Documentary to explore Robert Rauschenberg’s controversial 1964 Venice Biennale win

Documentary to explore Robert Rauschenberg’s controversial 1964 Venice Biennale win

Source:  Observer

1964 was a pivotal year both for Robert Rauschenberg and the American art world.  The artist’s historic win at that year’s prestigious Venice Biennale established the rise of New York’s power players, heralded the arrival of Pop Art as a major international movement and marked the first time an American artist took home the exhibition’s top prize.

Now, a new documentary film will explore the controversial events surrounding Rauschenberg’s win, and its impact on the art world.

Read the story at the Observer.

Insightful “Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey” sheds light on 1978 film “Midnight Express”

Insightful “Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey” sheds light on 1978 film “Midnight Express”

Source:  Los Angeles Times

Some films have an influence that transcends their brief time on first-run screens, but it’s not always the films you anticipate that last.

“Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey,” an engaging documentary by award-winning television writer Sally Sussman, tells one such tale, the story of the creation, dissemination and afterlife of 1978’s “Midnight Express.”

Read the story at the Los Angeles Times.

 

Watch SoundCloud’s mini-documentary on L.A.’s underground rap scene

Watch SoundCloud’s mini-documentary on L.A.’s underground rap scene

Source:  The FADER

SoundCloud has released the first episode in its mini-documentary series, “SoundCloud Next Wave,” on local scenes that have blown up thanks to the streaming platform.

The series is co-curated by the FADER, and will explore creative communities in six different cities.  First up is “Degenerate Generation,” which follows underground rappers Pouya, Fat Nick, and Lil Tracy.

Read the story at The FADER.

 

“The Room” documentary maker on his falling out with the director/star of the “Citizen Kane” of bad movies

“The Room” documentary maker on his falling out with the director/star of the “Citizen Kane” of bad movies

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

In “Room Full of Spoons,” Rick Harper delves behind the scenes of the cult film widely regarded as “the ‘Citizen Kane’ of bad movies” and subject of the upcoming James Franco-starrer “The Disaster Artist.”

Sadly, “The Room’s” enigmatic creator Tommy Wiseau is now preventing anyone from seeing it.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.