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Super Shorts: Sparrow Songs

27 August 2010 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Sometimes, when it comes to art, you have to give yourself deadlines. The collaborators behind Sparrow Songs, cinematographer Michael Totten (who worked on the beautiful-looking doc Rize) and Alex Jablonski (whose short, Blue Boy, played at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival), have used this principle to produce one short documentary a month. It's a fascinating project, and it's taken them around America, from a donut shop to porn star karaoke to the circus to minor league ball, with every scenario shot in the most elegant and beautiful way by Totten's camera. As disparate as the topics may be, the shorts are all united in their humanity and gentleness, the respect and empathy that they show towards each subject. Their latest short, The Farm, would make a nice starter for Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's Sugar - both films take a hard look at what it takes to be a minor league baseball player, »

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Caravaggio: how he influenced my art | feature

24 July 2010 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Martin Scorsese to Peter Doig, film-makers, photographers and artists explain how Caravaggio's prophetically cinematic paintings inspired them

David Lachapelle – Photographer and film director

Caravaggio is often called the most modern of the old masters – there's a newness, a contemporary feel to his work that painting prior to him just didn't have. It's like when [fashion designer Alexander] McQueen came on the scene, everything else [in the fashion world] suddenly looked old. Caravaggio used light like a photographer and his pictures are cropped like photographs. One that sticks in my mind is Boy Bitten By a Lizard. That's a beautiful example of the one-source light that we identify Caravaggio with, that he pioneered, but it's also a wonderful captured moment, this boy's sort of feminine reaction to the lizard's bite. It's a photograph before photography.

The flower in the boy's hair and the blouse coming off his shoulders I think signify that the boy is a male prostitute. »

- Imogen Carter

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