Girl Walk//All Day: An Infectious Urban Dance Marathon

Girl Walk//All Day: An Infectious Urban Dance Marathon

Girl Walk // All Day is the newly-released debut film from director Jacob Krupnick, a piece of visual art painted with the colors of New York City, where the residents don’t even blink when a seemingly goofy young woman in a windbreaker starts dancing like a crazy person right through a park in broad daylight. The twelve-act movie uses All Day, the latest album from Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis), as its narrative force. The music provides a deeply emotional soundtrack to 71 minutes of dancing, as the three main actors dance their way through New York, from the High Line to Central Park, to the subway, to Occupy Wall Street and back.

Girl Walk//All Day: An Infectious Urban Dance Marathon

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A Day in the Life: Girl Talk (Documentary)

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Prom Night: A Litany of Sexy Lovers at the Prom

Prom Night: A Litany of Sexy Lovers at the Prom

Prom Night is a wild, high-energy eight-minute narrative short film by director/performer/choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall, which premiered at SXSW last year. Rowlson-Hall stars as a/the/your prom-date in this beautiful, surreal, reference-laden piece. The film takes a very simple concept, a look at the cultural trappings that come with dream girls and trips to the prom, and knocks it out of the park.

Hall, who stars in the film, looks straight into the camera and takes the viewer through a dance in an empty school gymnasium decorated for the prom. While The Ronettes’ Be My Little Baby plays, through a series of wardrobe alterations and spontaneous costume and hairstyle changes, Hall leads the viewer through a litany of archetypal lovers: from the holy virginal, to Lolita, to Carrie. Prom Night is such an engrossing dance/performance short film that you won’t dare take your eyes off of it.

Prom Night: A Litany of Sexy Lovers at the Prom

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Gorgeous Tattooed Burlesque Beauties

Gorgeous Tattooed Burlesque Beauties

Tattooed Beauty: APG Burlesque is a very sexy three-minute short film created by Daniel Dragon Films. The scenes of the beautiful tattooed burlesque ladies were filmed at The Goat Farm with the Atlanta Photography Guild’s Burlesque Camera Club. Enjoy!!

Gorgeous Tattooed Burlesque Beauties

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The Photography of Jeanloup Sieff: An Eternal Dandy

Jeanloup Sieff: Ballet, Paris Opera, 1960

Jeanloup Sieff: Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, 1971

Jeanloup Sieff: Derrière Anglais, Paris, 1969

Jeanloup Sieff, Carolyn Carlson, Paris, 1974

Jeanloup Sieff: Sylvie, Paris, 1985

Jeanloup Sieff: Catherine Deneuve, Paris, 1969

Jeanloup Sieff, Liza Minelli, Paris, 1969

The Photography of Jeanloup Sieff: An Eternal Dandy

The French photographer Jeanloup Sieff (1933-2000) is a legend in fashion photography and one of the most prominent photographers of his generation. The Moderna Museet in Stockholm is presenting the first Nordic solo exhibition of Jeanloup Sieff’s work, which features a selection from Sieff’s photographic oeuvre.

Sieff began photography in the early 1950s as a contemporary of Helmut Newton and David Bailey, belonging to the generation succeeding Irving Penn. In the course of a long career, his photography spanned from fashion, advertising and portraits to reportage and landscapes. His images are often sensual and elegant, and in the 1960s he was much in demand as a fashion photographer, especially in New York City, where he lived for many years. Sieff was awarded several prizes, including the Prize Niepce, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in Paris in 1981 and the Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1992.

Jeanloup Sieff had a huge popular appeal in France, the Unites States and elsewhere. His black-and-white photographs, always elegant and exquisitely printed, became his trademark style. Dancers and nudes were two recurring themes in his works. A trendy man about town all his life, early risers in Paris grew accustomed to seeing the long-haired, debonaire man driving a stylish vintage English sports car for his early morning breakfast in the St Germain district of Paris.

The Photography of Jeanloup Sieff

Slide Show: The Photography of Jeanloup Sieff

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Machine Civilization: We Are All One

Machine Civilization: We Are All One

Machine Civilization is the fabulously choreographed music video by World Order, the celebrated Japanese music/dance performance group led by former martial artist Genki Sudo. The video features  slow-motion breakdance voguing Japanese businessmen, released along with some words of hope following the recent earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan. Genki Sudo accompanied his video with these words of inspiration:

The unprecedented disasters unfolding in Japan; earthquakes, tsunami, and nuclear explosions, will somehow change things to come. And to send my message about this, I have expressed it here with World Order.

These disasters can be interpreted as a turning point for civilization. I think that we have arrived at a time of revolution, shared with all the people of the world, in today’s society, economy, and political systems.

Incidents themselves are neutral. I believe that every single one of us, wandering through this deep darkness, can overcome anything, if only we let go of our fear, and face the it all in a positive light.

The world is not going to change. Each one of us will change. And if we do, then yes, the world will be changed. It is darkest right before the dawn. Let’s all rise up to welcome the morning that will be so very bright for mankind. We are all one.”

World Order: Machine Civilization

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Thought of You: Tender Visual Poetry about Love

Thought of You: Tender Visual Poetry about Love

Thought of You is a fascinating animated short film by Ryan Woodward, a breathtakingly beautiful blend of figurative work, visual Fx, 2D-animation and choreography. The film embodies a  collaboration of artistic disciplines that is often at the root of the richest forms of creativity. Combining tender visual poetry about love with a boldly creative experiment in animation techniques, Thought of You is the kind of film that pulls at your heartstrings with quiet visual simplicity, unfolding with an incredible emotional range.

Thought of You: Tender Visual Poetry about Love

Behind the Scenes: The Making of Thought of You

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Girl Walk // All Day: An Amazing Musical Dance Video of Epic Proportions

Girl Walk // All Day: An Amazing Musical Dance Video of Epic Proportions

Girl Walk // All Day is a musical dance video directed by aspiring art photographer Jacob Krupnick, a collaboration by Krupnick and high-intensity freestyle dancer Anne Marsen. In mid-December, Krupnick and Marsen were on the early-morning Staten Island Ferry, along with two other dancers and Krupnick’s wife, carrying boomboxes and cameras and ducking security guards, shooting a guerrilla-style trailer for Girl Walk //All Day, which Krupnick describes as “an epic, 71-minute-long dance-music video” in which Marsen will dance her way through the entire Girl Talk album and up the entire island of Manhattan.

It is no surprise that people are going crazy about the trailer. It is both weird and joyous, popping with youthful energy. At first, Marsen looks more like an enthusiastic and slightly dorky amateur than the trained dance professional that she really is. Marsen wears regular tennis shoes and worn gray cords and an oversize, multicolored jacket, and at one point she falls off the railing of an escalator. It’s not until a minute or so in, as she twirls and gyrates through the ferry’s upper level, staring down the camera with a sly smile on her face as sleepy commuters pretend not to notice, that you begin to suspect you’re watching something that’s more than a little magical.

Girl Walk // All Day: An Amazing Musical Dance Video of Epic Proportions

You can read more about Girl Walk // All Day in The New York Times here.

And there are more videos of Anne Marsen’s dancing here.

All music from the album All Day by Girl Talk is available free for download here.

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