Emir Kusturica *XI 24 1954 — The Life You Give

Emir Kusturica, born November 24, 1954, in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia [now in Bosnia and Herzegovina]), is the motion picture director, screenwriter, actor, and producer who was one of the most-distinguished European filmmakers since the mid-1980s, best known for surreal and naturalistic movies that express deep sympathies for people from the margins.Kusturica, who made notable short films… Continue reading Emir Kusturica *XI 24 1954 — The Life You Give

Meredith Monk *XI 20 1942 — The Life You Give

Meredith Monk, born Meredith Jane Monk, November 20, 1942, New York City, New York, U.S.A., is the performance artist, a pioneer in the avant-garde, whose work skillfully integrated diverse performance disciplines and media.Monk studied piano and eurythmics from an early age. She earned a B.A. in 1964 from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York. From… Continue reading Meredith Monk *XI 20 1942 — The Life You Give

Martin Scorsese *XI 17 1942 — The Life You Give

Martin Scorsese, born Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese, November 17, 1942, Queens, New York, U.S.), American filmmaker known for his harsh, often violent depictions of American culture. From the 1970s Scorsese created a body of work that was ambitious, bold, and brilliant. But even his most acclaimed films are demanding, sometimes unpleasantly intense dramas that have… Continue reading Martin Scorsese *XI 17 1942 — The Life You Give

Pedro Almodóvar *IX 25 1949 — The Life You Give

Pedro Almodóvar, born Pedro Mercedes Almodóvar Caballero, September 25, 1949, in Calzada de Calatrava, Spain, is the filmmaker known for colourful melodramatic films that often feature sexual themes.As a young man, Almodóvar moved to Madrid with the hopes of attending the Spanish national film school, but it had recently been closed under dictator Francisco Franco’s… Continue reading Pedro Almodóvar *IX 25 1949 — The Life You Give

The Life You Give: Alfred Hitchcock *VIII 13 1899

Alfred Hitchcock, born August 13, 1899, London, England, is the motion-picture director whose suspenseful films and television programs won immense popularity and critical acclaim over a long and tremendously productive career. His films are marked by a macabre sense of humour and a somewhat bleak view of the human condition.Hitchcock grew up in London’s East… Continue reading The Life You Give: Alfred Hitchcock *VIII 13 1899

Music versus Life

I remember very little of my childhood I can’t recall my parents ever touching meneither to caress, nor to punishI did not know anything about lovetenderness, contact, intimacy, warmthOnly through music did I have a chance to show my feelingsSometimes, when I lie awake at nightI wonder wether I have lived at allIs it the… Continue reading Music versus Life

The Life You Give: Ingmar Bergman *VII 14 1918

Ingmar Bergman, born Ernst Ingmar Bergman, July 14, 1918, in Uppsala, Sweden, is the film writer and director who achieved world fame with such films as Det sjunde inseglet (1957; The Seventh Seal); Smultronstället (1957; Wild Strawberries); the trilogy Såsom i en spegel (1961; Through a Glass Darkly), Nattsvardsgästerna (1963; The Communicants, or Winter Light),… Continue reading The Life You Give: Ingmar Bergman *VII 14 1918

The Life You Give: Charlie Chaplin *1889

Charlie Chaplin, byname of Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, (born April 16, 1889, London, England—died December 25, 1977, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland), British comedian, producer, writer, director, and composer who is widely regarded as the greatest comic artist of the screen and one of the most important figures in motion-picture history.Early life and careerChaplin was named after his… Continue reading The Life You Give: Charlie Chaplin *1889

The Life You Give: Akira Kurosawa *1910

Kurosawa Akira, born March 23, 1910, in Tokyo, Japan, was the first Japanese film director to win international acclaim, with such films as Rashomon (1950), Ikiru (1952), Seven Samurai (1954), Throne of Blood (1957), Kagemusha (1980), and Ran (1985). Kurosawa’s father, who had once been an army officer, was a teacher who contributed to the… Continue reading The Life You Give: Akira Kurosawa *1910

Manufaktum

I suspect there is a level of being overwhelmed by the thought of painting on a canvas which leads me to using cameras. Similarly there may be some level of bravery in living life which relaxes me, and persuades me increasingly to write as purely as possible — pure of mind in depth, and pure… Continue reading Manufaktum

The Life You Give: Jim Jarmush *1953

Jim Jarmusch, born January 22, 1953, in Akron, Ohio, is the director and screenwriter whose darkly humorous tone and transcendence of genre conventions established him as a major independent filmmaker.Jarmusch studied at Columbia University and at New York University Film School, where he directed his first feature-length film, Permanent Vacation (1980; released 1986). His next… Continue reading The Life You Give: Jim Jarmush *1953

The Life You Give: David Lynch *1946

David Lynch, born David Keith Lynch on January 20 1946 in Missoula, Montana, U.S.A., is the filmmaker and screenwriter known for his uniquely disturbing and mind-bending visual work. His films juxtapose the cheerfully mundane with the shockingly macabre and often defy explanation.Lynch’s father was a research scientist with the U.S. Forest Service, and the family… Continue reading The Life You Give: David Lynch *1946

The Life You Give: Jean-Luc Godard *1930

Jean-Luc Godard, born December 3, 1930, Paris, France, is a French Swiss film director who came to prominence with the New Wave group in France during the late 1950s and the ’60s. Early life and career Godard’s first feature film, À bout de souffle (1960; Breathless), which was produced by François Truffaut, his colleague on… Continue reading The Life You Give: Jean-Luc Godard *1930

Wordy Men

Happy Birthday to these men of words, born on a 24th of August Jorge Luis Borges, 1899 Paulo Coelho, 1947 Stephen Fry, 1957 Dave Chappelle, 1973 Join us at the Birthday & Celebration Club, on Clubhouse — August 24, at 1pm EST.

Testing Detest — the inexplicable foe-to-friend metamorphosis

Friendship beds vary. A friendship may develop in a variety of ways and for various reasons, reaching different intensities. Some come subdued and ever so slowly, others are sudden shivering manifestations. While some are a smooth sail, others are tested and challenged for survival through time and situation. Generally, they all arise out of mutual… Continue reading Testing Detest — the inexplicable foe-to-friend metamorphosis

Anthem / Himnon— a film by Elad Keidan

Amnon woke up, not to a bright new morning but wanting to end his life. The smell of someone’s coffee came through his window and awoke excitement in him, so he began to brew his own. Nearing dusk, in a residential part of Jerusalem, the camera movement mirrors emptiness. Single cars drive up and down… Continue reading Anthem / Himnon— a film by Elad Keidan