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Top 4 Things Filmmakers Should Be Thankful For

Image still copyright Peanuts Worldwide

Image still copyright Peanuts Worldwide

As we approach Thanksgiving, there is a huge pull towards consumption. We want to eat all the stuffing and all the dessert and then get ALL the best Black Friday sales. However, the holiday, per its name, is about truly reflecting and giving thanks for the things that make us fortunate. Instead of consuming, we should be creating; creating food to share with out families and making lifelong memories, even if they are about how crazy the trip to get home was (thanks, Winter Storm Cato)!

That said, in the spirit of the holiday, here’s a reflection on the top 4 things filmmakers should be thankful for in this day and age.  Continue reading

Chuck Jones at the Museum of the Moving Image

Photograph and drawings courtesy Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Film stills courtesy Warner Bros.™ Looney Tunes Characters © & TM Warner Bros.

Photograph and drawings courtesy Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Film stills courtesy Warner Bros.™ Looney Tunes Characters © & TM Warner Bros.

Now through January 2015, the Museum of the Moving Image here in New York City is presenting an exhibition featuring the art of animator Chuck Jones. If the name Chuck Jones is unfamiliar, then the names of the characters he animated will probably ring a bell. He is most well known for bringing classic Warner Brothers characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to life. And for the much younger generations, he created the Road Runner character — which has been the mascot of the Time Warner Cable company’s internet services — among many other beloved animated creatures. Continue reading

Mobile Phone Filmmaking

Film Still from short film Tom & Issy

Film Still from short film Tom & Issy

Filmmaking has become more and more accessible in recent years. We all know that you no longer need to carry around a large film-eating camera, whose film then needs to get specially developed, to get some decent footage. But what you might not know is that you most likely have its equivalent in your pocket right now. Mobile phones, while ubiquitous for vertical video of pets and babies alike, have become a vehicle for independent filmmakers looking to explore the medium on a budget. Continue reading

Celebrate at the MoMA

Postcard of Heckscher Building (where MoMA originally rented space), with The Plaza Hotel (right), 1923 via MoMA.org

Postcard of Heckscher Building (where MoMA originally rented space), with The Plaza Hotel (right), 1923 via MoMA.org

If you are in NYC this weekend, you might want to stop by the MoMA and wish it a happy birthday! The Museum of Modern Art is hosting an event the evening of November 15th in honor of its 85th anniversary.

The MoMA was born in the shadow of the infamous Wall Street Crash of 1929. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and her friends opened the museum which was the first of its kind in Manhattan. The museum quickly expanded under the leadership of president A. Conger Goodyear, eventually outgrowing the several rooms it occupied on the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue. Continue reading

A Doc for What Ails You

If you are in New York City this November, you may want to consider DOC NYC. In just four years of existence, DOC NYC has emerged as one of New York City’s premiere documentary film festivals. Festival films will screen at the IFC Center in the West Village and also at locations in Chelsea (SVA Theater and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas) beginning November 13th.

DOC NYC Festival Logo

DOC NYC Festival Logo via docnyc.net

The festival website currently includes a long list of the films that will be screening. Without further ado, here are a few of the films I’m most excited about: Continue reading

Andy Warhol is Exposed

BAM is currently hosting the multidisciplinary 2014 Next Wave Festival which they’ve billed as “New York City’s largest experience in live performance.” As part of the festival, they are screening Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films which is a collection of 15 Warhol films that have never been seen before. The entire collection of 1960′s era films has been digitally restored for today’s audiences. The Warhol films screen November 6th through November 8th. Continue reading

Election Day Movies

Still from Napoleon Dynamite, source DoobyBrain.com

Still from Napoleon Dynamite, source DoobyBrain.com

Today is Election Day here in the United States. If you haven’t yet, go out and exercise your right to vote! While most folks who voted today will be interested in watching who wins or loses, we thought you might want to see those results tomorrow morning and watch a great election-themed movie instead. Read on for our best movies to watch while secretly checking race results on your phone. Continue reading

The Best Horror Movies for Halloween

Photo via BlueRay.com

Photo via BlueRay.com

It’s Halloween and if you don’t have plans, today is a perfect day to stay in and watch a scary movie or two. Thankfully, Anthony and I have been watching a bunch of horror films this month to help you narrow it down based on whatever flavor of scary you prefer.  Continue reading

The Medium is the Message

Last week, Anthony and I went to the Museum of Modern Art here in New York City for a special film screening of Bob Fosse’s Cabaret. The 1972 film starring Liza Minelli and Michael York screened to a pretty large audience of museum members who were then treated to a Q&A with stage and screen actor Joel Grey, who played the Master of Ceremonies in the film.  Continue reading

Alright Alright Alright

Dazed and Confused Film Still (1993)

Dazed and Confused Film Still (1993)

Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused is perhaps one of the most referenced films about high school even though it was set nearly forty years ago in the summer of ’76. While set in the seventies, it was filmed in the 90′s and just celebrated its twentieth anniversary last year. Continue reading