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  • The Milky Way

    Reported by Felipe Lima, 10 April 2014, 10:47 AM

    Christopher Richmond, The Milky Way

    April 7 — April 12
    Artist Reception: Friday, April 11, 6 — 10pm
    Screening each evening at 8pm

    Gayle & Ed Roski MFA Gallery
    Graduate Fine Arts Building
    3001 S. Flower Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90007

  • Adam Magyar

    Reported by Felipe Lima, 5 April 2014, 20:23 PM

    Shinjuku

    42 Street

    Alexanderplatz

  • 3 Union Shop: The Colby Poster Printing Co.

    Reported by Felipe Lima, 13 December 2013, 16:09 PM

    I recently finished this short documentary about the now-shuttered Colby Poster Printing Co. for MOCAtv. I worked with CR Stecyk III on it, and Susanne Melanie Berry was there with us every step of the way. Watch it below now or save for the end of your lunch break — it’s 10min long.

    Those who’ve read my posts here before can probably see how this ties together a few long-running interests of mine. Of course, it was pleasure to work with Craig again, especially on such a personal and open-ended project. It was also exciting to finally make an honest attempt at conveying everything I find interesting about Colby Posters in one, free-standing film. Being able to touch on the work of one of my favorite filmmakers was icing on the cake — more on that later.

    It seems almost too obvious to state, but the aesthetics of these posters was one of the qualities that first drew me in. I think this bears repeating as in most of my writing about Colby as well as in the film above, I go to great lengths to laud these posters for how un-designed they are! The ultimate triumph of function over form, these tight consecutive lines of large bold type, usually in all caps, were the work of honest craftsmen, negotiating the needs of their local clientele in a crowded autoscape. Neither delicate, nor fetishized, the Colby Poster seemed to exist on the opposite end of the spectrum from all the precious printers who trafficed in overly self-aware business cards and wedding invitations.

    I worry though, that in my zeal to sell Colby as the ultimate utilitarian craftsmen, I’ve failed to convey that all three generations of this family as well as the printers and typesetters they employed were incredible designers with pitch perfect taste. Just look at this buckslip!

    Equally incredible is this letterhead belonging to Zelda Colby, wife of Herbert, grandmother to the siblings that ran the shop through the end.

    I can barely make out the car in this photo, but I like the look of it.

    And of course, the orange poster! We see it for a moment at the very end of the film, but I wanted to share again. A rare example of Colby as their own client, this almost convinced me that a separate film was pointless. Objects like this feel very special — freestanding and self-contained, it introduces itself and is what it’s about. A perfectly charming closed circuit of local advertising:

    Finally, a correction/omission: We touch on Thom Andersen’s incredible film Get Out of the Car in our documentary, but failed to mention that he used posters he had printed at Colby in his film as well. He marked the former locations of El Monte Legion Stadium, Harvey’s Broiler, The Barrelhouse, and the South Central Farm — all since demolished — with simple text posters:

    Go see this, or any other of his incredible films if you get the chance — with new versions of both Los Angeles Plays Itself and Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer in circulation, Los Angelenos should have a few opportunities in the coming year. I’m a huge fan of Thom’s films and can’t overstate my luck in meeting him coincidentally at 7-Eleven in Silver Lake while taking a break editing this film.

    Documentaries can be inefficient work. Scattershot research followed by lots of sifting. Things that seemed fascinating end up ‘on the cutting room floor.’ I’ve only just scratched the surface of that material here. Many more photos taken for the film and scans of archival materials can be found in the two-volume zine we made to coincide with the release of this video. Lovingly collected and printed by Susanne Melanie Berry, and bound with fluorescent thread, remaining copies of this small edition can be found at MOCA’s Grand Ave Bookstore in LA, Printed Matter and The Newsstand in NY.

    I hope you enjoy our film! Huge thanks to MOCAtv for the support, Ways & Means for making it happen, and Craig and Melanie for making this video with me.

  • Every Woody Allen Stammer From Every Woody Allen Movie

    Reported by Felipe Lima, 26 March 2013, 14:00 PM

    44min…

  • Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer

    Reported by Felipe Lima, 9 March 2013, 11:25 AM

    Longtime readers of my column here may remember that I’m a huge fan of Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles Plays Itself.

    Tonight, Los Angelinos have a rare opportunity to see an equally incredible earlier film by Andersen, Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer. Completed in 1974, while Andersen was attending UCLA, this film is a pretty straightforward biographic documentary about one of the first men trying to capture motion on film (if you don’t recognize Muybridge’s name, you’ll absolutely recognize his photos).

    This film is very rare and has seldom been shown. We have the UCLA Film and Television Archive to thank for this screening, as they’ve worked closely with Andersen to restore the film, blow it up to 35mm, and retime the colors to more closely match the tinting of Muybridge’s original photographs and photogravures. From Thom Andersen himself: “For me, it’s a whole new film that finally fulfills my intentions.”

    See it tonight at 7:30pm at the Hammer Museum. Buy a $10 ticket here. Enjoy!