September 6, 2010
No matter how hard I try to relax this weekend, I can’t stop thinking about work. Instead of watching a movie for pure entertainment, I decided I should be educating myself. Netflix introduced me to another little gem last night. Watch the trailer below:
Objectified, is the 2nd film in a trilogy of three films about design by Gary Hustwit.
Here are just a few things I took from the film (via Dieter Rams, one of the top industrial designers in the world and featured in Objectified):
- is innovative
- makes a product useful
- is aesthetic
- makes a product understandable
- is unobtrusive
- is honest
- is long-lasting
- is thorough down to the last detail
- is environmentally friendly
- is as little design as possible (love this one!)
February 27, 2010
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
TVTV (short for Top Value Television) was a San Francisco-based pioneering video collective founded in 1972 by Allen Rucker, Michael Shamberg, Tom Weinberg, Hudson Marquez and Megan Williams. Shamberg was author of the 1971 “do-it-yourself” video production manual Guerrilla Television. Over the years, more than thirty “guerrilla video” makers were participants in TVTV productions. They included members of the Ant Farm: Chip Lord, Doug Michels, Hudson Marquez and Curtis Schreier; the Videofreex, Skip Blumberg, Nancy Cain, Chuck Kennedy, and Parry Teasdale. TVTV pioneered the use of independent video based on wanting to change society and have a good time inventing new and then-revolutionary media, ½” SonyPortapak video equipment, and later embracing the ¾” video format.
The group made a series of unique socially significant historical documentaries such as:
- Four More Years (1972), covering the 1972 Republican National Convention
- The World’s Largest TV Studio (1972), covering the 1972 Democratic National Convention
- Adland (1974), an examination of American commercial culture
- Lord of the Universe (1974), an award-winning documentary on the activities of the Guru Maharaj Ji and his followers
- TVTV Looks at the Oscars (1976)
- TVTV: Super Bowl (1976)
- Gerald Ford’s America (1975)
- The TVTV Show (1976), TVTV’s final television special, co-produced with NBC television
- The Bob Dylan Hard Rain Special (1976), another NBC co-production
- Supervision (1976), a multipart PBS series about the birth of television and its cultural impact
Other participants in TVTV included designer Elan Soltes, producer David Axelrod, actor-comedian Bill Murray and his brother Brian Doyle Murray, cinematographer Paul Goldsmith, actor and director Harold Ramis and producer Wendy Appel (aka Wendy Apple)….”
I was so lucky to have Allen as a teacher. Who better to teach Guerrilla Television than one of its founders?? If you have a chance, and live in LA, come check out “A Night with TVTV”.
December 26, 2009
One of my hip, European friends lent me Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton, a documentary by Loic Prigent. She said, “If you like documentaries, you have to check this one out.” She was absolutely right. This documentary is fabulous. I’ve always been a fan of Marc Jacobs. I own just a few pieces of his clothing, and I was pretty sure one of his gazillion of employees designed the pieces I have. I was wrong. Through the Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton documentary, I learned that Mr. Jacobs had a huge hand in designing the vintage inspired pieces I own.
This documentary is amazing. It takes you behind the scenes of creation. Never before, has anyone captured Jacobs in action like this. Not only do we see him coming up with concepts and designs for his own line in NYC, we see him Paris, working with the team at Louis Vuitton. We see all the incredible work that goes into making his shows happen. ( Just like the designers on Project Runway, Jacobs’ clothing is worked on right up until the final moments before a show.)
My favorite part of the documentary was the inspiration and creative sessions. We see Jacobs create these amazing purses with circular pieces of leather. The team takes hours to come up with final design. It’s like watching a piece of art being made. In another part of the documentary, we see Jacobs’ team destroying and deconstructing cloth flowers to go on an outfit. One of his employees admitted they keep destroying items until everyone thinks they are beautiful. I love that. It totally reminds me of the type of photos I like to take. I love capturing decay and destruction, but in such a way that it’s beautiful. I usually achieve this by creating some sort of organized chaos in the work. For instance, there is a pattern, or repetition of some element. Jacobs does the same exact thing through his design.
While watching this documentary, I wanted to get up and start creating. I wanted to empty out my art locker and start making things. Working for Marc Jacobs looks like so much fun. It’s all about art….and perfection. His employees don’t sleep for a whole week before the show, because there are so many changes to be made and last minute design touch-ups.
The documentary also shows the wonderful French artisans who make the Vuitton details. What talent?!?
This documentary brings you so close to the action, you feel like you know Marc Jacobs personally by the end of the film. You love him. He’s an artist. He’s a vitamin/health nut (except for the excessive amount of smoking). And, he’s extremely hard on himself like many of the great artistic talents in the world. Speaking of artists, Sophia Coppola, Murakami, Yayoi Susama and Elizabeth Peyton appear in the film. Jacobs doesn’t own a house, or car, but just tons and tons of art. He’s one of the most “aggressive” art collectors out there. Watching him buy art is almost as fascinating as watching him create it.
You can watch the entire documentary on Youtube. Here’s the first 10 minutes or so.
The film was produced for French TV. It was shown on The Sundance channel, and you can purchase it here on Amazon.
Seriously, even if you don’t love fashion, or Marc Jacobs, this documentary is fascinating and inspiring.
April 28, 2009
Rachel Fleischer, a friend and fellow USC Film School graduate spent four years making an extraordinary documentary on homelessness in Los Angeles. It’s a very touching film and Rachel is extremely talented.
Below is a link to the trailer, and a press release I wrote about the films acceptance into the Durango Independent Film Festival.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WITHOUT A HOME, a young Hollywood film maker’s edgy documentary about the homeless in Los Angeles to debut at the 4th Annual Durango Independent Film Festival.
Hollywood,California – March 4, 2009 – Without a Home, writer/director Rachel Fleischer’s touching documentary about homeless in Los Angeles has been selected to premiere as a work in progress at this week’s 4th Annual Durango Independent Film Festival.
As the daughter of actor Charles Fleischer (best known for his work as the voice of Roger Rabbit), moviegoers might have expected a light-hearted first endeavor by this USC Film School graduate. But Rachel Fleischer’s four years spent documenting life on the streets, following Aric, Gilbert, Tina, Eduardo and the Tracy family was anything but comedic.
During the filming, Fleischer became quite close to many of her subjects which caused the line between filmmaker and subject to blur. The young director’s relationship with the homeless resulted in tough, heartfelt lessons about loss, addiction and life on the streets–unfamiliar territory for Fleischer.
At the age of 24, after working in Europe and as an assistant to several well-known Hollywood directors, Fleischer was not satisfied with climbing up the ladder of film success. She felt a burning desire to capture the lives of the homeless so she might better understand her strong connection to them. With a camera always at her side, Fleischer traveled the streets, visited the homeless encampments and captured intimate moments not easily found in similar efforts.
“I was in over my head, but it felt like the only thing I was supposed to be doing”, says Fleischer, describing her personal journey.
With a group of other talented filmmakers, Fleischer was able to prepare her film to be released as a feature documentary. The film was scored by Jacques Brautbar– a founding member, guitar player and songwriter for Sony Recording artist, Phantom Planet.
Without a Home is an official selection of the 2009 Durango Independent Film Festival.