Camera Work: Photography An Art Form?

By: Sunday December 14, 2014 9:00 am

The print is to the photographer what marble is to the sculptor. It is a medium where the highest form of expression is to be achieved, using the negative as the original source

 

Pull Up a Chair: Art in Science, Science in Art

By: Saturday November 15, 2014 4:00 am

It’s always enriching to see things in a new way, don’t you think?

FDL Movie Night: The Genius of Marian

By: Monday September 1, 2014 4:59 pm

I remember when my mother was dying — or, more accurately, when I realized she was dying. My first thought was that it couldn’t be happening, because life without her wasn’t imaginable. I looked around to hit the STOP button somewhere, but there just wasn’t one. So I resigned myself to the awful fact that I was indeed going to lose her, and all I could think about was how I could fill the time I had left with her with things that were meaningful and express to her all she meant to me.

The Genius of Marian is ostensibly about filmmaker Banker White’s late grandmother, the painter Marian Steele, and his mother Pam’s desire to memorialize her work. But Marian’s art winds up playing a very small (though important) role in the film, which soon becomes a three year study of Pam’s own decline due to early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 61.

FDL Movie Night: “Matthew O’Hanlon: A Creative Journey” and Jose Ho-Guanipa

By: Monday July 28, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s guest Jose Ho-Guanipa is an upcoming filmmaker and video director whose most recent 8-minute film, Matthew O’Hanlon: A Creative Journey, follows artist/writer Matthew O’Hanlon through his creative process and through the Los Angeles streets. O’Hanlon’s art is dark, surreal and Ho-Guanipa captures the artist’s dystopian vision through his documentary.

HBO Doc “The Newburgh Sting” Asks Terrorism or FBI Entrapment?

By: Monday July 21, 2014 4:09 pm

In 2009, with television cameras rolling, the FBI triumphantly busted a domestic terrorist ring from Newburgh, NY. The men, known as the Newburgh Four, are each serving a 25-year sentence for plotting to blow up two synagogues and shoot down military supply planes. FDL reported on the story and case; read Kevin’s take on it for more background information.

What happened in Newburgh continues to attract attention although perhaps not in the way the FBI intended. Instead, it serves as a cautionary tale in post-9/11 America. An uneasy story about what happened when the FBI went into an impoverished community and offered a large sum of money to people in exchange for their agreement to participate in a fake bombing plot. This case inevitably raises questions about our rights as Americans, what constitutes terrorism, and the definition of entrapment.

Pull Up a Chair: Influential Authors: Jerry Pournelle

By: Saturday June 28, 2014 4:00 am

One of the things I have learned over the years when reading, regardless of the genre, is to separate the tale being told from the possible political bias. Sometimes it is subtle and sometimes it is in your face but it is almost always there. Jerry Pournelle is one of the authors whose politics and views on a lot of issues I probably disagree with yet he does tell a tale quite well.

FDL Movie Night: L.A. Aboriginal

By: Monday June 16, 2014 4:59 pm

Dave Tourjé is a freaking force of nature–an unstoppable creative giant. The Los Angeles native (thus the title of tonight’s film, L.A. Aboriginal) lives and breathes art. Raised in Northeast Los Angeles, Dave grew up as a skater and surfer stimulated by the vibrant colors and energy of a neighborhood rich in Latin American immigrant culture with a history of hot rods, low riders and early motocross riding. His family was involved in art and encouraged him to draw and paint.

FDL Movie Night: John Fleck Is Who You Want Him To Be

By: Monday May 5, 2014 4:59 pm

Legendary performance artist John Fleck is the focus of tonight’s documentary John Fleck Is Who You Want Him To Be, directed by Kevin Duffy. In 1990, Fleck and three other performance artists became known as the NEA Four, who sued the National Endowments for the Arts all the way to the Supreme Court for overtly vetoing their grants. The artists won, but the NEA reacted by no longer funding individual artists. Both Kevin Duffy and John Fleck will be our guests.

Saturday Art: The Exit Room (short film)

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 4:00 pm

This is a powerful film, and I was only about a minute or so into it, when I realized that it reminded me of a film that I saw in the early 1970s, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.

FDL Movie Night: “Finding Vivian Maier”

By: Monday March 31, 2014 4:55 pm

A box of photographic negatives bought at auction reveals a treasure trove of American street photography and puts John Maloof, one of our guests tonight, on the trail of the mysterious nanny who snapped over 100,000 images. Aided by the internet and social media, as well as dedicated detective work, he uncovered the spotty history of Vivian Maier. Thanks to him this nanny would become a celebrated photographer.

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