14.01.15 by Jeff

Music Video: Childish Gambino “Sober”

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When I interviewed director Hiro Murai back in November, he reminded me about director Daniel Wolfe’s videos for singer Plan B. There’s several of them, and they all seem to exist in the same universe. A similar thing is happening here with Hiro Murai and Childish Gambino, releasing this video for “Sober”, having already collaborated on “Telegraph Ave”, “Sweatpants”, and “3005”. I love seeing an artist and a director start to develop a language of their own.

Watch “Sober” below.

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13.01.15 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Artist Profile on Andrea Wan

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Ignant produced this wonderful profile on artist Andrea Wan whose solo show “Fleeting Seasons” opens this Thursday at BC Gallery in Berlin! Andrea, if you’re reading this, thanks for the shout out in the video! Berlin is lucky, Vancouver misses you!

Watch the video below.

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13.01.15 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Christopher Doyle’s Hong Kong Trilogy Documentary

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Legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle, the one who contributed to every Wong Kar-wai film from Days of Being Wild all the way to 2046, is turning to Kickstarter for his latest film. The film is called Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous, and tells a story of Hong Kong from the viewpoint of three different generations.

Children are interviewed in the already completed first segment of the film, “Preschooled”. They are asked about their daily lives, and their responses guide the film. Doyle is looking to get funding to complete the second and third segments of the film which will feature young people in the twenties and thirties, and the older generation (over 50 years old).

Watch the video below!

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13.01.15 by Jeff

Get Miles Away: A Profile of Surf Storytellers Ben Gulliver and Jeremy Koreski

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The Creator Class has just released the first video in their five-part documentary series, A New Breed. This first one features British Columbia-based surf filmmaker Ben Gulliver, and surf photographer Jeremy Koreski, and was directed, edited, and filmed by my friend Alex Craig. Watch “Get Miles Away” below.

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12.01.15 by Jeff

Animation: Jack Black Interview

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The California Sunday Magazine, in collaboration with Google Play, is producing a series of animated interviews with Californians. This particular episode features Jack Black talking about life growing up in Hermosa Beach. Full disclosure: I love Jack Black.

Several years ago, I was part of a big art event here in Vancouver. An hour or so before the show there was a line of people around the block waiting to get in, and as I walked past them to the back entrance I noticed Jack Black was standing in line (waaay back in the line). I was gonna keep walking but I thought I should at least offer to get him into the show early. So I quickly introduced myself as one of the artists in the show, and offered to take him right inside. Without hesitation, he thanked me for the offer but said, it’s cool man, we’ll wait. Then the woman he was standing with leaned over and said she wouldn’t mind going in, if it wasn’t too much trouble, as she was pretty tired. So I took them both around the back, and while we walked he asked me my name, and what I did, and we talked for a few minutes, and he was pretty much the friendliest guy ever. After they got their wristbands and everything, he came back over to me and thanked me again.

Later on in the evening there was this TV personality type guy going around the gallery doing these mildly obnoxious pranks for some video he was making. At some point he was able to get Jack Black’s attention, and with a crowd of people around, he pulled out this McDonalds cheeseburger, sort of re-arranged the buns and everything, and presented it to the actor, demanding $200 for his work of art. Without skipping a beat, Jack Black pulled out a bunch of bills, and put it in the guy’s hand. And then he grabbed the cheeseburger art, and raised it up in the air, before dramatically throwing it directly into the garbage. It was hilarious.

Enjoy the animation below.

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12.01.15 by Jeff

POW! WOW! Hawaii Through the Eyes of Artist Ron English

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The annual arts festival known as Pow! Wow! Hawaii is coming up next month and in the lead up to the event, they’ve released this great video from last year. After finishing up his own mural, artist Ron English walked around and interviewed several others artists while they worked. You can follow the @PowWowHawaii Instagram for updates – congrats to Jasper who managed to get that account over 100k followers without ever being featured by Instagram (teach me your secrets).

Watch the video below to see the event through the eyes of Ron English!

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12.01.15 by Jeff

Animation: “Way Out” by Yukai Du

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“Way Out”, an animation by London-based illustrator and animator Yukai Du. Her film is a reflection on the lifelessness of life thanks to mobile devices, and was inspired by the book “Alone Together” by Sherry Turkle. Watch it below.

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08.01.15 by Jeff

Photographer Spotlight: Joyce Kim

We recently teamed up with Encinitas-based watch and accessories brand, Nixon, to spotlight a unique, California artist producing innovative work. We asked Los Angeles-based photographer Joyce Kim to capture some snapshots of her life that represent the Nixon theme “Wake Up And Live”. She channeled this mantra into her life and art, creating a shot-by-shot video to convey her own understanding of seizing the moment and living life to the fullest.

Joyce is part of a really talented crew of friends that are all on the cusp of big things in L.A. (you may recognize some of them in the video below). We thought it would be fun to skip the typical interview and just show you life through her eyes. Allow us to introduce, Joyce Kim.