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Ice Cream Wars – Attack of the Cones June 3, 2016

Hello!It’s Friday again, and while we are no strangers to hearing about (or being around) violence from gangs, there is perhaps one area where a turf war seems incredible, harking back to the good old days of running after an ice cream truck, its familiar call promising to chase away the summer heat with an ice cream treat. But all was most definitely not as it appeared. In this short film, we learn the dangerous truth beneath the mild vanilla exterior of the ice cream truck business. Enjoy!

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The Future is Now in Fashion – Techstyle at the MFA, Boston May 20, 2016

Hello! I decided to deem today as Fashion-Forward Friday. They say that in difficult times, fashion is always outrageous. Not surprisingly then, Francisco’s short film looks at new directions transforming the fashion system into a media platform. Enjoy!

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Eva Hesse – A Long Career, A Short Life May 11, 2016

It’s Wordsmithing Wednesday, and today we look a artist Eva Hesse. Using industrial materials not common to art in the 1960’s, sculptor Eva Hesse developed a powerful, influential style, attaining widespread fame and dying in the same month of her short, difficult life. Francisco reflects on this extraordinary artist’s life and work. Enjoy.

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Italian Cinema in 7 Minutes April 4, 2016

Here again is Francisco discussing the history of Italian film, with a quick tour focusing on the rise of Neorealism and how it led to the spaghetti western. Based on Gian Piero Brunetta’s “The History of Italian Cinema: A Guide to Italian Film from Its Origins to the Twenty-First Century”, this piece is filled with reminders of some of the best filmmaking Italy had to offer. Ciao!

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Categories: Commentary Film

Of A Tribe Called Quest March 29, 2016



Hello and Welcome again to Media Monday on Tuesday! I hope this Spring day finds you well. Today’s short film by Francisco is a tribute to the influential and much-loved hip hop band, A Tribe Called Quest. Formed in 1985, the group became extremely popular for their more positive and playful lyrics, rhythms, and nods to all kinds of music in their songs. A Tribe Called Quest released five albums before disbanding in 1998. Since then, however, they have come together several times to tour.

Sadly, on March 22, 2016, one of the members, Phife Dawg, passed away from complications of diabetes, aged only 45. This film reflects on both him and on the most unusual band of its time and genre of which he was a part.

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Confusion of the Creative Crisis February 17, 2016

“I think they’re trying to save him,” says one of the agents in the movie, The Matrix. ‘They’ are Neo and Trinity, and ‘him’ is their friend and leader Morpheus, and with this line, we are ushered into a rooftop battle and famous helicopter scene, where the big, powerful gun destroys the office where Morpheus is being held. You might ask, what does this scene have in common with Fellini’s 8 1/2? How can they be compared? There’s possibly nothing to connect them, but in this short “mashup”, Francisco takes a look and adds a third layer of creative confusion into the mix. I have my thoughts – what do you think? Could a tangible connection be made between these two things? Is every aspect of a film based on a conscious decision for a certain effect, or are some done on a whim? And why juxtapose these two things together? That’s the fun (if fun it can ever be) of the Creative Crisis. Enjoy!

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When Sculpture En”light”ened Rock Concerts January 26, 2016

Happy Media Monday on Tuesday! I think it’s fair to say that throughout the ages, as the notion of what is art has become more and more expansive, the idea of sculpture has remained rather steady, in our minds if not in strict definition. It’s an object you see in a museum, in a park, in a house. A static prop used in a theatrical production, not part of the production itself. And yet, as far back as 1924, sculpture began to embrace movement, light, and sound, and it brought new life to many kinds of performance, including the rock concert, carving out a new future for itself. In this short film, Francisco takes us on a journey through the evolution of sculpture as it relates to performance. Enjoy!

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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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Enter: Digital Humanities at WSU October 8, 2015

It’s Thoughtful Thursday, and finds us in Winona, MN. Francisco is speaking at Winona State University at the invitation of another former student of his at RISD, Miguel Elizalde, a member of the faculty at WSU. Miguel and professors from other disciplines are working together to create an interdisciplinary program called Digital Humanities. Francisco will teach a class in the afternoon to film students – discussing Orson Welles’ F For Fake and our own F for Franco, and present in the evening. The campus is beautiful, and ready to launch a new department!

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Forgetting the Past June 30, 2015

Hello and Happy Media Monday on Tuesday. It’s rather late in the evening to post this, but it’s been a busy day! Francisco, as you may know, hails from Cuba and had a very interesting childhood (that video to come), going from Cuba to Spain to NYC by the time he was nine. In this short film, Francisco discovers a book from his childhood education and ruminates (in the contemplative definition of the word!) on the past and the present and wonders whether or not the past has a role in today’s society.

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