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LuvBombLove Bombs by Georgian artists Eteri & Gocha Chkadua.

KoonsFor Jeff Koons the balloon represents optimism and death.

“A very dark view of the future has been superimposed on our incorrigible optimism. We are children playing with adult toys. They have proved too much for us to handle. But in our defense, we are probably not the only ones for whom they are too much.” Harold Bloom, The Closing of The American Mind (Simon & Schuster, 1987)

TheLastship2014kTheLastShip2014TheLastShip-JansenBradfieldTheLastShip2014jNew York fashionistas are brushing up on the art of survival ahead of The Last Ship, premiering June 22.

In an interesting twist, “The Quarantini” cocktail, a special concoction for the Americans trying to save the world, is made with Russian vodka.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

TheLastShipOne needs a good filter to breath American pop-culture.


TimesSquare-Bloomsday2014Liberty Leading the People — perhaps to hell.

America’s “Rights Revolution” is turning the ‘oppressed’ into perps.

Photograph: Stephen Wise


SalvatorePetrosinoSVA-CrossroadsCrossroads Cultural Center, in collaboration with the School of Visual Arts in New York, screened the finalists of their Seventh Annual International Short Film Festival this evening at SVA.

Salvatore Petrosino, Director of Film, Video & Animation Dept., SVA, (photo) commented on the films for those in attendance.

Four of the five Festival films that we saw dealt with mental health issues—perhaps the single biggest problem in America today, especially among her elites, for whom truth is not an option.

“I couldn’t be more optimistic about the future of this country.” Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia), June 11, 2014

Photograph: Stephen Wise

CzechThatFilm2014Czech That Film Festival, featuring the best in contemporary Czech Cinema, is touring 11 U.S. cities with a stop in New York this week. Admission is free, with films through June 6 at the Czech Center.

CzechThatFilm2014bDavid Schwartz, Chief Curator of the Museum of Moving Image, and Marcelline Block, Editor of the book World Film Locations: Prague participated in a panel this evening at the Czech Center in NYC ahead of the festival.


NYIFF2014LiarsDiceNYIFF2014NagrajManjule (2)The Best Film Award, at this year’s New York Indian Film Festival, went to Liar’s Dice (top photo). Best Actress went to Geetanjali Thapa of Liar’s Dice.

Best Director went to Nagraj Manjule (bottom photo), Fandry.

At the recent National Film Awards of India, Liar’s Dice was recognized for Best Cinematography, and Ms. Thapa, Best Actress. Mr. Manjule received their award for Best Debut Film of a Director.

In his film, Fandry (Pig), Nagraj Manjule, an Indian untouchable, tells a heartfelt story (based on his own) about the centuries-old caste system that continues to plague India.

Shivdasani-HusseinPakistani-born filmmaker Mumtaz Hussain’s important opus, Art = (Love)2, was screened last night, to a standing-room only audience, at the New York Indian Film Festival.

Mumtaz Hussain employs all of his powers, as a writer, filmmaker & painter, to tell a story set in New York today, that offers social commentary and proscriptions for change, by synthesizing objective and subjective reality — math & love into art. “Love is the power to solve everything,” according to Hussain.

Mr. Hussain is seen here after the screening with Aroon Shivdasani, Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council.

Photograph: Stephen Wise


SeekingWisdomDementia-centered cinema is the new avant-garde. Audiences are expected to grow.

From: ASTU


Stephen B. Wise


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