Watch this Doc: "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness"

Curator: Brian Rea
date: May 15, 2015
Categories: Art
Tags: Film
I saw this film recently on Netflix that follows Hayao Miyazaki and the efforts of Studio Ghibli. It's a lovely documentary—very spare and reflective—directed by Mami Sunada. The film reveals Miyazaki's passionate and sometimes painful struggle to help his audience rediscover their childlike selves. All while he himself struggles to stay connected to his own passion of making such monumental, beautiful films in the 21st century.

Its simple premise reminded me of another documentary, Gubben i Stugan, which translates to The Old Man in the Cottage. It's a Swedish film Nina Hedenius directed in 1996, and is exactly what the title says. It follows one year in the life of an elderly man living in Kestina in the forest. It has no narration and the only audio is the sound of the forest and the man's activities. It's as spare a movie as I've seen, but you connect so quickly to this man, his daily tasks and the passage of time. 
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Swedish Filmmaker Roy Andersson

Curator: Brian Rea
date: May 11, 2015
Categories: Art
Tags: Film
Roy Andersson is a Swedish filmmaker best known for his immaculately crafted commercials and short films. His most recent film, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existence, won the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival. 

Much of the work Andersson produces is made within Studio 24. It's a massive space in Östermalm, Stockholm, where he and his team build incredibly detailed sets to shoot the films, often in one take.

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Man vs. Machine: Film4 Broadcast Rebrand

Curator: Erica Gorochow
date: November 19, 2014
Categories: Design in Film, Motion Graphics, Packaging Design
Tags: branding, Film, redesign

Film4 / Idents / Full Set from ManvsMachine on Vimeo.

How do you visually distill cinema in 30 seconds? That brief sounds as enticing as it is daunting, but London-based studio Man vs. Machine crafted a supremely elegant solution to that challenge in their rebrand for the UK’s Film 4 network

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How Filmmaker Duo The Mercadantes Keep it Real

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: September 30, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Brand & Identity Design, Design in Film
Tags: advertising, Film

You’ll probably recognize the aesthetic and tone of filmmakers Daniel Mercadante and Katina Hubbard from recent Apple spots. There’s a consistent level of authenticity and down-home charm to all their work. On top of that, there’s often an underlying message and somewhat subliminal meaning to their films that creeps up and sticks with you. 

Despite the fact that their films are so calm and "real," they still keep you on the edge of your seat. My personal favorites, which you can watch below, are "Words," "Baseball," and especially "Symmetry."

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NY's Most Iconic Photography in Documentary "Everybody Street"

Curator: Jennette Snape
date: August 7, 2014
Categories: Photography
Tags: Documentary, Film, Photography
The documentary Everybody Street illuminates the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. To capture the visceral rush, singular perseverance and, at times, immediate danger customary to these artists, the film covers the past nine decades of street photography and explores the careers of many notable photographers, a number of whom have never been documented before (an interesting and poignant comment for today's Instagram society). 
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