Unreleased Photos from New Documentary “Blue Velvet Revisted” by Peter Braatz

Blue Velvet is celebrating its 30th birthday this year coinciding with Peter Braatz’s release of Blue Velvet Revisited – never before seen photos and footage depicting the making-of. Director, Filmmaker and Transcendental Meditator, David Lynch asked German-born Braatz to come out to North Carolina to “observe him direct.” Braatz shot 70 reels of Super 8 film and took nearly 1000 photos. The behind the scenes look encapsulates the world of Blue Velvet and David Lynch like a fly on the psychedelic wall of the 1985 set. Photos of Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan and of course, Mr. Lynch himself. 

“David was producing every piece of art,” Braatz says. “He’s writing, he’s creating props, he’s making set decoration. You see him in my film working on each piece himself. So it’s not just a portrait of Blue Velvet, but a portrait of David in 1985 as an artist.”

“Beneath that appearance there are so many things happening,” says Lynch in Blue Velvet Revisited, and this making-of piece will take its viewers there. The documentary is being released along with a soundtrack just out from Crammed Discs.

“Sound is so important to him [Lynch], he adds so many things in postproduction,” Braatz says. “Ants crawling under a glass or—how do you call it in English?—a match that goes on fire. These things are mostly related very closely to the sound of the picture.” Angelo Badalamenti composed the original movie’s soundtrack and went on to create many more musical masterpieces with Lynch on projects such as Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks.

Now Braatz has made an homage to Blue Velvet, sensual, provocative and true to the eccentric, dreamy vibrations of what is now a voyeur classic. A “meditation,” he calls it.

Braatz hopes the documentary will have a film festival premiere this year.

Photos: Peter Braatz Blue Velvet Revisited 

David Lynch

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

 

Remember “Repo Man”

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“Repo Man” was a pretty great movie, definitely the best thing that Emilo Estevez ever did. It was 1984 when it came out, but we were too young, and it wasn’t till high school that we watched it. Alex Cox was the director, and the depictions of young punks in LA was pretty cool to a young kid living in the suburbs.

We saw on YouTube that you could watch the whole damn thing… so that is what we did today instead of posting on the site.

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Watch the new TV On the Radio album

TV On the Radio has made their new album both visually interesting and available for you to watch and listen in full right now, because they made music videos for each track that are put together as a film. Here is what the band says about “Nine Types of Light.”

Nine Types of Light is as much an album as it is a movie by TV on the Radio. The movie is meant to be a visual re-imagining of the record, and includes a music video for every song on the album. The band personally asked their friends and the filmmakers they admired to help direct the music videos. Tunde Adebimpe, the director for the full Nine Types of Light movie, storybooked the music videos together with interviews from local New Yorkers on various topics, including dreams, love, fame and the future. Tunde also directed the music video for Forgotten.

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The Imaginary Foundation: “Evolve and Remix”

We turn to our fried, The Director, at The Imaginary Foundation, to explain how he sees the taking of his tee-shirt designs. “Ever since The Imaginary Foundation was established, its goal has been to surf the edge of the memetic horizon, translating deep pattern structures into consumable formats for the new generation, with its principal translation “softwear” being the t-shirt. The mysterious think tank’s cultural influence has steadily increased–and the collective unconscious around us has taken notice.”

“Well known t-shirt company Threadless is home to many designs that appear to us to have their creative roots in the Imaginary aesthetic. We believe the above design was inspired by an Imaginary design called “Force of Nature” that was produced in 2005 and has remained one of IF’s most popular and enduring designs.

“At this juncture, many companies reflexively just send a “Cease and Desist” letter to halt what they believe to be infringing conduct. For this particular image, The Imaginary Foundation wishes to send the opposite statement: EVOLVE AND REMIX.

“As a one-time experiment in Remix culture, the Foundation is providing the source files (shown below) for the original “Force of Nature” design to the crowd and inviting you to remix it. Make it your own. Share it with your friends–and share it with us. Download submission instructions here.”

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Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology

Writer and Director Paul Haggis recently sent his letter of resignation to the Church of Scientology.  The New Yorker gets into the details about why Haggis, who was at the highest level in the church, is walking away.  Both Haggis’ letter and this article expose a lot of shit the church does not want ruining their image.  We think Tom Cruz already did that for them a long time ago… read the article and decide for yourself.

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They are remaking “The Great Gatsby,” and the cast is going to make this GRAND

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That’s right, Carey Mulligan is Daisy, and let us add that Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire are on board as Gatsby and Nick Carraway, and Baz Luhrmann is the director. Massive. Could be awesome. Could awful. But its coming.

Thanks to Kempt.

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Retna and Herakut getting written up in the Financial Times

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Looks like both Herakut and Retna got written up in the Financial Times for the work they did at the Moniker Art Fair that went down a few weeks ago. We shouldn’t even be surprised anymore. Street art to fine art, graffiti to broader audiences, whatever people want to call it, is getting less and less surprising by the day.

New Image Art Director, Marsea Goldberg, was quoted, ““Everything is selling really well,” said Marsea Goldberg of Los Angeles gallery New Image art, who was especially pleased with the sale of beautiful silk-screened faces overlaid with calligraphy by LA artist Retner ($6,000 each). “Britain is less familiar with street art than the US, but people are increasingly enthusiastic.”

Read more here.


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A letter to Harry Kim, from a reader, about the “Dirty Hands” DVD about David Choe

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Dear Mr Harry Kim, director of Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe,

I live in a city that is not Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, or New York City, a place that David Choe or artists never come to hang out in. We are devoid of anything excited. I do a lot of staring at things. I work in the local movie theater, a theater where we did not show your Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe. This saddened/saddens me. I wanted to see this movie because David has been my favorite artist ever since I saw his art on the cover of Juxtapoz in 2006. I tried to get a bootlegged copy of the DVD off the interweb, but I can’t bootleg with dial-up. I told it was a small town!

Now, Harry Kim, I will buy Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe as soon as its available on DVD, but you first need to make it available on DVD for one to purchase it. And you haven’t done that yet, and that makes many of us who live near cornfields with dial-up very sad.

Harry, can you please release the DVD for Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe as soon as you can. I’m afraid I won’t want it anymore if I wait longer.

Sincerely,

Kevin Eugene Korine

Middle USA, USA

August 23rd, 2010

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