One of Emma Balkind’s many notable efforts is her appearance onInternet Archaeology, an archive of “graphic artifacts found within earlier Internet Culture” established in 2009 and with a purpose of preserving these artifacts to “acknowledge their importance in understanding the beginnings and birth of an Internet Culture.”
Among the standard bits of information embedded within artist/filmmaker/writer Luca Dipierro’s biography is the sentence, “His life is based on a true story.” Cool! We love ontological riddles as much as the next guy/girl, and Dipierro’s work is studded with them in the darndest places.
There’s a lot to explore on Dipierro’s website. We recommend starting with the ART section, moseying on over to the FILM segment, and ending up with a tour of the WRITING archive. Neat stuff abounds—and it’s always refreshing to stumble upon a genuine polymath.
Danny Sangra’s FILM NUMBER 9 is an ode to woodsy rambles and sweet leather jackets. It combines a few of our most favorite things— tangly trees, pretty ladies, heavy percussion, and exploration—into a kooky pastoral odyssey.
More of the artist’s films can be spotted over on his Vimeo page, including the trailer for DOOMSDAY KIDS SAY HEY, which combines water towers, chalk drawings and greasy breakfasts into an irresistible set of clues for something we can’t wait to unravel.
Yo Gabba Gabba’s DJ Lance Rock and animation producer Kevin Sukho Lee are guest programming a festival of children’s films this month at Cinefamily! Every Friday there’s another mind-blowing night of entertainment to delight children and grown-ups alike:
To a child, there are no boundaries of culture, no barriers to acceptance of any external stimuli — as long as it’s cool. Explosions of color, light, music and funky characters are a universal constant, and never fail to, even in our adult lives, zap our inner kid cores into sweet submission. The hit kids’ television show “Yo Gabba Gabba!”, an awesome program for kids and adults alike, is a proud proponent of this philosophy — and we’re thrilled to present guest programmers Lance Robertson (the show’s star, aka DJ Lance Rock), and animation producer Kevin Sukho Lee, as they unearth some choice childrens’ cinematic seeds from the vaults of yesteryear. From personal favorites to prominent influences to the just plain rad, they’ll orbit around this big blue marble of ours to bring you an eclectic assortment of far-out kinder-fare from around the globe.
Tiny Furniture is filmmaker Lena Dunham’s second feature film (her first, Creative Nonfiction, premiered at SXSW in March of last year). The premise is this:
22-year-old Aura returns home to her artist mother’s TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her Youtube page, a boyfriend who’s left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster, and her tail between her legs.
What Aura proceeds to go through is kind of a like a second puberty. (A puberty of the mind?) Played by Dunham (who also wrote and directed the film), you can catch Aura’s misadventures at SXSW this year—screening times here.
Procrastination is Johnny Kelly’s graduation film for MA in animation at the Royal College of Art. An investigative study into the practice (and art) of putting things off, it offers the thesis that sometimes the only way to get something done is to do two dozen other things first. Sound familiar?
Holy Moly, Aaron Rose is at it again. And he’s got every single one of our friends involved.
Roberts & Tilton is pleased to present Projections, a festival of rare and hard to see films organized by Aaron Rose. Opening on Saturday, January 16th and running through February 20, 2010, Projections will feature short and feature length films by 31 of the most influential filmmakers of our time.
Opening night we will be screening selections from the PROJECTIONS program, as well as a very special outdoor projection of Jonas Mekas’ legendary 1968 16mm masterpiece, Walden: Diaries, Notes and Sketches. This film features appearances by Jonas Mekas, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Edie Sedgwick, Hans Richter, The Velvet Underground and Nico.
Also for all of you who didn’t get a chance to see it We Were Once a Fairytale will be there too!
This should be a really amazing opportunity for those of you in the area to watch some truly rare gems. And the best part? It’s all free!
Mere days after we first posted about filmmaker Ray Tintori, his latest video for MGMT was released to the world, setting their much-loved anthem “Kids” to a barrage of unsettling images. Beginning with an epic minute-long intro and transitioning into a nightmare vision of infancy starring folk freak pixie Joanna Newsom as a crass housewife, a crying toddler, and a fleet of flesh-mangled monsters, the video eventually gives way to an extravagant animated sequence crafted by Christy Karacas (the creator of Cartoon Networks’ awesomely disturbing Superjail). The reactions to “Kids” in online discussions have been divisive, with some viewers lobbing accusations of child abuse towards Tintori, echoing the controversy over Jill Greenberg’s “crying baby” photos a few years back. We were dying to know more about Tintori and his methods, so we had a chat with the artist to tackle some of the mystery surrounding his work.
So, what are you working on at the moment? Right now I’m finishing up another music video for a friend’s band called Boy Crisis. That should be done in a couple days, and then I’m going to take a hiatus from doing music videos for a while and work on some scripts that I’ve sort of been putting off for about a year and a half. Some of it’s longer and some of it’s shorter, but there are four or five different projects right now that have sort of been put on hold after the music video thing evolved a little, after we did those first MGMT videos.