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!Comments Off on Ice Cream Wars – Attack of the Cones
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!
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.Comments Off on Eva Hesse – A Long Career, A Short Life
Hello, and welcome to a later edition of Media Monday on Tuesday! Not all stories are narratives, and not all narratives are stories (think of dreams, for example). In this engrossing work by Francisco, can you tell which kind it is? Travel down the rabbit hole and offer an interpretation for this rich procession of images. It’s all there.Comments Off on Visual Verse
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!Comments Off on Italian Cinema in 7 Minutes
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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.Comments Off on Of A Tribe Called Quest
Happy Sunday, everyone! The festival is getting into full swing now, and runs through the coming week with well over one hundred films being screened in all genres. Our film, F For Franco, will screen on Wednesday, February 24th. Each day, I will be posting some material to give a sense of the visual journey the viewer will enjoy in watching F For Franco. Here is a short film to get you started:
You can purchase tickets here: http://www.laemmle.com/theaters/4/2016-02-24#get-tickets
Hope to see you there, enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂Comments Off on Coming on Wednesday – F For Franco!
“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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Hello! It’s Saturday, and CF has some exciting news to share – F For Franco is returning to LA to participate in the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival in just a couple of weeks. It opens on February 18th (our film screens on the 24th), and we’ve been nominated for Best Documentary! It looks to be a fun time, and we’d love to see anyone reading this and in the area to come and watch our film. I’ll be posting more material here as the festival approaches, stay tuned! Here are some stills taken straight from the film for you. Have a wonderful day!
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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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