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At MoMA with George Lois

March 17, 2009

Just got back from NYC. Spent some time at the MoMA (thanks for the member’s free pass Marci). Was inspired by George Lois: The Esquire Covers. The legendary advertising man revolutionized magazine cover art from 1962-1972 as Esquire‘s Art Director. I found his designs to be instantaneously thought provoking, visually stunning, always controversial (if you have the time period in mind), and imbued with a sense of narrative.

And he did it all without photoshop. WITHOUT photoshop! In the exhibit they have the contact sheets from the Ali shoot. Without realizing it, I had assumed the arrows and blood were a post-production endeavor. Duh. No. It’s called props, make-up, lighting, performance and in-camera brilliance. Good to remember that vision is not always a matter of technology.

Lois was responsible for saving MTV with his “I want my MTV” campaign, naming Lean Cuisine, and launching Tommy Hilfiger to fame with one ad.

Below are some of my favorites of Lois’ covers included with his own commentary.

The RKO St. Patrick's Marquee


















To my mind, American postwar films basically remained white-bread until a stoned Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and crew brought the biggie Hollywood studios to their knees with the cheapo, culture-crashing Easy Rider. So I gave it one. I focused on the new movies and called it “The Faith of Our Children.”



NBC Comedy Short Cuts

September 16, 2008

As one of seven semi-finalists from hundreds of nationwide submissions to the NBC Comedy Short Cuts festival,  The Break Up screened in NYC for a packed audience of film lovers and industry in September 2008.  

Side note:  NBC Comedy Short Cuts is a unique showcase of short, comedic films and videos produced with a culturally diverse production team, cast, or theme. NBC Universal uses this festival as a pipeline for uncovering and developing diverse talent in front of and behind the camera. 

It was The Break Up‘s best screening to date.  No.  Joke.  Why?  Because:

  1. The audience was the loudest crowd – in the best way – that I’ve ever encountered.  They literally screamed, laughed, hooted, cackled and gasped their way through the 6 minutes and 40 seconds of our film.  
  2. Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio and easy-on-the-eyes wunderkind with a Rico Sauve ‘tude, kicked off the event.
  3.  The festival flew out Katy Sullivan (plays the unbreak-up-able ‘Rachel’) for the evening, and  we sat side-by-side soaking in every minute of it.

A couple days later Kitty Landers won two awards from NYTVF.  It was a great week.

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