“Martin Margiela: In His Own Words” tells the fashion designer’s story, his way

“Martin Margiela: In His Own Words” tells the fashion designer’s story, his way

Source:  Vogue

“Have you said everything you wanted to say in fashion?”

“No.”

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.

Read the story at Vogue.


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An Anthony Bourdain documentary is on the way from “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” director Morgan Neville

An Anthony Bourdain documentary is on the way from “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” director Morgan Neville

Source:  IndieWire

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.

Read the story at IndieWire.


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Architect Mario Botta is having a major moment

Architect Mario Botta is having a major moment

Source:  Architectural Digest

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.

Read the story at Architectural Digest.


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Absorbing documentary “Haunters: The Art of the Scare” is available on Netflix

Absorbing documentary “Haunters: The Art of the Scare” is available on Netflix

Source:  MUSE

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.

Read the story at MUSE.


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Oprah’s Book Club is coming to Apple TV+

Oprah’s Book Club is coming to Apple TV+

Source:  TechCrunch

Apple and Oprah Winfrey will be working together to bring Oprah’s Book Club to the Apple TV+ streaming service.

In the new series, the talk show host and producer will interview the authors of her book club picks, starting with Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of “The Water Dancer.”  A new episode will then be available every two months, allowing viewers time to read the titles being discussed.

The series will debut alongside Apple TV+’s launch on November 1, and is part of a larger, multi-year partnership that Apple and Oprah announced last year.

In addition to the book club, Oprah is also developing two documentaries for Apple: “Toxic Labor,” about sexual harassment in the workplace, and another, in partnership with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, that will focus on mental health.

Read the story at TechCrunch.


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In mini doc “The Magic of Chess” kid champions share their secrets

In mini doc “The Magic of Chess” kid champions share their secrets

Source:  The Atlantic

The benefits of teaching chess to children are numerous.  Studies suggest that the cognitive-boosting board game, which has endured around the world for more than 15 centuries, improves a child’s visual memory, attention span, spatial-reasoning ability, critical thinking, mental discipline, creativity, math skills, and logical reasoning.

In Jenny Schweitzer Bell’s mini documentary “The Magic of Chess,” a cadre of pint-size chess champions reveals how the game has enriched their lives.

The film was shot on location at the 2019 Elementary Chess Championships, a high-stakes tournament held annually in Nashville, Tennessee.

The children interviewed in the film are articulate and wise beyond their years.  “When I asked the kids questions like, ‘What has chess taught you?,’ I was surprised, given their limited life experience, that they could formulate a response beyond the obvious mechanics of the game,” Schweitzer Bell told The Atlantic.

Watch “The Magic of Chess” above and read the story at The Atlantic.


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