The Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary competition is the launch pad for Hal, Amy Scott’s feature-length docu about iconoclast director Hal Ashby. Cinetic Media is aboard to sell the title at the fest, and the film premieres Monday in Park City.
In 2016, Newcastle-based artist Jimmy Turrell spotted a job-lot of 1,000 books on eBay and bought them on a whim. They belonged to the late father of the person who was selling them, and he later found out that they were just a day away from being thrown into a skip.
ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
“Belgium-based minimalist ambient composer Christina Vantzou shares a spectral 16MM short film, soundtracked by Vantzou’s beautifully glacial and elegiac “At Dawn,” one of the gorgeous highlights from her utterly immersive, trance-inducing forthcoming fourth full-length for Kranky. Shot by cinematographer Thomas Depas in the Ardennes, Belgium, and starring Siet Phorae & Stav Yeini.”
In the preface of Total Jazz, Fantagraphics’ new collection of jazz comic strips by Christian “Blutch” Hincker, the author is tasked with providing an introduction to the book. Imagining himself as a young Native American brave, Blutch confesses to a stoic tribal leader: “Jazz makes me sick…It turns my stomach.”
If you were wondering why Nintendo Labo, the DIY cardboard accessory kits for the Switch, costs at least $70, Toy-Con Garage is why.
Late last year, concept art website ArtStation unveiled its first print book: Martin Deschambault’s Project 77, a neat collection that blends science fiction concept art and storytelling.
“A Case of Distrust is a narrative mystery from 1924 San Francisco. Play as private investigator Phyllis Cadence Malone in this historical 2D adventure game. Explore underground speakeasies, smoke-filled billiard halls, classic barber shops, and more. Catch suspects in lies by using evidence, statements, and your wits. Intrinsic challenges face our heroine, as she struggles against a pushback on emancipation, leading to many doubts, both internal and external…”