New Event added for May

foodandfilmWe’re doing a special fundraising event to support summer programming on May 5 at David Lang’s NYC loft.  Its an evening of food and film with David (who co-founded Bang on a Can and in his spare time won a Pulitzer Prize two years ago) and our fearless leader Joe as well as filmmaker Jonathan Parker.

Jonathan will show his film,  Untitled, a comic satire that’s become an indie hit since its premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2009.  The New York Times calls it an “acutely witty art world satire.”

After the film stay for takeout from Kelley & Ping and talk about what you’ve just seen.  Space is quite limited so reserve today!

Posted March 28, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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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.


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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Must see movie


If you’re headed to Sundance you should try to get tickets to Sam Taylor-Wood’s film, Nowhere Boy. ( loved it.)  Sam’s work is part of These Days: Elegies for Modern Times, currently on view through the middle of February on the second and third floors.

Posted January 28, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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Lie, Cheat, Steal and Fake it Kicks Off


David Denby wrote glowingly in The New Yorker about American Casino on September 7.  Its the first film in our Lie, Cheat, Steal and Fake It documentary series which kicks off on January 20 at 7:30 with this tale of the subprime mortgage crisis by Andrew and Leslie Cockburn.  As the New Yorker explains, “The husband-and-wife team of Leslie (director and writer) and Andrew (writer) Cockburn are veterans of many documentaries on war and nuclear proliferation. The Cockburns have finally made a movie about a nuclear disaster that actually happened—their subject is the social ecology of financial meltdown.”

Shawn Rosenheim will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion about the film and the issues it raises.

Posted January 11, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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The perils of automatic spell check


Ralph (aka Rafael) Farris from ETHEL offers a final update before their performance with La Nave de los Monstrous TONIGHT!  Tickets not available online but you can get them at the door so come on down!

Hola Amigos!

First of all, SORRY! Massive typo in my last posting. At the end, I had MEANT to write “Abrazos, Rafael”. But it looks like my spell-checker didn’t like the word “Abrazos”, and took it upon itself to write “Abrams, Rafael” instead.

…Abrams, Rafael? Wow. I’m a but wacky I know, but I ain’t THAT wacky. Anywho, moving on…

So we just had our run-thru. And it went swimmingly. Only a few page-turn problems and 3 or 4 note switcheroos, nothing really big to fix. Yay.

Again, very strange to feel so… calm.

Mary was playing drum rolls on her chin rest, Neil auditioned (and rejected!) a kazoo, Dorothy perfected her penny whistle performance, and my recorder playing has almost returned to a second grade level. Woo-hoo!

This movie is great. The music is a blast to play, Dorothy’s dance captain-ing is absolutely priceless, and the whole show is just darn good fun. We do hope y’all can come by. It’s gonna be a craaaaazy fiesta!



Posted October 30, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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Great interview about La Nave


Our good friends Larry Murray and Caleb Hiliadis at Berkshire Fine Arts and Gay in the Berkshires did an interview with ETHEL’s Ralph Farris.  We recommend the piece as a fun read AND a great primer on how to collaborate on a film score.

Posted October 27, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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