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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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New Podcast Launched! December 28, 2017

Hello! It is with pleasure that we announce a new podcast series by Francisco Ricardo. Here, he reflects on the intersection of media, history, philosophy, and all the arts. From using subtle judgment, to discussing great Masters like Rembrandt, a new Renaissance of cultural horizons falls under his careful gaze, as he employs a format that is different and more conversational than conventional podcasts. Join us as we travel this new road. Enjoy.

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Left…With Doubts November 21, 2017

Hello!
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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Saturday Updates! September 16, 2017

Hello and a superb Saturday to you! In addition to our amazing art film, “F For Franco”, available on Amazon when you visit our Facebook page (or on iTunes), you may know that CF is in post-production on a film about Arturo Sandoval, the multi-Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter. More on that will be coming very soon, but first – we’re excited to announce that Francisco will be speaking on the radio! His expertise in art, culture, identity, and reflection (or lack of it sometimes) in this hashtag culture of consumerism will be on national radio programs! More details soon, and to get your weekend rolling along, please enjoy “Symbolic” from Francisco’s album, Minimal Souvenirs, and be well!

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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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