This must have been a great conversation in El-Lay. Can’t wait to see the completed project.
— ryan hope travis (@speak2ryan) December 5, 2016
A documentary film about retired NBA player and NYC hoops legend Kenny Anderson was screened in NYC over the weekend. In the interview below, Anderson admits that if not for his mother, he would have come to Syracuse.
Certain things we would not see if someone didn’t photograph them, and while a lot of contemporary street photography deals in fashion style or lighter fare in our public spaces, famed shooter Enrique Metinides always kept it real as it relates to the raw, underside of death, crime and destruction in his native Mexico City.
Mentinides became a working photojournalist while still in grade school.
“The Man Who Saw Too Much,” a film about Metinides, was screened last night for the Human Rights Film Festival at Syracuse University. Filmmaker Trish Ziff was on hand to introduce the film and do a short Q+A afterwards.
In Mentinides’ work we see haunting visual echos of journalists such as W. Eugene Smith (war photos) or even shots from the NYC Municipal Archive.
One of the participants in the film called Metinides’ images a “birth of a bad memory.” Ziff herself hinted toward some sympathy for Metinides because she filmed him, now as an octogenarian, physically juxtaposing toys with his vintage crime scene photographs. You will have to see the film to make your own conclusion, but in many ways, playing with those toys may be Mentinides’ form of therapy for spending decades capturing the distress and calamity of his fellow citizens.
Ziff said her next project will be about Joel-Peter Witkin.
A quartet of Syracuse arts groups, including The Place Theater, Syracuse Jazz Fest, The Syracuse International Film Festival and Sound Garden, held a press event today in Armory Square. The group will collaborate to host a premiere of Jaco, a documentary about bassist Jaco Pastorius. The film was produced by Robert Trujillo and directed by Paul Merchange and Stephen Kijak.
For more information on the film, click here.
Trujillo will make an appearance at the screening, which will take place at the Palace on Friday, November 27. Earlier in the day he will he will do a in-store DVD signing at The Sound Garden.
The 2007 Syracuse Jazz Fest was dedicated to Jaco Pastorius.
Ken Carter, the inspiration for the film Coach Carter,” visited the Syracuse City School District in 2010.