7 items from 2016
In 2017, Hugh Jackman will unsheathe those iconic claws one last time for Logan, James Mangold’s sequel that will bring the curtain down on Wolverine’s saga once and for all – providing Fox doesn’t recast the part further down the line, of course.
Not one to rest on his laurels, the Aussie actor is already filming P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman, while The Hollywood Reporter now reveals that Jackman has agreed terms to join The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian, an adaptation of Sherman Alexie’s Ya novel. Details are scant, but word is that Hugh Jackman will occupy a supporting role in the story, while the option of producing is also said to be in the cards.
Either way, the core story follows Junior, an aspiring teenage cartoonist who decides to cut ties with his Spokane Indian Reservation to go to an all-white public school off the reservation, »
- Michael Briers
The studio has set the project up with Fox-based Temple Hill and The Donners’ Company. The producers are Jackman, Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey, and Isaac Klausner, with Lauren Shuler Donner and Jack Leslie. Jackman is not involved in an acting role at this point.
Alexie’s novel, published in 2007, is a first-person narrative by Native American teenager Arnold Spirit, Jr. (aka “Junior”) — a 14-year-old cartoonist living on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He’s always been picked on and is encouraged by a high school teacher to go to an all-white public high school off the reservation.
“Part-Time Indian” centers on Junior’s first year at the new school, where he’s the only Native American. The book features 65 comic illustrations by Ellen Forney. »
- Dave McNary
2016 has been a big year for Hotel Garuda so far. After gaining considerable attention for their remix work, the duo released their debut single “Smoke Signals” on Pmrd Records in the first half of the year, and would later go on to deliver a top notch rework of Kaskade and Felix Cartal’s “Fakin It” over the summer. Now they’re back with their latest single, a collaboration with Swedish pop band Violet Days called “Fixed On You.”
“Fixed On You” opens with some icy piano notes before offbeat chords and light percussion craft a rhythmic background under rapid vocal hooks from Violet Days. After a short build up, Hotel Garuda move the production forward into a deep house drop, with punchy bass tones, sampled melodies and energetic house beats.
With just a handful of original releases under their belt, Hotel Garuda are quickly making a name for themselves as »
- Connor Jones
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
The “Cassavetes/Rowlands” series ends on a real high note.
- Nick Newman
The Terrence Malick-produced documentary “The Seventh Fire” offers a rare window into Native American gang and drug subculture. It follows gang leader Rob Brown who has been sentenced to prison for the fifth time and must confront his role in bringing a culture of violence and drugs into his northern Minnesota Indian community. As Rob reckons with mistakes and regrets, his 17-year-old protégé Kevin dreams of one day becoming the most powerful and feared gangster on the reservation. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring Rob discuss the origin of his daughter’s name.
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The film is the directorial debut of Jack Pettibone Riccobono. It’s produced by acclaimed director Terrence Malick, who has previously directed such films like “Badlands,” “Days of Heaven,” “The Thin Red Line,” “The New World,” and “The Tree of Life. »
- Vikram Murthi
Hotel Garuda has been making a name for themselves on the blogosphere over the past couple of years with some very impressive remixes. And now, they’re finally ready to really break out, and the first step the duo is taking towards that is with a debut original on Prmd Records.
Titled “Smoke Signals,” the track fits comfortably into what we’re already used to hearing from the two producers. With a groovy, deep house bassline, euphoric melodies and angelic female vocals leading the way, it’s an impressive first original from the producers and is no doubt a sign of big things to come for them.
Take a listen to Hotel Garuda‘s “Smoke Signals” above and as always, drop a comment below letting us know what you think of it. »
- Matt Joseph
As far back as 1894, Thomas Edison unveiled the first known motion picture of American Indians with his penny Kinetoscope film “Buffalo Dance.” His subjects were the Laguna Pueblo people, filmed as a dancing spectacle in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.
In the 122 years of cinema since, little has changed. We have yet to see a fresh, authentic perspective on life as an American Indian (yes, you can say “Indian”) from the Hollywood Studios. Despite playing an integral role in the birth of cinema, we have never had a real seat at the table when it comes to industry conversations about diversity. More often than not, American Indian characters are portrayed with grand misunderstanding, as if we are being done a big favor.
Today, we feel it is entirely appropriate for Native and Indigenous people to be included in the national narrative. As it stands, the conversation is limited, and for the most part, »
- Chris Eyre, Joely Proudfit and Heather Rae
7 items from 2016
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