Through A Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs
May
3
to Oct 28

Through A Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs

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Before he became the revolutionary director, Kubrick was developing his eye through photography- a passion he developed as a teenager and took through his early adulthood years.  Through his early photographic work we can see how he developed his eye for framing, and how he captured people from a distance.  Was this to get the whole story behind the person?  Or did he feel removed?  

Decide for yourself at the wonderful exhibition hosted by the historic Museum of City of New York celebrating the early photographic career of Stanley Kubrick.  This exhibit displays photos taken for Look magazine where he sold his first photo in 1945 as well as others that have been unseen for decades.

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Michael Benson talk at New York Public Library
Apr
2
6:30 PM18:30

Michael Benson talk at New York Public Library

Author/ filmmaker/ artist Michael Benson gives a talk at the New York Public Library about recently released book, Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece.  This book chronicles the making of 2001, which has as much to be discovered as the meaning behind the film itself.  In this adventure, Benson has gone all over the world to speak to Kubrick's family and estate, Arthur C. Clark where he resided in Sri Lanka, and paints a picture for us readers of a time of great innovation and exploration mirroring the characters in the film.  

Michael Benson will also be interviewed by Kubrick expert and  Moores Distinguished Professor in the Department of English, University of Houston

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Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body
Mar
21
to Jul 22

Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body

Artists have been attempting to replicate life from the earliest cave paintings until the present day.  Even with accurate technology such as cameras, the mystery of human thought, feeling, and action still maintains an aloofness that keeps us striving to capture it.  This exhibit hosted by the Met Breuer shows us 700 years of this attempt through sculpture.  

While viewing the human mission to capture humanity, let us consider HAL and how the scientists of 2001: A Space Odyssey's attempted to make a human- like space aid to accompany Frank and Dave on their mission to Jupiter.  In a BBC interview shown in the film, astronauts Frank and Dave even comment on how HAL seems just like another crew member.  While HAL does not look human, what has been recreated is tone of voice, realistic conversational ability, and even some human emotions like jealousy and rage.  

What makes us strive to recreate humanity while we are surrounded by the real thing?  Perhaps, a chance to better understand each other...

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60S VERITE AT FILM FORUM
Feb
2
to Feb 6

60S VERITE AT FILM FORUM

THROUGH THE FILMS OF THE 1960S WE CAN SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON AROUND KUBRICK AS HE WAS MAKING 2001. HOW IS 2001 A PRODUCT OF ITS TIME? MAYBE WE CAN GLEEN SOME INSIGHT THROUGH THE VERITE OF THE 60S. STANLEY HAD ALREADY MADE LOLITA IN 1962 AND DR. STRANGELOVE IN 1964. 

"Cinéma-vérité is a cinema not of mere observation but of immersive engagement. It fuses investigation with self-revelation, presence with performance—and, above all, it turns its participants into self-aware performers, both behind and in front of the camera. The Film Forum series displays the first wave of cinéma-vérité in its vast variety.” 
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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FATCAT IS AN EDUCATIONAL FILM WEBSITE. CHECK OUT THIS EPISODE ON OBSERVATIONAL DOCUMENTARY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CINEMA VERITE.

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