Behind the Polaroid
A (relatively) new book by Christopher Bonanos explores the life and inventions of Polaroid founder Edwin Land.
On the companion site to the book, Bonanos, an editor at New York Magazine, writes:
Instant: The Story of Polaroid is a book about a very unusual company. In the 1960s and 1970s, Polaroid was what Apple is today: the coolest technology company on earth, the one with irresistible products, the one whose stock kept climbing way past the point of logic. In its heyday, Polaroid was an absolute innovation machine—a scientific think tank that periodically kicked out a fantastically profitable, covetable product. In fact, the late Steve Jobs expressly said that he modeled his company to a great extent after Polaroid.
Instant film should be treasured by everyone!
Ai Weiwei BBC Documentary in its entirety. It’s an interesting perspective since, I believe, this was filmed before his publicized arrest and secret incarceration. If you have 51 minutes to spare, then sit back and watch. Full screen is recommended.
Director David Rowe made a name for himself with the documentary Fast Friday, set in the fixed gear cycling community of Seattle. Now, after moving to Los Angeles and encountering the raucous cycling community here, Rowe sets out to do a little genre bending with To Live & Ride In L.A..
One part documentary and one part action sports, the film — which will hit DVD and iTunes on June 21st — takes the viewer into the world of fixed gear cyclists in L.A. From tricks and solo street action to a hyperkinetic look at the Wolfpack Hustle All City Team Race, Rowe mixes straight up documentary sequences with narrative vignettes in the style of classic skate culture videos. Host Noah Nelson talks with Rowe about blending documentary and narrative, the cyclist culture in L.A. and his ambitions as a filmmaker on this edition of The Spot.
New headphones, new film, new vinyl. Happy early birthday to me.
via @brainpicker via @nytimes Capturing The Atomic Bomb On Film
The Radiant Child, directed by Tamra Davis, premiered last night to a sold out audience at The Nuart Theater in Los Angeles. Jean Michel Basquiat took to the streets of Downtown Manhattan in 1980 and painted his way to fame. Davis pays great tribute to his genius as an artist and reminds us that Basquiat was more than a street kid with a marker. The man was pure intellect; a visionary, tireless in his efforts and focused like no one before him. He is the fire inside of us we all crave to release. The one-week exclusive ends next week and will hopefully result in national distribution.
Portrait of a portrait with Anna: Santa Monica, CA.