Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network, 05/06/13 01:05:09 PM
Peter Knegt of IndieWire writes: Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan has offered us something to hold us over in between films (his next, "Tom at the Farm," is in post-production now) with a stunning black-and-white music video for French band Indochine's single "College Boy" that is already stirring up considerable controversy. The video features Montreal actor Antoine Pilon as a teenage boy who is harassed and assaulted by his classmates, leading to a extremely violent climax where he is literally crucified on the school yard. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network, 05/06/13 01:05:49 PM
Shawn Saleme of Visual News writes: On April 1, “The North Borders” was released from musician/DJ Bonobo. Creating beautiful compositions of music, the DJ has also selected some great directors to make the music videos for his singles. A couple months ago, the video for Cirrus was done by Cyriak. His most recent single, First Fires, was recently released and the video is nothing short of moving. Watch it here.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network, 05/06/13 01:05:34 PM
Brad Brevet of Rope of Silicon writes: HBO has premiered a 12-minute making of featurette for their upcoming release of Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra, which is set to premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in advance of its May 26 HBO debut at 9PM. An extended version of the following featurette will premiere on HBO on May 22. Along with Damon and Douglas the film co-stars Rob Lowe as Dr. Jack Startz, Paul Reiser as Mr. Felder, Dan Aykroyd as Seymour Heller, Scott Bakula as Bob Black and Debbie Reynolds as Frances. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network, 05/06/13 12:05:42 PM
Leslie Horn of Gizmodo writes: In this video installation by artist Bego M. Santiago, participants are projected onto little boxes through a Kinect like inhabitants of a small city. They react in terror when a visitor the room, because that person towers over them like Godzilla or King Kong.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network, 05/06/13 12:05:26 PM
Peter Knegt of IndieWire writes: Few folks in the independent film industry are more qualified to teach a master class on rights management and film distribution than John Sloss. Founder of Cinetic Media, a co-founder of both FilmBuff and Producers Distribution Agency (the theatrical distributor of "Exit Through the Gift Shop," "Senna," and more), Sloss himself has facilitated the sale and/financing of well over 300 films including "Before Midnight," "Little Miss Sunshine," "Precious," "Super Size Me," "The Kids Are All Right" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin." Sloss has been at it for 30 years, and at Hot Docs Thursday he indeed taught a master class, opening this up by noting that he's never been "at a more dynamic transitional period" in terms of the way he does his job in a quickly changing world of film distribution.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network, 05/06/13 11:05:19 AM
Tom Breihan of Stereogum writes: Whoo! Last month, Janelle Monáe released her Erykah Badu-assisted single “Q.U.E.E.N.,” an irresistible art-funk strut. And today, we get the sort of video that makes an already-great song even better. The new “Q.U.E.E.N.” video is a triumph of vicious charisma and graphic design, starring Monáe and Badu as thawed-out rebels who throw a dance-party in a futuristic museum. And it is so good. Monáe debuts an absolutely deadly early-’60s mod mook, her friends get to show off some crispy dance steps, and Badu gets a perfectly badass entrance. If I don’t get any more work done today, it’s because I’m watching this over and over. It’s below.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network, 05/02/13 11:05:27 PM
Dara Kerr on Cnet writes: On the heels of YouTube celebrating 1 billion unique monthly visitors to the site, the companyannounced Wednesday that these people are watching more than 6 billion hours of videos every month. For a little perspective, that's equal to nearly 684,000 years of viewing -- or -- an hour a month for every human on Earth. The 6 billion hours is up 50 percent more than last year and is also up substantially from just January, when the YouTube announced users were watching 4 billion hours of videos per month.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network, 05/02/13 11:05:23 PM
Heathrow of Stash Media writes: Paper cutout inspired cuteness pulls at the heart strings in this spot for Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo from Toronto studio Crush via creative agency Wong, Doody, Crandall, Wiener, Seattle.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network, 05/02/13 11:05:46 PM
Amanda Lin Costa of MediaShift writes: This year the Tribeca Film Festival took digital storytelling directly to the people with an entirely new juried interactive exhibition programmed by the Tribeca Film Institute’s director of Digital Initiatives, Ingrid Kopp. Nestled in a gallery-like space on Varick Street, “Storyscapes” featured five cross-platform/transmedia projects that were both free and open to the public via reservations and walk-ins. A fully interactive, hands-on, immersive experience, one of the projects, “Robots in Residence,” even allowed participants to take the actual robots out into the streets of New York with some surprising results.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network, 05/02/13 11:05:16 PM
Flora Yin-Wong of Dazed Digital writes: Experimental noise musician Roly Porter (formerly of dubstep duo Vex’d on Planet Mu) and longtime collaborator, visual artist Rod Maclachlan will be joining forces once again for a special performance as a part of the specially-curated A/V Hydroacoustics event. The one-off experience will be bringing together site-specific electronic music, A/V performances and installations from cutting edge noise musicians all aboard the MS Stubnitz - a decommissioned East German fishing vessel turned music and arts venue.