For their first public art commission, Brooklyn-based artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder conceived Topsy-Turvy, a cylindrical camera obscura in Madison Square Park that projects on its interior walls an upside-down image of the Flatiron district. I spoke with the artists in Chicago, where they had just performed an untitled projection piece with sound artist and composer Olivia Block at the Chicago Underground Film Festival.
The enfant terrible of American independent cinema is back and here to prove correct at least the first part of the statement above, one that would have to be considered hitherto a fairly empty performative utterance given the aesthetically radical nature of earlier films like Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy.
When Brooklyn Academy of Music ran a retrospective of French filmmaker Olivier Assayas in 2010, they hailed him as a post-punk auteur.
Despite the threat of a six-year prison sentence and a 20-year ban on filmmaking, renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi premiered Pardé (Closed Curtain) at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear for best screenplay.