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MUSEUM OF MOVING IMAGE

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It’s that time of year when SAG and Oscar buzz make you reflect on your favorite movies and television shows. Although we don’t always agree with the academy (i.e., How did The Town get overlooked for best picture nomination?), we do enjoy the analytical banter about best performances, best screen plays, best score, etc. The process behind moving images is fascinating. So it’s only fitting that we highlight the newly renovated Museum of Moving Image. If you’ve never visited, make plans now.

The Museum of Moving Image boasts an impressive roaster of exhibits all housed in a state of the art building. Their mission: “To advance the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. It does so by collecting, preserving, and providing access to moving-image related artifacts, screening significant films and other moving-image works, presenting exhibitions of artifacts, artworks, and interactive experiences, and offering educational and interpretive programs to students, teachers, and the general public.” Next time you’re in New York, be sure to check it out. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: ARCHITECTURE / Categories: architecture, museums, film

THE HOUSEMAID

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We’re really excited about The Housemaid – a new film from South Korean director, IM Sang-soo. It’s the story of Eun-yi, a young woman who is hired by an affluent family and quickly becomes embroiled in the complicated drama of their home after being seduced by the man of the house.

The Housemaid is an excellent examination of class in modern South Korea. The lush cinematography gives viewers a glimpse of a world and a culture that’s still emerging. The film will be available for instant viewing on IFC Films On Demand and will be playing in New York at the Lincoln Center Cinemas and the IFC Center January 21. We highly recommend checking it out. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: AUDIO VISUAL / Categories: culture, film

NYC TIMELAPSE

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Alexandre Favre, Pierre Dumont and David Mignot took 13,000 photographs of New York City and turned them into a beautiful stop motion video. In less then 2 minutes they capture many of NYCs’ defining landmarks and do it all seemlessly in full HD set to Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 as interpreted by the New York Philharmonic. You don’t want to miss this. Click Read More to view the video and a few photos.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: photography, film, places

INSPIRED BY ICELAND

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We’ve been plotting to make a trip to Iceland for ages. There’s something mysterious and exciting about the destination. I remember being at a barbeque one summer and a friend of ours was selling everything he had so that he could go there to quietly make music outside the din of NYC. That was my first memory where I thought I have to check this place out. The second is the following video by Inspired by Iceland.

Sure there’s been tons of news about Iceland’s volcano, ash and how to pronounce its name. But I think the Inspired by Iceland project does an excellent job of redirecting this media coverage to all the positives. As they describe it: "The eruption in Eyjafjallajökull has given Iceland media attention like never before. The downside of course is that people are nervous about coming to Iceland at the moment. Some think that the whole land is covered with ash and that Iceland is in a state of emergency. The truth is that only a very small part of Iceland is being influenced by the eruption. This is of course a big challenge for Iceland because tourism is a big and important part of the Icelandic economy. For that reason the Icelandic state has teamed up with the tourism industry to get the true message across about Iceland.” Click Read More for additional information and to watch the video.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: culture, film, social, places

EYJA'S TIME-LAPSE

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Last week I saw a link for this on twitter and couldn’t resist posting it. We’ve all heard about Iceland’s volcano and its photos are aplenty. But this beautiful time-lapse captures EYJA in a way that I haven’t seen yet.

From the photographer, Sean Stiegemeier: “So I saw all of these mediocre pictures of that volcano in Iceland nobody can pronounce the name of, so I figured I should go and do better. But the flights to get over took forever as expected (somewhat). 4 days after leaving I finally made it, but the weather was terrible for another 4. Just before leaving it got pretty good for about a day and a half and this is what I managed to get…” Click Read More to view this brilliant time-lapse.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: photography, film, events

INSPIRATION RESPIRATION NYC

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TRAVEL INSPIRATION.

NEW. YORK. CITY. Love it or hate it you can’t deny its intoxicating spirit. We personally love the place. Whenever we’re short on inspiration we take a quick trip, visit friends and absorb as much of the city’s momentum as possible. It’s hard to explain. That’s why we appreciate the work of Sam O’Hare and his time-lapse film The Sandpit. Using a method called tilt-shift, he visually shrinks the city to provide a compelling overview of New York’s energy. Click Read More to view the video and additional photos.

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Featured in: FOOD + DRINK / Categories: culture, photography, film

MODERN LOVE & THE FILM MAMMOTH

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FILMS: Chris Rock once famously said that “a man is only as faithful as his options”. I don’t know how true that is but it makes you think. Why does it seem like infidelity is more likely, the more successful a man is?

Lukas Moodysson’s latest film, Mammoth, is a brilliant examination of modern love and marriage. It’s about the rippling effects of life’s smallest decisions. Leo and his wife Ellen lead a charmed life in New York with their daughter, Jackie. Ellen is a hardworking emergency surgeon and Leo is an entrepreneur. His website is doing extremely well and is generating a great deal of interest. When he travels to Thailand on business, he unknowingly sets off a chain of events that will have a dire impact on his family. Mammoth is currently available on DVD and Video On Demand. Click here to view the trailer.

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Featured in: AUDIO VISUAL / Categories: film

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