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Some Polaroid goodness

Found this today – a Charles and Ray Eames movie on the SX-70

Following up from my post last week – here is what the Paul Giambarba Edition Polaroid Film box looks like

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Miami Art fairs day two – evening edition

I was able to see a rough cut screening of Tamara Davis’s upcoming new movie Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child as well as a brief Q and A afterwords. I like JMB and the whole New York scene of the early eighties so I was looking forward to this, but at the same time I was hoping for something really new that I hadn’t seen before that helps tear down or build up the mythology. Davis’s film, the core of which is her footage shot a year or so (maybe more) before his death is really strong, I just wish there were more of that and less people talking about him.

Davis’s goal is to humanize the mythology of JMB and she gets close, and I’m sure will get closer as she continues to dial in the movie, as I stated before – the movie is a rough cut and it’s strong. I wonder if I’m too close to the subject matter to see it as a “normal” viewer.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child will premier at Sundance later this winter. I think Miss Davis has some work in front of her.

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Every Other Day is Halloween

C.W. Prather has put together a great documentary on Washington DC living legend Dick Dsyzel. Every Other Day Is Halloween is a documentary of TV horror movie host, Count Gore De Vol (or Count Gore for short). Count Gore hosted Creature Feature here from 1973 to 1987. For those of you not in the know, “horror hosts” were usually regional personalities when local TV stations provided regional content instead of being outlets for national networks. Channel 20 was particularly good at this as both Count Gore and Petey Greene were both huge presences in the culture of DC in the seventies (side note: you might remember the Petey Greene bio pic with Don Cheadle).

While not every community had a horror host, in Every Other Day Is Halloween, Prather has made a nostalgic and witty movie that makes you wish you had a Gore De Vol for your own. In fact you do, you just don’t know it. Yet. Take a look here for proof. One thing you might find interesting was that Count Gore was not the only role Dsyzel had – at the time he was also Bozo the Clown and Captain Twenty for the afternoon kids oriented programing.

Back the the main story… I’ll admit I’m biased as my friendship with the film maker is over 15 years old however don’t just take my word for it, Every Other Day is Halloween has just been accepted to the Comic-Con Film Festival in San Diego, and will soon have another viewing at the AFI in the fall.

C.W. Prather is also the Director of the internationally acclaimed Spooky Movie Film Festival

For further information:
Every Other Day is Halloween Trailer
Arch Campbell reviews EODH
A brief over view of Horror Hosts
Count Gore DeVol

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Guest of Cindy Sherman, A film by Paul H-O and Tom Donahue

I recently saw Guest of Cindy Sherman, the new film about the relationship between Paul H-O and Cindy Sherman. The film follows the relationship between the two for a period of about 6 years and is focused on Paul’s story. Ms. Sherman, who is notoriously press shy, in a way is the “Rosebud” of the film.

We are introduced to Paul H-O through the lens of his well known 1990’s public access TV show Gallery Beat, and spend the first quarter of the movie learning who he was at the time and how that show become known. We also get to see Julian Schnabel be a dick about the review of his show that the Gallery Beat team films. (I watched that part three or four times – it’s fun) What we come to learn is that Cindy Sherman of all people is a huge fan of the show, and following a chance encounter at another opening, Paul eventually gets Ms. Sherman on his show. From there, fireworks happen, trains go through tunnels, and love blooms.

The real crux of the movie starts to happen after this part, and it’s an interesting idea. The “lesser half” of a couple is a really curious subject for a movie, or even just conversation. I think everyone has dished about a couple they know at some point – it’s just human nature. Paul H-O’s world starts to turn and what I liked is that the relationship is timed with the early part of the boom of the art market we have just witnessed and it is quite a document of that time, as well as his personal story. The negative aspect to the film is that this is a one sided story. Ms. Sherman refused to take part in the movie, I’m not sure I blame her. I would have no idea how to handle the situation of my former lover making a movie about our relationship either.

The other downside is Paul H-O, he is a big personality, and I could see parts of that working against him in the relationship, as it does sometimes in the film. I wish I could have seen him a bit less “on camera” if you know what I mean.

Bottom line is this, it’s worth seeing. bring friends and go for coffee afterword and dish on all the artworld stuff in the movie. At worst you’ll have a great time with that, on the flip side maybe being in an entourage isn’t like that show on TV.

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Punk film this thanksgiving in New York

This Thanksgiving, after you give thanks for your whatever your thankful for, Check out this film festival it’s the BAM punk film festival. The choices are really UK in scope – but still a great way to finish the holiday.

All are at the BAM / Rose Cinemas

Highlights include (with some personal notes)
24 Hour Party People – This is the Tony Wilson Story (Factory Records) and include cameos by all your fave Factory Folks – look for Vini Reilly (Durutti Column) acting as a roadie/deliveryman

Jubilee – Derek Jarman directed this great film – It’s not often played – don’t miss it.

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten – This is the recent Bio pic of Strummers life by Julien Temple who also did The Filth and the Fury really a great documentary – esp. before and after The Clash

Urgh! A Music War – This is the Classic IRS records showcase movie. I saw this at the Ontario Theater – X played first then they screened the film. No one was really that up for the film after that – it was still a great time.

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