What are you setting up by calling this film The Comedy?
Rick Alverson: The title, for me, is a blatant sarcasm that feels consistent with the voice of the protagonist of the film. It functions very much like his antagonisms, and even his flirtations with sincerity.
The evening, which kicked off with a lingerie photo shoot, was just beginning to transition into the swinger portion of the program for couples who paid $100 apiece for an invite when the interruption occurred.
Guests, who were refunded their money, complained that they were being photographed and followed to their rooms.
“They noticed there were a lot of attractive people — one of whom was a celebrity,” he said. “We insisted this was a private event ... It’s not appropriate when you have people’s identities that you want to protect.” [NY Daily News]
OooOOOoooo, a celebrity! Who was it, was it Ann Curry? I bet it was Ann Curry. Anyway, in case you care about the hotel's side of the story, they claim the party was loud and nobody told them an orgy was going down:
A Mondrian SoHo spokesman confirmed the party was shut down, and one of their security guards denied that any pictures had been taken. A hotel source told the Post that the organizers had falsely booked the event as a "photo shoot/documentary." There were music and noise issues, and hotel security wasn't allowed in to investigate: "But hotel staff noticed the ‘guests’ were in various different stages of undress and positions, so they were removed from the hotel. The swingers then tried to carry on the party in two other rooms they had booked for hair and makeup, and were completely removed from the hotel.” [Gothamist]
Honestly, if you are a schmancy hotel in SoHo, I think you'd be well served to just assume EVERY photo shoot booking is actually a sex party and work backward from there.
In a great many ways, Ai Weiwei is no stranger to artistic exploitation, particularly in mediated spheres.
He has himself very frequently, and very successfully, exploited the readily extensive reach of the latter to proliferate, as an artist, his political critiques. At the same time, he has also been exploited, in some sense, by those very same spheres for the reach and popularity of his mediated artistry.
Welcome to Day 3 of Northside Film! Once again, we're pleased to bring you some highlights of tonight's program, handpicked by Mark Asch. For tonight's full schedule, click here. For badge and ticketing information, head this way.
You'll find our L Mag picks after the jump.
Oh hi, it's us again. After sleeping for about 36 hours straight in hopes of even beginning to recover from the four-day alcohol binge that was the music portion of the 2012 Northside Festival, we are back, and we are so, so, so fucking thankful that this heatwave bullshit didn't happen a few days ago. Seriously, there is no telling exactly how much physical violence would have transpired between L Mag employees over there at headquarters, but it would not have been pretty.
Anyway, as you may have imagined, we had quite a few photographers out there documenting the goings-on, and they did some staggeringly good work, which we are pleased to present here, in a series of slideshows. Take a look, and maybe share them across your favorite social networks?
Of course you would! You're only human!
Fossil turtles have been caught having sex, the first known case of animals with backbones found copulating in the fossil record, researchers say.
The mating turtles may have been caught in a death trap as they sank to deeper layers of the lake, where they were having sex nearly 50 million years ago, the researchers speculate. The lake's deep layers may have held deadly volcanic gases or other toxins. [MSNBC]
Isn't nature incredible?!
In Tchoupitoulas (screening Thursday, June 21 at 9:30pm), brothers Bill and Turner Ross document the sights, sounds and wonders of the New Orleans night, soaking in all the music, lights and half-naked bodies through the eyes of three young brothers who take the Canal Street ferry in from the West Bank. The film is sporadically narrated through the youngest brother Wiliam's inner monologue, and so through his eyes it becomes about the inevitable disappointment of lassoing a limitless imagination. I had the pleasure of speaking with both Ross brothers about the second feature they made together. I first spoke with Turner in Santa Fe.
What do you think the difference is—in a documentary—between having a story and a narrative arc?
Turner Ross: I think a narrative arc implies a traditional structure, which has the basis of literature or a stage play. And it’s become something I think we’ve all grown to anticipate, and maybe there’s a feeling of unease if it’s not apparent. And while what we’re doing doesn’t necessarily have an overt narrative arc, it certainly has story. Whether it’s disjointed scenes, which are moments within their own stories, or whether we look at these films as slices of an ongoing stories that existed before or after. I think that’s an interesting conversation and one that I wish we could have more often, because we’re more often relegated to the art film category, where it’s just this sort of ambient experience. And it doesn’t mean it’s without context, or an emotional barometer.
Hope you're rested up, because Day 2 of Northside Film is this evening. If you'll permit us, let us draw your attention to a few of tonight's highlight. Plus, Led Er Est of local record label Sacred Bones will be DJing downstairs at Nitehawk Cinema from 9pm-11pm. For badge and ticketing information, head here.
Flooding with Love for the Kid (dir. Zachary Oberzan)
DIY Special Presentation
7:15pm - 9:15pm @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue between Wythe and Berry)
This rarely screened film was adapted, directed, filmed, acted, designed, and edited by one man. Shot entirely for $96 in a 220 square-foot studio apartment in Manhattan, Oberzan plays two dozen characters in this adaptation of First Blood, the novel that introduced the world to Rambo. The critic Matt Zoller Seitz, who put together this marvelous video essay on the film, will moderate a Q&A with Oberzan after the screening.
In the event you don't know how summers at NYC galleries tend to go, it's a time for occasionally very fine
lineups in group shows.
Indeed, it's a time when many galleries allow solo and specialized exhibitions to go on hiatus for the season as they gather works from their rosters of artists—sometimes emptying benches rather thoroughly, at times digging into roster-breaching inventories as well—now binding them together conceptually, now inviting guest curators to do so, now culling works and calling the whole eyeful, quite aptly ...
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allegedly edited its online description of how the "morning-after pill" works — striking the potentially dubious detail that continues to inspire most of the backlash against the administration's birth control coverage mandate.
The FDA's entry on the "morning-after pill" now reads, in part: "These are pills with hormones similar to other oral contraceptives" and "They stop the ovaries from releasing an egg or stops sperm from joining with the egg." [RH Reality Check]
I literally cannot understand a group of people who are both anti-contraception and anti-abortion, but I guess there are a lot of things I don't really understand about conservative thought. If it were up to me, all hormonal birth control would be cheap and over-the-counter. Anyway, I guess it's a sad state of affairs when it's good news that the FDA is willing to accurately describe what a drug does, rather than change the facts to suit some political purpose, but hey, I guess we've all got to take what we can get these days.
The Brooklyn-based writer and illustrator Matt Dojny's first novel, The Festival of Earthly Delights, is on sale today. (Book trailer!) He promises spiked punch at the launch reading tomorrow night at BookCourt (and will also read next Tuesday evening at McNally Jackson with John Wray, with whom he collaborated on the illustrated essay "Impossible Sightseeing" in A Public Space).
For our readers who may not be familiar with your work, what’s the most accurate thing someone else has said about it?
A friend told me that reading my novel was like “sticking [his] face into the armpit of a beautiful woman.” I can’t attest to the accuracy of this statement, but, it is a vivid description (and a line that eventually made it into the book itself).
So, the Northside Festival, having taken over all of Williamsburg's music venues this past weekend, will now colonize the Nitehawk, UnionDocs and indieScreen for four evenings of film screenings. Northside Film begins tonight with offerings from our DIY Film Competition and our many and varied curatorial partners.
Tonight: vampire softcore classic Fascination, with a live score! A double feature of Alex Ross Perry's Pynchon-inpsired first feature Impolex, and Joe Swanberg's new Teorema-in-Greenpoint riff The Zone! (Followed by a Q&A moderated by Mr. Perry, of the strangely magnetic negative charisma!) POV documentary Girl Model! To name but a few!
Later this week, we're showing new stuff, old stuff and weird stuff—everything, that is, from the new Sarah Polley/Michelle Williams movie and the new Ai Weiwei documentary, to Lena Dunham's Creative Nonfiction and Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse, to a bootleg Mean Streets re-edit and a one-man First Blood remake. We hope to see you up there.
Benjamine Bowers said he was referred to agent Brian Hillburn by an A&F casting director when he worked for the clothing chain last year, according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ.
Hilburn allegedly flew the male model out to a photoshoot in Jackson, Mississippi, where Hillburn persuaded him to masturbate nude in order to get a more “relaxed” look for his modeling portfolio.
The shoot reportedly took place on June 17, 2011.
Bowers claims in the suit that Hilburn exposed himself after Bowers finished masturbating and began commenting on the size of their penises.
The former A&F employee, according to TMZ, “feels used and believes the photos were never intended to help his career... but just to give Hilburn a cheap thrill." NY Daily News
One day down at Northside, our weeklong festival of music, film, art and entrepreneurship panels in north Brooklyn, and still many more to go! Nadia Chaudhury was out and about yesterday taking photos to show you that you've already missed some great times. But fret not, because there's still plenty to catch up with, including but not limited to tonight's outdoor show at McCarren Park, featuring Of Montreal, Jens Lekman, and more, or tomorrow's free show with Dean & Britta and Red Baraat, or any of the hundreds of band showcases, film screenings, open galleries, and discussion panels happening over the next several days. Schedule, badges, tickets and more here.
Northside Day 1
A partial element of juggernautal Northside Festival, Northside Art, a collaborative effort with Hyperallergic, will be getting officially underway in just a few hours. It's a big art festival, and there is plenty going on, but it's scheduled in a way that will allow you to enjoy almost all of it.
But hold on, it keeps going: The grounds will also host a mini food-truck festival curated by the good people of Parked!, the same organization behind the August 4th event at the South Street Seaport, which will feature more than 30 trucks. Among those on hand Saturday will be Urban Lobster, KimChi Taco, Frites N Meats, and many more. Full details and set times below...
Also, a plea: if you want to see this movie, please check it out at the Ziegfeld Theatre in midtown, whose May-long darkness does not bode well for its long-term future. It may not be near anywhere you usually hang out, but it's the flat-out prettiest, most elegant big screen in the city, and it would be a shame if a floundering Clearview sold it off to become a Century 21, or even a Broadway stage playing Rock of Ages.
Since the rainfall has let up for a few minutes (it seems) and might remain at bay for several more days (so they say), take advantage of the climatic fairness by heading to the 70 East 4th Street Cultural Center to glimpse Saints of The Lower East Side, an outdoor installation of painted portraits by artist Tom Sanford.
This just convinces me even further how repellent BDSM is. You must be mentally ill…
elvis costello perfomance link (the published one here is not working) http://videos.mediaite.com/video/Elvis-Costello-Radio-Radio-1977
I need a sweet baby