Souris writes, "Scriptura Vitae is the directorial debut of New York-based artist, designer and filmmaker Aerosyn-lex Mestrovic. Having collaborated with the likes of Kanye West and KENZO, Mestrovic's latest venture is an ambitious three-part journey into the unknown that showcases Lex's haunting ritualistic calligraphy, alongside stunningly choreographed Japanese Butoh performances set to a score which features original music by the Grammy Nominated DIPLO. The film stars famed Japanese actress Miho Nikaido, best known for her role in the cult-classic and previously banned film Tokyo Decadence which was written and directed by lauded novelist Ryu Murakami. The effects in the film are visually striking, combining modern compositing with in-camera painting to devise something wholly unique."
◢ SCRIPTURA VITAE † A FILM BY AEROSYN-LEX MESTROVIC ◣
The dueling banjo scene in John Boorman's Deliverance (1972) is one of my favorite musical moments ever in a film. It's simultaneously delightful, funny, and deeply creepy. I watched the clip recently and decided to find out who played Lonnie, the young inbred fellow picking opposite Ronny Cox. The actor is Billy Redden from Rabun County, Georgia who was 15-years-old at the time. Redden was "discovered" during a casting call at his school in Clayton, Georgia. Special effect makeup was used to augment Redden's already-unusual features. He didn't actually play the banjo. According to The New Yorker, "Boorman had had to deploy another boy to hide behind the swing and slip his hand through Redden’s sleeve to finger the changes." Redden wasn't a fan of Burt Reynolds: “Burt didn’t want to say nothing to nobody,” Redden told The New Yorker years later. “He wasn’t polite. And he made us look real bad--he said on television that all people in Rabun County do is watch cars go by and spit.”
Redden's IMD profile says that for a time Redden gave "Deliverance Tours" along the Georgia river where the film was shot. After Deliverance, Redden didn't appear in another movie until Tim Burton's Big Fish. Burton located Redden working in the Cookie Jar Cafe in Clayton, Georgia. Since then, Redden had a bit part on Blue Collar TV as an inbred car mechanic who played the banjo.
Below, a video interview with Redden from last year.
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project accepts any line of dialog from Star Wars, locates the correct frames in the movie, and generates an animated GIF of that scenes, with subtitles. This will be useful.
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Jamie from Vodo sez, "VODO has a new 'Big Brother Bundle' coming out today. It's a crossmedia, themed bundle on the crucial topic of surveillance - curated by Daniel Domscheit-Berg. It's pay what you like, time-limited and we're trying to raise awareness around these issues + donate to a charity working around this area."
There's some amazing books, comics, games, music and videos here, and the chance to get free iPredator service. The nominated charity is the excellent, SOPA-killing Fight for the Future.
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Ethan Gilsdorf reviews Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews’ darkly comic fable of nerdliness, rivalry and belonging.
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"X-Ray Film" (c.1968) by Chris Munger. According to the Creative Film Society 1972 catalog, it's a UCLA student film that "makes a cynical comment on our romantic naiveties of our bodies, particularly in terms of lovemaking." (via I Hate This Film)
Zack sez, "Is there another holiday movie more underrated than the Harvey Kurtzman-scripted 1967 Rankin-Bass stop-motion classic MAD MONSTER PARTY? If you haven't experienced it yet, sample this adaptation by Dell (no artist credits are given, though it was adapted from Kurtzman's screenplay). Nothing can compare to the film, but it still retains some of the original's charm. The adaptation is in two parts (Part 2 is here)
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For Wes Anderson's latest movie
. Now, that man really knows how to put together an ensemble cast
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Black Angel is a 25-minute Arthurian film from 1979 directed by Roger Christian, the Oscar-winning set decorator on Star Wars. George Lucas blessed Black Angel as the opening film to play before The Empire Strikes Back in Europe. For years, it's been thought that the original prints were lost. But an archivist at Universal Pictures found a print that has now been restored. It re-premiered this week at the Mill Valley Film Festival. According to the L.A. Times, Christian plans to release it on Netflix and iTunes early next year. Above is a clip! "Short film meant to accompany 'Empire Strikes Back' makes a comeback" (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)
I'm a bit burned out on 8-bit everything but I do love The Shining and this is a fun 3 minutes. CineFix: "The Shining - 8 Bit Cinema"
Kazuhiko Kakuta made a terrific flying ornithopter model of a Flaptter from Hayao Miyazaki's "Laputa: The Castle in the Sky" (1986). Details here. And below, video of Kakuta's radio-controlled Totoro. (via The Kid Should See This)
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"Four in the morning" appears with strange frequency in movies, TV, art, and culture. The Museum of Four In The Morning collects such references. Submit yours!
"Videographic shamanism" from Lasse A. Gjertsen.
It is a story about a persons life and death told in 8-bits video game graphics. I made it in about half a year together with my friend Trygve Knudsen, who made the 3D-sequences. I made all the 8-bit-shit :) We worked on and off with it from February 2008 and completed it in January 2009. It has been screened at a bunch of film festivals all over the planet, and is originally made for 35mm film with surround sound (kicks in during the 3D-sequences).
[Video Link] [Thanks, Yngvar!]
Crazy 4 Cult 2 is a brand new collection of cult movie-themed artwork from Gallery 1988's annual show. This book features amazing art inspired by movies such as A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Ghostbusters, Fight Club and many, many more. It's the followup to 2011's Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art.
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Gallery 1988’s annual Crazy 4 Cult art show has quickly become a phenomenon, with huge crowds and high profile buyers like Kevin Smith and Joss Whedon snapping up work by the cream of the underground/urban scene. Following 2011’s critically acclaimed first volume, here’s the eagerly awaited second selection of surprising, beautiful and just plain cool cult movie-inspired artwork.
Gallery 1998 has quickly become one of the world’s most talked about art galleries. Opened in 2004 on the famous corner of Melrose and La Brea, by California natives Katie Cromwell and Jensen Karp, the gallery has become the nation’s number one destination for pop-culture themed artwork and the premiere venue to witness the rise of emerging artists before they break. Openings at the gallery have seen upwards of 2,500 people attending in one night, including celebrities such as Guillermo Del Toro, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Hayley Williams, Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Aaron Paul, Neil Patrick Harris, and Joss Whedon admiring the walls. Their annual show Crazy 4 Cult receives worldwide press (faced by the show’s hosts, filmmakers Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier) and over a million website hits on the day of the opening reception.
Archer takes on the video for "Danger Zone," with music by Giorgio Morodo, lyrics by Tom Whitlock, and vocals by Kenny Loggins.