Portraying a painter on film: SEPTIEN at the IFC

Onur Tukel’s paintings created for Septien, a Michael Tully film that will be at the IFC this week.  Septien, a darkly comic narrative film, features a self-taught artist who fetishizes sports and Satan. The film premiered in June at the BAMCinemaFest and will be at the IFC this week. I recently received a note from … read more… “Portraying a painter on film: SEPTIEN at the IFC”

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Two Coats’ movie pick: Adventureland

Director Greg Mottola (Daytrippers and Superbad) has been called the new John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, etc.), but Mottola’s films are much grittier, infused with a singular indie-angsty sophistication. In New York, David Edelstein writes that Mottola “plays old songs in new keys and strikes dissonant, unsettling notes.” The … read more… “Two Coats’ movie pick: Adventureland”

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Chuck Connelly’s close up

Chuck Connelly, a rancorous Neo-Expressionist whose paintings were popular in the 80’s, is the subject of a new HBO documentary, “The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not For Sale.” In the NY Times, Daniel E. Slotnick visits Connelly in his Philadelphia studio to chat with the painter about the film. “The interior of the rambling … read more… “Chuck Connelly’s close up”

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Ellsworth Kelly film arrives in Boston

“Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments,” produced by Edgar B. Howard and Jo Carole Lauder, directed by Edgar B. Howard and Tom Piper. Distributed by Checkerboard Film Foundation. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Showing Dec. 13, 16, 19, 22, 29. Since the beginning of his career, Kelly’s emphasis on pure form and color, and his impulse to … read more… “Ellsworth Kelly film arrives in Boston”

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Rave reviews for Schnabel’s new film in which a paralysed man dictates a memoir with his eyeball

“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” directed by painter-filmmaker Julian Schnabel. I’m a big fan of Julian Schnabel’s films, especially Basquiat–what painter doesn’t appreciate the scene in the art gallery with Willem Dafoe as the older, undiscovered painter who works as an art installer?–so I’m pleased to read that the new one is equally good. … read more… “Rave reviews for Schnabel’s new film in which a paralysed man dictates a memoir with his eyeball”

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Klimt the movie

Klimt According to the press kit, director Raul Ruiz “transports us to 1918 where Gustav Klimt (John Malkovich) lies on his deathbed. We follow Klimt’s feverish visions back to the Austrian pavilion at the World Exhibition of 1900 in Paris, where he is awarded the gold medal for his work entitled ‘Philosophy.’ We witness his … read more… “Klimt the movie”

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“My Name is Alan and I Paint Pictures” premieres at the NY International Independent Film Festival

“After nearly six years of production, director/producer Johnny Boston has completed his feature length documentary titled, ‘My Name is Alan and I Paint Pictures,’ a film that documents the life of Alan Russell Cowan which is slated for its US Premiere with the NY International Independent Film Festival on July 25. After winning the honor … read more… ““My Name is Alan and I Paint Pictures” premieres at the NY International Independent Film Festival”

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Clive Owen and George Clooney in forgers’ tale

Vanessa Thorpe reports in The Observer: “The extraordinary story of how British forgers John Myatt and John Drewe joined together to con art experts and some of the world’s most prominent private collectors over seven years is to be turned into a Hollywood film, with George Clooney and Clive Owen tipped to play the leading … read more… “Clive Owen and George Clooney in forgers’ tale”

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