlessly fascinating man. His candid, acerbic wit is underscored by a generous intimacy. The shocking jokes spilling out of his mouth come off as invitations to share in a special rapport. And as sharp as his fangs seem to be, most of his jabs are directed inward in hopelessly self-deprecating dismissals. When Sendak gets serious, it’s like listening to a wise sage. He’s verbose yet understated, naturally paring even his conversational speech down into economically worded insights.

Tell Them Anything You Want is Lance Bangs and Spike’s compelling personal document of Sendak’s life during the five years of Where the Wild Things Are’s production. The film airs October 14th on HBO. A special advanced screening will be held at Cinefamily in Los Angeles, this Wednesday, September 30th. Expect the unexpected!

A Tribute To Maurice Sendak

In 1963, with just 10 short sentences, a dark and dreamy emotional landscape of hairy monsters and tropical jungles, and one wannabe feral child, Maurice Sendak created one of the most critically acclaimed and popular childrens’ books of all time– “Where the Wild Things Are”. In this loving tribute to everyone’s first favorite author, the Cinefamily will show original animated adaptations (on 16mm!) of “Where the Wild Things Are” and “In the Night Kitchen”, along with new short films made by Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze while the new live action adaptation of “Wild Things…” was in production. Jonze had been friends with Maurice Sendak for more than five years before he began working on his feature film, and these new short films capture a sometimes melancholy but always wickedly funny Sendak as he reflects on his Depression-era childhood in the Brooklyn shtetl, a joyous day at the World’s Fair, the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, his books “In The Night Kitchen” and “Higgledy Piggledy Pop!”, his two beloved Hermans (Melville, and his German shepherd namesake), and a long-buried secret. Lance Bangs, co-director of Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak will be in attendance!

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Decomposition Book

Published September 25, 2009 by Molly

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What’s this? A Decomposition Book, you say? Awesome! Produced by Michael Roger, the notebook is a neat reversal of the classic grade-school composition notebook. The pages are 100% post-consumer-waste recycled paper and printed with soy ink, which makes it easier to recycle a second time. The book is aesthetically as well as ecologically pleasing: the cover is designed to look like stylized faux wood grain, the sort of thing you might encounter in a Hollywood set designed to resemble a rec room circa 1967. And last but not least, each notebook saves approximately 1/200th of a tree, 3 gallons of fresh water and 1/3 lb of solid waste. Yowza.

Billboard

Published September 25, 2009 by Spike

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Finally! I’ve been waiting to see one customized. We should have a contest for the best altered billboard…

Los Bros. Hernandez

Published September 25, 2009 by Molly

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The brothers Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez grew up in sunny Oxnard, California, with three other brothers, one sister, and a mom who seriously dug comic books and rock n’ roll. (The eldest brother, Mario, snuck R. Crumb’s dirty Zap comics into the house and introduced his younger siblings to naughtiness of the artiest degree––guess they had to find some way to rebel in an otherwise rad household.) At any rate, the kids all developed rapt interests in comics and music, thanks to the influence of the family matriarch, and these early influences would go on to shape the world of the Hernandez Brothers as they produced their legendary comics.

To quote Gilbert, “[Punk] made me cocky enough to believe that I could do a comic book, and it was good and it was all right, as opposed to being intimidated by the Marvel guys… I took that musical anarchy to comics.” Published in 1982, the brothers’ Love and Rockets #1 is considered to mark a creative resurgence in comics, and for good reason. From the beginning the Bros. produced work that was subversive and masterfully crafted, combining the punk ethos with their own crisp intelligence.

Among other Hernandez Bros. volumes, Fantagraphics recently released Love and Rockets No.1 : New Stories, with 100 pages of new material in a nice big graphic-novel format that showcases the unpredictable, silly, clever and gorgeously drawn work of the brothers, whom the Boston Phoenix called “the Lennon and McCartney of comics”.

Praise doesn’t get much higher than that!