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Tokyo!

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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Gary Hustwit Interview on Dwell Mag

By Tom Ran

Published: February 4, 2009 under Film

Objectified logo treatment

Photo: Michael C. Place

Just a couple of months away from its premiere, Gary Hustwit talks with Dwell magazine about his latest documentary, Objectified. While the film will surely feature beautiful objects and its creators, judging from Hustwit’s interview, a critique on consumer culture will probably be examined as well.

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Visual Acoustics

By Tom Ran

Published: January 14, 2009 under Film

Photo: Julius Shulman

It’s unfortunate that all these great movies are only seen in film festivals. Visual Acoustics The Modernism of Julius Shulman is one we’ll be looking out for. The documentary includes interviews with Frank Gehry, Tom Ford, Ed Ruscha, actress Kelly Lynch, Benedikt Taschen, among others on Shulman’s historic career as an architect photographer.

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The Discipline of D.E.

By Tom Ran

Published: January 8, 2009 under Film

The Discipline of D.E.

Photo: Gus Van Sant

William S. Burroughs and Gus Van Sant crossed paths several times in their careers in the 80’s. Many know about Burroughs’s appearance in Drugstore Cowboy as Tom the Priest. However, few know about Van Sant’s 1982, nine minute short based on Burroughs’s short story, The Discipline of D.E. until recently when Wholphin featured the short in their issue. D.E. or Do Easy is a philosophy of simplifying one’s life by doing the simplest of tasks correctly and effortlessly. In other words, Slow The F Down. It is a good way to start the new year, take things one step at a time, ease through your daily routine with efficiency by following the Discipline of D.E.

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Objectified Trailer

By Tom Ran

Published: January 6, 2009 under Film

Naoto Fukasawa's wall mounted cd player for Muji

Photo: Objectified

The trailer for Gary Hustwit’s latest documentary, Objectified is now up. Here’s the Quicktime version and the Flash version. The release date is set for this Spring.

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Case Study Program / Herbert Matter

By Tom Ran

Published: January 4, 2009 under Film

Detailed photo of <i>The Visual Language of Herbert Matter</i>

Photo: piXiufilms

Still in the early stages of production but a couple of great documentaries are coming out from a small production company based in Zurich, Switzerland. piXiu films will be releasing documentaries on the Case Study Program and Herbert Matter. The Visual Language of Herbert Matter is currently in production and is scheduled to be released this year. Many people will recognize Matter’s work with Knoll in which he spent over 12 years contributing to the company’s identity.

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FEATURES

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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Workstead

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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