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Synecdoche, New York

By Tom Ran

Published: September 24, 2008 under Film

Samantha Morton and Seymour Hoffman

Photo: Sony Classics

The official site for Charlie Kaufmann’s new film Synecdoche, New York, goes live. It’s just a teaser but includes the trailer and some photos. The movie is scheduled to be released on October 24th in New York. By the way, the proper pronunciation is sin-NECK-duh-key.

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Bottle Rocket Criterion

By Tom Ran

Published: August 25, 2008 under Film

Cover illustrated by Ian Dingman

Photo: The Critertion Collection

The movie the started it all, Bottle Rocket, is ready for its blu-ray release this November via The Criterion Collection. Criterion wisely waited till the HD war was over before deciding to release their first series of high def discs. Bonus features includes the original thirteen-minute black-and-white Bottle Rocket short film from 1992. Wong Kar Wei’s Chung King Express is also set to be release the same time.

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The Archive

By Tom Ran

Published: August 22, 2008 under Film

The Archive

Photo: Ed David, directed by Sean Dunne

A couple of months ago cinematographer Ed David produced a documentary short on Martin Greenfield, a Bushwick tailor known very little outside of the industry but has been credited for producing suits for Neiman Marcus, Brooks Brothers and Freemans Sporting Club. Ed David returns with The Archive, another documentary that celebrates the past. This time his attention is focused on Paul Mawhinney, a touching tribute to the bygone era of the analogue and one man’s love affair with the out dated media. Mawhinney’s collection is estimated to be worth $50 million. Watch the doc here in Quicktime and here on Vimeo. via VLU

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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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