Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Wide World: 3.11.10

Alex Healy w/ shoes :: Photo by Noah Sanders

Been a pretty high-octane week of activity around the old Criterion Quest office.  Trying to find balance -in my life right now between my constant urge to enjoy the freedom working three days a week affords me, watching films, writing, and moving forward in terms of getting said writing seen.

On top of those weighty goals, the amazing Alex Healy is starting an estate sale business, Old Hat, and I've been bopping around helping her and her partner pull things together in lieu of this weekends inaugural sale.

There's a lot out there and I'm only poking the iceberg.


Did you hear what I said?  The lovely Alex Healy is throwing a San Francisco based estate sale this weekend at 19th and Guerrero.  She has an amazing website, with a fantastic blog, and all the details HERE.

To go along with that, the amazing Elisabeth Carr wrote up the coming estate sale on local blog Mission Local, and not only is it a charming bit of writing, but yours truly took all of the photographs.  Check out the article HERE and Elisabeth's fantastic fashion blog Mission Closet HERE.

The always amazing Criterion Collection has done it again.  After shoveling half of their library on to Netflix instant, they just introduced a Hulu channel that lets you screen films they deem worthy.  Right now their showcasing all of the Zaitochi the Blind Swordsman pics, and you'd be sad to miss out on them ... for free.  This makes me happy as it says a few things about the film company I've dedicated so many hours to lauding: one, they aren't in it solely for the money.  Sure they want to make a dollar as much as the next guy, but more so, it seems that they want to bring good films to the diehards, regardless of their financial gain.  Secondly, they're not stodgy technological peons, lost to the world of internet freedom.  The Criterion Collection is on it folks, and you best keep your peepers peeled.

There's a big beautiful, world famous film studio on the suburban outskirts of Rome called the Cinecitta.  Built by Mussolini (yes, the fascist murderer) in 1937, this prime piece of cinematic real estate has undergone a series of ups and downs in its long history.  It's been used by some of the great directors (Fellini, Scorsese, etc.) and rightly so, as the studio is a sprawling complex, almost a town in itself that just seems to bleed cinema.  There's a great write-up of the legacy of Cinecitta over at Cineaste that you should probably read.

I'm pretty short-lived in my knowledge of documentaries.  I've only come to truly appreciate the genre in the last three, four years of my life, and thus my tastes run to the more recent style.  Quite honestly, some of the older documentaries evade me, coming across as tone poems more than anything else, but regardless, I'm excited that the good people of the Manhattan Anthology Film Archives are digging out the works of the New York School of Documentary, as it's a completely unknown entity to me.  They're starting out with the works of Leo Hurwitz, a political documentarian whom made the film Native Land (369) with Paul Robeson.  Check out the whole program HERE. Manhattan, I envy you.

There's so much more out there, I'm near-overwhelmed.


Criterion Counsel:  Actually kicked off the beginning of Mon Oncle (111) yesterday afternoon, regardless of the beautiful sun outdoors.  Perhaps I'll finish this one before summer hits. 

1 comment:

Elisabeth said...

that is such a great photo.