Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

Finding His Voice

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Comedian, actor and writer TJ Miller was one of the featured artists for Syracuse University’s Orange Central.  Miller says he started as a comic and a writer. He recently exited the HBO series Silicon Valley. The comedy show at SU was produced by University Union.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Byron Hurt, filmmaker (circa 2008)

Byron Hurt, filmmaker (circa 2008)

Another What If…

Monday, November 14th, 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.

For the Record

Saturday, October 1st, 2016
Filmmaker Trisha Ziff talks about her film "The Man Who Saw Too Much," a visual memoir of Enrique Metinides, during a screening at Syracuse University on Thursday.

Filmmaker Trisha Ziff talked about her film “The Man Who Saw Too Much,” a visual memoir of the work of Enrique Metinides, during a screening at Syracuse University on Thursday.

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.

Coming Soon: The Jaco Experience

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Syracuse First

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Christine Fawcett-Shapiro and Mike Massurin (Syracuse International Film Festival), along with Frank Malfitano (Syracuse Jazz Fest) and Eric Bush (General Manager of Sound Garden) announced that the DVD release and Northeast  film premiere of Jaco will take place in Syracuse.

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.

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.

Week in Review

Sunday, September 27th, 2015
Kenan Thompson, maybe one of the most well adjusted, former child actors still working in the entertainment business gave a presentation at Syracuse University (Family Weekend) on Friday.

Kenan Thompson, maybe one of the most well adjusted, former child actors still working in the entertainment business gave a presentation at Syracuse University (Family Weekend) on Friday.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Coach (Ken) Carter

Coach (Ken) Carter

Ken Carter, the inspiration for the film Coach Carter,” visited the Syracuse City School District in 2010.

Syracuse Architectural Digest: Reclaiming Spaces

Saturday, September 5th, 2015
Urban Video Project Cinematheque (Everson Plaza)

Urban Video Project/Urban Cinematheque 2015 Film + Fair (Everson Plaza)

Everywoman

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
Taraji P. Henson currently plays Cookie on the Fox drama Empire, which debuted January 7, 2015.

Taraji P. Henson currently plays Cookie on the Fox drama Empire, which debuted January 7, 2015.

Here are some of the photos from Taraji P. Henson’s visit to Syracuse University. She talked about her work in films and television, particularly the success of her new show Empire and the fortitude it takes to pursue a career in show business. She said she’s had the most fun in her career so far on the film Talk to Me (the Petey Greene biopic).  Henson will host Saturday Night Live April 11.

Henson asked how many students in the audience wanted to run studios (versus merely acting and directing).

She asked how many students in the audience wanted to run studios (versus merely acting or directing).

Actress Taraji P. Henson shouts out her DC fans during a visit to Syracuse University.

Henson shouts out her DC fans during a visit to Syracuse University.