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Monday, 09 September 2013

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

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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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Thursday, 08 August 2013

THE TWILIGHT ZONE INTRO

Just because we have all had days when it felt like we where in ... THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Enjoy...



(Thanks O for your help today! I feel a bit less insane haha.)

 

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Tuesday, 04 June 2013

A One Way Ticket to Mars: Behind the Mars One Project - TIME

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For more information about Mars One check out their site here. And here is the road map to 2023.

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Monday, 25 February 2013

Chris Burden - The TV Commercials - West Coast Video Art - MOCAtv

This is a great piece on Chris Burden and his video work in the 70's which MOCATV just uploaded.

 

- GRIFFIN

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

GHOST NEBULA @presentfuture_

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"YOU CAN WATCH ME...OR YOU CAN FOLLOW."

 

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Sunday, 10 February 2013

JAMES FRANCO OPENING AT PERES PROJECTS, BERLIN

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Jame's short for ONEDREAMRUSH here:




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Monday, 31 December 2012

INTRODUCING: FILIPPO SPREAFICO AND HIS CRISIS!!

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One strange night, while I was living in London in February of 2011, I randomly met a bright, young and talkative Italian, who was in his last year at University College London, finishing his B.A. in Anthropology. At a certain point in the conversation, I started cracking jokes about the then Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi and the humorous love-hate relationship that Italians seem to have with him. Filippo informed me that in fact he was in the process of writing his thesis on Berlusconi and proceeded to tell me a series of funny stories and facts about the flamboyant and omnipresent Italian leader. 

About a year later, in February of 2012, Filippo contacted me and told me he wanted to learn more about filmmaking and expressed his interest in possibly working with me. Around this time, having finished University, he had moved back to his native Lake Como, and was in a bit of a personal "skyfall" of sorts. In the following weeks, as a way for him to venture into filmmaking and get out of his personal "C®isis!!", I suggested editing found footage from news and other sources, to expand on some of the ideas of his thesis in a new medium by creating a "filmic essay". 

The result of this exercise was Filippo's film C®isis!!, a clever combination of political satire, academic musings, and commentary on modern political theatrics and performance. The film features appearance from across the geopolitical landscape such as Angela Merkel, Barak Obama, Saddam Hussein, Ronald Reagan, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, Dmitry Medvedev, as well as many more. To commemorate Berlusconi's recent engagement and his plausible return as Prime MInister of Italy in February, I thought it would be the perfect time to post the film.

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Here is a brief summary of the film:

"C®isis! is about connection and disconnection. It reflects on what kinds of links the internet offers and how to expose them with the practice of the montage. The multiplicity of the narratives reflects the eclecticism through which politicians entertain side relationships that escape the public conscious. The intertwining of events —and their apparent unrelatedness— from Berlusconi to Putin, from the Greeks protesting in Athens’s Syntagma square to Gaddafi’s Libya, are composed in an abrupt fashion to replicate the incursion that information exercits on our everyday lives. An exercise in stealing and appropriation, C®isis revitalizes stuffy and culturally irreversible visual heritage by its use of evidently copyrighted material. A montage that comes as it disappears, telling a story that could or could not exist."

 

Also, I have included an additional clip of one of the stand-out stars of the film, Greek Communist party Liana Kanelli, who in my opinion steals the show.

 

Filippo is currently living in Berlin working with Present Future Films, helping to develop several new projects for 2013 and launching filsproduction, which you can check out here.

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Friday, 21 December 2012

NAM JUNE PAIK: GLOBAL VISIONARY AT THE SMITHSONIAN

Nam June Paik exhibition at Smithsonian up from Dec 13th 2012 - Aug 11 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

CUTTERS EDITORIAL OPENS OFFICE IN TOKYO, JAPAN

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Cutters Editorial, which is one of the the longest standing commercial and film editorial house in the United States, has opened its newest offices in Tokyo, Japan. In 2007, I was introduced to Cutters in Los Angeles, by my then producer Maki Osada, of Radiant Pictures. I was working on a job for a Japanese client which we shot in LA and worked with then Cutters editor Nadia Hennrich, who year later would go on to edit SKATEISTAN and among many other projects, and win Berlin Film Festival Peace Prize for her work. At this time, I also introduced to Ryan Mcguire and Aki Mizutani, who where starting their careers as young editors in the company.

I remember talking with Ryan one night (who like me had spent many years in Japan and was fluent in Japanese) about why he didn't open a branch of Cutters in Japan, to which he explained that he would love to do that but it would take time and something that was a long term plan of his.

In the years since, Ryan, Aki and Cutters were to be very support of my career and helped with several of my films and over all advice and guidance over the years. Ryan grew up in the commercial editing business and has a great sense for what people in that world want to see and hear. Though I have not always been willing or wanting to take his advice, I have always respected it and valued his option, though often differs from my own. Cutters was an associate producer and helpful in the finishing of my 2008 fashion film, Vox Humana.

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I am so happy for and proud of Ryan and all the hard work that he has put in to making Cutters Tokyo a reality. The building, which is located centrally in Ebisu, looks like a diamond in the rough. Ryan's idea was to bring a bit of US approach to Japanese commercial and film editing industry, as he has created a niche in that market for a style which seems not to have existed before. You can read more on the new office, Cutters Tokyo, and their methodology here and here

Aki as you will might remember was just nominated for an Academy Award for short films she cut early last year and she and Ryan were just married in Tokyo in October. Aki and I are in the process planning a remix project of some of my films which I will tell you more about soon.

Congratulations, Ryan, Aki, Timo (Cutters Tokyo executive producer) and Cutters USA, on the new space and much success in the future. Thank you for all of your support over the years.

Below you can see some pictures of the space; grading and editing suites, client area, and roof terrace. Looks great.

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CUTTERS EDITORIAL TOKYO, JAPAN
3-7-14 Ebisu Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0013 (map)
03.4540.8860

 

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