5 items from 2013
Yusef Lateef, who died on Monday after a bout with prostate cancer, was a devout Muslim who did not like his music to be called jazz because of the supposed indecent origins and connotations of the word (although those origins are still debated). He preferred the self-coined phrase "autophysiopsychic music." Furthermore, his music encompassed an impressively broad range of styles, and the only Grammy he won was in the New Age category -- for a recording of a symphony. Think about those things amid the flood of Lateef obituaries with "jazz" in the headline.
That said, certainly Lateef's own musical origins indisputably revolved around jazz. Growing up in Detroit, a highly fertile musical environment in the 1930s and beyond, Lateef got his first instrument, an $80 Martin alto sax, at age 18. Within a year he was on the road with the 13 Spirits of Swing (arrangements by Milt Buckner).
A Detroit friend, »
Cinema St. Louis introduces Sliff/Kids, the First Annual St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival, presented by Pnc Arts Alive. With a half-dozen presenting partners, Csl will offer film programs, camps, and a workshop as part of Sliff/Kids, which is held from July 26-Aug. 4, 2013. A total of 14 film programs will be screened on the fest’s two weekends (July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4) at Webster University, the St. Louis Public Library, the Missouri History Museum, Washington University, Lindenwood University, and the Wildey Theatre. With the participation of both Lindenwood and Webster universities, filmmaking camps on live action and animation will be held at the St. Louis Public Library’s Creative Experience on the fest’s weekdays (July 29-Aug. 2). And on Aug. 3, a full-day animation workshop will be held at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The Sliff/Kids film programs and camps will be offered free of charge; a »
- Tom Stockman
Boasting 14 World Premieres, 5 International Premieres and 10 European Premieres, this year’s programme ranges from family friendly blockbusters (Monsters University and Jurassic Park 3D), right through to the more obscure, art-house documentaries (“10″ and Natan).
The Bling Ring, Frances Ha, Upstream Colour and What Maisie Knew are among the films likely to attract wider audiences, all of which are in contention for the Audience Award and have picked up glowing reviews from their time on the festival circuit.
Other strands include Directors’ Showcase, which presents classics of the future and includes The Deep, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks and When Night Falls; New Realities, the best in new documentary filmmaking, represented by The Turtle’s Rage, Consequence and Before You Know It; and Films on Film, »
- Jamie Neish
Say some super villain like Lex Luthor or Donald Trump has taken you prisoner and forced you to play a doubles match to save your life. The one person you'd pick to go into battle with would have to be one of the Williams sisters -- Venus Williams or Serena Williams. True warriors of the court, they have dominated the game for a decade and a half and you'd bet your life on their competitive edge.
And you'd need one of them, because chances are, the other has agreed to partner up with the villain.
"Venus and Serena" is an intimate, mostly glowing portrait of these two closer-than-close tennis champions, siblings who have battled the best players the rest of the world has to offer, the tennis establishment and each other, courting controversy almost every step of the way.
Interview conducted by Tom Stockman March 6th, 2013
It all began in 1986 at the Comedy Store in La where director Robert Zemeckis saw Charles Fleischer perform his stand-up comedy act. The act consisted of a lot of voices and sound effects, but what most impressed Zemekis was what he called ”his vocal presence.” And so when auditions began for the human star of Zemeckis’ upcoming live action/animated hybrid murder mystery noir film Who Framed Roger Rabbit — the part eventually played by Bob Hoskins — they called Fleischer. Not to read for that part, but to read with the actors auditioning for that part. Fleischer eventually got the part providing the voice for Roger.
That was 25 years ago. Charles Fleischer went on to voice Roger in some Roger Rabbit shorts and has acted in movies such as Dick Tracy, Straight Talk and Zodiac and recently provided one of the voices in Rango. »
- Tom Stockman
5 items from 2013
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