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Spike Jonze at Opening Ceremony NY

By Tom Ran

Published: September 27, 2010 under Film

"There Are Many of Us" book signing with Spike Jonze

Photo: Spike Jonze

Spike Jonze is scheduled to do a Q&A and book signing this evening at Opening Ceremony from 6-8pm. He’ll be promoting “There Are Many of Us,” a companion book to the short film “I’m Here.” Best part of the event? “Live music performed by a bear!” We don’t know what to make of it, but that’s what it says.

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Somewhere For Beginners

By Tom Ran

Published: September 14, 2010 under Film

A still from Mike Mills's "Beginners"

Photo: Mike Mills

Two of the biggest film festivals overlapped by a few days this year, the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Friends and Directors Bureau associates Sofia Coppola and Mike Mills garnered much attention over the weekend. Coppola made headline news for winning the Golden Lion Prize in Venice for “Somewhere” and Mills received positive review on his third film “Beginners.” In terms of budget and size, both of these films are small by studio standards. Both deal in relationships with family members, father and daughter in “Somewhere” and son and father in “Beginners.” It will be interesting to see how the two parallel once they open to the public. “Somewhere” is scheduled for a December release while no release date has been set for “Beginners.”

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The Mast Brothers

By Tom Ran

Published: July 27, 2010 under Film

Michael and Rick Mast of Mast Brothers Chocolate

Photo: Mindy Best

It was a little more than a year ago that we embarked on a video series on craftsmanship. Our intention was simple, document the individuals that aspire to create products and services at a higher standard. We chose three different categories to cover. Billykirk, the leather manufacturer, Roman & Williams the interior design and architect firm, and now Mast Brother Chocolate. Oddly enough there was another theme to the series that was unintentional. Each of these small business are bounded by familial ties. The husband and wife team behind Roman & Williams and the brothers from Billykirk and Mast Brothers Chocolate. They are living proof that family can work successfully together.

Here now is the third episode on Mast Brothers Chocolate. Enjoy.

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Downtown

By Tom Ran

Published: July 20, 2010 under Film

Downtown Calling

Photo: Downtown Calling

What is it about New York that makes it so special? What is it about downtown New York? What is it about downtown New York in the late 70s to mid 80s? In the depths of crime and corruption a new breed of creative individuals emerged, spanning different mediums in art, music, fashion, and literature, often times cross pollinating. Two of the most important movement came from this era, hip-hop and punk still has a strong influence in today’s pop culture. Two films focusing on downtown New York will be shown in the next week. Starting with Tamra Davis’s “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.” After making the festival rounds, the documentary opens Wednesday July 21st at Film Forum. Read the interview with Davis in The Moment. Then next week will see the New York debut of “Downtown Calling” at the New York International Latino Film Festival. An in depth look into the the culture and history of downtown New York from 1977-1985. It’s time for your history lesson kids.

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Somewhere

By Tom Ran

Published: June 14, 2010 under Film

Details from the poster <i>Somewhere</i>, Sofia Coppola's latest movie

Photo: Focus Features

There are a handful of directors we keep track of, Sofia Coppola being one of them. Her latest film, Somewhere won’t be scheduled for release until December but the anticipation is already brewing. It appears that it will be a part of the Venice festival before it makes it into theaters. Just last week the poster for the film was released through Facebook. It’s not much but it’s something to go on until the trailer is released. Trailer has been released.

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À bout de souffle

By Tom Ran

Published: April 20, 2010 under Film

<i>Breathless</i> Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo

Photo: Jean-Luc Godard

The three Jeans would make cinema history in 1960 with Jean-Luc Godard’s first film, Breathless starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. Fifty years later its significance still stands as one of the key films to usher in the French New Wave. The movie excessively bleeds cool, from Seberg’s androgynous hair cut to Belmondo’s perpetual chain smoking – granted it would be different today. How many Belle and Sebastian covers were influence by Breathless and 60s French Cinema? All of them I would argue. This year marks the film’s 50th anniversary, and to celebrate, a 35mm restored version with freshly revised subtitles will be shown at Film Forum starting May 28th for two weeks.

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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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