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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.

https://youtu.be/hhjsDMcVbmA&w=700&rel=0

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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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Everywhere is Sculpture July 6, 2016

Hello! It’s Wordsmithing Wednesday, and we are working our words around sculpture. It’s everywhere, from parks to college campuses – not something simply to be viewed in a museum, but to be wondered at in most public spaces. Sculpture seems to be getting harder to define as the decades progress, until the question arises – is it possible to sum up modern sculpture? In a film full of incredible examples, Francisco traces three trends showing how (1) massive blocks became seemingly “moving” projections; (2) depth became compressed into flatness; and (3) the creative process and its medium became a singular phenomenon. Deep theory, lots of works, an amazing ride!

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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!
https://youtu.be/XoCB_NljyA8&w=700&rel=0

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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

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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

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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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