First Point

By Tom Ran

Published: June 7, 2012 under Film

Lindsay Lohan in Richard Phillips's First Point.

Photo: Richard Phillips Studio

Art imitates life in Richard Phillips’s latest work First Point. The short film stars Lindsay Lohan set on the beach of the Malibu shores – a landscape that is no stranger to celebrities and their lives. The film explores celebrity culture as it infiltrates the glamorous yet serene nature that is emblematic of the Southern California town. Phillips enlisted director Taylor Steele, an established surf director in his own right, to co-direct and tapped Thomas Bangalter, one half of Daft Punk to create an eerie score that is reminiscent of David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. First Point is set to premier next Monday at Art Unlimited at Art Basel 2012, presented by Gagosian Gallery. Watch the trailer here.

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EAMES: The Architect and the Painter

By Tom Ran

Published: September 29, 2011 under Film

Eames: The Architect & The Painter

Photo: First Run Features

Given the significance and importance of the prolific couple, it is surprising that a film devoted to the life and work of the Eames has taken this long to be made. Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey’s new film, EAMES: The Architect and the Painter explores the many facets of their body of work. Interviews include Charles’s daughter Lucia, grandson Eames Demetrios, and the founder of TED, Richard Saul Wurman. Former Eames Office designers like Jeannine Oppewall, Deborah Sussman and Gordon Ashby will also be interviewed giving their personal accounts and insight into the studio’s activities. The film is currently making the festival rounds and will make its New York premier at the Architecture and Design Film Festival. The dvd is scheduled to be released December 13th.

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Page One

By Tom Ran

Published: May 17, 2011 under Film

A scene from Page One: Inside the New York Times

Photo: Magnolia Pictures

The digital age has disrupted the media landscape. What took decades to build has changed in a matter of years. Publishing empires are crumbling and The New York Times is feeling the effects. In the new documentary “Page One: inside the New York Times” the director was given unprecedented access to a year inside the news organization, what emerged is a story of the challenges the newspaper faces in a time of uncertainty of its own fate. The film’s story is carried through the different players in the organization including executive editor Bill Keller, media desk editor Bruce Headlam, and the media desk reporters David Carr, Brian Stelter, and Tim Arango. The film opens June 17 but an advance screening will be held at The TimesCenter on June 14 with director Andrew Rossi, Gay Talese, David Carr and Bill Keller in attendance.

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By Tom Ran

Published: March 9, 2011 under Film

Fashion on Film

Photo: Fashion on Film

There’s not much information that can be found on Corrine Day Diary, a 50 minute documentary about the life and work of the late photographer. IMDB doesn’t even have the film in its database. What is known is that the film was shot over a period of ten years by Day’s then boyfriend, Mark Szaszy and contains rare and early super 8 footage of Kate Moss. Corrine Day Diary will make its debut at FashiOnFilm tomorrow, a one night event held at Melbourne’s Rooftop Cinema. The evening will include other films by Aaron Rose, Erwin Olaf, and many others.

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Mike Mills on Beginners

By Tom Ran

Published: March 8, 2011 under Film

Mike Mills drawing

Photo: Sarah Soquel Morhaim

As conventional as it may seem, asking an individual what inspires them is a question we continue to ask. It’s our inherent desire to learn more from that person in hopes of acquiring a bit of their knowledge. However, in some cases we don’t even have to ask, we should be so lucky as to have people we admire be so forthcoming. Such is the case with Mike Mills. He has been keeping a journal since January, posting things that influenced the development of Beginners. Taking events from his personal life as the basis of the script, Mills created a work of fiction with the help from source materials. He explains, “in this blog you’ll find entries on the films, and books, and music, and graphics, and photography, and people, and moments, and events, some years, some jokes, some dogs and some rivers that fed my writing of Beginners.” Beginners opens June 3rd.

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The Scout at Liberty Hall Screenings

By Tom Ran

Published: March 7, 2011 under Film

Liberty Hall Screening

Photo: Ace Hotel

Earlier this year Ace Hotel asked us to curate an evening at their Liberty Hall Screenings. We happily obliged. So this coming Sunday, March 13th we’ll be screening our craftsmanship trilogy along with several exciting films from our friends at Rapha as well as shorts from directors Travis Senger, and Tati Barrantes. If you’ve always wonder who the team was behind the series or what camera we used to shoot them on then come meet myself and director Brennan Stasiewicz. Doors at 7pm, RSVP at See the complete program after the jump.

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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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