2016 was an interesting year. Here at Cadenza, we like to think it was because of all of the stellar entertainment.
This Thursday, over 20,000 filmmakers, cinephiles and everyday moviegoers will descend on St. Louis for the Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival.
After months of reading about his work and watching the film “American Night” (2009) on my laptop at home through Vimeo, I finally got the chance to sit down with artist Julian Rosefeldt. The Berlin-based contemporary artist, filmmaker and professor visited last Friday to deliver a lecture at Washington University in conjunction with the opening of his exhibition at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
American artist Alex Prager knows how to capture a character. Her film “Face in the Crowd” (2013), showing now at the Saint Louis Art Museum, pulls at the heartstrings of anyone who has ever felt lonely. Whether it is a divorced grandmother from Long Island pouring her heart out in a dark and secluded room, a quiet Asian man sharing his belief in true love or the famous actress Elizabeth Banks, lost amidst a chaotic sea of strangers, Prager perfectly portrays so many universal human emotions in her frames.
To say it was controversial would be an understatement. Anti-Semitism, excessive violence, scriptural deviation—the charges leveled against it were numerous and fierce, with many coming months before the film’s release. It certainly didn’t help that Mel Gibson—no Boy Scout himself—was the film’s primary creative force. (He both directed and co-wrote it.
If Professor Ignacio “Nacho” Sánchez Prado’s life were a film, it wouldn’t be a dramatic “Seabiscuit.” No, it would have the trappings of a lighthearted flick like “Love Actually.
Picasso is well known for his Blue Period, but can contemporary art sustain a Green Period? On Wednesday at 4 p.m., speakers from Washington University and the local community will meet to discuss the relationship between the arts and the environment. Those who attend will participate and guide the discussion.
Washington University Libraries received a $550,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation—the largest grant it has ever received. University Libraries will soon use the grant money to preserve Henry Hampton’s award-winning Civil Rights documentary “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965.
Films about the Israeli-Lebanese conflict, the election of the first female African president, multicultural clashes in France and protests of Burmese monks will arrive at Washingotn University this weekend.
“Go see what the center of the universe looks like,” one character says to another in Ang Lee’s “Taking Woodstock.” And the film is just that, a look into the center of American culture in 1969. But “Taking Woodstock” does not solely focus on the festival itself, as Michael Wadleigh’s documentary “Woodstock” does. Instead, more attention is given to the lead-up to the festival and the true story of the family who brought it to Bethel, N.Y.