A little later today, I’ll fill you in on last night’s centerpiece screening of The Burning Plain, the directorial debut of Babel writer Guillermo Arriaga. But until then, consider these options as you plan your AFI day: Valentino: The Last Emperor – Raves met this portrait of the famed fashion designer when it played at […]
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BIG ARTS CUTS ONE STATE OVER: If you are a Louisiana arts organization that relies on small grants from the state, you might start setting up that lemonade stand. Governor Bobby Jindal has slashed the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Fund by 83 percent as the state trims its overall budget by about 10 percent. The fund […]
Desdemona: A Love Story may well be the most gorgeous looking film at the AFI Film Festival. Good or bad, consciously or not, it’s one of those judgments viewers make about an independent film: Does this thing look as good as a Hollywood studio product? Thanks to cinematographer and editor Philip Roy, Desdemona doesn’t look like a Hollywood film. It looks like a beautifully crafted Hollywood film.
Yes, a beautifully crafted Hollywood film whose slowness and obviousness are likely to make a viewer pinch himself on occasion to make sure he hasn’t fallen into a coma.
Curious about what to see today at AFI Dallas? I assume you will all be going to the Art&Seek-sponsored screening of Say My Name (5:30, NorthPark). But you might also consider: The Garden – A community garden and the City of Los Angeles’ attempt to shut it down are at the center of this Oscar-nominated […]
Running concurrent with AFI this weekend is a symposium on concept art and design. It’s called Reverie, and it’s sponsored by ConceptArt.org and Massive Black. It makes sense to hold a training event for folks who want to design characters in movies or work in animation, comics or video games, during a film festival. And […]
If I had any question as to whether or not I was in the right theater to see the energy doc Houston We Have a Problem, that question was answered when a guy sat down two rows in front of me wearing a 10 gallon hat. Not a modern Stetson, mind you, but a Old […]
The title of one of the panels Saturday afternoon at the Nasher Sculpture Center was “Documentary or VLog: What’s a Documentary Really?” And that proved to be the subject of the panel. For about five minutes. The rest of the time, though, was an education for anyone who has ever thought about making a doc […]
How do female rappers find the balance between embodying traditional hip-hop qualities while also maintaining their identities as women?
That’s the question at the heart of the documentary Say My Name.
At 3 o’clock on Friday afternoon, Terry Walstrom and his 18-year-old son, Nicholas, were settling into a movie at AFI Dallas. The fact that a father and son would be catching a movie together wasn’t unusual, but the movie they had picked was. The 1944 Billy Wilder classic Double Indemnity, starring Fred MacMurray, Edward G. […]
What sounds good for this weekend at the AFI? Here’s what I recommend: Saturday Rock Prophecies – If you’re a fan of rock ‘n’ roll and photography, this doc is for you. It follows the career of concert photographer Robert Knight as he captures some of the lasting images of rock, including some of the […]