Anne Thompson, an editor at Indiewire, joins this week’s episode of the Showbiz Sandbox podcast to discuss some of the noteworthy films from this year’s Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. She also explains the important role such festivals play in creating buzz before a movie’s commercial release.
I have really been enjoying the Los Angeles Times series of stories documenting the construction of the New Wilshire Grand in downtown. The latest piece by Thomas Curwen (@tcurwen) details the financial and engineering difficulties of putting in the projects signature skylight which will be as long as a football field.
Source: Los Angeles Times
‘Algiers’ by The Afghan Whigs
Listening to new Afghan Whigs album I realize I’m decades late (literally) in discovering this great band.
It turns out you don’t need a tricked out DeLorean to venture back in time, at least not to the middle of the 20th Century. All it requires is one step inside the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
That’s where the East Bloc*Busters screenings were held as part of Competing Utopias, an exhibit of Cold War-era design and artifacts.
The historic modern home and studio of renown architect Richard Neutra was ideal not only for the exhibit but proved to be the perfect setting for special screenings of rarely projected 16mm and 8mm East German films.
With California set to triple their tax subsidies for film and television production Richard Verrier of the Los Angeles Times discusses the growing debate over the value of film tax breaks and whether they actually create new jobs, or just shift them to different locations.
‘Slow Motion’ by Phox
Phox (@Phoxband) is a great alt folk, indie pop band from Wisconsin whose debut album is worth a listen.
North American box office declined 15% from the same period last year, marking an 8 year low, and attendance was off by 5%. Even so, there were no huge flops and most of this summer’s movies will make money once international receipts are added to their theatrical grosses.
Ran across an interesting story on Medium and felt the way to appreciate it best would be to share it with others. Ethan Siegel, a blogger who also happens to hold a PhD in theoretical astrophysics, wrote a post about artist Mica Hendricks and her four-year-old daughter Myla.
Last year when Myla asked to look at her mother’s sketchbook, Mica was initially hesitant. As Siegel writes:
Understandably, Mica said no, knowing that Myla would simply draw — with all the fine motor skills of a four-year-old — all over the book, ruining her vision for her sketches.
However, trying to teach her daughter how to share, Mica allowed her daughter to not only view her sketchbook, but add her own drawings. The end results of the impromptu collaboration were compelling enough for Mica and Myla to publish a book of their artwork, which they funded on Kickstarter.
Here is how Mica describes the process of collaborating with her daughter:
“These are collaborative paintings by my 4-year-old daughter and me. I start by quietly drawing a vintage, retro head (which I love doing). Next step: My daughter (who LOVES to draw) hastily snatches my sketchbook from me and draws a body and sometimes additional characters. Later, I go back and add highlights and details in acrylic paint, colored ballpoint pen, and marker. Together, they create a beautiful collaboration…as well as an exercise in patience (on both our parts).”
In a perfect world we would all use Mica and Myla’s story as a lesson in what can be gained from cooperation, even when initiated reluctantly.
It’s bad enough that the Emmy Awards honor the exact same talent and television shows every year. Now, the Emmys are really growing stale by handing out prizes to shows that finished airing before last year’s ceremony. Unfortunately, as television migrates to year round programming, there is no good time to schedule the Emmys which would make them feel more timely or relevant.