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Saturday, 30 August 2014

All Gone - Josh Caffe & David Newtron feat. Fi McCluskey

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Get Up Recordings continues to bring the heat this summer with “All Gone (feat. Fi McCluskey)”, the latest track from London’s Josh Caffe & David Newtron, featuring backing vocals from fellow Londoner, Fi McCluskey. Check out the teaser video here

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Monday, 14 October 2013

CERRE: SPRING 2014 VIDEO FASHION WEEK STYLE.COM

 

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Thursday, 03 October 2013

1962 TRUFFAUT INTERVIEW OF HITCHCOCK PLAYING NOW ON @PRESENTFUTURE_ #SEEKANDLEARN

 

 

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Monday, 09 September 2013

Dziga Vertov's 1924 - Soviet Toys - Animated Soviet Propaganda film @presentfuture_

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Friday, 30 August 2013

HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY ROBERT CRUMB - CRUMB TRAILER


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In honor of R. Crumb's 70th birthday I have posted the trailer of 1994 documentry about Crumb directed by Terry Zwigoff. This documentry is a very intimate, irreverent, and often disturbing portrait of Crumb and his work as well as the an amazing cast of characters of friends, family and fans around him.

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Enjoy.


- GRIFFIN

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Friday, 23 August 2013

SEEK AND LEARN - @PRESENTFUTURE_ PRESENTS KUROSAWA AKIRA's KAGEMUSHA

 

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Presenting our new film recommendation series... "SEEK AND LEARN", at @PRESENTFUTURE_ on TWITTER presents KUROSAWA AKIRA's KAGEMUSHA. Watch the trailer and the film.

 

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD (DANCE OF REALITY) TRAILER - DIRECTED BY ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY

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Was happy to find the trailer for Jodorowsky's new film, LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD (DANCE OF REALITY), which debuted at Cannes last May. My dear friend in Mexico City Alisarine Ducolomb did the production design on the film, which she has been telling me about for sometime. I am look forward to seeing LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD, which is described as "a magic-realist memoir" of Jodorowsky's youth.

 

Here is an interview with Jodorowsky from Xan Brooks at The Guardian.

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- GRIFFIN

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Thursday, 08 August 2013

LOLLAPALOOZA 2013 - LAURA DUNCAN REPORT

My dear friend, LA stylist Laura Duncan who works with Dita and styles Perry Farrell, spent the weekend at Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago. I asked Laura to give us a report and here are some words and picutures from her weekend.

"How do you bring 300,000 people together to one park to dance, sing and rejoice to their hearts content?  Leave it to Master mind Perry Farrell to work his magic to gather some of the best musical acts in the world to play over the course of 3 days and 8 stages in center of Chicago's Grant park. Lollapalooza 2013 was not to be missed!

Our little crew of fashion mischief makers made the pilgrimage in high style from Los Angeles to Chicago as guests of Perry and Etty Farrell to attend this mind blowing festivity.  Miss Dita Von Teese (needs no explanation), Jody O'Keefe (jewelry Designer), Danielle Motor (from the band Swagger) Jessicka Adams (singer of Scarling), Tosh Sherman (fashion Designer), and Eric Szmanda (CSI star).

The mission at hand, to have the most magical experience of our lives!  We danced, laughed and got all together down right silly. Bands like New Order, NIN, Queens of the Stone Age, and of course The Cure rocked our little hearts into a pleasure frenzy.

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Yacht day! We went on a beautiful champagne fuled river tour of chicago's amazing skyline!

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Dita Von Teese enticing us with her stunning ensemble. Donning her new Argentinean gambler hat, Dress by Maria Lucia Hohan and Vivienne Westwood heels.

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Perry looking  chic with his Sandast bag

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This is the card I got for the platform...My number! 7 of diamonds, I knew it was going to be a magical night.

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Socked in the clown!

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Robert Smith and Dita

The Cure being the highlight of our adventure sending us all home back to our beloved Lala land with beautiful dreamy smiles and life long memories."

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Danielle Motor poem


- LAURA DUNCAN

 

Thank you Laura. You can follow Laura on instagram:  lauraduncanart. 

 

- GRIFFIN

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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Secrets of the Circus Maximus: a temple of Mithras & the ateliers of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Photos & text by Glenn Belverio

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Dear Shaded Viewers,

A few weeks ago, while I was in Rome, my friend the fashion designer Paola Balzano drove me in her Smart Car from Myriam B & Mario Salvucci's wonderful nature-themed collaboration in San Lorenzo over to the ruins of the Circus Maximus, which was the chariot racing stadium in Ancient Rome--and, I believe, where Charlton Heston and hunky Stephen Boyd romped around in leather gladiator skirts and engaged in clandestine homoerotic minglings behind the scenes of the filming of "Ben Hur" in 1959.

The reason that we came to the strange building adjacent to the Circus Maximus was because fashion and culture writer Rebecca Voight had mysteriously scribbled the address down on a cocktail napkin and thrust it into my pocket at the 17th-century Angelica Library and commanded, "Go here at 7pm. You won't regret it." I had no idea what, where or who was going on there but she mentioned something about people "having to make appointments months, maybe years, in advance to see what they have there." Naturally, I was intrigued. Plus: I heard they were serving complimentary prosecco and outsized capers. So, I folded myself into Paola's Smart Car and we were off to the races.

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 We arrived in this warehouse that had a bit of a pared-down Texas Chainsaw Massacre feel to it....the spooky leather pieces hanging in the back were part of Alta Roma's Limited/Unlimited exhibition...in fact, Alta Roma had organized the tour we were about to go on, which at this point was still rather mysterious...

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After a small group of us had gathered at the prosecco bar, we were taken down to this subterranean passage by a guide...the explanations were only in Italian so at first I wasn't sure what we were supposed to be looking at...

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 And then I saw this! My favorite Persian pagan god du moment: Mithras. I had first heard about Mithras when one of my colleagues at Tiffany's, Christopher Voigt, suggested I visit the Temple of Mithras (a "mithraea") that lies deep below the Cathedral of San Clemente. And as fate would have it, I was taken there on my second day of this Rome trip by Paolo and Antonio of Roam Around Rome, a boutique tour company. Mithras had his 15 minutes of fame (which actually lasted for about 300 years) in Ancient Rome, from around the end of the 1st century A.D. to the end of the 4th century.The "mystery religion" is believed to have been centered in Ancient Rome.

Well! Jesus Christ's followers were having none of this, dolls! So they made sure by the time circa 5th century A.D. rolled around, the Cult of Mithras was given the heave-ho. The impressive bas relief which we saw during this tour (above) is probably from the 4th century--quite an impressive piece of work for such an early period, I feel! The pagan cult of Mithras was popular amongst hunky working class men and strapping, young military members. It was a tres masculin cult and involved a complex series of initiations. No women allowed! Like at The Mineshaft. Because the trappings for the ceremonial slaughtered-bull (depicted above) blood bath are more impressive in the San Clemente shrine I visited with Paolo and Antonio, I will save my vivid fantasy description of it for that post!

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 Some ancient tablets which--I think!--cryptically document the mysterious doings of the Mithraic cult.

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 Another relief of Mithras slaughtering the sacrificial bull. At one point, Rebecca Voight and I wandered away from the group into an area which was apparently converted into a pasta factory after the working-class Mithraic men were evicted from this space at the end of the 4th century. Those artisanal pasta makers sound like proto gentrifying hipsters to me!

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 After we asceneded from the mithraea, we were told to climb a few flights of steps to continue the tour. The building was quite plain and run-down so I was a bit perplexed as to where we were being sent. We eventually arrived in this room, above, and I thought, "We're in a tutu factory?! Why?"

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 Things became more and more surreal...

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 ...as you can see...and the sound of Italian opera music started drifting towards us..

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 Finally it dawned on us that we were in the ateliers where the costumes for Rome's opera house were created! The costumes were rather cartoonish and exaggerated--because they need to "read" on a large stage viewed from afar. Now, I'm sure that the costumes used for La Scala in Milan and the Met Opera House in New York are of a more refined quality...but I loved the garishness and flamboyance of the Roman costumes.

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 Campy and wonderful sets and costumes for an Egyptian-themed opera. I wonder which one?

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During this visit, I had bit of a dejavu as it reminded me of my wonderful experience during Fashion Rio in 2010 of touring the samba schools in Rio de Janeiro where the floats and costumes for Carnaval are created.

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 Finally we discovered the source of the opera music: this beat-up, paint-splattered boom box!

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 We were all mad for the pea-pod boy! (That's Rebecca Voight in the white jacket in the back.)

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After seeing the costumes, we climbed up more stairs to the studio where the backdrops are created. Even this ersatz Mouth of Truth knows I'm a big, fat liar!

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 Paola Balzano demurely dips her hand into the mouth...she passed the test with flying colors.

And here, the famous scene: As the legend goes, Gregory Peck ad-libbed this moment of his hand being "bitten off"--causing Audrey Hepburn to be genuinely alarmed:

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Out the window, you can see the Temple of Venus on the lower right-hand side.

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In the distance, the ruins of the Circus Maximus.

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The Temple of Venus at sunset. Such beauty.

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Lovely, talented and with a healhty appetite! After the Mithraic-opera-costume tour, Paola Balzano and I drove to Trastevere for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants of all time: Roma Sparita. Nunzia Garoffolo introduced me to this place back in the summer of 2009. About two years ago, Anthony Bourdain did a segment here, but he didn't succeed in ruining its local appeal (and, to his credit, he expressed concern about that and did not give the name of the restaurant.)

The most famous dish is the cacio e pepe: pasta with cheese and pepper sauce served in a crispy, baked cheese bowl.

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I couldn't wait to dive into my cacio e pepe...

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After dinner, we strolled around Trastevere. It was a Monday night and the streets were virtually empty. I only took this one photo as I really just wanted to enjoy the sites without feeling like I "was working."

At one point, we discovered a strange medieval castle that looked like it was inhabited by very chic witches. Spooky!

Thanks for reading.

Baci,

Glenn Belverio

 

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Tuesday, 02 July 2013

What a Mess - the latest from Pierre Carrilero

 

 

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