Insanity Forever

One summer while I was traveling, I made a conscious effort to visit “landmarks” throughout the States. Famous sights, like Cadillac Ranch in Texas, Big sur in California, the geysers in Yellowstone National Park. All places I had only seen through a screen or read about in books. It was entrancing, to finally see them…

Dear America

When I first arrived in America, my initial reaction was that it looked a lot like The Simpsons, at the age of 6 having grown up in Spain, it was the only point of reference I had. The houses looked nearly identical to those in the show – the blocky shapes, A-framed garages attached to…

Consuming Passion

Cedar Lewisohn heads to Documenta 13, hungry for groundbreaking art and local cuisine. What’s the Wurst that could happen? I decided to write up a diary of all the food I ate while on a trip to the Documenta exhibition in Kassel, Germany. Documenta takes place every five years and is widely regarded as the…

Continental Film Night

‘Music is inside me and all over the place’ Born in Paris in 1961, Alexandre Desplat came to prominence in the 1990s, working with French directors such as Patrice Leconte and Jacques Audiard. In 2003, he scored Peter Webber’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, launching his career worldwide. Further international recognition came with his soundtracks…

Bill Fay

Life Is People Dead Oceans Bill Fay’s eponymous 1970 debut revealed a peculiarly British knack with tangential quotidian detail. The following year’s Time of the Last Persecution posited an intense apocalyptic vision, drawn in part from a close reading of the Catholic thinker, Teilhard de Chardin. Traces of both survive in Life Is People, Fay’s…

Arthur Russell

Keep the Lights On (Original Soundtrack)  Audika Arthur Russell’s music is surely a dream for anyone compiling a film soundtrack his repertoire is so diverse that you’d be forgiven for mistaking his work for that of several different artists. The selection for Ira Sachs’ Keep the Lights On does a good job of representing some…

Keep the Lights On

Ira Sachs Five minutes into this film, there is a shot of Erik ( Thure Lindhardt) striding through night-time New York – a confident, scruffy Nordic blonde in a petrol blue jacket – that is full of raw anticipation and instantly iconic. It’s 1998, and he’s on his way to a booty call with preppy…

Inter-connected

While living in rural Ohio, the internet enabled me to reach places that I physically could not; and, almost all of what I have accomplished thus far into my career was made possible thanks to the web. Through the internet I’ve been able to connect and collaborate with companies like The IMPOSSIBLE Project, JOBY and…