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Pendarvia

By Tom Ran

Published: February 16, 2011 under Film

A Scene from "Pendarvia"

Photo: Aaron Rose

“Pendarvia” is a documentary directed by Aaron Rose on the making of The Decemberists’ latest album “The King Is Dead.” The album was recorded last fall in a barn in rural Oregon which provided the perfect setting for the band’s melancholic sound. Running at approximately 30 minutes, the film features interviews with members from The Decemberists, producer Tucker Martine, and friends, inter-spliced with the recording process and supported by visuals from the natural surroundings. “Pendarvia” is currently only available on the deluxe edition of the album but may eventually find its way to iTunes. You can watch the three minute preview here.

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"All the Wrong Art": Juxtapoz Magazine

By Tom Ran

Published: February 7, 2011 under Film

"Who is Bozo Texino?" by Bill Daniel

Photo: Bill Daniel

Juxtapoz Magazine was founded in 1994 to give exposure to a genre of art that was neglected by the established New York art world. From pop surrealism to street art, the magazine became synonymous with the scene and gave it a voice. After 17 years, MoMa has embraced Juxtapoz and have asked the publication to curate a week long film series. “All the Wrong Art”: Juxtapoz Magazine on Film will include seven documentaries beginning this evening and will conclude next Monday. Highlights include “Who Is Bozo Texino?” a film documenting the the origins of a “ubiquitous and mythic piece of graffiti” that has been scene on freight trains for over 80 years. The artists and directors from many of the films will be present to speak after the screenings.

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180° South

By Tom Ran

Published: February 1, 2011 under Film

The peak of Corcovado in the distance

Photo: 180° South

“The word adventure has gotten over used. For me adventure is when everything goes wrong. That’s when the adventure starts.” So says Yvon Chouinard, the founder of the climbing and outdoor clothing company, Patagonia. In 1968 he and friends including Doug Tompkins founder of The North Face, took off on a 10,000 mile road trip from Ventura California to Patagonia with the intention of climbing Mount Fitzroy. That adventure would set in motion for what the two would later do in life, being advocates and champions for the environment. Inspired by his hero, Jeff Johnson would attempt a similar journey in 2008 and document the entire experience. 180 Degree South is a modern take on what Chouinard and Tompkins first achieved. Sailing down the Pacific, discovering the beauty in nature and finding oneself. It’s a film that will inspire you to embrace and cherish the outdoors.

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The Future

By Tom Ran

Published: January 10, 2011 under Film

The Future

Photo: Miranda July

It’s been five years since Miranda July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know premiered. Since then, she’s kept herself busy performing, writing, and working on various art projects. Meanwhile many of her fans waited to see what her next film would be. News broke last year about her new feature titled The Future, about the days leading up to an adoption of a cat between a 30 something couple. Jon Brion, who’s worked with Paul Thomas Anderson and Michel Gondry, will be scoring the film. The Future is scheduled to premier at the Sundance Film Festival later this month. Read more about the film’s synopsis on Sundance’s website.

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Royal Pencils

By Tom Ran

Published: December 16, 2010 under Film

Royal Tenenbaum pencils from tiniestj

Photo: tiniestj

Movie merchandising go hand in hand when it comes to blockbusters, but leave it to the fans to make their own for the smaller but equally important films. Though not as impressive as Steve Zissou’s elusive pair of Adidas, a Wes Anderson fan has produced a collection of pencils with names of characters from the Royal Tenenbaums. Which seem fitting given the aesthetic of the movie. A Rushmore series was produced as well with labels from every club Max was a member of. Unfortunately they are no longer available.

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Visual Language of Herbert Matter

By Tom Ran

Published: October 13, 2010 under Film

The Visual Language of Herbert Matter

Photo: Reto Caduff

It was in January 2009 that we discovered a film was being produced on legendary graphic designer Herbert Matter. The documentary was scheduled for a summer release, though there is no indication from the site that it made its premiere last season. Nonetheless, New Yorkers will finally get their chance to watch the film this weekend at the first ever Architecture and Design Film Festival. Director, Reto Caduff, will be on hand for a Q&A following both screenings this Saturday and Sunday. Saturday October 16th at 6:00pm and Sunday October 17th at 4:15pm. The film festival will be held at Tribeca Cinemas.

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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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