A new film about the life and work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe opens next month. For those who are unfamiliar with Mapplethorpe, Wikipedia describes his work as “sensitive yet blunt treatment of controversial subject-matter in the large-scale, highly stylized black and white medium of photography.” His most controversial work is that of the BDSM subculture in the late 1960s and early 1970s of New York City. The homoeroticism of this work fuelled a national debate over the public funding of controversial artwork.
The movie, Mapplethorpe, opens March 1 and depicts his life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea hotel, where he begins photographing its inhabitants and his new found circle of friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground. Exploring the intersection of his art, his sexuality and his struggle for mainstream recognition, the film offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and his self-destructive impulses.
At this point, I don’t have details for where or when this film will show in Boston.
Each year The Provincetown Compact offers several artist and writers residencies in the historic Fowler and C-Scape (shown below) dune shacks located within Peaked Hill Bars National Register Historic District of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The shacks are primitive lacking electricity and indoor plumbing — and isolated, allowing for uninterrupted solitude and refuge.
The Compact funds, or partially subsidizes, residencies for three visual artists who are selected by jury and for two writers who are selected by lottery. The top recipient of the artist residency will also receive a $500 fellowship.
The Deadline for residencies is January 15, 2019
Artist Residency Application – 2019
Writer Residency Application – 2019
About The Provincetown Compact: The Compact was established in 1993 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization by artist Jay Critchley. It is organized as a community-building and philanthropic organization to support living artists and the vitality of the arts community. Their initiatives include: The Swim For Life, Dune Shack Residencies, our Think-ubator program and Prayer Ribbons. For more information visit, thecompact.org.
Dekkoo (pronounced DEK-oo) is the brainchild of Derek Curl, a producer and businessman who, after his company bought Philadelphia’s TLA Entertainment Group in 2014, set out to establish a platform for gay cinema. I first heard and wrote about Dekkoo back in 2015 when they were offering a free trial.
As streaming has become more mainstream, Dekkoo has grown in popularity but I’m curious and would love to hear from readers if they subscribe to the service and if so, what do they think about it.
Right now Dekkoo is offering a 7-day free trial and 50% off the first month if you use the promo code THANKS. You can check out the site and learn more about the service here, dekkoo.com.
Earlier this week Sergio and I were invited to a special screening of Bohemian Rhapsody, which opens nationally tomorrow, November 2nd.
As you might surmise, Bohemian Rhapsody is about the rock band, Queen and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and the darker side of success, concluding with Freddie reuniting with his bandmates in time for Live Aid in 1985. While you don’t have to like Queen’s music to find this movie enthralling, for those who admired and loved Freddie Mercury this is a must see movie.
Bohemian Rhapsody is showing in multiple theaters in and around Boston. There is more information about this film in the links shared below.
Bohemian Rhapsody website
Bohemian Rhapsody Facebook page
Bohemian Rhapsody Twittah stuff
Bohemian Rhapsody on IG
Earlier this week I read on NewNowNext that a remake of the mid-90s film Clueless is being explored. My initial reaction was, “As if!?!“. While I loved the original and am still prone to use lingo from the movie (Full on Monet, Betty and Fashion Victim just to name a few) – you can read through an extensive library of terminology the film used and helped make popular, here.
To say I’m buggin’ would be an understatement because what made the movie so great (for me) was how much it captured and poked fun at the stereotypes of the day – especially teenage Southern Californians. A remake of this film will need to tap into similar cultural touchstones of the day, but as a 40-something I doubt I’m tapped into the zeitgeist of today’s teens so much of the humor and references will likely go above my head. Having said that, I’ll probably go see it because I do love the original and will be curious to see how the movie was updated to make it relevant.
What about you? Did you see Clueless and did you love it? Would you go see a remake or would you likely skip it all together? Do tell, I’m genuinely curious.
Have you heard about this gay short film (13-minutes) that centers on James (played by Emrhys Cooper)? It is definitely entertaining to watch. I’ve included a brief write up about the short film below along with a link to its Vimeo page and password. If you watch the film, let me know what you think.
About Trophy Boy: The film centers on James, a sexy, youthful sought-after Instagram star in high-society, and self-proclaimed “trophy” who gets dumped by his wealthy live-in benefactor just before turning 30. James quickly learns that the real world cares little for his Instagram “celebrity” as the world he’s so carefully cultivated online crashes head on with reality.
Watch Trophy Boy Here
Do you happen to have Columbus Day (Monday, October 8th) off? Many in Boston do but unfortunately, that is not the case for me. However, if I did have the day off, I’d be tempted to visit the Fall Open House at the MFA or head over to the Seaport and check out the Institute of Contemporary Art and their new annex “The Watershed” across the harbor.
Both museums will be open on Columbus Day and are offering free admission all day. Hours of operation on Monday for both museums are 10AM – 5PM. Get out and soak up some cultcha at these local museums and bring your friends along.