"Korla" Documentary Premieres in San Francisco

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Hammond organs were big in the 50’s, and there were more than a few practitioners who smoothly played and rhythmically swayed. But not many performed the Trance Dance and wore jeweled turbans and kohl rimmed eyes. Fewer still would star in their own television show and say not a word. Korla Pandit, born John Roland Redd, a black man from Columbia, Missouri, under the tutelage of his Disney illustrator wife Beryl DeBeeson, took on the persona of East Indian swami as he embodied “divine consciousness.”

Watch: Hunter S. Thompson on Outlaws

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
PBS just released the latest video in their fantastic Blank on Blank series of animated interviews from their archives. In the 1960s, Hunter S. Thompson spent more than a year living and drinking with members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club, riding up and down the California coast. 

Chuck Jones: The Evolution of an Artist

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 21, 2015
If you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you know Chuck Jones, one of all-time masters of visual comedy. Tony Zhou explores the evolution of his sensibilities as an artist.

Watch: "Elgin Park" and the life of Michael Paul Smith

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 25, 2015
Elgin Park is a lot of things: a 1950’s utopia, a fantastical world, and an optical illusion. Artist Michael Paul Smith’s imaginative town – composed entirely of miniatures – delighted audiences worldwide when his photo series went viral. For the first time, the documentary Elgin Park dives into the life of this charming, reclusive artist to reveal the dark inspiration behind his work.  

Juxtapoz Presents: Art Shorts @ SF DocFest, June 13, 2015

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 09, 2015
On Saturday, June 13 at 7pm at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco, SF DocFest film festival will premiere “Juxtapoz Presents: Art Shorts," a program of short documentaries that spotlight artists and works featured in recent issues of Juxtapoz. Opening the evening will be Robert Williams: Slang Aesthetics by Steve “Sketch” Vallino, a fast-paced exposé of the artist's recent retrospective at Barnsdall Community Art Center in Los Angeles. This new short film includes narration by Williams himself and features highlights from the opening of his landmark show.

“Incision” A Film by Vhils

Street Art // Friday, June 05, 2015
We are all products of the chaos that surrounds us,” says Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto – aka Vhils – in André Santos’s film, which documents the indigenous village of Araçaí, Brazil, where 90 Guaraní people were moved by the government at the turn of this century, displacing them from their ancestral lands. Immortalizing these forgotten people, Farto carves their portraits onto buildings and the doors of their homes – mixing indigenous and new techniques – giving them the voice and dignity they have been denied.

Emory Douglas: The Art of The Black Panthers

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 28, 2015
Through archival footage and conversations with Emory, this new short documentary by Dress Code shares his story, alongside the rise and fall of the Panthers. He used his art as a weapon in the Black Panther Party’s struggle for civil rights and today Emory continues to give a voice to the voiceless. His art and what The Panthers fought for are still as relevant as ever.

Photographer Sally Mann shares life behind iconic images

Photography // Thursday, May 14, 2015
The world-renowned photographer Sally Mann soared to fame in the '90s and released a series of images called "Immediate Family.” Twenty-five years later, Mann looks at her remarkable career in a new memoir called “Hold Still.” She opens up to Charlie Rose in a rare interview at the Gagosian Gallery, surrounded by her iconic work.

Watch: Conrad and The Steamplant

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 14, 2015
Conrad Milster, Pratt Institute’s chief engineer, has worked in the Brooklyn power plant nearly his entire adult life. Starting as a mechanic in 1958, he later became one of only four chief engineers in the plant’s 127-year history, taking over the official duties in 1965. He’s been there ever since.

Watch: Akira Kurosawa - Composing Movement

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 30, 2015
Can movement tell a story? Sure, if you’re as gifted as Akira Kurosawa. More than any other filmmaker, he had an innate understanding of movement and how to capture it onscreen. Join Tony Zhou in studying the master, possibly the greatest composer of motion in film history.
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