PBS Art21, Documentary Series

Art, ART 21, documentary, PBS

I saw PBS Art21, Documentary Series on Art and Life in the City, Daniel Gordon & Ruby Sky Stiler Take Baby Step. This is a  8minutes mini documentary about a couple who are challenging to balance making their art works and family life. I think many artists are facing same challenge. I mean not only artists but also many of them. This is the phenomena our society is facing. Who can get everything?


Pussy Riot

documentary, music


This summer’s last outdoor cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park was August 27. They showed a neorealist masterpiece Umberto D directed by De Sica (The Bicycle Thief) and documentary Pussy Riot directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin and Mike Lerner.
Pussy Riot is a story about Russian punk-rock activists Pussy Riot – Katia, Masha, and Nadia – stage a balaclava-masked performance at a Moscow cathedral (protesting the head of the Orthodox Church for supporting Putin’s campaign) and earn the wrath of the regime. Their arrest and trial for “hooliganism” against the church follows. A fascinating documentary portrait of a courageous, defiant collective whose impact continues to be felt worldwide.

I like Pussy Riot. Their fight to authority is very inspiring. They are brave yet intelligent. Their music is straight punk rock. They are still very active. Two of the member of Pussy Riot are suing the Russian government in the European court of human rights (ECHR) over their imprisonment for a 2012 “punk prayer” protest at a Moscow cathedral.
I really enjoyed this summer’s outdoor cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park. I am looking forward to seeing good movies here next summer!

Documentary, MICROCOSMOS at Socrates Sculpture Park

documentary, film


I went to Socrates Sculpture Park Outdoor Cinema last Wednesday to see a documentary, MICROCOSMOS (1996, Directors: Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou.).

This week’s film, MICROCOSMOS is a documentary about lives of insects. It’s not just an observation of insects. It’s one of the most gorgeous macro-photography of insects ever put on screen! Shooting with custom cameras and lenses that took three years to develop (15 years of research and 3 years of shooting), the filmmakers turn a French meadow into an otherworldly adventure as its denizens – a seemingly infinite variety of bugs – crawl, fly, creep and leap.

The camera work was so beautiful and amazing. One of my favorite scenes is snails’ sex scene. It was very intimate and emotional. I think that is One of the sexiest sex scenes I have ever seen. Throughout this documentary, the directors showed as if insects have emotion and intelligence. ( I don’t know how entomologists think. But from this documentary, they look as they really have them.) By the end of the film, I started to see an insect as a human like creature.