One day people will be watching TV for the ads; the actual
programming will be the irritating intrusion. That's what you might think after
watching the outstanding ads in The Art & Technique of the American
Commercial, a collection of the year's best as chosen by the Association of Independent
Can one man save the world with big
metal balls? To find out catch The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (2012), Sam Green's documentary about the visionary designer. With live
music by Yo La Tengo.
of Contemporary Art, 100
Northern Ave, Boston
:: Saturday, October 20 @ 7 + 9 pm | $25; $20 students ::617.
It's the longest running independent and experimental
film festival in North America, and you can see why when the Institute of
Contemporary Art screens a selection of shorts from the 49th Annual Ann Arbor
Film Festival. They include Best Animation winner Kei Oyama's Hand Soap, about an adolescent who
doesn't feel comfortable in his own skin; Best Experimental Award Winner Fern
Silva's In the Absence of Light, Darkness
Prevails, a montage of images of human folly and cosmic destiny; and Jury
Award winner The Florestine Collection,
a film about a New Orleans dressmaker begun by Helen Hill and completed by her
husband Paul Gailiunas after she was murdered in a 2007 home invasion.
Ernst Lubitsch's To
Be or Not To Be (1940) managed to poke fun at the Nazis while underscoring
their evil, and German director Leander Haußman takes a lesson from the master
in his Hotel Lux (2011). In this Lubitschean screwball comedy, a
cabaret performer in '30s-era Berlin finds his Hitler-Stalin routine is drawing
more threats than laughs.
An early film from Saul Levine's"Light Lick Series"- newest edition to be screened at the exposition
Turns out you
don't have to hop a plane out to Sundance to experience a great Colorado film fest.
Instead, you can save yourself the hassle - and the plane fare - and check out
the International Experimental Cinema
Exposition right here in your own backyard.
The joke is that those who make the shortest films
make the longest Oscar acceptance speeches, but when you compare the shorts to
some of the feted features you might find that it might be justified. The ICA offers an opportunity
to see for yourself when over the next three weeks it presents the shorts
nominees in all three categories: live-action, documentary, and animation.
Looking for Langston (1989)
Before there was Steve McQueen, director of Shame, there was another British
Turner Prize-winning artist making provocative, innovative, non-compromising
films. Isaac Julien established himself as a filmmaker of note in 1989 with his Looking
a dream-like reverie about the Harlem Renaissance and the poet Langston Hughes.
The ICA follows up last
week's "The Art and Technique of the American Commercial" with "Award-Winning British Commercials 2010". If you've occasionally been amused by
"clever" commercials from the best of the American advertising industry (love
those Superbowl ads!), then you'll be surprised at the level of wit and snark
the Brits convey while selling shit.