“Controversy already – but did you see the message? “Stop shooting us” in graffiti. Black Culture from the impoverished to the highest echelon. The Hurricane Katrina homage. The Cops throwing up the Black Lives Matter sign. The Black women with natural curl patterns. Unapologetic Black females being as classy as they wanna be in the Beauty Supply. The UNARMED YOUNG BLACK MAN dancing in front of the militarized police. Feminism and now Social Justice, she is proclaiming her Blackness and being the role model Black America needs. Don’t cheapen her message by all this bickering.” — indiepunkftw
Davis [Jake Gyllenhaal] — a successful investment banker — struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law Phil [Chris Cooper] to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen [Naomi Watts] and — amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own — the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris [Judah Lewis], Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.
In DEMOLITION — a successful investment banker, Davis [Jake Gyllenhaal], struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father-in-law [Chris Cooper] to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen [Naomi Watts] and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two strangers form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son [Judah Lewis], Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.
Explored through the lenses of the four natural elements – fire, water, air and earth – COOKED is an enlightening and compelling look at the evolution of what food means to us through the history of food preparation and its universal ability to connect us. Highlighting our primal human need to cook, the series urges a return to the kitchen to reclaim our lost traditions and to forge a deeper, more meaningful connection to the ingredients and cooking techniques that we use to nourish ourselves.
The writer and director of Tangerine — Sean Baker — directs the Über fashion haus — KENZO’s latest short film titled Snowbird — starring Abbey Lee, Clarence Williams III, Cameron Gentry and Mary Woronov, and featuring the KENZO Spring-Summer 2016 collection from Creative Directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.
GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band. Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems merely to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see. Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club’s depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise. But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain’t Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown. Intense, emotional, and ingeniously twisted, Green Room is genre filmmaking at its best and most original. Saulnier continues to build his reputation as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors working today, with a movie that’s completely different from his previous, highly acclaimed Blue Ruin, but which is just as risk-taking and even more full of twists. The entire cast deliver first-rate performances, but Patrick Stewart gives a transformative and brilliantly devious turn as Darcy-elegant yet lethal, droll yet terrifying, Stewart makes the film simply unforgettable.
[W]hen it first came to me, it was just something for me to act in. When I met with [Miles’] family, I told them I wanted to do something that wasn’t like I had seen before, and I had a take on the movie, that if I was going to play him, that it had to be as creative and different, that if it wasn’t as aspirational as he was, then I wasn’t really that interested. And before I got to my house after that meeting, it kind of came to me that that would be hard for anyone else possibly to see it the same way that I was seeing it, so if I was going to do it, I’d probably have to direct it. And as I was calling them, they were kind of calling me to say the same thing.
Special Projects curated by A. Moret
We are excited to present a series of Special Projects around the Hotel grounds, curated by Installation Magazine Founder and Editor-in-Chief A. Moret. As a native Angeleno, A. Moret looks to the city she calls home for inspiration. A professional wordsmith, artistic director and curator, Moret revels in the collaborative process and always looks to tell the artist’s story in their own words.
As stARTup Art Fair Los Angeles Special Projects Curator, A. Moret celebrates the following emerging voices in the Los Angeles contemporary art scene:
7×7: Scheduled readings — writer Amy Bonnaffons and artist Axel Wilhite launched 7×7 in 2015 to facilitate a new kind of interdisciplinary collaboration. Each 7×7 invites one visual artist and one writer to engage in a two-week creative conversation.
Bronwyn Lundberg: Bron of YoMeryl will be continuing her series of hand-drawn miniature portraits within the confines of her custom CleverGirl Wig stamp. Bron will travel throughout the fair, creating original portraits of visitors and given to participants as a work of art they can take home.
Chris Niemi: lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2012. She explores what our experience of an object is in the world, pushing into the between spaces where nothing and everything is happening, and causing a hiccup that allows for new experiences. The object becomes more real, completely synthetic, unreal and even petrified.
Michelle Carla Handel: presents the sculptural work Big Yearn, Let Down. Handel’s work describes gaps where verbal language falls short. Emotional connection, misfiring, longing, sentiment, and urge are all free game. Forms may be supple, squishy, taut, tenuous or slack, or all of those qualities at once. They exist as open-ended suggestions reflecting states of complexity or quandry. Hard and soft, elastic, rubbery flesh-like ideas that are honest about their limitations, though they may also reveal an unlikely beauty or sensuality.
Daniel Rolnik: presents an original nativity scene adorned with original wooden cutouts of fun characters people can pose with to take photos. Join our eccentric family of a bearded best friend, a puppyfish, a fire hydrant, and a tree in the photo opportunity of a lifetime.
Emmett Methven: Video — I hope this is what you were looking for [in collaboration with Casey Calvert]
Lluy Rodrigues: “I began creating objects after a motorcycle accident left me five months immobile. Anxiety consumed my thoughts. With such apprehension, I started to explore the possibilities of creating within the art world. I have always been fascinated by fire and gasoline- how their power is beyond human control. I work with these materials to challenge the limits of creativity and canvas.”
Quam Odunsi: Youth: Women & Children, First. is an on-going exhibition of the debauchery of youth that consists of friends, lovers, sexual encounters and acquaintances — that demonstrates excess indulgence of sensual pleasures and corruption.
Sara Clarken: Burial of Jennifer Lawrence — This twenty minute video documentation of the burial of Sara Clarken’s original work, The Fappening is a gesture of returning Jennifer Lawrence’s stolen nude from the infamous iCloud hack in 2014 back to the digital realm. Clarken originally printed one of several nudes that circulated the internet on foam in order to communicate characteristics of the digital image in modern society. She then drove to the Apple iData Center to sneak onto the property and figuratively return the stolen property ‘back to the cloud’, a mysterious convenience that lives in much of society’s tech devices. The foam not being biodegradable brings up topics of the the life of digital content, as well as technology’s effect on the tangible.
The Current Sea [Brian Griffith + Sarah Zucker]: a new media studio based in Los Angeles. NOMANNERISM is an installation of projected GIFs freed from the confines of cyberspace that play with and exaggerate the nature of the form itself. Each animation is a visual mantra, creating a sense of recursion for the viewer with every new, vividly-hued loop.
In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son.
Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination.
While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son.
As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.
A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.
Her captor, a doomsday prepper, tells her he saved her life and that there has been a terrible chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable. She does not know what to believe and as tensions rise, she decides she must escape, regardless of the terrors that await outside.