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MODEL PORTRAIT - LIAM (ELMER OLSEN MODELS) BY EDWIN CABRERA

Here are the photos of male model Liam from ELMER OLSEN MODELS that I shot. MALE MODEL PORTRAIT MODEL: Liam  (ELMER OLSEN MODEL...

Friday, December 30, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! I'm sending all the good luck symbols so everyone would have a lucky year.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

SHORT FILM - "THE AGE OF FEMALE DOMINANCE, BROUGHT TO YOU BY ROBOTS"

In this short film presented by The Atlantic, futurist and professor at Standford University Jerry Kaplan and Saadia Zahidi speculates that the rise of automation, artificial intelligence and robotics will affect men more than women. There's a prediction that in the next 20 years nearly half of American jobs will be replace by robots.  The automation will include losses of jobs, and change what we value when it comes to skill sets.

Physical labours that are usually male dominated will be very likely replace.  On the other hand, care-related work or person and jobs that needs a lot of interpersonal skills that tends to be dominated by female are not going to be affected and will be more likely increase in worth.  Robots can only function analytically but can't perform reading human emotions. Jerry Kaplan thinks that automation could place a premium on the type of work that women tend to be good at, like person-to-person interaction, reading human emotion, collaboration, and creativity.

In this animation from The Atlantic, he and Saadia Zahidi of the World Economic Forum explore what the future could hold for the balance of power between genders and the distribution of labor at home.



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

ART- TATE BRITAIN PRESENTS DAVID HOCKNEY - " I LIKE TO LIVE IN THE NOW"

TateShots present a short video of David Hockney for his upcoming exhibition at Tate Britain in February 2017. David Hockney is one of the most popular and influential British artists of the twentieth century reflects on over 60 years of painting, drawing, printmaking and photography.

The exhibition gathers together an extensive selection of David Hockney’s most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades.

As he approaches his 80th birthday, Hockney continues to change his style and ways of working, embracing new technologies as he goes. From his portraits and images of Los Angeles swimming pools, through to his drawings and photography, Yorkshire landscapes and most recent paintings – some of which have never been seen before in public – this exhibition shows how the roots of each new direction lay in the work that came before. A once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these unforgettable works together.
 




MODEL PORTRAIT - BRODY (ELMER OLSEN MODELS) BY EDWIN CABRERA

Here are the photos of I shot with male model Brody (ELMER OLSEN MODELS).

MODEL PORTRAIT
Male Model: Brody (ELMER OLSEN MODELS)
Photographer: Edwin Cabrera (EDWIN CABRERA IMAGES)




Monday, December 19, 2016

CHINA MACHADO - AN ICONIC MODEL WHO BROKE RACIAL BARRIERS IN FASHION DIED

A true iconic model and probably the most beautiful woman in the world, China Machado dies aged 87.
Noelie Dasouza Machado (December 25, 1928 – December 18, 2016), known as China Machado, was a fashion model, an editor and television producer. She was the first non-white person to appear on the cover of a major American fashion magazine, in the February 1959 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
According to reports, suffered cardiac arrest this weekend and died on Long Island reportedly at the age of 87, leaving behind a powerful legacy. A muse to Avedon and Givenchy, Machado spent decades at the nexus of fashion and entertainment, experiencing the business from all sides first as a model, then as an editor, gallerist, designer, and television producer, before cycling back to where it all started and signing a modeling contract with IMG Models in her early 80s.
Machado’s is the daughter of a Chinese mother and Portuguese father, Machado spent her childhood in Shanghai until World War II uprooted her family. Traveling through Argentina and Peru in her youth, Machado romanced the famed bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguín until he left her for Hollywood star Ava Gardner. Relocating to Paris after the breakup, she eventually found herself modeling for Hubert de Givenchy and Cristóbal Balenciaga.
As one of the first nonwhite models to gain prominence on the runway of Europe, Machado opened doors for the generations of women of color who followed. Her refined good looks quickly made her an in-demand face, but it wasn’t until she joined forces with photography legend Richard Avedon that her career became iconic. When a magazine refused to publish Avedon’s images of Machado due to her race, he threatened not to renew his contracts and sent shock waves through the fashion world. Machado went on to become the first nonwhite woman to grace the cover of an American magazine, setting the stage for a representation of beauty that was considerably more inclusive than the blonde-haired blue-eyed standard of the 1960s.
Throughout her decades in the industry, she worked with a who’s who of the fashion world, including Hubert de Givenchy, Cristobal Balenciaga, Oleg Cassini, Pierre Cardin, and more. Machado even became the first diverse model on the cover of a major magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, in 1959. Not only did she front the publication, but she also worked for it for 11 years, starting as a senior editor and eventually becoming its fashion director.


“Someone like me is a bit of a vagabond,” she said. “I like to experience every aspect of life. I think it’s crucial to be happy.”- China Machado



SOUNDTRACK OF THE DAY - "LILAC" BY KAKKMADDAFAKKA

OK, try to pronounce this band name fast- Kakkmaddafakka. Kakkmaddafakka is a Norwegian indie rock band formed and based in Bergen. The band was formed by brothers Axel and Pål Vindenes, together with school friends Jonas Nielsen and Stian Sævig. All classically trained musicians, the band was formed to play a one-off show at a local youth centre, Ungdomshuset 1880, but after positive response the band continued to play many live shows around Norway.

Great music aside, I think this is one of the moments when you feel cool just knowing this band exist.




SHORT FILM - ED RUSCHA: BUILDINGS AND WORDS BY FELIPE LIMA

Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles on the occasion of their 2016 gala event in tribute to Ed Ruscha and his 60 years of contribution to the arts. Narrated by Owen Wilson.


ED RUSCHA: BUILDINGS AND WORDS BY FELIPE LIMA


Ed Ruscha: Buildings and Words from Felipe Lima on Vimeo.


Thursday, December 08, 2016

VIOLA DESMOND - FIRST WOMAN AND PERSON OF COLOUR TO BE ON CANADIAN MONEY

The $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond will make its debut in 2018, when she becomes the first Canadian woman to be celebrated on the face of her country’s currency. “Viola Desmond’s own story reminds all of us that big change can start with moment of dignity and bravery,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau said as he unveiled the choice during a news conference in Gatineau, Que., on Thursday.

 “She represents courage, strength and determination–qualities we should all aspire to every day.” Desmond, an icon of the human rights and freedoms movement in Canada, was selected from a short list of five iconic Canadian women by Minister Morneau, in accordance with the Bank of Canada Act. A successful Nova Scotia businesswoman, she is known for defiantly refusing to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in 1946. She was subsequently jailed, convicted and fined. Her court case was the first known legal challenge against racial segregation brought forth by a Black woman in Canada.
Viola Irene Desmond (July 6, 1914 – February 7, 1965) was a Black Nova Scotian businesswoman who challenged racial segregation at a film theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in 1946. She refused to leave a whites-only area of the Roseland Theatre and was unjustly convicted of a minor tax violation used to enforce segregation. Desmond's case is one of the most publicized incidents of racial discrimination in Canadian history and helped start the modern civil rights movement in Canada. Desmond acted nine years before the famed incident by civil-rights activist Rosa Parks, with whom Desmond is often compared. Desmond was granted a posthumous pardon, the first to be granted in Canada. The government of Nova Scotia also apologized for prosecuting her for tax evasion and acknowledged she was rightfully resisting racial discrimination.







GIRAFFES FACING EXTINCTION

Giraffes facing extinction after devastating decline.   Latest update to the red list of threatened species shows that the world’s tallest animal is at risk of extinction after suffering a devastating decline in numbers, with nearly 40% of giraffes lost in the last 30 years, according to the latest “red list” analysis.compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

According to Dr Julian Fennessy, who co-chairs the IUCN giraffe specialist group, the creatures are undergoing a "silent extinction". "If you go on a safari, giraffes are everywhere," he told BBC News. "While there have been great concern about elephants and rhinos, giraffes have gone under the radar but, unfortunately, their numbers have been plummeting, and this is something that we were a little shocked about, that they have declined by so much in so little time."

Giraffes have seen a 38% decline in their numbers since 1985, falling from about 157,000 to 97,500 today A dramatic drop in giraffe populations over the past 30 years has seen the world's tallest land mammal classified as vulnerable to extinction. Numbers have gone from around 155,000 in 1985 to 97,000 in 2015 according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The iconic animal has declined because of habitat loss, poaching and civil unrest in many parts of Africa. Some populations are growing, mainly in southern parts of the continent. Until now, the conservation status of giraffes was considered of "least concern" by the IUCN.



Tuesday, December 06, 2016

LAVAZZA PRESENTS 'WE ARE WHAT WE LIVE - CALENDAR 2017"

Celebrating its commitment to sustainable farming and environmental issues, coffee brand Lavazza has launched their 2017 calendar titled "We Are What We Live", which celebrates the relationship between people and their environment. Each month features a duo of images – one landscape, one portrait of a farmer who lives off the land. These photographs have been shot across South East Asia by French photographer Denis Rouvre. The 2017 calendar, designed under the creative direction of Armando Testa, will be the last addition to the Earth Defenders trilogy of photography projects. The first calendar for 2015 featured portraits by Steve McCurry shot in Africa and the second featured Joey L’s images of Central and South American for this year’s. All three aim at highlighting the issue of climate change by paying homage local communities that care for and live off of natural resources.





Thursday, December 01, 2016

ART & FASHION - MOMA PRESENTS GRACE CODDINGTON, PHYLLIS POSNICK WITH PAOLA ANTONELLI

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART had conversation with fashion publishing legends Grace Coddington and Phyllis Posnick on their rich and collaborative careers in fashion, using photography—including that of Irving Penn, Annie Leibovitz, and Helmut Newton—as their starting point. Moderated by Paola Antonelli, Director of R&D and Senior Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA.
 




Styled by Phyllis Posnick

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

PIRELLI CALENDAR 2017 BY PETER LINDBERGH FEAT- KATE WINSLET, JULIANNE MOORE, NICOLE KIDMAN, ZHANG ZIYI AND MORE

For the 2017 Pirelli Calendar, Peter Lindbergh goes beyond the camera with the idea that “talent is more important than beauty.” To do so he recruited 15 actresses – Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Dame Helen Mirren, Uma Thurman, Robin Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore, Rooney Mara, Jessica Chastain, Charlotte Rampling, Zhang Ziyi, Lea Seydoux – plus Anastasia Ignatova, a professor of political theory in Moscow Lindbergh met last year. However, the Calendar is not the only Pirelli project the photographer worked on this year. While he was scouting locations for the calendar, Lindbergh visited the Settimo Torinese technology hub, the most advanced factory in the Pirelli world. The photographs resulting from the visit were initially supposed tobe part of the Calendar, but because of the beauty and the relevance of the images, the photographer and Marco Tronchetti Provera, Executive Vice President and CEO, decided to make them into a future exhibition on innovation, which will be held in 2017. Here, Peter Lindbergh talks about his visit to the Settimo Torinese technology hub, his new interest in inanimate objects, and the future of fashion photography and art.

 

"I wanted to use the 2017 Calendar to make a statement for a different kind of beauty. "I thinks that the current system promotes only one kind of beauty that is very connected to youth and perfection because it is a system based on consumption, whose idea of beauty doesn’t have anything to do with reality and with women. "I think we need to take a step back and realize that this idea of beauty does not help women and on the contrary makes them unhappy. I want to use the Pirelli platform to send another message and the message is that beauty is much more than what we are used to seeing in commercials." Peter Lindberg



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

SHORT FILM- "FELT" BY TRANG DOAN

This is a great message about dancing to make yourself feel good. It’s about how music and dancing can be almost feel like a depression therapy. Using dance as an outlet for creativity and a method of meditation.
Director Trang Doan want us express our depression through dancing. Trang wants us to release our stresses through dancing. Dancing brings us back to a more primitive, and consequently, more liberated state of mind. It causes our thoughts to simplify, to focus on our bodies and our movements instead of the more complicated stressors of life.

FELT from TRANG DOAN on Vimeo.

Monday, November 21, 2016

ART INSPIRATION - ARTIST JING HUANG

When a new life meets an old one and savoring all the nuances, distances and experiences between the two are the things that inspired artist Jing Huang.

Jing Huang is a ceramic artist and sculptor currently based in Toronto, Ontario. She was born and raised in China. Jing's works has been exhibited in Canada, China and the United States since 2010. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

"In my recent sculpture, I have been exploring nature, loss and dislocation. Nature changes a lot. It moves, as I have moved. It always refreshes my mind...My works are the voice and imagination of my life outside my country. They record the feelings and changes in my life. Reassembling observations are my key to making sculpture, my way to Shi Wai Tao Yuan, my Shangri-la."  Jing Huang





Thursday, November 17, 2016

SHORT FILM -BRAVE, VISION FOR MONCLER BY SPIKE LEE

French fashion outlet Moncler collaborated with director Spike Lee for a short film that is homage to New York in celebration of the opening of its flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York City.

 The film opens with a series of photographs and short video clips of everyday life in NYC. It features a mix of "Brave (Suffering Beautiful)," a song from the off-Broadway musical The Total Bent, and stars the dancers Lil Buck, John Boogz and Damaris Lewis. The Music is modeled after the sounds of the City, in its infinite Contradictions and Beauty, with its magical atmosphere, engaging and evocative. It shows a passionate emotional tale about the Big Apple’s Mix and multiplicity of Souls, its Multi-Ethnic Flavor." Through the eyes of Spike Lee, the Short film brings to life Moncler’s emblematic tribute to the MultiFaceted Eclectic Beauty and inexhaustible Life Force of this City on The Hudson, its unique power to Attract, Inspire and Change.


SHORT FILM- PRADA PRESENTS "FAST FORWARD" BY DAVID O. RUSSEL

“Past Forward,” a silent, surreal story of multiple women (Freida Pinto, Allison Williams, Kuoth Wiel) in parallel realities, had its premiere. The stars were all there. So were co-stars like John Krasinski and Sacha Baron Cohen.
The Hitchcock-inspired story centres around three glamorous women — played by Freida Pinto, Allison Williams, and newcomer Kuoth Wiel — who act out parallel stories, set in a dreamlike, black-and-white world. There's a creeping sense of threat as they navigate futuristic worlds. It also features Connie Britton, Sacha Baron Cohen, and John Krasinski, among others.
It's amazing that the fashion/short film used multiracial casts which are not usually seen in a classic 50's or futuristic world inspired projects. The dance sequence was choreographed by Mandy Moore.

 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

MODEL PORTRAIT -PARKER ( ELMER OLSEN MODELS) BY EDWIN CABRERA

Here are the photos I shot with male model Parker from ELMER OLSEN MODELS. For some reason, Parker reminds me of James Dean.

MALE MODEL PORTRAIT

Model: Parker (ELMER OLSEN MODELS)
Photographer: Edwin Cabrera (EDWIN CABRERA IMAGES)




FASHION FILM - "THE TALE OF IKIRE' JONES"

This is a short film about the story of Ikiré Jones, the brainchild of two first-generation children from Nigeria and Cambodia. A tale of history and rebellion. An Afro-futurist take on the modern suit.


 Ikiré Jones is the endeavor of designer/afrobeat musician/attorney Walé Oyéjidé, and bespoke tailor/musician Sam Hubler. The two artists with a passion for creating beautiful things that sit to the left of what has been resignedly accepted as the status quo.





Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SHORT FILM - "DEAR MR. SHAKESPEARE"

"Dear Mr. Shakespeare" is a powerful and imaginative exploration of the racial tensions in Othello. It shows how the iconic play still resonates today. The short film was presented as part of the British Council’s series Shakespeare Lives 2016, which celebrates the iconic playwright on the 400th anniversary of his death.

It features writer/artist Phoebe Boswell as she relays her conflicted feelings towards the work of Shakespeare as a person of color. Ashley Thomas plays Othello. Phoebe Boswell riffs on her conflicted attitudes towards Othello in Dear Mr. Shakespeare, which co-stars Ashley Thomas aka Bashy.





GHOST IN THE SHELL OFFICIAL TRAILER -2017

This film looks great. It's visually breathtaking. (Whitewashing controversy aside). I hope the entire film lives up to its trailer. Ghost in the Shell is a famous Japanese manga & anime series that told the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, set in the mid-twenty-first century in the fictional Japanese city of Niihama. In this future, the human & machine evolve to the point that most of the public posses cyber brains. The main character Major Motoko Kusanagi is a product of the high level of cyberization.


Monday, November 14, 2016

ARTFORUM PRESENTS- ARTISTS ON POLITICAL ART

Artforum.com presents artists Carrie Mae Weems, Matthew Weinstein, Marilyn Minter, Hans Haacke, Nadia Ayari, Nancy Chunn, and Vitaly Komar as they discuss political art.
 


Carrie Mae Weems- "We don't have the privilege of not being political. We don't have the privilege of not being social. I can't think of any single artist- African-American artist, Latino- American, Asian-American artist who does not have to negotiate this issue of the political".

Thursday, November 10, 2016

R.I.P. LEONARD COHEN

Another legend died this year. Canadian icon Leonard Cohen, the hugely influential singer and songwriter whose work spanned five decades, died today at the age of 82. He is arguably, one of the most enigmatic poets and songwriters of his generation.





Tuesday, November 08, 2016

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PRESENTS "BEFORE THE FLOOD" BY FISHER STEVENS FEATURING LEONARDO DICARPIO

Act Now #BeforeTheFlood: For every use of #BeforeTheFlood across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram between October 24 – November 18, 21st Century Fox and National Geographic will together donate $1 to Pristine Seas and $1 to the Wildlife Conservation Society, up to $50,000 to each organization.

About Before the Flood: From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. The film captures a three-year personal journey alongside Academy Award-winning actor and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio as he interviews individuals from every facet of society in both developing and developed nations who provide unique, impassioned and pragmatic views on what must be done today and in the future to prevent. Leonardo DiCaprio travels the world to examine firsthand the effects of climate change, and to learn more about possible ways to prevent catastrophic damage that could make the Earth unsustainable for human life. During his journey, he speaks with such influential figures as President Barack Obama, Pope Francis and tech innovator Elon Musk, and makes a speech before the United Nations calling for greater action on this issue.

 



ART HAPPENING - TATE BRITAIN PRESENTS - PAUL NASH

TATE Britain presents Artist Paul Nash. The exhibition features Nash's lifetime's work- from his earliest drawings to his 2nd World War paintings.  This exhibition reveals Nash’s importance to British modern art.

Paul Nash was fascinated with Britain’s ancient past and spent time in southern England exploring the Downs and coastal areas. Equally inspired by the equinox and the phases of the moon, he used all these influences in his work, interpreting his environment according to a unique, personal mythology, evolving throughout his career.  That exhibition started on 26th of October 2016 to the 5th of March 2017.






Paul Nash Equivalents for the Megaliths 1935 collection & © Tate

Paul Nash "Totes Meer- (Dead Sea) 1940

Monday, November 07, 2016

"DRONE BOMB" BY ANOHNI FEATURING NAOMI CAMPBELL

Here's the new music video of English singer, composer, and visual artist Anohni featuring the fashion icon Naomi Campbell.

 

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

ART HAPPENING - BLACK RADICAL IMAGINATION FILM SERIES EVENT IN MIAMI

Sunday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m. at Miami Beach Cinematheque 1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach,
An evening of film screenings organized by Black Radical Imagination followed by a conversation and Q & A with curator Amir George and filmmaker Jamilah Sabur (presented in Miami by ArtCenter/South Florida).

Black Radical Imagination's international tour comes to Miami on Sunday, November 6 (presented by ArtCenter/South Florida). The touring film series presents visual shorts that focus on "the aesthetics of Afro-futurism, Afro-surrealism, and the magnificent through the context of cinema." New stories on film by African-American cinematographers and artists delve into the worlds of new media, video art and experimental narrative.

Each artist contributes their own vision of postmodern society through the state of current Black Culture. The Miami portion of this tour features a conversation with Amir George (one of the Curators of Black Radical Imagination) and the Miami-based artist and filmmaker Jamilah Sabur.
Black Radical Imagination focuses on new stories within the African Diaspora, each artist contributes his or her own vision of postmodern society through the state of current Black culture. It focuses on the aesthetics of Afro-futurism, Afro-surrealism, and the magnificent through the context of cinema.
The notion of the Black Radical Imagination stemmed from a series of discussions around the boundaries and limitations that are historically given to people of color in the realm of the cinematic. The series builds on futurist, surrealist, and magical realist artistic movements to interrogate identity in the context of cinema.

Presented by ArtCenter/South Florida at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, as part of the public programs for the new exhibition An Image.

Admission is free with Eventbrite RSVP at eventbrite.com/e/film-screenings-and-qa-with-curators-amir-george-and-eric-christovale-tickets-28864975920



(Portrait of the filmmaker Jamilah Sabur, from the performance My Queen before you go tell my horse, Maggie Knox)


(Portrait of the filmmaker Jamilah Sabur sitting near an alligator den at Paynes Prairie in Gainesville, Florida.
Photo Courtesy of Almaz Wilson) 



The Golden Chain, 2015 (13 min) Directed by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Adebukola Bodunrin



Tuesday, November 01, 2016

TV- ACCORDING TO MY MOTHER

I hope this pilot gets pick up by major network and production company. "According to My Mother" is an independently produced pilot that has taken one of the top prizes at the 12th annual New York Television Festival, is created by Daniel K. Isaac, Cathy Y. Yan, and Devin Landin of Queens. The series revolves around a gay Korean-American man in New York whose life changes when his devout Christian mother moves in with him. Isaac also took the fest’s award for drama actor.

The story is based from the actor Daniel Isaac's relationship with his mom.




FASHION FILM-THE TALE OF THOMAS BURBERRY

Burberry created a wonderful short film/campaign that tells the story of Thomas Burberry. The Tale of Thomas Burberry. 160 years in the making, a story inspired by the pioneering discoveries of our founder, re-imagining key events that have shaped Burberry’s history.

 Directed by Academy Award-winner Asif Kapadia and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Sienna Miller, Dominic West and Lily James.
Shot over six days in England, with the screenplay written by Academy Award nominee Matt Charman. Sets from the film, including Thomas Burberry's workshop, were inspired by archive materials. Starring Dpmhnall Gleeson as Thomas Burberry. Sienna Miller as Thomas's fictional first love Sara. Dominic West as acclaimed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Lily James as Betty, a character inspired by the real-life achievements of pilot Betty Kirby-Green, who in 1937 completed a record-breaking round trip from England to Cape Town in 'The Burberry' plane.






Tuesday, October 11, 2016

MODEL PORTRAIT- AARON CHIN (L.A. MODELS RUNWAY) BY EDWIN CABRERA

I had a chance again to shoot L.A. based male model Aaron Chin while he was in town.  Here are the photos we did.

Model: Aaron Chin (L.A. Models Runway)
Photographer: Edwin Cabrera (Edwin Cabrera Images)









Friday, September 30, 2016

SOUNDTRACK OF THE DAY - MUSIC BY THE BAND THE FIN.

There are times you discovered songs or artists or groups that you get so excited so about you want to whole to listen to them. This is the moment. I just recently find out about The fin. and I want the whole to listen to their music. The fin. is an indie group in Kobe, consists of Uchino on vocals and synthesizer, Ryosuke Odagaki on guitar, Takayasu Taguchi on bass and Kaoru Nakazawa on drums. Their musical style is heavily influenced by dream pop genre. There’s an ethereal quality in every of their songs. The breathy, smooth and high vocals of Uchino and atmospheric texture of their melodies will give you a transcendent experiences.

The fin.- Night Time



The fin. - Through The Deep


Thursday, September 29, 2016

MODEL PORTRAIT - MARK (ELMER OLSEN MODELS) BY EDWIN CABRERA

Here are the photos I shot of male model Mark B. from ELMER OLSEN MODELS.


MODEL: MARK (ELMER OLSEN MODELS)
PHOTOGRAPHER: EDWIN CABRERA (EDWIN CABRERA IMAGES)








#THURSDAYTHROWBACK - MARLON BRANDO IN "A STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE"

There is no doubt that one of the most iconic performances in both film and play is Marlon Brando’s portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in “A Street Car Named Desire”. Brando was an unknown actor before the release of the film. The film skyrocketed his fame and earned him his first of his four consecutive Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Brando oozes animalistic masculine sex appeal in every scene as Stanley Kowalski. His explosive riveting raw performance inspired a whole generation of actors.
There’s a story that Marlon Brando was not the first choice for the role, John Garfield, Burt Lancaster, Van Heflin, Edmond O'Brien, John Lund, and Gregory Peck was being considered before him. Director Elia Kazan gave Brando a $20, a broke actor back then to see Tennessee Williams on his Provincetown home. But it took Brando three days to arrive there because he decided to hitchhike and keep the money. It was only 10 minutes to his audition when Williams excitedly announced that he was perfect for the role.
Fashion wise. Brando’s amazing look in a sweaty t-shirt marked the rise of the apparel as a cool classic menswear staple.





Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SOUNDTRACK OF THE DAY - STARBOY BY THE WEEKND FEATURING DAFT PUNK

I'm in love with this song. Finally here's THE WEEKND's new song featuring Daft Punk, "Starboy". This going to hit no. 1 on all the charts.
 

The Weeknd - Starboy ft. Daft Punk

SHORT FILM - TASHI AND THE MONK BY ANDREW HINTON AND JOHNNY BURKE

On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place.  Committed to raising children with love and compassion, former Buddhist monk Lobsang Phuntsok attempts to heal his own childhood abandonment by adopting 85 unwanted children and growing them as a family at Jhamtse Ghatsal, a remote children's community in the foothills of the Himalayas.

The film follows Jhamtse's newest arrival, a wild and troubled 5-year-old girl named Tashi, as she learns what love is and how it can help her to heal.





Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

LIST OF MEMORABLE SINGING SCENES BY A FEMALE CHARACTER IN FILMS

Here is the list of some of the memorable singing scenes by a female character in movies.

RITA HAYWORTH - GILDA -"Put The Blame On Mame"

Legendary actress Rita Hayworth’ is probably best known for her performance in the 1946 film noir, “Gilda”, in which she played the femme fatale. One of the most memorable scenes in the film is when she performed the song “Put the Blame On Mame” where she performed a legendary one-glove striptease. It caused a lot of furor from the censors during that time.
Put the Blame on Mame" is a song by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher. It is originally written for the film Gilda. In keeping with the film character Gilda being "the ultimate femme fatale", the song used the name Mame as a reference to the notorious criminal named Mame who cause of three well-known violent events in American history.







MARLENE DIETRICH - BLUE ANGEL - "Falling in love again "

The film “The Blue Angel” is introduced the iconic actress Marlene Dietrich worldwide. Dietrich played the role of Lola, a sexy cabaret singer who caused the downfall of a respectable schoolmaster (played by Emil Jannings). Her portrayal of an uninhibited woman not only established her stardom but also provided the mold for a modern vixen archetype. The film was shot simultaneously in German- and English-language versions. “The Blue Angel” was banned in Nazi Germany in 1933
"Falling in Love Again (Can't Help It)" (Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt") song was composed by Friedrich Hollaender . It was originally performed in the “The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel)”. It became Marlene Dietrich’s anthem. Marlene Die Marlene Dietrich, who also recorded the most famous English version, which became her anthem. The English lyrics were written by Sammy Lerner.






MARILYN MONROE - GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES - "Diamonds are a girl's best friend"

“Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” is a jazz song about exploiting men for their money and performed by Marilyn Monroe in the film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”. The song was listed as the 12th most important film song of all time by the American Film Institute. Marilyn Monroe played gold-digging showgirl Lorelei Lee. The performance of the song occurred in the part of the film when her fiance arrives at the cabaret to see her after his father canceled her letter of credit and forced her to work in a nightclub in France. Diamonds are an element in another story line in the film, in which Lorelei is given a diamond tiara by the mine owner, in gratitude for her recovering the scandalous photographs.
Marilyn Monroe’s performance of the song has been considered iconic that it has been referenced by modern pop artists like Madonna, Kylie Minogue and other. “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend was written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin.





Thursday, September 15, 2016

TRAILERS FROM SOME OF THE BEST FILMS AT TIFF (TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL) 2016

Here are some of the best films that created a lot of buzz from audience and critics at TIFF (TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL) 2016.



THE BIRTH OF A NATION - DIRECTED BY NATE PARKER
Writer-director Nate Parker reclaims the title of D.W. Griffith’s KKK-boosting 1916 milestone for this epic chronicle of the life of Nat Turner, who led a slave rebellion against white plantation owners in 1831 Virginia. Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior, Colman Domingo,Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Naomi King, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith, Gabrielle Union, Penelope Ann Miller, as Jackie Earle Haley




GIANTS OF AFRICA -HUBERT DAVIS DOCUMENTARY
Hubert Davis chronicles the inspirational work of Giants of Africa, a program founded by Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri that uses basketball to educate and enrich the lives of underprivileged African youth.




LION -DIRECTED BY GARTH DAVIS
Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
Cast : Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel


SOUNDTRACK OF THE DAY- BEST OF CANADIAN MUSIC FROM THE 90'S

I think Canadian Music was at top of its form during the 90's. There were a lot of Canadian artists in every different genre, (rock, pop,dance, R&B) whether from the big label or indies topping the charts all over the world. Also back then there was CHUM’s MUCH MUSIC with their very interesting VJs promoting Canadian Music.

Sarah McLachlan - Building A Mystery

Moist - Push

Our Lady Peace - Clumsy

I Mother Earth- Another Sunday


ART HAPPENING - "JEPPE HEIN : A NEW END ON VIEW AT WORLD'S END IN HINGHAM

Berlin and Copenhagen-based artist Jeppe Hein’s whose work often combines elements of humor with the traditions of minimalism and conceptual art, presents a new site-specific labyrinth installation at Massachausetts’s scenic World’s End in Hingham. The work, currently on view and titled A New End, is part of a new two-year outdoor art initiative, Art and The Landscape, presented by The Trustees and curated by guest curator Pedro Alonzo, and will be open to the public through October 2017.

As part of its yearlong 125th Anniversary celebration, The Trustees, Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation nonprofit, is featuring a multi-year, site-specific outdoor art initiative entitled Art and The Landscape. With the help of independent curator Pedro Alonzo, the new initiative is designed to present compelling contemporary art in a public landscape to create inspirational and meditative experiences for visitors at some of its most iconic and historic properties. The physical structure of Hein’s reflective labyrinth is inspired by the shape of the surrounding hills at World’s End and is composed of three lines of reflective columns that create a spiral. The stainless steel totems start at a height of 3 feet and rise to 9 feet towards the center. From a bird’s eye view, the configuration of the posts resembles the cross section of a nautilus shell.

On the surface, Hein’s reflective mirror pavilions invite play and instill a sense of wonder in the viewer, transforming the public’s perception of reality through a participatory sensory experience. They intended to pull the viewer away from their everyday surroundings, and to lower boundaries and barriers in encounters with others.

A New End, by Jeppe Hein, will be on view at World’s End in Hingham starting in August 2016 and The Meeting House, by renowned multimedia artist Sam Durant, is on display at The Old Manse in Concord, a National Historic Landmark, through October 2016.





Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ART HAPPENING- "THE COLOR LINE: AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS AND SEGREGATION" @ MUSE'E DU QUAI BRANLY, FRANCE

"nothing more concrete, more real than a line, a color." Theo van Doesbourg
African-American artists had to consider these elements from both art and political perspective.  From the abolition of slavery onwards, American society was effectively divided by the famous "color line".  "The Color Line" was the title of an article by the great black leader Frederick Douglass that was published in the North American Review in June 1881. The term refers to the segregation of black people that began in the United States in 1877 after the Reconstruction period that followed the end of the American Civil War in 1865. The ratification of the 13th Amendment marked the beginning of a new era in American history, with slavery giving way to a century of segregation that finally ended in 1964, following a series of struggles, with the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon Johnson.

Over the past thirty years, there has been a growing awareness in the United States of the rich diversity of work by African-American artists since the abolition of slavery. However, Europe in general and France more specifically have been slow to recognize African-American art from this period of US history.

For the first time, this exhibition brings to France works by preeminent African-American artists who remain little known outside of the United States and explores this period of US history through the eyes of those who had to fight against this discriminatory “color line”. The exhibition, through a chronological and thematic route of some 200 works - painting, sculpture, photography, film, music, graphic design and comics - pays tribute to the richness and diversity of these creations

The primary aim of "THE COLOR LINE: African-American Artists and Segregation"  is to restore the featured works and their creators to their rightful place. The 600 original works and documents featured in the exhibition cover the main artistic fields and help visitors grasp the inexorable power of artistic creation as vehicle for rights and freedoms.





Robert Duncanson, "Uncle Tom and Little Eva" - Adago, Paris 2016




Alex Rogers (paroles) Bert Williams (musique) 



Henry Ossawa Tanner, "The Young Sabot Maker" - The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art