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“Kusama – Infinity” – A Film Review September 26, 2018

Hello! After years of quiet formation in Japan, young Yayoi Kusama moved to New York City and struggled to become an artist. But the American 1960’s was not open to women artists, and eventually, she returned to Japan, but now is the among the most recognizable, prolific, and influential celebrated artists of the last forty years. Now a film, “Kusama – Infinity” captures her stormy personal voyage.

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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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“Beat This!” July 25, 2017

It’s Media Monday on Tuesday, everyone!

In “Beat This!”, Francisco shares a short story about an Unbeatable work of art for this growing era of the hyped-up art spectacle. Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/tf58oAiSscs&w=700&rel=0

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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!

https://youtu.be/03URnVmiGzo&w=700&rel=0

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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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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!

https://youtu.be/JQeastJn9Ro&w=700&rel=0

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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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