Coast Modern

By Tom Ran

Published: June 12, 2009 under Film

Olsen Residence - Donald Olsen, Berkeley, California 1959

Photo: Michael Bernard and Gavin Froome

As we wait for Julius Shulman’s documentary to reach New York this fall, another documentary on modern architecture surfaces. Coast Modern a new film by directors Michael Bernard and Gavin Froome follows nine decades of modern architecture on the West Coast of North America. From Los Angelas to Vancouver, architects, residents, and of course the photographer that documented it all, Julius Shulman are interviewed. Watch the trailer here. Via Grain Edit

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Fresh The Movie

By Aaron Carambula

Published: May 28, 2009 under Film

Photo: Steve Louk

Last night two screenings of Fresh, a film by ana Sofia jones [capitalization hers], took place in Manhattan. The film itself is a success. It shows the ugly truth of industrial agriculture and the state of food and, to our relief, the promise of localized food through the key farmers and thinkers today. Amazingly timely, given the current industrialized pig farming flu pandemic (not the fault of the piggies but of the system), Fresh effectively serves as a visual companion to the life-changing work by Michael Pollan (who appears in the documenary). The movie features luminaries from family farming (Joel Salatin), urban farming (Will Allen), family farm coops, and local supermarkets.

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Interview: Filmmaker Eric Bricker

By Tom Ran

Published: May 28, 2009 under Film

Director Eric Bricker, Shulman, producer Babette Zilch

Photo: Dwell

We’ve been following the progress of the this film and are looking forward to the New York screening this fall. Director Eric Bricker spoke with Dwell Magazine recently about his documentary, Visual Acoustics The Modernism of Julius Shulman, to discuss the process that went into making the film. What started out as a chance encounter with Julius Shulman developed into a documentary and resulted into a friendship with the iconic photographer. A date has not been released for the New York screening but rest assure we’ll keep you posted.

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I Love Hotdogs

By Tom Ran

Published: April 22, 2009 under Film

<i>Who are you, Polly Maggoo?</i> directed by William Klein

Photo: William Klein

I love hotdogs and movies and it appears that Shannon Maldonado does as well. Reviewing movies from the obscure to the obvious. Films like 1981’s Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains a story about a suburban girl turned rock star or Jean-Luc Godard’s 1964’s Bande a part, lovingly adopted by Quentin Tarantino to name his production company. Even the terrible looks beautiful when they are isolated as film stills. Appearance aside, the site is successful because of the witty and brief reviews, peppering Billy Idol, Seinfeld, bad 80s tunes in every commentary. Go ahead and check out I Love Hot Dogs and be prepared to be enlightened, unless you’re film critic. via @grainedit

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The Substance of Style

By Tom Ran

Published: April 15, 2009 under Film

Rushmore 1998

Photo: Criterion Collection

There’s no denying that Wes Anderson’s movies are highly stylized, going to great lengths with the details in the set design and costumes. Many may wonder where his influences come from in developing his style. The Museum of Moving Image Source recently concluded its five part series called The Substance of Style on Anderson’s movies. It analyzes every bit of his influences from writers, to music, to film making techniques. Running just under 50 minutes, it’s an exhaustive and lengthy examination on Anderson’s career. Each video segment is approximately ten minutes in length with breaking down key individuals that have shaped his movies.

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Michel Gondry Dot Com

By Tom Ran

Published: April 14, 2009 under Film

Photo: Michel Gondry

At the end of last year, Michel Gondry posted an illustration announcing a tentative launch date for his website, offering dvds, t-shirts, toilet paper, comic books, and even original illustrations. Over Four months later, Gondry has decided to “open” his site today, to coincide with the release of his second dvd, Michel Gondry 2: More Videos Before & After DVD 1. As the title suggests past videos that didn’t make it onto the first dvd along with newer ones will be featured.

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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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