Arts Archive

Jia Zhangke re: A Touch of Sin, hosted by Xueli Wang

Submitted by Xueli Wang on Fri, 1 Nov 2013, 9:36pm

An in-depth discussion with director Jia Zhangke about his new film, A Touch of Sin (2013), winner of Best Screenplay at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The film follows four ordinary individuals from four corners of China who each finds that violence may be the only way to preserve justice and self dignity in a system fraught with corruption, oppression, and convulsive change. Director Jia will discuss these pressing social issues in China today, as well as the creative process behind his film and the social function of cinema.

Interview with Genes and Machines

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Mon, 28 Oct 2013, 5:48pm

An hour-long live interview with Genes and Machines, a New York-based electronic group that’s always in costume and always spinning with spontaneity. From funk to ambient, their music is charged with dreamy, warm, and sometimes jarring electronics. During the interview we discuss their new album “Heart Shaped Ass,” listen to cuts from their vinyl release, and hear a demo of group member Leon Gruenbaum’s patented keyboard invention, the Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee.

Interview with Ensemble Pi members and Dirty Wars Film Co-writer

Submitted by Hadi Eldebek on Wed, 9 Oct 2013, 12:25pm

For the last 4 years, Ensemble Pi has presented a Peace project - an annual multi-media event at Cooper Union, with the goal of making a space for a dialogue between ideas and music on great issues of the day, collaborating with artists, writers, actors, and journalists. This year's Peace Project is on October 12th at the CELL THEATER, the 8th in this series, marking the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

Doug Eklund

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Fri, 9 Aug 2013, 1:47am

Doug Eklund, Curator in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, joins us to discuss his latest exhibit, Everyday Epiphanies: Photography and Daily Life since 1969. From Igor and Svetlana Kopystiansky’s video of trash blowing magnificently on the street to Mary Nickerson’s photographs of the Apollo 13 splashdown reflected on her television screen, the photographs and videos in this exhibit aim to capture moments in which meaning is discovered in the mundane.

Michael Cera

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Wed, 7 Aug 2013, 1:24am

Michael Cera joins us via phone to discuss his role as a cheeky American tourist in Crystal Fairy, a film directed by Sebastian Silva and shot in Santiago, Chile. In the film, Jamie (Cera) plans a drug-infused road trip with three Chilean brothers. He offhandedly invites Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffman), a nature-loving San Franciscan, who diverts Jamie from his quest to find a mescaline-containing San Pedro cactus. During the interview, Cera talks about the 12-day shooting process, the improvised dialogue, and his nickname "Pollo." Hosted by Mahima Chablani.

Adelle Waldman

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Tue, 6 Aug 2013, 11:58pm

A conversation with Adelle Waldman, author of summer's buzzy new novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. In her debut novel, Waldman takes readers inside of the head of Nate, a Brooklyn-based writer who can't seem to get it right with women. During the interview, she reflects on the realities of discrimination towards women's fiction and her choices and process in creating Nate. Hosted by Emma Stein.

Andrew Bujalski

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Tue, 6 Aug 2013, 10:47pm

An interview with Andrew Bujalski, one of the most acclaimed directors of the last decade, who discusses his latest film, Computer Chess, a story about the race for artificial intelligence and the idiosyncratic scientists who devoted their lives to winning it. Bujalski shares his thoughts on technology, counterculture, art, and the state of the film industry. Hosted by Jackson Arn.

Erica Getto with Jim Rash

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Sun, 4 Aug 2013, 12:20pm

Academy Award winner Jim Rash joins us via phone to discuss his latest project: hosting The Writers' Room. This summer, Rash and Sundance Channel are going behind the scenes of hit comedies and dramas including American Horror Story,New Girl, and Dexter with the writing staffs who bring them to life.

DME Interview with WKCR

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Fri, 26 Jul 2013, 12:56pm

Brian McKenna and Toussaint Liberator discuss their latest project, Dear Mama Earth (DME), an energetic album that communicates insight on critical environmental issues, in a collaboration show with the Arts and News departments. A fusion of reggae and soul, the album teems with affection and appreciation for Mother Earth and her future. The show includes an interview, a walk-and-talk through the DME studio in midtown Manhattan, and clips of their music. Hosted by Mahima Chablani and Zach Wyche.

Interview with Ty Martin

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Thu, 18 Jul 2013, 6:29pm

Ty Martin joins us to discuss his role in the documentary “Before You Know it,” directed by PJ Raval. The documentary follows three gay senior citizens as each navigates the challenges and the beauty of aging. Martin is an active outreach member of Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders in Harlem, NY. During the interview, he reflects on the filming process as well as the immense change he has witnessed in his lifetime, from the Stonewall riots to the recent fall of DOMA. Hosted by Mahima Chablani.

F.E. Castleberry (re: Unabashedly Prep), Hosted by Sophia Skupien

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Sun, 7 Jul 2013, 9:49pm
F.E. Castleberry joins us to discuss his blog, Unabashedly Prep, and the recent resurgence of preppy style. Though he began his professional life in the financial industry, F.E. eventually chose to pursue a career in fashion photography and quickly emerged as a force in the style world after launching his blog about three years ago. As a photographer, he has worked for Ralph Lauren, J.McLaughlin, and Club Monaco and his writing has been featured in GQ, Town and Country, and Women’s Wear Daily. Hosted by Sophia Skupien.

Matthew Miele (Re: Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's), Hosted by Diane Cohen

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Sun, 16 Jun 2013, 11:24pm

Tune in at 9:30 PM for a discussion with director Matthew Miele on his latest film, "Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's." The film is a documentary that explores the history and importance of the legendary fashion department store, Bergdorf Goodman's. It includes interviews with fashion designers, style gurus, and celebrities, including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Karl Lagerfeld, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, and more. Hosted by Diane Cohen.

Laura Garcia Lorca, Christopher Maurer, Andres Soria Olmedo (Re: Lorca in New York), hosted by Mahima Chablani

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Mon, 13 May 2013, 5:28pm
A three-person interview in honor of Lorca in New York: A Celebration, the largest-ever festival celebrating Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca. Laura García Lorca, the niece of Lorca, tells the fascinating story of Lorca’s arrival to NYC, where he stayed from 1929 – 1930 and enrolled at Columbia University. As scholars of Lorca, Christopher Maurer and Andrés Soria Omledo share insight on the poet’s influence on English and Spanish literature and read letters and poems from “Poet in New York.” A list of festival events can be found at lorcanyc.com. Hosted by Mahima Chablani.

Thomas Francine (Re: The Greater Good), hosted by Emily Fenster

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Sat, 11 May 2013, 5:06pm
Emily Fenster speaks with Thomas Francine about his film, "The Greater Good: A Hitchhike Perspective." Francine has hitchhiked more than 26,000 miles throughout the United States and around the world. He interviewed countless strangers and fellow hitchhikers to discuss the rewards of hitchhiking as well as the stigmas surrounding it. The film focuses on the unexpected acts of kindness and the "greater good" that Francine experienced during his travels.

Emilie McDonald (Re: Crossing the River), hosted by Jackson Arn

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Sat, 11 May 2013, 4:57pm
Filmmaker Emilie McDonald joins Jackson Arn to discuss her latest short film, "Crossing the River," which explores present-day racism in the South. The film was shot on location in rural South Carolina. For more information about the film, check out http://crossingtheriverfilm.wordpress.com/tag/films-by-emilie-mcdonald/

Adam Leon (Re: Gimme the Loot), Hosted by Zoe Flood Tardino

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Mon, 29 Apr 2013, 10:57pm

Filmmaker Adam Leon joins Zoë Flood Tardino to discuss his first feature film, "Gimme the Loot." The film follows Malcolm and Sofia, two teenage graffiti-writers from the Bronx, on their quest to find $500 so that they can tag the Mets' home run apple. They commit petty crimes and travel through rough sections of New York, but ultimately explore the joys of youth and friendship. For more information, visit http://gimmethelootmovie.com/

Punderdome Interview

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Fri, 5 Apr 2013, 12:29pm

The dynamic father-daughter duo Fred and Jo Firestone join Frances Mayo to discuss the Punderdome 3000, a wordplay tournament that is the talk (or pun) of the town. At the Punderdome, people change their identities. They eat entire cakes in 90 seconds. There are matching Hawaiian shirts, Human Clap-o-Meters, Rodney Dangerfield impersonations, and PayDay candy bars flying through the room. The interview is interspersed with live recordings from the Punderdome. The Punderdome is hosted monthly at Littlefield in Brooklyn.

Justine Blau (Re: Scattered), Hosted by Mahima Chablani

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Thu, 14 Mar 2013, 2:30am

Justine Blau joins us to discuss her new memoir "Scattered." The memoir follows Blau during her childhood and preteen years, as she weaves through apartments and hotels in Manhattan with her chronically homeless family and bipolar mother. From sleeping in a movie theater to stealing a fur coat, the moments in this memoir are both colorful and deeply tragic.

Justine Blau, Hosted by Mahima Chablani

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Thu, 14 Mar 2013, 2:16am
Justine Blau joins us to discuss her new memoir "Scattered." The memoir follows Blau during her childhood and preteen years, as she weaves through apartments and hotels in Manhattan with her chronically homeless family and bipolar mother. From sleeping in a movie theater to stealing a fur coat, the moments in this memoir are both colorful and deeply tragic.

Anton Perich

Submitted by Blair McClendon on Fri, 23 Nov 2012, 11:28pm
Anton Perich, an artist (painting, filmmaking, photography), friend of Andy Warhol's and inventor of the predecessor to the inkjet printer stops by to talk about his past and his new work.

David Meltzer

Submitted by Blair McClendon on Sat, 10 Nov 2012, 5:43pm
A conversation with poet David Meltzer about his past, his association with various poetic 'movements' and his relationship to the Beat Generation.

Carolee Schneemann

Submitted by Blair McClendon on Thu, 25 Oct 2012, 11:03am
A phone interview with artist Carolee Schneemann on the occasion of her reading at the Poetry Project. The reading including selections of her past correspondence with friends and colleagues and the discussion ranges from her conception of political art to a general view of her artistic practice.

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