Bad Cars: Living with Unexpected Obstacles and Imperfect Moments

Bad Cars: Living with Unexpected Obstacles and Imperfect Moments

Bad Cars is a new short film by Anthony Deptula, the writer and star of the wonderful independent film One Too Many Mornings, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Dating in Los Angeles is hard, especially when you have a terrible car. Bad Cars is a romantic comedy about a first date with a simple problem; neither person wants the other to see their crappy car. While there is elegant storytelling with an abundance of clever humor, there is also an honest and painful view of the loneliness and vulnerabilities of life in a city filled with unexpected obstacles and imperfect moments.

Bad Cars: Living with Unexpected Obstacles and Imperfect Moments

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Lost and Found: The Remarkable Story of a Friendship

Lost and Found: The Remarkable Story of a Friendship

Lost and Found is a deeply heartwarming CG animated short film directed by Philip Hunt at London’s Studio AKA. The film is an adaptation of the award winning story book by illustrator and childrens’ book artist Oliver Jeffers, which premiered on Christmas Eve 2008 on Channel 4 in the UK. Since that time, Lost and Found has won more than 40 international awards, including a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film in 2009.

A magical tale of friendship and loneliness, Lost and Found tells the story of a little boy who finds a penguin on the doorstep of his house one morning. Although at first he is unsure about what to do, the boy becomes determined to help the penguin find his way back home, even if that means rowing a small boat all the way to the South Pole!

Lost and Found: Extended Trailer

Lost and Found: The Remarkable Story of a Friendship

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Zero: A Courageous Yarn of Forbidden Love

Zero: A Courageous Yarn of Forbidden Love

Zero is a highly acclaimed Australian stop-motion animated short film, written and directed by Christopher Kezelos. Zero has screened at over 50 film festivals and won 11 awards, including Best Animation from LA Shorts Fest and the Rhode Island International Film Festival and has been nominated for an AFI Award.

The film follows life in a world of yarn puppets, where the main character is a zero. This is a world in which from birth your destiny is determined by a number boldly displayed on your chest, representing all that you are or can be. 9′s are the elites of this world, and the very lowest you can sink, the untouchables, are cursed as Zero.

The dark fairytale takes place in a world built upon a rigid foundation of social intolerance. In this land of numbered characters, the zeroes endure lives of constant heart-ache, never allowed to have romantic relationships, marry, have children or be parents. Faced with constant prejudice and persecution, one oppressed zero walks a lonely path of disappointment and abuse until a chance encounter changes his life forever: he meets a female zero. Together they prove that through determination, courage and love, nothing can become truly something.

Zero: A Courageous Yarn of Forbidden Love

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Photos of the Evening: Night Tales

In Dark and Mist

Night Watch

Dark Ride Home

The Cemetery


Photos of the Evening: Night Tales

Photography by: Tim Corbeel, Belgium

Night Tales is a stunning series of photographs by the Belgium photographer Tim Corbeel. Taking pictures at night is truly an art; you need to have full control over your camera, equipment and the night itself. Corbeel’s nighttime photographs passionately capture the emotions, atmosphere and beautiful moments of darkness.

Adrian Lux: Can’t Sleep

Slide Show: Night Tales

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André Kertész: The Nebulous Visions of a Solitary Man

Melancholic Tulip, 1939

Satiric Dancer, 1926

Place de la Concorde, Paris, 1928

Distortion No. 41 (With Self-Portrait), 1933

André Kertész: The Nebulous Visions of a Solitary Man

Twenty-five years after his death, André Kertész (1894–1985) is today a world-famous photographer who produced images that will be familiar to everyone. However, he has yet to receive full recognition for his personal contribution to the language of photography in the 20th century. His career spanning more than seventy years was chaotic, and his longevity was matched by an unwavering creative acuity that made an immediate or retrospective understanding of his work difficult.

For the first time, an exhibition at Jeu de Paume in Paris has assembled a sizable collection of prints and original documents covering the different periods of Kertész’s life and artistic career. It brings together a large number of prints and original documents that highlight the exceptional creative acuity of this photographer, from his beginnings in Hungary, his homeland, to Paris, where between 1925 and 1936 he was one of the leading figures in avant-garde photography, to New York, where he lived for nearly fifty years without encountering the success that he expected and so rightly deserved.

It pays tribute to a photographer whom Cartier-Bresson regarded as one of his masters, and reveals, despite an apparent diversity of periods, situations, themes and styles, the coherence of Kertész’s approach. The exhibition reveals how Kertész developed a genuine poetics of photography, what he called “a real photographic language.” The display highlights the autonomy of each photograph, while at the same time indicating the presence of series or recurring themes (for example, the distortions, the buildings of New York, the chimneys, and solitude).

Kertész remained true to his intuitive, allusive personal style, and used his work to give voice to the sadness that undoubtedly permeated his entire life in New York, rendered most explicitly in The Lost Cloud (1937). Right up until the end of his life, he sought images of solitude, and on January 1, 1972, during a trip to Martinique, he caught the fleeting, pensive profile of a man behind a pane of frosted glass: this nebulous vision of a solitary man before the immensity of the sea was the last image in his retrospective collection, Sixty Years of Photography, 1912–1972.

André Kertész at Jeu de Paume, Paris

Slide Show: André Kertész/The Nebulous Visions of a Solitary Man

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The Hushed Melancholy of New York’s Empty Restaurants

21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street, 2009

Cafe des Artistes, 1 West 67th Street, 2009

Delmonico’s, 56 Beaver Street, 2009

Arturo’s, 106 West Houston Street, 2009

De Robertis, 176 First Avenue, NYC, 2009

The Hushed Melancholy of New York’s Empty Restaurants

Photography by: Wijnanda Deroo, Treadwell, New York

The Empty Restaurants of New York is an emotionally moving collection of photographs by the Dutch photographer Wijnanda Deroo.  Deroo’s work depicts the hushed melancholy of vacant interiors found in the cafes and restaurants from four of New York City’s five boroughs.  Instead of actual people, there is the presence of people who have been there before and who might be there again.  Despite the lack of people present in Deroo’s work, there exists a tangible presence of human experience and activity, manifested in the subtle clues left behind from a once vibrant history.  Her alluring use of color and composition invites the viewer into these hauntingly empty spaces with emotive power, reinforcing the perspective that beauty can be found in the least likely of places.

An Emotional Meditation: Alone in New York

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Slide Show: The Hushed Melancholy of New York’s Empty Restaurants

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Senate Strikes Down “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

Photography by: Jeff Sheng, Los Angeles

Senate Strikes Down “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

In a major victory for gay rights advocates as well as President Obama, the Senate on Saturday repealed the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military.  The repeal of DADT closed a 17-year struggle over a policy that forced thousands of Americans to leave the ranks of the military and caused others to keep secret their sexual orientation.

By a vote of 65 to 31, the Senate approved and sent to President Obama a repeal of the Clinton-era law, known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a policy that critics said amounted to government-sanctioned discrimination, which treated gay and lesbian troops as second-class citizens.  The President is expected to sign the measure into law next week, delivering Pres. Obama a victory on one of his chief campaign promises.

Breaking News: Senate Repeals Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

Democrats and Activists Speak After “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal

Bright Eyes: First Day of My Life

Slide Show: DADT/We Have To Give Them Hope

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