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Powers of Ten

By Tom Ran

Published: October 5, 2010 under Film

Powers of Ten

Photo: Eames Office

Before I even knew what an LCW or a DCM was, I was exposed to the world of the Eames through Powers of Ten. The short documentary that was released in 1968 and commissioned by IBM became an elementary staple. This educational film that was surprisingly entertaining is being celebrated this Sunday on 10-10-10. Events are being held from cities around the world with the biggest one in LA at the Eames House, where a fundraiser to support the foundation will take place. See if your city will be taking part in the celebration on the Powers of Ten blog.

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Clyde and Harry

By Tom Ran

Published: October 4, 2010 under Film

"Clyde and Harry" illustrated by Geoff McFetridge

Photo: Yo Gabba Gabba

Since 2007, the popular kids show, Yo Gabba Gabba has been entertaining children and adults alike. Even if you’re not a parent, an episode can be just as enjoyable to watch with regular appearances by Mark Mothersbaugh and Biz Markie. Musicians ranging from Ladytron to The Shins. Artists like Thomas Campbell and Geoff McFetridge have also lent a hand in the development of Yo Gabba Gabba. The Directors Bureau recently posted an animation McFetridge illustrated about a boy and his dog titled “Clyde and Harry.”

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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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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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