Friday, September 24, 2010

Lauren Greenfield Getty Lecture - Sunday, September 26th

A quick heads up for the LA-based Lauren Greenfield fans, she is giving a talk this Sunday at the Getty after a screening of her acclaimed documentary kids+money. The Getty describes the film as:
A piercing short film by photographer Lauren Greenfield, Kids and Money is a conversation with young people about the influence of money in their lives. Born of the extremes of poverty and wealth that define the Los Angeles landscape, teens and tweens from Pacific Palisades to East Los Angeles address how they are shaped by a culture of consumerism.
And Lauren will be talking afterwards about the film and her larger body of work. It starts at 1:00 pm, admission is free and parking is $15. More details here!

Friday, September 17, 2010

We're Thrilled He's Here! Bruce Hunt Joins Chelsea

Chelsea is proud to announce the addition of Bruce Hunt to the Chelsea roster. From the press release:
A master of special effects, both Hunt’s commercial and film work showcase cutting edge visuals used in service of the larger story, effects designed for maximum emotional impact. His client list includes Visa, Toyota, Lexus, Nintendo, Volkswagen, Panasonic, and Hyundai among others, in addition to a highly regarded Tourism Australia project with Baz Luhrman. He has been named Director of the Year four times in Australia for his spot work.
There's also the matter of his film work, which is rather significant. He was a second unit director on The Matrix and Dark City, two films with groundbreaking special effects and visual signatures that have been copied ever since (bullet time anyone?). Hunt's own feature, The Cave, was no slouch either, with some serious special effects and Hunt's signature striking photography. To prove it, see the trailer below. We're glad to have him aboard!


You just have to use all caps for Kenny Powers. No other font choice is sufficient. The David Gordon Green crew has put together another insane season of everyone's favorite washed up ball player, and it starts Sunday the 26th! Green directed 3 episodes of this season, similar to last year, and the saga really just gets crazier and crazier. Let's just the trailer speak for itself...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

9:00 PM Premiere on HBO Tonight - Alex Gibney's "My Trip to Al-Qaeda"

As previously mentioned in this very blog, September is Chelsea month on HBO. And today is the first event! Alex's Gibney's My Trip to Al-Qaeda premieres tonight at nine, after debuting at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Variety gives a pretty great review of the film, which can be read in full here, but here's a key excerpt:
A sobering lecture on the Middle East as well as an interesting exercise in multimedia, "My Trip to al-Qaeda" is director Alex Gibney's documentary version of Lawrence Wright's off-Broadway one-man show, developed while researching his book "The Looming Tower: al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11." With his understated style and soothing voice, Wright offers a savvy primer on the roots of Islamic terrorism and the U.S.' misguided response, while the filmed performance stylistically recalls a more restrained variant on Spalding Gray's "Swimming to Cambodia."
Check out the trailer below and tune your dial to HBO tonight!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Algebra: DGG + ESPN + W+K = Great New Spots

Actually, the math isn't that complicated. David Gordon Green teamed up with Wieden + Kennedy to make some awesome new spots for ESPN. Simple as that! These latest spots are for the Countdown, one of television's top football pregame shows, and feature the entire cast getting uncomfortably close to some of the NFL's biggest stars. The Countdown team includes Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson, Cris Carter, Chris Mortensen, and Adam Schefter. The two spots we're featuring here (turn on your TV to see the rest!) are "Game Picks", in which the egg scrambling skills of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers are called into question, and "Patcakes", where Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker gets an unexpected breakfast.