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Astro Boy Pre-Release Screening

New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) presents two special advance screenings of Astro Boy--a modern take on the iconic character created by Osamu Tezuka, whose original Astro Boy introduced the world to Japanese anime. He is considered one of the most visionary and gifted animators of all time.

The film will be screened on Sat & Sun, Oct 17 & 18, 2009, starting at 11:00am at IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue (at West Third). Post-screening Q&A with director David Bowers will be held at both shows.

The 95 min. all-new CG-animated 2009 film features a star-studded voice cast including Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Samuel Jackson, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Matt Lucas, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Charlize Theron and Nicolas Cage as Dr. Tenma.

Read more: Astro Boy Pre-Release Screening

Art meets Motorcycle Culture: Harley-Davidson's Art Of Rebellion Show

The second installment of Art of Rebellion is visiting NYC October 17th after a successful run in Santa Monica earlier this year. The show features renowned gig poster artists showing painted Iron 883 tanks and signature poster art along with photographs by Adam Wright and Steven Stone.

The Harley-Davidson® sponsored Art Of Rebellion New York show brings together 10 iconic artists including Art Chantry, Brian Ewing, Derek Hess, Dirty Donny, Frank Kozik, Harpoon, John Van Hamersveld, Lindsey Kuhn, Tara McPherson and The Pizz at la.Venue (608 W. 28th Street) from 8 pm to Midnight on Saturday, October 17th, 2009.

At this opening night event each artist will paint one Harley-Davidson Iron 883TM gas tank and will also have their own signature posters on display and for sale at the show.


[Original creation above by Frank Kozik for Art Of Rebellion NYC Show]

In addition, check out a day in the life of Art Of Rebellion artist Tara McPherson in her Brooklyn studio: http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=dark+custom&init=quick#/video/video.php?v=796784111100

As the  Art Of Rebellion New York approaches, online fans can enter to win their own event poster. To enter, visit Dark Custom on Facebook or follow on Twitter to answer the artist question of the day:

www.facebook.com/darkcustom
www.twitter.com/darkcustom

A portion of the proceeds raised from tank sales will be donated to the CUE Art Foundation--a 501(c) (3) non-profit forum for contemporary art that gives artists, students, scholars and art professionals resources at many stages of their careers and creative lives Pick up a poster or splurge on a tank; either way, a chunk of the proceeds go to the CUE Art Foundation.

Meet the Art Of Rebellion New York artists and see their work:
http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/Content/Pages/Dark_Custom/dark_custom_art_rebellion.jsp
 
For more information, go to: www.h-d.com/darkcustom

 

Art Of Rebellion New York
Including:
Art Chantry
Brian Ewing

Derek Hess
Dirty Donny
Frank Kozik
Harpoon
John Van Hamersveld
Lindsey Kuhn
Tara McPherson
The Pizz
la.Venue
608 W. 28th Street
Between 11th & 12th Ave.
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.967.9636
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Opening: 8 pm to Midnight
Saturday, October 17th, 2009

 

 

 

 

Real Life China by Photo

In my 20 years of journalism, I have been all around the world as a writer and reporter essaying the lives and cultures of people from all walks of life in over 50 countries. Initially for me, it was words that illuminated the images of all that I had seen and experienced. Through my words I could make my readers feel as though they were there with me. The photos seemed secondary.

That all changed when I met the late acclaimed photographer Jacques Lowe, and that fortuitous meeting would change my life forever. Lowe taught me the two greatest lessons in being a competent photographer--to understand light and to know a moment when it was happening and how to capture it on film. In our friendship, I watched Jacques in action, and learned. But it wasn’t conscious. You see, I was a journalist.  Never did it occur to me that the visual world would be even more compelling than writing about it. When I took pictures it was simply to add graphic support to my articles.  Never once did I think of my images as a work of art.  But that would change.

It wasn’t until close to the end of Jacques’ life that an epiphany occured for me. In 1999, I had spent one month in China and the photos I brought back were proof that this trip contained some of the most visceral experiences I’d ever had.  One day after the trip I decided to visit Jacques at his loft in SoHo and to show him the photos I had taken. My goal was for each image to capture the human condition.  Life in motion, and emotion, too, I discovered based upon the unexpected response I got from Jacques.

Jacques was so amazed and impressed that he insisted I have a show. Sadly, at the time, I did not know that Jacques was in the early stages of prostate cancer.  It would eventually spread to his bones and kill him.  In May of 2001, Jacques passed on.  But the gift he left me lives on. I look at the visual world in a completely spiritual way. To me, each photograph that captures a precious moment in each of our lives is a gift.  It is a real-life documentation that enables us to cherish the past . . . and to look forward to the future.

The China That’s Passed Us By is journalist Jesse Nash's exhibition of faces, landscapes and real-life photography in China running from September 14th to 26th, 2009 at The National Arts Club.

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
212.475.3424

Opening Reception
Tuesday, September 22nd
6:00-8:00pm

for more information contact Rachel L. Feldman at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.rachelartsmansion.com

An Evening with Glenda Jackson at the 92nd Street Y


Surely one of the most enjoyable and engaging onstage interviews of the current season was that with the celebrated actress Glenda Jackson—now appearing on Broadway in the title role of Sam Gold’s production of King Lear—at the the 92nd Street Y on the evening of Monday, April 29th, conducted by the alluring author and film professor from Columbia University, Annette Insdorf. (The actress received a Tony award last year for her appearance in Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women.)
 
The program began with a screening of clips from films and television featuring Jackson, beginning with Peter Brook’s adaptation of his Royal Shakespeare Company stage version of Peter Weiss’s Marat/Sade,in which the actress portrayed the assassin of the French revolutionary, Jean Marat. Jackson’s important collaborations with the undervalued Ken Russell were represented by two remarkable excerpts from his first D.H. Lawrence adaptation, Women in Love, for which she won her first Academy Award for the role of Gudrun. (Insdorf was unfortunately unable to obtain a clip from Russell’s extraordinary biography of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Music Lovers, in which the actress was memorable as the composer’s wife.) Jackson later played Gudrun’s mother in Russell’s adaptation of The Rainbow.
 
Jackson’s relatively unsung comic talents were on display in a clip from British television’s The Morecambe & Wise Show,which led to her casting opposite George Segal by director Melvin Frank—best remembered for the classic Danny Kaye vehicle, The Court Jester—in the film comedy, A Touch of Class—for which she secured her second Oscar—seen here in two amusing excerpts.
 
The 82-year-old actress said that “quite a bit” of her characterization in Women in Love came from the novel, noting that the script was written by two Americans, including Larry Kramer. About her stage performance in Marat/Sade, she said that British “audiences sat in total silence” while New York audiences laughed, commenting that “you want us to know you’re there.”
 
She added interestingly that “the really bad directors always know what they want” while “the really good directors always know what they don’t want and tell you in no uncertain terms.” Praising Segal in A Touch of Class, she noted that he was the first American actor with whom she had worked.
 
More clips followed beginning with her turn as Queen Elizabeth in Mary, Queen of Scots, directed by Charles Jarrott, who has attracted some interest from auteurists. (She had also portrayed the monarch in the BBC television serial, Elizabeth R, for which she received two Emmy awards.) Also on view were scenes from Sunday, Bloody Sunday by John Schlesinger, Hopscotch by Ronald Neame—opposite Walter Matthau—and The Return of the Soldier by Alan Bridges. She averred that comic roles are harder than dramatic ones and remarked about Walter Matthau—with whom she also appeared in Howard Zieff’s House Calls—“what a joy it was to work with him.”
 
Insdorf then screened a final set of clips, including Jackson’s hilarious turn in Robert Altman’s adaptation of Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy, Gavin Millar’s John Le Carré adaptation, A Murder of Quality, and a scene from the 1988 Business as Usual. In response to a question from the audience, the actress said that her appearance onThe Muppet Show“was one of the most fascinating experiences” she’s ever had, highlighting the immense skill of the puppeteers.
 
She spoke about her twenty-three years as a Member of Parliament for the Labour Party as prompted by her intense hostility toward the government of Margaret Thatcher. Asked if she would talk about current American politics, she replied,
“Well, I would but I’m a guest in your country.” After an enthusiastic ovation, Jackson said that Americans are “the most generous, friendly, kindly, giving people in the world.”

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