Arthouse Films

By Tom Ran

Published: March 13, 2009 under Film

Left: <i>Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect</i> Right: <i>Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight</i>

Photo: Arthouse Films

While doing a little bit of research we ran across an independent production and distribution company called Arthouse Films. We didn’t realize that the company was involved in many of the documentaries we have posted in the past including Beautiful Losers, Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, and Herb & Dorothy. Their incredible roster of movies also include documentaries on Chuck Close, Milton Glaser, Keither Haring, Rem Koolhaas, Robert Maple and many other fascinating individuals and groups involved in an array of creative fields. Most of the titles are accompanied with trailers however we didn’t see any production or release dates to them. We’ll just have to keep an eye on these great documentaries.

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The Present

By Tom Ran

Published: March 4, 2009 under Film

<i>The Present</i> illustrated by Evan Hecox

Photo: Evan Hecox

Surfer, artist, and film maker, Thomas Campbell, is set to release his latest film, The Present. Taking cues from classic surf film releases, Campbell will be taking his documentary through a 30-city tour with live performances from the Mattson Two. Skateboarder turned musician Ray Barbee will be joining the group through several cities. The Present is scheduled to screen at New York’s Anthology Film Archive on Tuesday April 8th with two showings at 7pm and 9pm. Visit the site for more information on the rest of the tour and to read an interview with Thomas Campbell.

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By Tom Ran

Published: February 25, 2009 under Film

Directors Bong Joon-Ho, Leo Carax, and Michel Gondry

Photo: Courtesy of Tokyo! the movie

Tokyo!, is set to open in New York next Friday at Landmark’s Sunshine Theater. New York – Tokyo reports that directors Michel Gondry and Leos Carax will be on hand for a Q&A.

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Objectified in New York

By Aaron Carambula

Published: February 19, 2009 under Film

Title Frame (from the trailer)

Photo: Objectified

The tickets are on sale as of now.
Director Gery Hustwit will be there for Q+A along with designers from the film. We’re petitioning Dieter Rams to fly in for the occasion.
The price is $25 + fee.

At noon tomorrow (Thursday the 19th of February), tickets for two screenings on April 9 in NYC will go on sale. The links aren’t live yet—they’re keeping us at bay—but can be found on the Objectified blog.

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Handmade Nation

By Aaron Carambula

Published: February 12, 2009 under Film

Photo: Handmade Nation

Handmade Nation is an indie documentary covering the multi-front resurgence of craft and DIY culture by first-time filmmaker, artist, and photographer Faythe Levine.

We first learned about the documentary at last year’s Renegade Craft Fair (and bought the handsome yellow poster). Since then the craft movement has only become more relevant and picked up more apostles. The book is out now and quite lovely—winning AIGA 50/50 honors—and the doc is screening at MAD in NYC right now. Tonight, opening night, is sold out, but tickets are still available for this coming weekend.

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By Tom Ran

Published: February 5, 2009 under Film

Official movie poster of <i>Tokyo</i>

Photo: Tokyo

Michel Gondry, Leos Carax (Pola X), and Bong Joon Ho (The Host) come together to direct Tokyo!, a tale of the city from three different points of view. Don’t expect anything typical with these three directors at the helm. IMDB has the limited release date of December 5th of last year, though we haven’t seen it in the city yet. Watch the trailer here.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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