The coming of age of the American adolescent, a perennial subject of fiction and nonfiction films, adds a fresh chapter with Only the Young, the debut feature by CalArts grads Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims. Their fast-moving documentary zeros in on three ultra-likeable Southern California high-schoolers, following them through a succession of hairstyles and turning points.
Tightly constructed while maintaining the loose intimacy of just hanging out, the sympathetic portrait of these Christian skate punks rejects easy labels. The economically distressed suburban setting makes for a fascinating tableau, and informs the note of anxiety that courses through the kids’ self-deprecating exchanges. Winner of the Audience Award for the “Young Americans” section of AFI Fest, the movie is destined to connect with audiences when it unspools theatrically, via Oscilloscope, beginning with a Dec. 7 New York release. Read More
L.A. Times book critic David L. Ulin saw "Gatz" this weekend. He's a longtime reader of F. Scott Fitzgerald (who isn't?) and we'll talk about what a play like "Gatz" means for literary adaptations. Read Story
The popular Tim Burton exhibition that originated in 2009 at New York's Museum of Modern Art and has since toured internationally, including a stop last year at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is next heading to South Korea. Read Story
It all started at a skate park in Santa Clarita, Calif., in the summer of 2010. The spot was just a few miles from the California Institute of the Arts, from which the filmmakers Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims had recently graduated, and mere blocks from where Mr. Tippet had grown up, a regular knockabout at the park just a few years earlier. Up skated 17-year-old Garrison Saenz and 16-year-old Kevin Conway, asking questions and bickering as if no one were watching, a teenage comic duo in the flesh. Read Story
Review: Elevator Repair Service's 'Gatz' a rewarding marathon
"Gatz," Elevator Repair Service's celebration of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" now at REDCAT, has persuaded theatergoers around the world to sit for a full-text stage rendering of a novel many have read at least once before and possibly written a term paper on in high school. Read Review
Rare interviews with musical icons now available to the public
Paul McCartney. Mick Jagger. Tina Turner. Ella Fitzgerald. Bob Dylan. You've heard them belt out tunes. Now hear them speak like never before.
Now the world's largest library has digitized the recordings, which will be available to researchers at its reading room on Capitol Hill. Some are also being streamed on the library's website. Read Full Story
The MAK Center at the Rudolph Schindler house in West Hollywood is about to complete a three-evening series of rare architecture film screenings. The series is curated by Thom Andersen, director and writer of Los Angeles Plays Itself, which contrasts cinematic depictions of Los Angeles against its architectural and human realities. Read Story
Wadada Leo Smith: 2012 comission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard.
The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University has selected trumpeter/composer/musical innovator Wadada Leo Smith as one of fourteen composers to receive a 2012 Fromm commission.
With the commission, Smith will write a new work to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Tentatively titled "The March on Washington D.C. - August 28, 1963, " this will be the 22nd composition in Smith's highly acclaimed civil rights opus Ten Freedom Summers, which the trumpeter has written over the past 34 years and calls "one of my life's defining works." Read Story