06.08.14 by Jeff

K.K. Barrett and Kid Koala Bring “Nufonia Must Fall” to Life on Stage

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Eric San (aka Kid Koala) and frequent Spike Jonze collaborator K.K. Barrett recently adapted San’s 2003 graphic novel “Nufonia Must Fall” for the stage. Barrett describes the show as “a live silent film with live performance, live editing, live sound effects, live music played by a plethora of instruments by Eric”.

The story follows a robot who wants to write love songs to the girl he likes but is unable to sing. The characters in the original comic were re-created as puppets, and the comic panels were turned into 12 miniature sets. For three nights in a row, during the Luminato Festival, the story was performed while Kid Koala and the Afiara String Quartet provided the sounds.

Love to see this performed, hope it comes to Vancouver. Watch the video below documenting the artists’ process!

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04.08.14 by Jeff

Music Video: HNN “Je Pars”

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This video directed by Hugo Arcier is like that one scene in “Under The Skin”. I’m never fully sold on a video that relies on one effect for the entire clip but it is definitely cool/weird enough to hold your attention. Watch “Je Pars” below.

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04.08.14 by Jeff

Music Video: Efrat Ben Zur “Robin”

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A terrific stop-motion animation for Efrat Ben Zur’s song “Robin”, by Yuval and Merav Nathan. I love the design of the bird. Watch the music video below.

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01.08.14 by Jeff

Interview: Kevin Spacey and Jameson “First Shot” Film Competition Winners

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I flew out to LA over the weekend to attend the Jameson “First Shot” short film premiere, and to interview Kevin Spacey about his involvement. For the past couple years Spacey and his production company Trigger Street have offered young writer/directors the opportunity to write a short and direct an A-list actor in the lead role. This year the actor was Uma Thurman, and next year it will be Adrien Brody.

The winners were announced when we got there: Henco J from South Africa, Ivan Petukhov from Russia, and Jessica Valentine from the US. That’s the three of them in the image above, alongside producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti (in the middle).

I spoke with Kevin Spacey, and the three winners, at the Chateau Marmont just before the premiere at Youtube Space LA. I wasn’t given a whole lot of time, but I was happy to get to ask a few questions.

You can check out my interview below and, of course, watch all three films!

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01.08.14 by Jeff

Music Video: Oliver $ and Jimi Jules “Pushing On”

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This is music video perfection. A simple idea, shot beautifully. Instant classic by director Ian Robertson. Watch “Pushing On” below!

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30.07.14 by Jeff

Music Video: Jake Bugg “There’s A Beast And We All Feed It” Directed by Bob Harlow

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I feel like most of my favourite videos this year are black and white! Director Bob Harlow and the DP Jackson Hunt channeled some Mark Romanek 99 Problems vibes here. Watch the video for Jake Bugg’s “There’s A Beast And We All Feed It” below.

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30.07.14 by Jeff

Artist Profile: Jon Burgerman

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Enjoyed this little profile on Brooklyn-based British artist Jon Burgerman. Watch “The Color of Fun” below.

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29.07.14 by Jeff

Short Film: “A Truncated Story of Infinity” by Paul Trillo

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Lots of great editing in this story of Subject X and his pursuit of a woman on the street. Watch “A Truncated Story of Infinity”, directed by Paul Trillo below!

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