Ideas in Images

How the Film “Red Sparrow” Takes Us Beyond the Morality of “Citizenship” March 21, 2018

Happy Wednesday, and for some, Happy Spring!
So, the West and the Russians have built myth-worlds demonizing each other. But what moral choice is there when our actions are engineered by ideologies? This film’s critics failed to understand that political narratives are about controlling choices, not images. Take a good beverage and enjoy this new podcast episode. Cheers!

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Left…With Doubts November 21, 2017

Art is the only market where it’s desirable to pay high prices and not look under the hood, and when it comes to questionable work, if the price is high enough, the art automatically becomes authentic. Francisco examines the supposed Leonardo against the artist’s other portraits and finds a curious break with form.

We might remember that all forgeries sold at auction, like the recent fake Rothko, were authenticated by… experts. This leads us to mention a film we are shooting about fake art and real genius — and how the two are not mutually exclusive. Listen to new music as you enjoy this art analysis!

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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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Art & Authenticity May 12, 2017

It’s Fearless Friday! We’re very excited to announce that in a few weeks, our film, “F For Franco”, will have a wide online release! Look for more extra material, etc. in the next few days/weeks/months! Visit our FFF Facebook Page, as well! Today, Francisco ponders aloud how people react when finding out a beloved car, painting, or object is not, in fact, “real.” What about people – finding out they are not who you thought they were? What if the person or persons were manipulating their identities? What is that? That’s “F For Franco”! Enjoy your weekend!

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Orson On The Margins May 6, 2017

Happy Birthday, Orson Welles! Here, to commemorate his birthday, we offer a brief bit of news regarding Orson’s papers, and remember a few of his obscure but memorable works and appearances, from a recording where Francisco pondered some media history coinciding with Orson’s later life. Happy Saturday!

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Fashion, Space, and the Fabric for a New Age April 14, 2017

Happy Friday! For some, it’s Good Friday; for others, another day of celebrating Passover. Here, it’s fashion for the 2017-18 Autumn Winter season. Join Francisco in this insightful short film about fashion in the Space Age, and the search for something new. Enjoy!

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SNL, ATCQ, Redux November 13, 2016

Hello! With the US election so close behind us, it was only natural that Saturday’s Saturday Night Live show dealt with the election’s outcome in various ways. The program also featured the musical guest A Tribe Called Quest. The band performed with a tribute to late Tribe member Phife Dawg, who passed away earlier this year. Francisco had already created his own tribute to Phife and ATCQ, which I’m presenting to you again now. Please enjoy!

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Insights On the Road September 29, 2016

Hello, it’s Thoughtful Thursday! From crowded shelves, to teetering hardcover end tables, to an overloaded Kindle, our books are everywhere. Many are old friends, while some will never be read. Others have given us help and clarity with their carefully chosen words. When these beloved works have offered up their insights to us, do we still need to hold on to the physical objects? In this short film, Francisco delves into this discussion, so please buckle up for the ride and enjoy!

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The Idea of Ideas and of Being September 12, 2016

Hello, it’s Media Monday! The idea of being conceptual – what does it mean? Taking it further – why Conceptualist Films? Francisco gives us the illustrated answer in this colorful short film.

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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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