Adarsha Benjamin’s experimental short film, entitled Kurt, which is an abstract portrayal of the myth and personality of the late Kurt Cobain, featuring different actors and performers including Henry Hopper, will see its premier at the historic Gusman Theater as part of Art Basel Miami 2012. There will also be a performance by Ryan Heffington and music by Guy Blakeslee and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth). Kurt will premier on December 6, 2012 at 7 P.M at the Gusman Theater, 174 E. Flagler Street, Miami, FL
Commissioned by The Valerie Mallory Gallery, Hard To Leave is a new short film by Danny Sangra that explores the ubiquitously shared feeling the morning after meeting someone the night before and the awkward moments that ensue. See film after the jump. [SEE MORE...]
Kôji Wakamatsu has passed away this morning in Tokyo. The 76-year-old director was injured when he was struck by a taxi while crossing a busy Tokyo intersection. He never recovered from the injuries. Koji, who directed Go, Go Second Time Virgin and Ecstasy of Angels was one of the most important directors of the Pinky film (pink eiga), a genre known for its copious amounts of horror, sex and violence often folding in elements of rape and bondage.
South London pop duo and real life brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, otherwise known as Disclosure, release the music for their track Latch featuring Sam Smith. The music video, directed by Ross McDowell & Ben Murray of the Bullion Collective is a surreal portrait of lip locking and love in the 21st century.
Incorporating film, literature, data visualizations and sound design, artist Douglas Aitken’s Altered Earth invites the user to piece together fragments of the landscape of the region of Camargue France. The site-specific work has been developed into an application for the iPad by Meri Media.The films themselves, of which there are seven, are devoid of narrative or plot, showing Carmague’s salt pans, wild horses, and decaying architecture. The LUMA Foundation, which commissioned the work, calls it “a work of land art for the electronic era.” Altered Earth will be on view this month projected on the walls of an old train station in Arles, France.
For each day of London Fashion Week, to present their Spring Summer 2013 collection, our favorite UK label Fanny & Jessy released 5 films (seen together above), directed by the talented Danny Sangra, “inspired by magnified terrain and shot in the depths of a Somerset barn, we venture into a realm of the super natural.”
San Diego Surf was filmed in La Jolla, California, about 30 miles down the coast from Los Angeles, in May, 1968. It was filmed in color on 16mm with two cameras, manned by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey, and featured Superstars Viva, Taylor Mead, Louis Waldon, Joe Dallesandro, Tom Hompertz, Ingrid Superstar, and Eric Emerson, plus Nawana Davis and others. Its loose narrative concerns an unhappily married couple (Taylor Mead and Viva) with a baby who rent their beach house to a group of surfers. One of the last films in which Warhol had direct involvement, San Diego Surf was the first time Warhol had made a movie in California since the early Tarzan and Jane Regained, Sort of…in 1963. The month after San Diego Surf filming was completed, Warhol was shot by Valerie Solanas, which virtually ended his work behind the movie camera. The film is being released by The Andy Warhol Museum, who holds all the copyrights to this film which has never before been publicly shown. The film will be shown publicly at The Museum of Modern Art from January 23 – 28, 2013.
Fashion film for Portugese designer Diana Matias’ Autumn/Winter 2012/13 collection entitled V, directed by video artist Pedro Maia who has worked with the likes Panda Bear and Joy Orbison – this is his first fashion film in collaboration with RGB/XYZ Studios. See film after the jump. [CLICK HERE...]
Collaboration between Carlos Nunez & Jeremy Eichenbaum.