Posts Tagged ‘Spike Jonze’

Spike Shines a Spotlight on Opening Ceremony

Published March 8, 2010 by Graham

Tremendously tasteful and refreshingly warm, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are the truly rad duo behind one of the world’s most innovative and chic international boutiques: Opening Ceremony. Humberto and Carol are no strangers to Spike. They recently celebrated his new short film, I’m Here, with an elaborate window display and a series of fabulous flipbooks, and they lovingly paid homage to Where the Wild Things Are with a remarkable line of clothing (and wolf suits!) inspired by Max and his wild pals.

Now Spike is turning the tables on this delightful pair of creative masterminds in a two-part documentary for VBS. Check it out and join us in relishing the tubular team’s eerily oracular telepathic connection, freewheeling fun-fueled business strategy, and Carol’s uncanny ability to cry on command. Plus, exclusive footage from the party for Opening Ceremony’s brand new store at the Ace Hotel, featuring a dazzling duet by Dirty Projectors and Solange Knowles!

NYC: Spike and Lance at Barnes & Noble Tomorrow

Published March 1, 2010 by Graham

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Where the Wild Things Are isn’t the only rad movie hitting shelves tomorrow! Spike and Lance Bangs’ fascinating documentary delving deep into the personal world of Maurice Sendak, Tell Them Anything You Want, is getting a deluxe DVD release, thanks to those loving cinephiles at Oscilloscope Laboratories. The handsomely packaged disc is loaded with bonus features including an exclusive essay by Sendak’s good friend, Pulitzer-winner Tony Kushner, and a Sendakian birthday tribute with Meryl Streep, James Gandolfini and Catherine Keener.

To celebrate the release, the dynamic directorial duo are making an in-store appearance at Barnes & Nobles’ Union Square store for a conversation with McSweeney’s contributor and ineffable witticist John Hodgman.

The discussion will go down Tuesday, March 2nd at 7:00 PM. After the Q&A, Spike and Lance will sign copies of Tell Them Anything You Want and John Hodgman will sign copies of his own books. Barnes & Noble Union Square is located at 33 East 17th Street.

Where the Wild Things Are Video Giveaway!

Published February 26, 2010 by Graham

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The epic wait is finally over! Where the Wild Things Are is coming to Blu-Ray and DVD this Tuesday, March 2nd. The special features include a veritable bounty of videos from Spike and Lance Bangs revealing the exciting chaos of production from every angle, including all the pranks, mutinies and vampire attacks. Most excitingly, the Blu-Ray release includes a brilliant brand new 23-minute adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Higglety Pigglety Pop!, directed by dream team Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski of Madame Tutli-Putli fame and starring the voices of Meryl Streep and Forrest Whitaker.

It’s been a wild ride on this humble blog. The movie Where the Wild Things Are started as a fleeting thought in Spike’s mind and went through years of preparation, imagination, re-imagination, shooting and editing before We Love You So sprouted up last spring, just when the film was blossoming from the quiet final stages of post-production to a roaring sea of buzz and promotion, followed by fan-fueled frenzy and trips abroad to foreign shores. Finally Where the Wild Things Are is a disc that you can hold in your hands and watch until your eyes fall out of your heads.

You, the dedicated readers of this blog, have shared the journey with us, and we want to express our appreciation by giving away copies of Where the Wild Things Are on DVD and Blu-Ray! All you have to do is write us an e-mail at email hidden; JavaScript is required telling us what you’ve loved most of all the lovely things on We Love You So. The lucky winners will be chosen at random on Monday!

Tell Them Anything You Want at IFC

Published February 23, 2010 by Molly

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Tell Them Anything You Want, the amazing-amazing documentary about Maurice Sendak by Spike and Lance Bangs, is playing at New York’s IFC Center this Wednesday at 8PM, followed by a Q&A with the two directors. If you missed it on the small-screen, now’s your chance to catch the film and lob a question or two at Lance and Spike!

Opening Ceremony x I’m Here

Published February 15, 2010 by Graham

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The lovelorn robots from I’m Here have taken over the window display at Opening Ceremony’s New York boutique! Amazing artist Meryl Smith, who created some of the props for the film, designed the installation using original costumes, props and robot parts from I’m Here. Looking for a belated Valentine’s gift? Opening Ceremony’s got you covered with three rad double-sided I’m Here flipbooks:

Crafts for a Cause

Published February 12, 2010 by Dallas

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Want to get some really rad crafty items made by some of your favorite artists and musicians and help out a great cause while you are doing it? Of course you do! WLYS best bud Binki Shapiro has organized some of her contemporaries to craft a bunch of one of a kind items to be auctioned of online on March 15th to help raise money for the Haitian earthquake relief efforts. It’s called Crafts for a Cause and here’s what Bink has to say about it:

My name is Binki Shapiro, and I play in the band Little Joy. In an effort to raise money for the relief efforts in earthquake-devastated Haiti, I’ve rallied a bunch of artists to contribute custom-made artwork — t-shirts, tote bags and other personalized items — for the Crafts For A Cause auction. All proceeds will go to Artists for Peace and Justice, an amazing charitable organization founded by my dear friend Paul Haggis. To learn more about them, visit www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.com

The list of items and participants is growing daily and so far includes Spike’s drawings, Conor Obert’s guitar, Natalie Portman’s ballet slippers, and all kinds of other goodies from Sia, Vampire Weekend, The Stokes and many many more. What a great idea!

Nieves’ I’m Here Zine

Published January 29, 2010 by Graham

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The small press superstars at Nieves just released a beautiful zine comprised of images from Spike’s new short film, I’m Here. Cinematographer Adam Kimmel’s gorgeous grain and seductively smoky light take center stage here, in a selection of stills that underline the exceptionally organic vibe of this subtle sci-fi tale. From Nieves:

Spike Jonze’s new half-hour short film titled I’m Here is a robot love story celebrating a life enriched by creativity. The movie is set in contemporary L.A., where life moves at a seemingly regular pace with the exception of a certain amount of robot residents who live among the population. A male robot librarian lives a solitary and methodical life – devoid of creativity, joy and passion – until he meets an adventurous and free spirited female robot.

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I’m Here Debuts Today!

Published January 21, 2010 by Graham

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Spike’s epic short film, I’m Here, makes its grand entrance tonight at Sundance. It’s a robot romance and a futuristic fable rooted in the universal emotions of first love, ruminating on youth, identity, autonomy and loss. What began as a small project in the wake of Where the Wild Things Are quickly blossomed into a 35-minute tale that provided Spike ample room to fully flesh out his melancholy heroes, a pair of robot lovers.

These clunky, sensitive machines feel as familiar as old friends by the end of the film, thanks in no small part to the same subtle special effects wizardry that brought the Wild Things’ facial features to life. Spike snapped the image above in the final screening to approve special effects shots before I’m Here’s worldwide premiere. If you’re in Utah today, don’t miss it!

Projections Film Festival

Published January 13, 2010 by Dallas

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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!

I’m Here : On The Way To Sundance

Published January 8, 2010 by Dallas

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So as we reported a while back Spike has been hard at work on a new short film. It’s called “I’m Here” and it’s basically a robot love story. The details so far are pretty top secret but for those of you lucky enough to be headed to Sundance on January 21st you’ll be able to catch it at the opening night shorts program. More info as we’re able to release it!