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Los Angeles Times call video installation at REDCAT "a seductive visual poem"

December 14, 2012
LA Times

Review: Jordan Wolfson's 'Raspberry Poser' a seductive visual poem

A translucent, animated condom filled with red candy hearts is an animated protagonist in Jordan Wolfson's marvelous video installation at REDCAT, the New York-based artist's solo debut in Los Angeles. Projected onto a white screen suspended on the diagonal in a white room carpeted in wall-to-wall white rug, the non-narrative video feels unmoored and adrift in a languorous state of liquid reverie. We soon float along with it.
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Julia Holter, alumna and alt-pop singer songwriter, is CMU artist of the year

December 13, 2012
Complete Music Update

CMU Artists Of The Year 2012: Julia Holter

Julia Holter’s early work, much of it recorded while studying at the California Institute Of The Arts, is almost a trip through the thought processes leading up to this year’s ‘Ekstasis’ album. Showing her workings, you could say. Read Story

Calartian helmed series gets green light on Cartoon Network

December 12, 2012
Deadline Hollywood

Cartoon Network Orders 1/4-Hour Animated Series ‘Clarence’

Cartoon Network has greenlit Clarence, a new animated series created by up-and-comer Skyler Page. The network has ordered twelve 15-minute episodes from the project about Clarence, an optimistic boy who wants to do everything because everything is amazing. This is the third short-form series to come out of the shorts development initiative at Cartoon Network Studios this year, joining recently announced Steven Universe and Uncle Grandpa. Read Story

CalArts cited in obituary for sitar master Ravi Shankar

December 11, 2012
LA Observed

Ravi Shankar, sitar maestro and Beatles inspiration was 92

Ravi Shankar died this afternoon in San Diego after being admitted to Scripps Memorial Hospital last week complaining of breathing difficulties. He underwent heart-valve replacement surgery on Thursday. The legendary musician and his daughter Anoushka were both nominated last week for 2013 Grammy awards in the world music category. Recording star Norah Jones is also the daughter of Ravi Shankar.

The prime minister of India has confirmed the death and called Shankar a national treasure. Read Story

Obituary for former faculty and Honorary Doctorate recipient Ravi Shankar

December 11, 2012

Sitar maestro, Oscar winner Ravi Shankar dies at 92

Sitar maestro and Oscar winner Ravi Shankar, dubbed the "godfather of world music" by George Harrison, who helped popularize North Indian classical music in the West, died today at San Diego's Scripps Hospital, where he was admitted last week after complaining of shortness of breath. He was 92.

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Los Angeles Times Critic's Notebook: 'Gatsby,' 'Gatz' and the fallacy of adaptation

December 9, 2012
LA Times

Critic's Notebook: 'Gatsby,' 'Gatz' and the fallacy of adaptation

'The Great Gatsby' is a great American novel, and what makes it great defies adaptation, though Elevator Repair Service's 'Gatz' tries.

We live in a culture of excess. From supersized fast food to billion-dollar presidential campaigns, bigger is always better.

This is hardly a new observation; it's been part of us all along. In his 1960 satire "The Magic Christian," Terry Southern imagines "a gigantic convertible … scaled in the proportions of an ordinary automobile but … tremendous in size — … longer and wider than the largest Greyhound bus." Read Story

A conversation with Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet—alumni directors of 'Only the Young'

December 6, 2012
Hammer to Nail

When I first discovered Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet’s feature debut at the 2012 True/False Film Festival, I made this rather bold declaration: “After only one viewing, I’m ready to file Only The Young in the all-time coming-of-age canon.” After a second viewing, I stand behind that statement. This brisk, bracingly poignant portrait of teenagers living in Santa Clarita, California, sneaks up on you by making you think you’re getting into a film about reckless juvenile delinquents, only to realize that they are as good-natured, decent, wise-beyond-their-years, adorable, and hilarious as kids could possibly be. Mims and Tippet shirk their film’s potentially superficial punk rock trappings by employing a formalistic visual approach and a classic soul music soundtrack. Ultimately, and perhaps most importantly, this feels like a film made by filmmakers who are young enough to truly understand their young subjects. Read Interview

Tim Burton's Frankenweenie: "a little bit of Burbank and a little bit of CalArts"

December 6, 2012
LA Times

Tim Burton replays his past for 'Frankenweenie'

When Tim Burton next steps behind the camera, it appears he'll likely be directing a live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale "Pinocchio" for Walt Disney Co. Although the film is still taking shape, it's a perfect fit for Burton: He not only delivered a $1-billion hit for the studio with his lavish fantasy "Alice in Wonderland" in 2010, but he's also been animating puppets with sentience and spirit since his college days at CalArts with films including "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Corpse Bride." Read Story

Review: Gatz at REDCAT

December 5, 2012

I am a sucker for the theatrical device of narrating for oneself. I love it when an actor occupies the role of narrator simultaneous with that of a character. Take a line like, "I assured him it wasn't so," where the "I assured him" is said as narrator, but the "it wasn't so" is said in character, toward the person who is being assured. It's a difficult line to walk. And in Gatz, Elevator Repair Service's production of The Great Gatsby, actor Scott Shepherd, in the role of first-person narrator Nick Carraway, expertly walks it for over six hours.  Read Story

Alumni filmmakers Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims discuss CalArts

December 5, 2012

Filmmakers Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims Talk Their Debut Documentary 'Only the Young'

Even in your early 20s, it’s interesting to look back on those hazy days of adolescent ennui where the world felt infinitely smaller and less consequential. Peering back at high school, the world moved much slower, the future was completely uncertain, and perhaps that was the only time when that felt okay. Thinking to then, I process those times with a mix of nostalgia and pleasure in knowing that adulthood offers an entirely new sense of freedom that one only dreams about at that age. But however you see it, those years are a defning time of change and seminal in one’s life, and with Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet’s debut documentary feature, Only the Young, the filmmaking duo have managed to capture that essence. Read Story

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