~KRISTEN ABATE / ‘STRAIGHTEN UP & FLY RIGHT’ / SLAMDANCE 2022

‘STRAIGHTEN UP & FLY RIGHT’
see: SLAPDANCE FILM FESTIVAL CHANNEL
in the . . . . ‘UNSTOPPABLE FEATURES’ SECTION
see: SLAMDANCE FESTIVAL 2022 HOME & $10 PASSES

KRISTEN ABATE . . .
A YOUNG FRIEND of MY FAMILY ever since her, and my daughter KATE,
were together in kindergarten !! at P.S.3 / in the West Village NYC.
well, turns out she’s quite the . . . FILMMAKER FIRE-CRACKER !!!!!!


‘STRAIGHTEN UP & FLY RIGHT’ – SCREENSHOT via SLAMDANCE

‘STRAIGHTEN UP and FLY RIGHT’ (2022) / 1 HR 28 MIN
that’s Kristen – on the right.

note: although Kristen plays a disabled young New Yorker,
she herself – is not disabled, she’s . . . acting :)
while the film’s co-author, co-director, and co-producer . . STEVEN TANENBAUM is disabled /
Mr.Tanenbaum has in fact been a long time creative mentor to Kristen,
so, it’s a very close to home / personal experience for her. the film is in fact,
a deliberate – creative ‘inversion’ . . the better to tell the story.
knowing Kristen – I’m guessing the narrative . . is quite bold.
the film has both a ‘drama’, and a ‘comedy’ tagging . . on IMDb.

in brief: “In a funk, Kristen, a physically disabled New York woman walks dogs for a living but
dreams of being a writer and as her her life unravels, she must make a choice / to fall apart, or straighten up.”
~SLAMDANCE

“A young, physically disabled woman meets an old man who helps her transcend the limitations of her mind.”
~GOOGLE

‘STRAIGHTEN UP and FLY RIGHT’ . . is as INDIE – AS THEY GET !!
& has been a long time – a coming.
DIRECTOR: KRISTEN ABATE, STEVEN TANENBAUM
PRODUCER: KRISTEN ABATE, LINDSEY CORDERO, ARMANDO CRODA, STEVEN TANENBAUM
SCREENWRITER: KRISTEN ABATE, STEVEN TANENBAUM
FEATURES ACTORS: KRISTEN ABATE, SASHA BOYKIN, A.J. CEDENO

GOOD LUCK, MY HOMETOWN CREATIVES !!


from left / KRISTEN ABATE and KATE CERIGO, UNION SQ., NYC / ca. 1998
Archival Photo: Collection NANCY SMITH

DEF, CHECK OUT: KRISTEN ABATE on IMDb




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~KELLIE & . . ‘JOHN AND THE HOLE’ / OPENING IN THE USA – TODAY / Q&A at QUAD CINEMA / TO-NIGHT – 7:30PM SCREENING / FRI AUG 6

KELLIE KONAPELSKY . . . !!

‘JOHN AND THE HOLE’ . . .
THE NEW, ‘STRANGE’ FILM / EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY is TALKING ABOUT . . . !!
IS OPENING TODAY, AUGUST 6 – IN THEATERS ACROSS THE US / & ON-DEMAND USA via IFCFILMS.

PASCUAL SISTO . . . “an installation artist with distinctive ideas around architecture, negative space, and composition” & “whose piercing directorial debut..” (both quotes: ROGER EBERT.COM) / this is,
will be doing a Q&A after the 7:30 pm screening – at QUAD CINEMA to-night . . . !!
FRI AUG 6, 2021.

SUPER CONGRATS !! GO OUT TO – KELLIE KONAPELSKY . . . !!

KELLIE . . . our Precog friend / where she is co-editor, publisher & . . graphic designer / designed the fab fab, super cold, nailed it . . . ‘JOHN AND THE HOLE’- movie poster !! / above !! damn !!!!!
really totally drop, dead – great.
& great font, btw /
I also really really like how she let those random, white ‘dot’ high-lites / of those tiny white rocks / play out visually – against the overall green grass field & bravely engage with the title’s font as well / a small touch, but maybe a big graphic design decision ?
but which totally . . brings some sense of the angst of the film – into the poster.
Kellie also . . . “did all the title design in the film.”

& ps I’m also pretty sure she had a lot of random / influence on the film’s creative decisions in general, as well; because PASCUAL SISTO, the newly critically acclaimed / film’s director, is . . her partner. irl / in real life.

SO, BRAVO FOR OUR FRIEND KELLIE !! / 6 DEGREES Of SEPARATION, or what !!
NYC UNDERGROUND, YOU ALWAYS AMAZE ME – YOU ALWAYS . . RULE !!

artlovers flashback:


from left: NICHOLAS STEINDORF and the women of Precog:
GABY COLLINS-FERNANDEZ, KELLIE KONAPELSKY, and, FLORENCIA ESCUDERO / bottom row center.

PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / ARTLOVERSNEWYORK, MARCH 1, 2020

historical note: this group photo was taken at what was to become known as the ‘Last Opening’ / as it was in fact the very last public opening, before the whole city, the whole world, shut down for . . COVID. it was a big, party-like celebration for HALEY JOSEPHS’ new painting show, at JACK BARRETT GALLERY, on the Lower East Side.
that’s a hint of Haley’s painting on the wall, and yes !!
she painted the walls – a cloudy baby pink !!

Florencia Escudero . . is co-editor, publisher of PRECOG,
Gaby Collins-Fernandez . . is also co-editor, publisher of PRECOG.
Kellie Konapelsky . . is co-editor, publisher, & Graphic Designer at PRECOG.
see: PRECOG

NICHOLAS STENDORF had just helped them with their digital, interactive ‘feature’ – on the global-minded / Paris-based, online VDC / VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER / digital platform.

some people just get around !!
Nicholas, 1/2 of Blinn & Lambert . . has a digital animation work – in the Brooklyn, Greenpoint / East Williamsburg / inaugural opening, also tonight, of new space: 11 Newel.

things are heating up / & it’s not even – Sept !!

BTW,
here’s: the link to the rave review . . TOMRIS LAFFLEY posted / on ROGER EBERT.
‘JOHN AND THE HOLE’ . . by TOMRIS LAFFLEY / ROGER EBERT – AUG 6, 2021


here’s: the link to the trailer




~PETER SUTHERLAND . . ‘HOME VID-20’ / MUSIC BY JULIAN KLINCEWICZ

yes, here’s really – something . . for your Memorial Day Weekend:

WATCH: PETER SUTHERLAND . . . ‘HOME VID-20’

with music by JULIAN KLINCEWICZ, 25 yrs old & already a star & no wonder.

@petersutherland / Instagram posted May 19, 2020

ps: this is the house in Colorado Springs, where Peter grew up.




~JIM MORRISON . . ‘WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE’ (2009)

my wish for the art world, going forward !!
more . . . Mojo Risin !!

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: INFINITE.”


‘WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE’, DIRECTED BY TOM DiCILLO (2009)

the most superlative film on JIM MORRISON, and The Doors, if not the most superlative film / documentary . . ever.
I’m surprised – not more people know about it.
a ‘riveting’ time-traveler, using real footage, it’s . . a mind-blower.

WATCH: THE TRAILER / ‘WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE’, 2009 & turn the music up – full BLAST.




~JONAH HILL . . as JOSH.

J.H. meet J.H.

JONAH HILL as JOSH HARRIS.
you may as well just fall off your chair, now.

You can just see Jonah as Josh, looking up at the Livingston apple orchard, wondering where the hell, did all the . . money go,
and wtf, just happened.


JONAH HILL in . . .
‘DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT’, directed by GUS VAN SANT.

watch: ‘DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT’ – OFFICIAL TRAILER – YouTube

see: ‘DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT’ – NYT / JAN 18, 2018




~BEN STILLER: ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ & ‘THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES’ . . . yes !!!!!!

if BEN STILLER . .

can do his just announced, upcoming feature adaption . ..
of ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, the Sundance winning documentary about JOSH HARRIS, the so-called Andy Warhol of the web, and art world bad boy . . .

just as gently; but really funny in parts, all too human, bitter-sweet, sad and even harsh in others . . .
as is the tone of the recent ‘THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES’ (2017) . . . where he plays older brother to a failed bro (musician), and successful son (wealth management for rich hipster clients) to an oppressively narcissistic forgotten artist dad,

then things are looking good for a Hollywood re-make.

though of course, ‘THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES’, though it often hit very close to home, and sometimes even . . too close to home, is a fictional though very accurate portrayal.

it kind of makes you realize just how delicate a task it might be to come up with a great, funny, sad serious, twisty, biopic on Josh, esp as ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ . . moves very fast through a time frame of several years, and is characterized by Josh’s interactions with many different, but all high-octane ‘players’, who though individually brought a lot of wild antics, collectively imploded with great gusto, along with some hard knocks, . . within the so-called ‘social experiment’, that Josh said he made, but that really – made him !!

ADAM DRIVER, has a wild cameo . . in ‘THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES’.

he plays a young wannabe rock star, who is maybe going through his first cash payday – a little bit too fast. Ben Stiller in his role as Matt, the older Meyerowitz bro – who runs a budding, start-up celebrity wealth management for hipsters business, has come in, to put a lid on the money action, but still stay .. cool af.

in that fast-paced, tone-perfect scene, I could definitely see the potential . . for a perfect storm . . of a JOSH HARRIS / ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’. BIO-PIC.

they should try to find a equally brief, in & out, cameo role for Driver . .
in the ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ project.

maybe: as ALEX ARCADIA, lol.
he built that Nazi-like, real goldfish swimming in pond / moat . . ran around a 3D temple, that Alex reportedly got $80K to build, & where Josh like some the mad leader of a futuristic cult, often gave his . . ‘mission’ speeches.

with JONAH HILL . . already on-board to play . . Josh, & I can just see it, come to L-I-F-E.

it could be real big win.

‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ – HELLO, H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D.

‘THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES’,
came out last fall, directed & written by NOAH BAUMBACH.
it stars BEN STILLER & ADAM SANDLER (in very tapped-down comedic modes – hurray), as the very different, almost equally damaged grown (half !!) sons of the cranky, semi-seedy self-obsessed old school NYC artist, played by DUSTIN HOFFMAN, and he’s . . nailing it. performance-wise.
you know, or you will, one day . . . the grumpy guy who never made it, won’t be the faculty group show, and his best friend is having a retrospection at the Whitney.

‘THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES’ . . won the PALM DOG award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

COMEDY-DRAMA ?!!!

REAL LIFE / DOCU-DRAMA ?!!!

JOSH HARRIS & CREW / ARE IN YOUR HANDS, . . . BEN STILLER !!!!!


BEN STILLER, as MATTHEW MEYEROWITZ . . . in ‘THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES’.

def, def def !! watch the trailer: ‘THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES’ – OFFICIAL TRAILER / YouTube

in fact, you can watch the entire film right now, it’s now on . . NETFLIX !!

more background . . .
see: ‘THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES’ – Wikipedia

here’s how that wiki post / re: Plot . . begins:
“After separating from his wife, unemployed DANNY MEYEROWITZ (Adam Sandler) moves in with his father, HAROLD (Dustin Hoffman), a retired Bard College (!!) art professor and sculptor, and his 3rd wife, MAUREEN (Emma Thompson) . . .”
and btw:
DANNY has a daughter (Grace Van Patten) who is just starting film school, at Bard College, who makes . . “sexually obsessed” art films.
and, we can all . . relate.




~STUDIO GHIBLI . . ‘THE WIND RISES’ / and the human spirit, soars & twists in the wind

‘THE WIND RISES’, JAPAN, 2013
STUDIO GHIBLI – DIRECTED BY HAYAO MIYAZAKI

it’s not far-reaching to expect an imaginary fable to lift off – through the magic of animation.
with ‘The Wind Rises’, a fictionalized biography of JIRO HORIKOSHI (1903-19820) the young man who designed fighter aircraft . .
used by Japan in WWII . . .
it’s absolutely wondrous !! and stirring . . to behold.
it becomes a story about the beauty of design, and the poignancy of life. how we artists, have no control over how our work is used, or sold,
just we humans have no control over our lives and . . destiny.

a most gorgeous production, a big part of the compelling emotional depth of this film, which is in essence a medley . . on an industrial design !!
and a fighter jet one – at that . . by our enemy at the time (!!)
comes from the wistful and haunting music.
the soundtrack, composed and conducted by JOE HISAISHI is performed by YOMIURI NIPPON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

see more facts: ‘THE WIND RISES’ – Wikipedia


JIRO . . and his dream of the famous Italian aircraft designer . . GIOVANNI BATTISTA CAPRONI.
(gorgeous retro styling, bye the way.)

watch: ‘THE WIND RISES’ – trailer on YouTube …. !!!!!




~STUDIO GHIBLI: ABOUT . . ‘170 QUESTIONS’ / CHANNEL FREDERATOR

STUDIO GHIBLI . .
was founded in 1985, by some . . very very cool people.
except for a tiny crowd sequence in one film, all the Studio Ghibli films are hand-drawn.
they have made over 20 . . amazing & visionary films.

here’s a great, fact-packed intro . . . by ChannelFrederator !!
incl. where that one & only, super brief CGI sequence . . happened !!

watch: STUDIO GHIBLI – 170 QUESTIONS – BY FREDERATOR

read more about: CHANNEL FREDERATOR – THE ONLINE CHANNEL NETWORK FOR . . INDEPENDENT ANIMATORS & ARTISTS !!

see: CHANNEL FREDERATOR OFFICIAL WEBSITE !!

see: CHANNEL FREDERATOR – WIKIPEDIA




~’TOP 10 STUDIO GHIBLI FILMS’ . . WatchMojo sampler


‘WHISPER OF THE HEART’, STUDIO GHIBLI, JAPAN 1995.
Directed by: YOSHIFUMI KONDOU
screenshot: WatchMojo/YouTube

here’s a great sampler:

see: ‘TOP TEN BEST – STUDIO GHIBLI MOVIES’ / WatchMojo.com on YouTube