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K&S Interview: Mauro Shampoo director Cunha Lima

Rachel Markus, Director of Kicking & Screening,  sent us interviews with several of the  filmmakers whose work is being shown as part of the Kicking & Screening Soccer Film Fest at MASS MoCA on April 23 & 24. First up is Leonardo Cunha Lima, director of “Mauro Shampoo: Soccer Player Hairdresser and Macho,” screening as part of the Soccer Shorts on April 24.

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How did you find out about Mauro Shampoo?

It is an interesting tale because I was borne in Recife, the city where Mauro and the Ibis football team are from. But I had never heard about them while I lived there. During the 80’s when Ibis became famous for loosing during three consecutive years, I was in England where my parents were doing their PhDs. Later I moved to Rio de Janeiro to attend film school, and one night I was telling a friend about what kind of film I would like to make. Tim Burton had just made his Ed Wood film about the worst American filmmaker, and I told this friend that the right thing to do would be to make a film about football as its the only thing that all Brazilians love, but that I would not be keen to make a film about the best Brazilian team or player or the World Cup, like the films that everyone else was making. My football film would be about the worst team ever. My friend then just smiled and said, yeah like making a film about Ibis would be funny. That was the first time I heard about the team. When I urged him to tell me more about Ibis, the story just blew by mind. Here was a perfect subject for a documentary about Brazil and football, a rather funny and at the same time moving picture about the true Brazil and as it would be about football everyone, would be interested in seeing it. I could not believe that no one had ever done a documentary about it yet. At the time I was living in Rio de Janeiro, which was very far from Recife, so I waited for the right time to be able to go back to Recife to make the film. This little wait took around 10 years, and in the meantime I meet Paulo and for whom I worked as an AD in a short film and when I told about the Ibis project we decided to make it together.

We first heard about Mauro Thorp while viewing old Globo News broadcasts about the Ibis as research material for the feature documentary we intended to make about the team. Mauro Shampoo was incredibly funny, and we realized we had our star for the feature. In the end we were not able to lock down the financing to make a feature film. That’s when I told Paulo that we should just go to Recife by ourselves to make the necessary connections and conduct on-site research about the team as we were dealing with an utterly unwritten history. My main idea was actually to make a short film along side the research thereby making the unfinanced trip worthwhile. By shooting a short film about Mauro Shampoo, which later we could use as part of the feature film and the possible subsequent success of the short in international film festivals could be used to get funding for the feature documentary about the Ibis Sport Club. I arrived in Recife and took a borrowed camera to film the preliminary interview with Mauro, just so we would have an audio record of his story to later plan the film around it. But this first interview was so electrifying that we could not recreate that first spark again, so most of the film’s scenes of him in his barber salon talking to the camera were taken from that very first meeting.

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Posted March 18, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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Video Vortex 3-12-10

Video Vortex = a weekly installment of our favorite videos from MASS MoCA artists and trailers for upcoming events, plus a few random viral creations as well.

Jones Street Station

I’m starting this week’s Video Vortex off with a great video of the Jones Street boys from guitarkadia.

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Inspired by the lyric “Won’t you walk with me/ underneath the pine trees” from the JSS song Evergreen I’ve found the next three pine tree You Tube gems for your enjoyment!

Pine tree reproduction

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Pine tree painting

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Annoying pine tree song

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Fraude: Mexico 2006

Check out the trailer for our next film from the Lie! Cheat! Steal! & Fake It! Documentary Series. Fraude: Mexico 2006 “has been drawing big crowds and generating controversy [in Mexico]. Mandoki’s film stirs up deep emotions. Standing ovations and shouting matches are not uncommon in the 230 theaters where it is showing.” – New York Times

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Cheers,

Brittany

Posted March 12, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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Black Grace is to Petronio as….

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Berkshire denizens were lucky to have the opportunity last week to see Black Grace perform at Williams College’s ’62 Center. It was an amazing performance and Meredith, a former dance student who now spends her days working as part of our performing arts department, was struck by the connections between Black Grace’s performance and our upcoming show on April 9 and 10 by Stephen Petronio Dance Company. We asked her to write it down for us and here’s what she told us.

Both Neil Ieremia of Black Grace and Stephen Petronio use dance to explore the mixing of fashion and design with a dazzling sense of physicality that results in relentless complexities of form. Working with weather as a metaphor and source of inspiration, each choreographer utilizes a sort of scientific aesthetic — duets fold into groups, into clusters, into storms of movement that, though depersonalized by abstraction, leave the viewer feeling emotional and united with the dancers despite their epic virtuosity.

Neil Ieremia looked at weather as a metaphor for human migration and the emotional correlations one can imagine from the quote included in his program notes: “I have always believed in the spirit of the Long White Cloud that embraces everyone equally. But after reading these claims and reviewing passages of my personal journey, I realise the Long White Cloud has become dark in places and it feels like a storm is breaking.”

This combination of clustered spatial patterns and dynamic energetic and tempo shifts resulted in a humanist resolution of the conflict spurred by racist claims of an economist, Greg Clydesdale, who warns that Polynesians display “significant and enduring under achievement” – a problem he believes immigration is making worse

Petronio approaches weather as a force to be reckoned with. He sees the relentless capacities of weather as a reflection of the storms his company has weathered through its 25-year history, and looks forward to the rolling waves with anticipation and accomplishment. Like a howling sea captain, Petronio shows his true colors and creating a new work rather than a retrospective; this fearless choreographer is certainly not ready to rest on his laurels ( though there are plenty).

Each show offers a tri-fold combination of formal beauty, impressive virtuosity and epic explorations of humanity through dance — what I believe to be the most human form. By exploring weather, a subject that constantly reminds us how much we are at its mercy yet that we influence through our every action, in a form that is so tied to what we can control, our own bodies, both choreographers offer you a restless sense of empathy and connection to the performance.

Just another reason why dance so awesome.

Did you see Black Grace? What did you think?

Posted March 12, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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Additional Shackleton show added — Yippee!

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We sold out the 8 PM 69 S: Shackleton Project showing but are delighted the Jessica and Eric figured out a way to offer an additional showing for you at 4 PM. There are still tickets available to that but don’t wait til the last minute to buy. They are going fast!

Photos give you a sneak peak at the marionettes (and their charming footwear).

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Posted March 11, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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Waaaaaay below the Mason Dixon Line

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Check Phantom Limb’s website for some really cool pics of Jessica Grindstaff and Eric Sanko’s trip to Antarctica.

69° South: The Shackleton Project work-in-progress showing happens on Saturday, March 13. Tickets are going fast and the house is intimate in Club B-10 so don’t wait until the last minute to buy if you want to come.

Posted March 5, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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Video Vortex 3/5

Video Vortex = a weekly installment of our favorite videos from MASS MoCA artists and trailers for upcoming events, plus a few random viral creations as well.

Grace Potter

GPN perform a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” at the Burlington Waterfront Show in 2009. A recorded version of the song is featured on Almost Alice, a collection of tracks inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland.

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Shackleton

Here is a little blurb about a recent discovery of something the Shackleton expedition left behind.

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Jones Street Station

They may look like lambs, but they rock like lions….

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From the fans

When I posted GPN’s White Rabbit video over on our facebook page, one of our fans commented with a link to a video of  the original. What are your thoughts? How do GPN stack up JA?

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Happy Friday,

Brittany

Posted March 5, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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