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10 items from 2011


My favourite film: Koyaanisqatsi

15 December 2011 4:18 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In the latest of our writers' favourite film series, Leo Hickman is bowled over by the elemental force of Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass's 1982 environmental masterpiece

Want to set the world to rights? Have your say in the comments section below – or write your own review

It's a film without any characters, plot or narrative structure. And its title is notoriously hard to pronounce. What's not to love about Koyaanisqatsi?

I came to Godfrey Reggio's 1982 masterpiece very late. It was actually during a Google search a few years back when looking for timelapse footage of urban traffic (for work rather than pleasure!) that I came across a "cult film", as some online reviewers were calling it. This meant I first watched it as all its loyal fans say not to: on DVD, on a small screen. If ever a film was destined for watching in a cinema, this is it. »

- Leo Hickman

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2011 Cinema Arts Festival Houston, Highlights Films and Live Performances Including The World Premiere Of ‘Art Car: The Movie’

31 October 2011 2:16 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Texas is known for some great film festivals. apart from SXSW and Fantastic Fest, both held in Austin – Houston also hosts some wonderful events. Among them is the Cinema Arts Festival. This year’s line-up is extremely strong, with titles that include Pina, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, The Artist and the World Premiere of Art Car: The Movie. Sadly we do not have any contributors over in Houston, but I did feel the need to quickly promote the festival. Here is the press release.

 

Houston  – Now in its third year, Cinema Arts Festival Houston, which runs from November 9 to 13, 2011 will bring an ambitious program of films by and about artists to the vibrant Texas city known internationally for its dynamic art scene. From painting and dance to classical music and multimedia work, this edition will also include appearances by directors, actors, musicians, and special tributes to Ethan Hawke and documentary master Patricio Guzman. »

- Ricky

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‘The Holy See’ Trailers From ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ Director Godfrey Reggio

21 October 2011 8:17 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If you have yet to see the “Qatsi trilogy” from director Godfrey Reggio, you can get started right now as the most notable entry, Koyaanisqatsi, is available in its entirety YouTube. Also including Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi, the trilogy features an experimental, dialogue-free examination of nature, humanity and technology with scores by Philip Glass.

The team is getting together again for a new project titled The Holy See and details are scarce, but our friend Chris Campbell at his Documentary Channel blog dug up two trailers for the film that were made for the Cannes film market. The film is currently still in post-production and seeking funds and if interested in helping, their Vimeo page provides this e-mail to contact, but we can get a glimpse at footage that includes amusement parks, gorillas and many staring humans. Check out both trailers below.

Trailer #1:

Trailer #2:

The Cinema Arts Festival Houston »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Hot Rods & Droids: A George Lucas Profile (Part 3)

28 June 2011 11:54 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker George Lucas in the third of a six-part feature... read parts one and two.

“We both have a tradition that, when we have a film opening for which there are high expectations, we get out of town,” stated filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who vacationed with colleague George Lucas in Hawaii while Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Star Wars (1977) were being theatrically released. Lucas asked Spielberg what he would like to do as his follow-up effort. “I said I wanted to do a James Bond film. United Artists had approached me after Sugarland Express [1974] and asked me to do a film for them. I said, ‘Sure give me the next James Bond film.’ But they said they couldn’t do that. Then George said he had a film that was even better than a James Bond. It was called Raiders of the Lost Ark »

- flickeringmyth

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Life In A Day review

16 June 2011 8:47 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

An ambitious documentary from director Kevin Macdonald, Life In A Day offers a snapshot of life on Earth seen through the lens of its inhabitants. Here’s Michael’s review...

There's currently a real confusion about how to tackle YouTube. There's no doubt that it's now shaping and affecting Internet culture, entertaining millions with short videos of babies laughing, pets talking and spoiled schoolgirls indulging in expensive forms of karaoke.

Although, while its ephemera are often highlighted, its more subtle aspects are rarely championed. Has there ever been a similar cultural organ, which acts simultaneously as an online archive for visual media, and a platform for everyday voices? At its heart, it is an immersive catalogue of video culture, from music promos and trailers to skits and spoofs, from astoundingly creative content to self-obsessed vlogging.

Out of this struggle for legitimacy and definition comes Life In A Day, an ambitious, »

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Stars in Rewind: Francis Ford Coppola Talks Filmmaking

22 February 2011 12:00 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Oscar News, Columns, Cinematical

Francis Ford Coppola is finally receiving the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award at the Oscars ceremony this Sunday. In honor of "creative producers whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production," Coppola is receiving the honors in part because the man's produced 72 films. Because, as the Academy points out, movies made by his production company, American Zoetrope, have earned 63 Oscar nominations and 15 wins (21 nods are for 'Conversation' and 'Godfather' films alone). And finally, because co-Zoetrope lead George Lucas won that same accolade 19 years ago.

Born out of the the Roger Corman world of pulp, Coppola was a directorial powerhouse in the '70s, who became a leading producer of wildly diverse projects. For most filmmakers "diverse" might mean some dramas, some action and maybe some light comedy. For Coppola, it really stretches the boundaries ranging from the epic documentary 'Koyaanisqatsi, »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Stars in Rewind: Francis Ford Coppola Talks Filmmaking

22 February 2011 12:00 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Oscar News, Columns, Cinematical

Francis Ford Coppola is finally receiving the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award at the Oscars ceremony this Sunday. In honor of "creative producers whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production," Coppola is receiving the honors in part because the man's produced 72 films. Because, as the Academy points out, movies made by his production company, American Zoetrope, have earned 63 Oscar nominations and 15 wins (21 nods are for 'Conversation' and 'Godfather' films alone). And finally, because co-Zoetrope lead George Lucas won that same accolade 19 years ago.

Born out of the the Roger Corman world of pulp, Coppola was a directorial powerhouse in the '70s, who became a leading producer of wildly diverse projects. For most filmmakers "diverse" might mean some dramas, some action and maybe some light comedy. For Coppola, it really stretches the boundaries ranging from the epic documentary 'Koyaanisqatsi, »

- Monika Bartyzel

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[Sundance Interview] Building A Dream Project: ‘Nine Muses’ Director John Akomfrah

28 January 2011 5:31 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Certainly not a Sundance starlet like Elizabeth Olsen or a storied Sundance vet like Miranda July, British filmmaker John Akomfrah has been making critically-lauded films for two decades – mostly under the public radar. Finally, after years of producing documentaries for companies like the BBC, Akomfrah found himself in a position to make the film he’s wanted to make since the beginning of his career, The Nine Muses: an emotional, abstract look at the intense period of migration to England after World War II up until the 1960s. This rush of diversity spread just as much racial prejudice, forcing those migrants to assimilate to a way of life in England they would never fully fell comfortable being a part of.

The Film Stage spoke with Akomfrah about getting the money, time and material to make this dream project come to life, and how he feels now that it’s »

- Dan Mecca

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Review: Life In A Day

27 January 2011 8:47 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Life In A Day reminded me of the unique docu-art films of Godfrey Reggio. I have no problem calling this the Koyaanisqatsi for the twitter and YouTube generation. Produced by the brothers Scott, Ridley and Tony, Kevin McDonald orchestrated the final film from 5000 hours of user-submitted videos via YouTube, all of which were shot on the day of July 24, 2010.

The film ends with credits fitting of the film.s theme, giving directorial credit not only to Kevin McDonald, but also to each of the many contributors that made this Life In A Day possible. The film is a journey through a single day; a mosaic of many lives, each in a single isolated moment brought together for a unified purpose. Life In A Day highlights our differences, regardless of how foreign and unfamiliar, can bring us closer together.

One of the underlying themes on Life In A Day touches on »

- Travis Keune

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[Sundance Review] Life in a Day

26 January 2011 10:33 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Head over to YouTube and you are most likely greeted with cats playing keyboards, testicles getting smashed, Justin Bieber music videos, adorable kids saying adorable things, and a variety of personal confessions. Executive producer Ridley Scott and co-director Kevin Macdonald have set out do something unique with the platform. On July 24th, 2010 they asked for anyone in the world to film part of their day and then submit the footage. They received 80,000 submissions from 192 countries, resulting in nearly 5,000 hours of content. For the past seven months Macdonald has been working with his team of twenty editors to create the film. It may seem like an impossible task to cull together all this crowd-sourced material from around the world and make something powerful, but this team delivers a deeply personal look at global life.

There are no title cards with names or countries, no silly animation inserts, and no fancy tricks. »

- Jordan Raup

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