The past few years have seen a wave of listening bars opening across Europe.
Taking inspiration from Japan’s culture of audiophile venues, these spots put a unique twist on a long-standing tradition, creating an environment for discovering music that appeals to hi-fi obsessives and casual listeners alike.
Guille De Juan, owner of Barcelona venue Curtis, knows it’s impossible to replicate a Japanese-style, no-talking-allowed listening bar in his home city. “We are in a Mediterranean city—at some point people want to chat.” Instead, he’s built a space inspired by Japan’s audiophile venues but adapted to Barcelona’s buzzy atmosphere.
Listening bars have also opened in Stockholm, Amsterdam, Istanbul, and London. (The previous film in this series told the story of London’s influential Brilliant Corners.)
Watch “The Rise of Listening Bars: Barcelona” above and read the story at Resident Advisor.
Next month Netflix will premiere “Cheer,” a six-episode docuseries about competitive college cheerleadering, from “Last Chance U” creator Greg Whiteley and his One Potato Productions.
Directed and executive produced by Whiteley, “Cheer” follows the competitive cheerleaders of Navarro College in Corsicana, TX.
Led by Monica Aldama, the small junior college has won 14 national championships since 2000.
Per the official synopsis: “Over the course of six episodes, viewers will join the Navarro College cheerleaders as they face injuries, sacrifice, personal setbacks and triumphs, all leading up to one nail-biting and adrenaline pumping final competition at the National Championship.”
“Have you said everything you wanted to say in fashion?”
That is the promise dangling at the end of Reiner Holzemer’s new documentary, “Martin Margiela: In His Own Words.”
After 90 minutes of exposition from Margiela himself, who remains so elusive only his hands are shown, Holzemer abruptly asks if fashion’s most celebrated genius is really, truly, undeniably done with it all. No, he says. And then the screen cuts to black.
Any hopes of Margiela’s return to fashion will have to be sidelined for now, however. “He won’t work as a fashion designer anymore in his life—probably,” Holzemer told Vogue during an interview on the day of the film’s world premiere. “But you never know. We all love that the movie ends with this. It gives you a nice smile in the end, which is important.”
“Martin Margiela: In His Own Words” recently screened at DOC NYC.
Anthony Bourdain died tragically and unexpectedly in June 2018, but his legacy continues to live on, and it will be further explored in a new documentary from director Morgan Neville (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” “20 Feet From Stardom”).
The project has been in the works since last summer just after Bourdain’s death.
CNN Films, HBO Max, and Focus Features are partnering on the still-untitled film, which is being produced by Neville’s Tremolo Productions.
Focus Features will release the documentary first in theaters before a television premiere on CNN, followed by a streaming bow on the soon-to-launch HBO Max in 2020.
Bourdain is best remembered for his work on the CNN original series “Parts Unknown,” which was honored throughout its 12-season run with 36 Emmy Award nominations and 12 wins.
A release date for the film has not been announced.
Architect Mario Botta’s work can be found around the world, from San Francisco to Switzerland. Now the Swiss architect’s work can be seen on the big screen in the new documentary “Mario Botta: The Space Beyond,” which will be screened this month as part of the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York.
Directed by Loretta Dalpozzo and Michèle Volontè, the film follows the 76-year-old architect as he travels the world to oversee projects and prepares for an exhibition of his work in Locarno, Switzerland.
Botta is known for his sacred spaces, such as the San Giovanni Battista Church in Mogno, Switzerland, and the Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Cultural Center in Tel Aviv, and the directors chose to focus on this area of his practice.
“We knew that it was impossible to enclose all his work in 80 or 90 minutes, but by choosing his sacred buildings as a theme, we could narrow down his long career to buildings that are full of meaning but still stretch through decades of his work,” said Dalpozzo.
Jon Schnitzer’s insanely absorbing 2017 documentary “Haunters: The Art of the Scare” takes a fascinating look at the people behind both traditional and extreme haunts.
“Haunters” interviews some of the biggest names in horror including John Murdy, creative director of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, and Jason Blum, founder of Blumhouse Productions, as well as some of the most controversial including Russ McKamey of McKamey Manor.
McKamey Manor, known for being the most extreme haunt, was not only notorious for waterboarding, shaving heads and dragging people, but also for not having a safe word.
Post “Haunters” a safe word has been put into place in case you decide that voluntary torture is not your cup of tea.
Watch “Haunters: The Art of the Scare” on Netflix.