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Chaplin Starting – Pt.1 July 15, 2017

Happy Saturday, everyone! Remember Charlie Chaplin, his smile, his unforgettable characters, and his domination of Hollywood and the developing movie era? On a dark and stormy night some days back, Francisco drove around the city streets, telling us a fascinating history of Charles Chaplin. In part 1, we tackle his early days of performing. Enjoy!

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The Artist is Prescient June 29, 2017

Thoughtful Thursday today, and we here have been busy on various projects, including promoting our new film, “F For Franco.” Do check out our FB Page of the same name.

If art can be theoretically anything these days, how can we ever hope to differentiate it from just “stuff”? How can we tell what could be important to our society to what’s distinctly ephemeral? In this clever short, the Art Critic Francisco goes on a night talk show to discuss the unveiling of an art project decades in the making, and the state of art today. Relax and enjoy!

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A Gathering of Sound April 6, 2017

Hello – Thoughtful Thursday brings with it the sixth album from Francisco. Sound Séance is eclectic and upbeat, a
“rhythmic exploration of some sixth sense phenomena, extending Brian Eno and David Byrne’s work from My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.” Available online here
Enjoy! 🙂

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Losing one Path to Find Another July 12, 2016

It’s Media Monday on Tuesday again, and today’s short, powerful film discusses the journey we all must take to find our path in life. Often, it takes us far from what we know and are familiar with – what may be safe, but not true to ourselves. And too often for many people, they are dispossessed of their homes, their countries, for a variety of reasons, and find they have no choice but to seek a new path for themselves. Please enjoy this video, and subscribe to our YouTube channel, Conceptualist Films

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Minimal Souvenirs is So Much More July 1, 2016

Hello and Happy Friday! I hope you are enjoying the end of the week! I’m very excited to announce the release of Francisco’s fourth album, “Minimal Souvenirs.” This album is a joyful, funky instrumental album full of complex rhythms, where each track has its own sense of time. It’s available here on Amazon, as well as iTunes and various streaming services. MinimalSouvenirs_Cover In the below video, Francisco gives us a sample of six tracks from “Minimal Souvenirs.” Have a great, safe weekend!

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A Singular Within in Physical Form March 11, 2016

Hello – it’s the evening of Thoughtful Thursday, and what better way to usher us gently into Friday and the weekend than with a copy of Francisco’s latest CD, A Singular Within? This reflective and meditative effort, full of quiet, gentle moments at one turn, and haunting chants at the next, is available digitally on iTunes and Amazon, and now, physical CDs are available for you to enjoy.

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NOTE: Two bonus tracks are included on the digital album.

Ease yourself into a peaceful night and morning and take care! 🙂

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Coming on Wednesday – F For Franco! February 21, 2016

Happy Sunday, everyone! The festival is getting into full swing now, and runs through the coming week with well over one hundred films being screened in all genres. Our film, F For Franco, will screen on Wednesday, February 24th. Each day, I will be posting some material to give a sense of the visual journey the viewer will enjoy in watching F For Franco. Here is a short film to get you started:

You can purchase tickets here: http://www.laemmle.com/theaters/4/2016-02-24#get-tickets

Hope to see you there, enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂

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Happy New Year 2016 January 1, 2016

Hello Everyone! As 2015 drew to a close, we reflected on what had happened recently as we looked forward to the promise of new experiences for the year which has just begun. Some of our experiences included moving into a new building in LA, traveling to MN to speak about film and art at Winona State University, beginning principal photography on an amazing new project on Elmyr de Hory with Mark Forgy, and nearly finishing the filming for our movie on jazz legend Arturo Sandoval. We released a second album of Francisco’s music, Groove Morphisms, and will soon release a third. There’s so much to be grateful for, and so much to look forward to! Here is a short video of some of the adventures from the past couple of years as we move into the New Year. May you enjoy today and every day of 2016!

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Hollywood, FFF, and Many Thanks to the Festival October 7, 2015

Hello and Happy Tuesday to you! It’s so strange that two weeks ago today, the Hollywood Film Festival, held at the ArcLight Cinemas, got under way. It was a new era for the festival, looking to change HFF’s direction, to let great films and little-known filmmakers have a chance to show their work. This article from the LA Times discusses the vision of Brad Parks and Rod Beaudoin for the Hollywood Film Festival:

Our film screened on Thursday night, with an introduction before and spontaneous Q & A after the film by Francisco; a few days later, Neon Tommy – a large, student-run news organization that is part of USC-Annenberg (http://www.neontommy.com/annenberg-digital-news.html), gave F For Franco this review:
View story at Medium.com

The festival was a wonderful experience (speaking from New England experience,the weather was fantastic for late September!), and we at CF thank Brad, Rod, the HFF team, and Linda Brown for realizing their mission to “Incite, Inspire, Inform” the Future of Hollywood! I believe our film embodies all three.

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13 Days To HFF! September 10, 2015

Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday! Conceptualist Films is headed to the Hollywood Film Festival, as we announced earlier. The filmmakers were given a number (e.g. 23 days until the festival, and so on) and asked to create a photo and a very short video proclaiming this. Today marks 13 days to the festival, and so here is our video, done in a style as unique as Conceptualist Films. The music is another Francisco original. Enjoy!

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