Browsing: Other Arts

In the wake of Christopher Nolan’s wartime epic Dunkirk, which was released in July, the long-simmering debate about the respective merits of film and digital is again coming to the boil. In interviews, Nolan has wasted no opportunity to proclaim the superiority of film over digital. He lets everyone know that Dunkirk was shot on film, much of it using IMAX cameras. Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, strongly tipped for awards nominations for his work on the movie, likewise champions the benefits of old-fashioned film. In the mad scramble to convert cinemas for digital projection, van Hoytema argues that the industry has been contributing to…

MoviePass, a subscription service run by Netflix co-founder Mitch Lowe, went national five years ago with a model that allowed subscribers to see a different film at the theaters every 24 hours. Pricing was set at $25 to $40 per month depending on where you lived, and subscriptions in some places went as high as $50. That pricing structure never seemed to gain significant traction, however, and on Tuesday, MoviePass announced it was cutting the monthly price to an astonishingly cheap $9.95. A ticket to the movies normally costs $8.84 on average around the U.S., and admission in big city…

A Memphis cinema has scrapped its annual screening of Gone With The Wind following protests over its racial content. The decision was made amid a growing debate about Confederate symbols in the South and frankly, a lot of people give a damn. Todd Starnes, a Memphis native and Fox News commentator tweeted that the Civil War epic, the highest grossing film in history taking inflation into account, had been “done-in by a bunch of meddling, no account liberal Yankee carpetbaggers”. “The cultural cleansing of my hometown has gone too far,” he added. “Common sense has gone with the wind.” But others rallied…

Too bad if before leaving this world, we have done nothing to cure its sickness… * Last week using a favor of my dear friend, Bijan Emkanian, the well known Iranian actor, producer,  I went to see the “Thirty” a play/concert. Among well dressed men and women and in the midst of the kind last summer night breeze that caress your skin set to watch a miracle. The very first moments the magic of “ Sohrab Nazeri” ‘s magnificent hands playing Setar, made me hold my breath and I was trapped in the spell of Homayoun Shajarian’s beautiful voice. Saber…

A new Bob Dylan concert film is set to premiere at the 2017 New York Film Festival, as Variety notes. Trouble No More, directed by Jennifer Lebeau, features rare concert footage from Dylan’s “born again” era, capturing performances in Toronto and Buffalo from the final leg of the gospel-inflected 1979-80 tour. The film also includes sermons written by writer/critic Luc Sante and delivered by actor Michael Shannon. The “born again” era of Dylan’s career, which spanned three albums, is set to be explored in a new book and Bootleg Series box set, both due this fall. The New York Film…

The British film production boom, from blockbusters including the new Star Wars trilogy to smaller domestic flicks and European co-productions, has played a role in propping up growth in the UK economy following the Brexit vote. However, producers – including the backer of a film about that most British of figures, Winston Churchill – have warned that severing links with Brussels will endanger the industry. Lionsgate, which released Churchill in June, worries that Brexit will impede the already complex process of funding, filming and releasing a multimillion-pound product. One Lionsgate-backed film that might have struggled post-Brexit is Rupert Everett’s directorial debut about Oscar Wilde’s last days, The…

Hollywood is abuzz about the success of “Girls Trip.” The bawdy comedy starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and breakout star Tiffany Haddish is the first movie written by, produced by, directed by, and starring African-Americans to earn more than $100 million at the box office. The success of “Girls Trip” should be celebrated. However, the film’s historic achievement also highlights the limitations faced by Black women in Hollywood. Tinseltown still has a considerable amount of work to do to create a space where Black women’s stories can be told. A movie or television show begins with a…

Public broadcaster PBS will premiere a new documentary next month about the life and art of Chinese-American artist and Bambi production designer Tyrus Wong, who passed away last year at the age of 106. The film, directed by Pamela Tom, first premiered on the festival circuit in fall 2015. It uses interviews with Wong, his family, colleagues, and admirers, as well as movie clips and archival footage, to trace his remarkable story from a farming village in the Guangdong Province of China to Hollywood and beyond. Besides developing the gentle atmospheric beauty of the Disney classic Bambi (1942), Wong worked…

Chicago filmmakers will have just 48 hours to write, direct and edit original films this weekend as part of the 13th Chicago 48 Hour Film Project. The 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) is an international film festival that pushes filmmakers to create a short film from start to finish over the course of two days. There are 48 Hour Film Projects in over 130 cities across six continents throughout the year. The winning film from each city has the opportunity to compete in the Filmapalooza international competition, which will be hosted in Paris in 2018. The top 12 films coming…

One of the world’s most famous living artists is headed to New York City this fall, and he’s bringing a massive public art project with him. Ai Weiwei, the prolific Chinese artist and activist famously profiled in the documentary “Never Sorry,” is behind the ambitious “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” project set to take over NYC this October. Commissioned by the Public Art Fund, the five-borough exhibition will involve over 300 locations and hundreds of individual artworks, turning the sprawling city into an unconventional canvas for his collage-like experiment. According to a statement announcing the project’s specific locations on Tuesday, Ai’s…

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