FILM & TV

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MASTERS OF PRODUCTION

“This documentary explores the art of Production Design: the Hidden Art of Hollywood. Using interviews with top designers, art and plans from their workshops, and the films themselves this documentary explores the influence of these artists on the iconography of our culture. Heirs to the history of art, they are the architects of our dreams…the masters of production”.

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SOMETHING’S GONNA LIVE

“Daniel Raim has followed his Oscar-nominated The Man on Lincoln’s Nose, a warm and illuminating short documentary on renowned production designer Robert Boyle with the equally delightful and thoughtful feature-length Something’s Gonna Live. Raim again focuses on Boyle but brings in Boyle’s friends and fellow art directors, the late Henry Bumstead and the late Albert Nozaki, who worked together at Paramount in the early 30s. Raim follows the three on a visit to that studio, and later Boyle and storyboard artist Harold Michelson return to Bodega Bay, the site of The Birds, one of Boyle’s five films with Alfred Hitchcock. “

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THE MAN ON LINCOLN’S NOSE

“Production design has always been a key part of the Hollywood filmmaking process, but until recently the field received very little critical attention. But thanks to Daniel Raim’s lucid and concise Oscar nominated documentary about Robert Boyle, one of Hollywood’s best art directors, a general audience now has a chance to savor what these masters of their craft have contributed.”

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MY ARCHITECT: A SON’S JOURNEY

“World-famous architect Louis Kahn (Exeter Library, Salk Institute, Bangladeshi Capitol Building) had two illegitimate children with two different women outside of his marriage. Son Nathaniel always hoped that someday his father would come and live with him and his mother, but Kahn never left his wife. Instead, Kahn was found dead in a men’s room in Penn Station when Nathaniel was only 11. Nathaniel travels the world visitng his father’s buildings and haunts in this film, meeting his father’s contemporaries, colleagues, students, wives, and children.”.

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SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY

“A look at the life and career of architect Frank Gehry (1929 – ), a visit to four buildings (the Vitra Museum in Germany, Maggie’s Centre, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, and the Disney Concert Hall in L.A.), and an inquiry into creativity in conversations between Ghery and Sidney Pollack, whom Gehry asked to make this picture. Early experiences (playing with blocks with his grandmother, drawing with his father, hearing Alvar Aalto lecture), discovering computer-assisted design, finding a psychoanalyst, experimenting on his own home, and bringing an artist and sculptor’s sensibility to architecture are part of Gehry’s story. Friends, artists, critics, and curators comment. “

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CITIZEN ARCHITECT: SAMUEL MOCKBEE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RURAL STUDIO

.“Citizen Architect explores Samuel Mockbee’s effort to provide students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Revealing the philosophy and heart behind the Rural Studio, the documentary is guided by passionate, frank and never-before-seen interviews with Mockbee himself.The film follows, Jay Sanders, a young, first-time instructor at the Rural Studio as he leads a group of students in the process of crafting a home for their charismatic client, Jimmie Lee Matthews.”

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OBJECTIFIED

Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability. “

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HELVETICA

“Helvetica is an independent feature-length documentary film about typography and graphic design, centered on the typeface of the same name. Its content consists of a history of the typeface interspersed with candid interviews with leading graphic and type designers. The film aims to show Helvetica’s beauty and ubiquity, and illuminate the personalities that are behind typefaces. It also explores the rift between modernists and postmodernists, with the latter expressing and explaining their criticisms of the famous typeface.”

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URBANIZED

Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking. The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns. Yet much of the dialogue on these issues is disconnected from the public domain.”

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THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY

“The Story of Film: An Odyssey, a 15-part series written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Cousins, is the story of international cinema told through the history of cinematic innovation. Five years in the making, The Story of Film covers six continents and 12 decades. It is the adaptation of Cousin’s book of the same name, which showed how film-makers are influenced both by the historical events of their times, and by each other.Described as a ‘love letter’ to the movies, the film visits the key sites in the history of cinema; from Hollywood to Mumbai; from Hitchcock’s London to the village where Pather Panchali was shot. The show features interviews with legendary filmmakers and actors including Stanley Donen, Kyoko Kagawa, Gus van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Claire Denis, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Towne, Jane Campion and Claudia Cardinale.”

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A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE

A PERSONAL JOURNEY WITH MARTIN SCORSESE THROUGH AMERICAN MOVIES

HOT SET

FACE OFF

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Sources: imdb.com, wikipedia.org, citizenarchitectfilm.com, objectifiedfilm.com, urbanizedfilm.com, splicefilm.wordpress.com

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