I can only recommend this amazing, heartbreaking, educational thought provoking film. ’12 Years a Slave’ is a 2013 British-American historical drama film based on the 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. after being lured from Saratoga Springs, New York in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before his release. The film is directed by Steve McQueen and written by the talented John Ridley. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o performances are phenomenal.
Yesterday I went to the Patagonia screening of ‘Uncharted Waters’ directed by Craig Griffin. The feature length documentary is about legendary Australian surfer Wayne Lynch, an extremely gifted individual, whose approach to surfing has been a spiritual journey often putting him at odds with the surfing subculture and society in general.
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shoot the fall/winter 2010/11 Balmain campaign starring Kate Moss. The renowned fashion photographers set up four surveillance-style cameras to capture Moss’s unbridled performance on set. The short film, titled Everglade, takes its name from the haunting Antony and the Johnsons song that serves as its soundtrack. It marks the latest instance of the Dutch duo’s intentionally blurring the boundaries of reality. “Surrealism is always there in our work, whether it’s in camera or through computer manipulation,” says Van Lamsweerde. “We’ve had the idea for this video for some time. We are fascinated with the different realities going on in one shoot and so the music, the animation, Kate’s movements and the camera angle represent these layers of perception.” With animated illustrations by artist Jo Ratcliffe (in collaboration with Bouwine Pool for Sherbet), the film not only captures Moss in action, but also aims to represent a fantasy inner world.
If you want to see some amazing photography go to the Fahey/Klein Gallery on 148 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90036. They are showing Billy & Hells work at the moment. It’s stunning and worth the trip. The two artists are from Berlin. Andreas Oettinger and Anke Linz met in 1986. After having discovered their shared love of photography realized that they were both admirative of Diane Arbus, Arthur Fellong, Lucas Cranach, Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, they began cosigning fascinating portraits recognized in 2007 by the national portrait gallery of London with the Taylor Wessing portrait prize.