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Herb and Dorothy

By Tom Ran

Published: December 19, 2008 under Film

Dorothy and Herb Vogel at home

Photo: Ben Hoffmann

Herb and Dorothy made its premier in June of this year, a documentary about a couple of art collectors from Manhattan. During the 1960s Herb Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, started buying minimal and conceptual art from then unknown artists. With their modest income the Vogels lived off of Dorothy’s earnings while all of Herb’s was spent on purchasing art. Throughout the years the couple have amassed over 4,000 pieces. Never willing to sell any of the artwork the Vogels decided to move their collection to the National Museum in 1992.

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michelgondry.com

By Tom Ran

Published: December 10, 2008 under Film

michelgondry.com

Photo: Michel Gondry

For all the Michel Gondry fans that can’t get enough of the director and his works, michelgondry.com is coming, very soon. The site is stocked with Gondry’s side projects and non studio works, including comic books, online video exclusives, t-shirts, and nuggets of wisdom printed on toilet paper. You can even have Gondry draw a portrait of yourself. Many of these items will be available starting next month with others coming in March.

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Sister Corita Documentary

By Sarah Williams

Published: November 24, 2008 under Film

Painting a backdrop for Aaron Rose's next documentary on Sister Corita

Photo: Aaron Rose

Aaron Rose tipped-off that he’s working on a new documentary about Sister Corita via his blog on RVCA. We’re long-time fans of Sister Corita, an artist and teacher who spoke her mind during some of the most tumultuous times in recent history. We’ll be anxiously awaiting this doc, especially after Beautiful Losers was so well done.

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Spike Jonze Interview

By Tom Ran

Published: November 18, 2008 under Film

Scene from <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>

Photo: Ain't It Cool News

Ain’t it Cool News released a massive interview with Spike Jonze today. Speculation and rumors about whether Where the Wild Things Are would see the light of day ran rampant throughout the web this year. Missing its original release date of October 2008, many thought Warner Brothers had shelved the project. But the movie is back on track with a new release date of October 2009. Moriarty talks to Jonze in length about the film, the process, the editing, the shoot, the postproduction, the studio’s reaction, the actors, the score, and more.

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13 Most Beautiful…

By Aaron Carambula

Published: October 27, 2008 under Film

Photo: Plexifilm

Gary Hustwit (of Helvetica fame) is a busy man. Not only is he currently working on Objectified, pushing make-shift camera carts around Ikea and interviewing design elite, but he’s producing the first ever authorized DVD of Andy Warhol films, 13 Most Beautiful…, a selection from the over 500 part Screen Test series.

The screen tests were shot between ‘64 and ’66 in the Factory and starred both Warhol’s notable friends and anonymous passers-through. Each was shot on 100 feet of 16mm until the film ran out at about 2:35, then screened at silent film speed, lasting 4 minutes. The result is a meditation on each character spanning thousands of frames, a near animation of Warhol’s multiple image pieces.

Dean & Britta (formerly of Luna) were commissioned to compose a soundtrack for the films and began a tour this past weekend, performing alongside projected screen tests of Nico, Lou Reed, Jane Holzer (above with toothbrush), Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper, and others.

The DVD, fully entitled 13 Most Beautiful… Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, is on pre-sale in both sexy limited-edition LP packaging and hard-cover book variety and is due in January 2009 from Hustwit’s Plexifilm label.

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Synecdoche New York, Spike Jonze

By Tom Ran

Published: October 24, 2008 under Film

Synecdoche, New York

Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York opens today.

A little bit of good news from the producer of the film, Spike Jonze. Where the Wild Things Are will see the light of day according to ComingSoon.net. Warner Brothers has scheduled the film to be released on October 16, 2009.

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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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