Check out my Hawaiian homies, Jasper Wong and Kamea Hadar, co-lead directors of the incredible POW! WOW! Hawaii and POW! WOW! Worldwide mural festivals, recently featured on the NBC Asian America presents Self-Starters program. They’re two of the best, most-talented, and hardest-working people I know. This is well-deserved. Congrats guys!
The other day my wife and I went to check out the new Roy Choi spot in Watts, called Locol. If you live in LA you probably already know Roy Choi helms the city’s most sought-after food truck empire (Kogi BBQ), revitalized Chinatown with his Chego rice bowl spot, and more recently explored higher-end dining Pot and Commissary at the lovely Line hotel in Koreatown. Here’s Jeff Weiss’s review of Locol for LA Weekly. Watts is often referred to as a “food desert” with very few healthy options and little fresh food available. Locol aims to change that.
Once the exclusive domain of film crews tasked with realizing a director’s vision, storyboards have in recent years become appreciated as works of art on their own. This is largely the result of Drawing into Film: Directors’ Drawings, a landmark exhibition held in 1993 at Pace Gallery in New York. The show’s catalog, the first published collection of this rarely seen material, features sketches, drawings, notations, and storyboards by a who’s who of superstar directors, including Sergei Eisenstein, Orson Welles, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Federico Fellini, Tim Burton, and Terry Gilliam. These highly diverse, wildly expressive hand-drawn illustrations—from Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull fight sequence storyboards and Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice character sketches to David Lynch’s surreal Dune landscapes—add new layers of meaning that enhance the experience of these iconic films. Long out of print but available at New Metaphor Books, Drawing into Film a fascinating slice of film history and a fantastic visual feast.
Jeff Hamada who helms the worlds most-visited art website, has just launched a giant new project, Booooooom TV. The new platform will feature Jeff’s favorite animations, short films, documentaries, music videos, and interviews. He will also be unveiling new work by directors, and he’ll also be launching original videos too. Should be awesome. Another nail in the old school cable network coffin!
Trash is a great movie from 2014, set in Brazil, based on a novel of the same name by British author Andy Mulligan. When three young Brazilian garbage pickers stumble across evidence of a political scandal, they land themselves in hot water with a nasty corrupt cop. Drama ensues. Also, great music. It stars Wagner Moura (Narcos) and Martin Sheen.
Impressive drone video footage by videographer Robert McIntosh captures Venice Beach in the early AM.
Yesterday, my talented friend CRYPTIK posted this great video of a monologue by Charlie Chaplin, known as “The Great Dictator Speech.” It’s powerful and compelling stuff, I tell ya. The political satire film was released in 1940 and it’s amazing to think that the US was still at peace with Nazi Germany at that point. It was Chaplin’s first talking film and was nominated for 5 Academy Awards. “Make life a wonderful adventure.” What a visionary.
Pump is an interesting (if not slightly alarming) documentary on the oil industry, covering its roots, how it came to be the primary fuel option available for decades, and much more mind-blowingly strange stuff about the car & oil industries. It also looks at the viable alternatives for creating a more competitive marktplate, including electric cars like Tesla. Catch it on Netflix.
As of today you can rent or purchase the great street art documentary Deepest Depths of the Burrow, which focuses on Austrian artist Nychos and his companions in the Rabbit Eye Movement. We did a special screening of the film during POW! WOW! Long Beach this summer, to an absolutely packed Art Theatre audience. I really enjoyed it. Check out the trailer if you’re interested.