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This September, the theme of our Screening Series is COMING OF AGE. We kick it off this tuesday with The Butcher Boy (19...
09/03/2016

This September, the theme of our Screening Series is COMING OF AGE. We kick it off this tuesday with The Butcher Boy (1997) by Neil Jordan. Presented by Ari Aster

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08/02/2016

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Announcing the REVOLT Screening Series at The Frog for the month of August. We are kicking this off tomorrow with Jang J...
08/02/2016

Announcing the REVOLT Screening Series at The Frog for the month of August. We are kicking this off tomorrow with Jang Joon-hwan's Save The Green Planet! (2003)

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06/21/2016
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The Age of Innocence (1993) By Martin Scorsese
139 minutes

The Age of Innocence is presented by Ari Aster.

An adaptation of Edith Wharton’s 1920 novel. Set in the social high ranks of New York in the 1870s, a proper gentleman falls in love with an exotic socialite. In the face of her current divorce, he settles for her dull cousin as his consolation bride.

Martin Scorsese is an American director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and film historian, whose career spans more than 53 years. “Although the film deals with New York aristocracy and a period of New York history that has been neglected, and although it deals with code and ritual, and with love that’s not unrequited but unconsummated—which pretty much covers all the themes I usually deal with.(..)”

Ari Aster received his MFA in Directing from the AFI Conservatory. He has written and directed several short films - most notably MUNCHAUSEN (starring Bonnie Bedelia), BASICALLY, and the controversial 30-minute THE STRANGE THING ABOUT THE JOHNSONS. His films have played the New York Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Slamdance, and many others. His novel Sammy Barthowe At Your Service! was a finalist for the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction.

Ari is currently in pre-production on a snowbound horror feature, HEREDITARY, to be produced by Anthony Bregman’s company Likely Story (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, FOXCATCHER, etc). Ari is also in development on a psychedelic thriller based on Swedish folklore for B-REEL Features, as well as a dark sci-fi comedy with Animal Kingdom (IT FOLLOWS). Besides these, Ari has several other feature and television projects in various stages of development.

Ari works and lives in Los Angeles.

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05/09/2016
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Dogtooth (2009) 97mins

By Yorgos Lanthimos.

Presented By Fernando Sanchez

“A conceptual bitch slap, made me feel giddy and child-like

as if discovering a new world filled with odd behaviors and conventions. This is how aliens or superhumans or whomever comes after will see the artifacts of our civilization: somewhat silly, incredibly arbitrary and pretty ridiculous.”

-Fernando Sanchez.

Dogtooth is a 2009 Greek film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos about a husband and wife who keep their children ignorant of the world outside their property well into adulthood. The film stars Christos Stergioglou, Michelle Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, and Christos Passalis.

Lanthimos’ second feature film won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens. He studied directing for Film and Television at Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos in Athens. Through the 90’s he directed a series of videos for Greek dance-theater companies.

Fernando Sanchez (writer and director) was smuggled into the states as a baby and till today lives under the mentality and methodology of the "illegal.” He lives and works in Echo Park, CA.

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Some alternate flyers for the JB.L Screening Series at The Frog.
04/28/2016

Some alternate flyers for the JB.L Screening Series at The Frog.

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04/22/2016
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On 04.26.16 The Frog is screening Safe (1995) By Todd Haynes:

Safe (1995): 119 minutes

From Criterion Collection Website:
“Julianne Moore gives a breakthrough performance as Carol White, a Los Angeles housewife in the late 1980s who comes down with a debilitating illness. After the doctors she sees can give her no clear diagnosis, she comes to believe that she has frighteningly extreme environmental allergies. A profoundly unsettling work from the great American director Todd Haynes, Safe functions on multiple levels: as a prescient commentary on self-help culture, as a metaphor for the AIDS crisis, as a drama about class and social estrangement, and as a horror film about what you cannot see. This revelatory drama was named the best film of the 1990s in a Village Voice poll of more than fifty critics.”

From IMDB:
“Todd Haynes, (born January 2, 1961, Los Angeles, California, U.S.) American screenwriter and director known for films that examine fame, sexuality, and the lives of people on the periphery of mainstream society.

Haynes graduated from Brown University in 1985 with a B.A. in art and semiotics. In 1987 he earned attention for Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, a short film he wrote and directed that focused on singer Karen Carpenter’s battle with, and subsequent death from, anorexia nervosa. The film was noted for its postmodern approach, mixing news footage and documentary-style interviews with reenactments of scenes from Carpenter’s life—staged with Barbie dolls playing the roles of Carpenter and her brother, Richard. (…) Haynes won further recognition for Safe (1995), a subtly unsettling depiction of a suburban woman (played by Julianne Moore) who believes she has become allergic to her environment.

His new feature film Carol (2015) with Cate Blanchett premiered at the Cannes International Festival 2015 to rave reviews and won Best Actress for Rooney Mara.”

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Last Minute reminder! We are watching Punishment Park at The Frog tonight! Presented by Ari Aster. Come hang out!
04/20/2016
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Last Minute reminder! We are watching Punishment Park at The Frog tonight! Presented by Ari Aster. Come hang out!

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04/17/2016
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Punishment Park By Peter Watkins (1971) (88 minutes) presented by Ari Aster.

Premiered at Cannes and pulled from distribution 4 days after its US debut, Punishment Park is a technically astounding cinema vérité tour de force. Filmed in the San Bernardino Desert of Southern California (El Mirage Dry Lake) with a cast of non-professional actors, Peter Watkins’ politically motivated fictional documentary is a controversial critique of Nixon’s era paranoia. Speculating on a state of emergency deployed from the McCarran Internal Security Act of 1950, the film follows two European film crews as they document of members of the anti-war movement convicted and sentenced to a new form of detention.

Peter Watkins (born 29 October 1935) is an English filmmaker and media critic. He was born in Norbiton, Surrey, lived in Sweden, Canada and Lithuania for many years, and now lives in France. He is one of the pioneers of docudrama. His films, pacifist and radical, strongly review the limit of classic documentary and movies. He mainly concentrates his works and ideas around the mass media and our relation/participation to a movie or television documentary. Commissioned by the BBC his ambitious nuclear-war docudrama The War Game was banned from UK television between 1965 and 1985.

Ari Aster received his MFA in Directing from the AFI Conservatory. He has written and directed several short films - most notably MUNCHAUSEN (starring Bonnie Bedelia), BASICALLY, and the controversial 30-minute THE STRANGE THING ABOUT THE JOHNSONS. His films have played the New York Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Slamdance, and many others. His novel Sammy Barthowe At Your Service! was a finalist for the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction.

Ari is currently in pre-production on a psychedelic thriller based on Swedish folklore, written and to be directed by him, for B-REEL Features. He is also in pre-production on another horror feature, HEREDITARY. Besides these, Ari has several other feature and television projects in various stages of development.

Additionally, Ari’s thirteen-part Portrait Series (of which he’s completed three installments) is a performance-driven experiment in short-form character study. It has featured Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards), Jim O’Heir (Parks & Recreation), and Richard Riehle (Office Space).

Ari works and lives in Los Angeles.

The Frog is a space for dialog between artists, designers, musicians and film-makers. It periodically hosts Collision(s) an event series staging encounters between various practices. Each Collision aims to delineate echoes and dissonances between each practitioner’s technical, conceptual and methodological trajectories.

We want to hear you talk about how and why you do what you do.

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04/11/2016
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On 04.15.16 The Frog is screening Poto And Cabengo (1980) By Jean-Pierre Gorin:
Poto And Cabengo (1980): 73 minutes

The first of three films made while teaching film making at UC San Diego, Godard collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin’s Poto And Cabengo (1980) observes the formation of dialect between two twin girls and their family environment. Photographed by Les Blanc, this rippling investigation of conflicting discourses is described by Gorin as “a war machine against the classical pathos of documentary filmmaking.”

Jean- Pierre Gorin:
From UCSD School of Visual Arts Website:
In 1966, Jean-Pierre Gorin met the filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. Two years later, they created the Dziga Vertov Group. The films of the Dziga Vertov Group have long been recognized as seminal to the period of radical filmmaking of the late Sixties and early Seventies. They are historically significant for their pioneering critical reexamination of film language and its ideological implications.

Gorin joined the faculty of the UCSD Visual Arts Department in 1975. His investigation of narrative led him toward documentary. He attempted to redefine the parameters of the genre in a series of three essay films done in and around San Diego which form a Southern California trilogy: Poto and Cabengo, 1978; Routine Pleasures, 1986 (Best Experimental Documentary Award, Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy, 1986); and My Crasy Life, 1991 (Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival, Park City Utah, 1992).

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03/27/2016
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Taxidermia(2006) by György Pálfi:

“A hilariously morbid and aesthetically dizzying nightmare-comedy whose formal imagination equals its narrative audacity. Love it or hate it, it’s as bold and singular as anything else in contemporary cinema.”

- Ari Aster.

Taxidermia (2006) has a runtime of 94 minutes and is presented by Ari Aster, director of Basically (2014), Munchausen (2013) and The Strange Thing About The Johnsons (2011).

Come down to The Frog and watch Taxidermia with us!

*****

György Pálfi:
From Wikipedia:
György Pálfi (born 11 April 1974 in Budapest, Hungary) is a Hungarian filmmaker. His film Taxidermia was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

Pálfi’s films have received numerous awards and nominations. At the 2002 European Film Awards, he won the European Discovery/Fassbinder Award for his début film Hukkle. At Les Arcs European Film Festival in 2014, Pálfi won the first annual ARTE International Prize for the best project in development, The Voice, about a son searching for his father, a scientist who went missing 30 years ago.

Ari Aster:
Ari received his MFA in Directing from the AFI Conservatory. He has written and directed several short films - most notably MUNCHAUSEN (starring Bonnie Bedelia), BASICALLY, and the controversial 30-minute THE STRANGE THING ABOUT THE JOHNSONS. His films have played the New York Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Slamdance, and many others. His novel Sammy Barthowe At Your Service! was a finalist for the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction.

Ari is currently in pre-production on a psychedelic thriller based on Swedish folklore, written and to be directed by him, for B-REEL Features. He is also in pre-production on another horror feature, HEREDITARY. Besides these, Ari has several other feature and television projects in various stages of development.

Additionally, Ari’s thirteen-part Portrait Series (of which he’s completed three installments) is a performance-driven experiment in short-form character study. It has featured Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards), Jim O’Heir (Parks & Recreation), and Richard Riehle (Office Space).

Ari works and lives in Los Angeles.

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02/19/2016
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The Frog is screening Farocki’s films Parallel (I-IV)

From Video Data Bank:

The four‐part cycle Parallel deals with the image genre of computer animation. The series focuses on the construction, visual landscape and inherent rules of computer-animated worlds.

“Computer animations are currently becoming a general model, surpassing film. In films, there is the wind that blows and the wind that is produced by a wind machine. Computer images do not have two kinds of wind.”

—Harun Farocki

Harun Farocki (1944-2014) was born in German-annexed Czechoslovakia. From 1966 to 1968 he attended the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB). In addition to teaching posts in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Manila, Munich and Stuttgart, he was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Farocki made close to 120 films, including feature films, essay films and documentaries. He worked in collaboration with other filmmakers as a scriptwriter, actor and producer. In 1976 he staged Heiner Müller’s plays The Battle and Tractor together with Hanns Zischler in Basel, Switzerland.

He wrote for numerous publications, and from 1974 to 1984 he was editor and author of the magazine Filmkritik (München). His work has shown in many national and international exhibitions and installations in galleries and museums.

From e-flux Journal #59 in tribute to Harun Farocki:

“Farocki’s films lead us to think that the real brutality of power that uses advanced forms of technology, transmission, and mediation goes far beyond the application of physical violence on human bodies, and towards something much more delicate, much more refined. Its real violence arrives in something like boredom, in rendering the actual functioning of power as boring—uninteresting and technical on the surface, but eventually and ultimately authoritarian in its inaccessibility. It is from this point that Farocki’s mastery begins by identifying cinema as a historical meeting point between technology and seduction. Cinema has always been the name of the machine for merging warfare and entertainment, propaganda and pornography.”

– Editorial by Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood and Anton Vidokle.

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01/27/2016
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The Frog is a space for dialog between artists, designers, musicians and film-makers. It periodically hosts Collision(s) an event series staging encounters between various practices. Each Collision aims to delineate echoes and dissonances between each practitioner’s technical, conceptual and methodo…

JBL's first project: The First Human Born In Space will debut at the Istanbul Modern as part of the TILL IT'S GONE exhib...
01/07/2016
The First Human Born In Space debut at the Istanbul Modern

JBL's first project: The First Human Born In Space will debut at the Istanbul Modern as part of the TILL IT'S GONE exhibition.

Jasmin Blasco & Pico Studio in partnership with Creative Migration are proud to announce the project’s official debut is in TILL IT’S GONE, an Exhibition on Nature and Sustainability, at the Istanbul Modern (January 13 – June 5, 2016) – featuring artists from various periods and geographies, explori…

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