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5 May 2008
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See the full interview in high quality here: that. Bumping into Mike Mills in a town called Eindhoven in the South of Holland. It happened to our crew who were there to shoot a Pretty Cool People Interview with Miranda July. Mike was accompanying Miranda to Holland for her show at art space MU. While Miranda was busy taking care of her show, we took Mike to the local skate park for a chat. Mike's eyes twinkle as he gazes on down on the skating kids in the indoor wooden park. A perfect location to get him to talk about his work. Mike Mills is now an accomplished graphic designer and director. Besides making music videos, he directed his first feature fiction (Thumbsucker) in 2005, followed by a feature documentary in 2007 (Does Your Soul Have A Cold?). But his creative roots are in the subcultures of punk rock and skateboarding. It's the attitude of punk rock that he loves, which is all about changing the rules constantly, about switching your style and about breaking down people's expectations, explains Mike. He still tries to do those things in his work today. Mike is part of a generation of directors that emerged in the ninetees including Spike Jonze, Roman and Sophia Coppola, Michel Gondry and their peers. They are now regarded as important innovators, who re-invented the music video and later went on to score successes in Hollywood directing feature films. Mike exploded onto the international scene with his original music promos for the French band AIR's first album. His promos for "Kelly", "All I Need" and "Sexy Boy" are legendary and it's hard to separate the music from the visuals now. After the success of the AIR videos, Mike could have been directing for major bands and artists, but instead he chose freedom and independence -- only directing and designing for products and people that he can relate to, which is a very fortunate position to be in for any designer. As a graphic designer, music video and film director, Mike continues to innovate himself, churning out new and inspired stuff all the time, no matter what medium he works in. So enjoy the interview in which Mike reveals his 'recipe' for creating an interesting music video. See the full interview in high quality here:
15 Nov 2008
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Pretty Cool People Interviews are short and sweet 7-minute interviews. See them all at: met Taikia Waititi at the 2007 Film Festival Rotterdam, where he presented his first feature film, 'Eagle vs Shark' - an offbeat romantic comedy featuring two socially inept misfits. The soft spoken and romantic Lily, who works the counter at a fastfood chain, has a secret crush on Jarrod, a tough looking geek/hero wannabe who works at the local electronics store. Jarrod doesn't show any interest in Lily at first. But then Lily beats everyone at a Fightman Kill-A-Thon video game tournament at a costume party at Jarrod's house. 'Eagle Vs Shark' is a sensitive film, made with a great eye for detail and respect for the characters. Taika's New Zealand style humor - comedy mixed with tragedy and pain is refreshing. Interview by Alexander Oey.
19 Sep 2009
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More Pretty Cool People Interviews at: July was a prolific performance and video artist in the 1990s who stepped into the mainstream limelight when her 2005 film Me and You and Everyone We Know became an international hit. But instead of being in a hurry do a second feature film, Miranda has been "in a hurry to do everything else". Like making exhibitions featuring the delicate and personal do-it-yourself art from the ever-expanding Learning To Love You More web project. We met Miranda at MU, an art space in Eindhoven, a few hours before the opening of the exhibition. Miranda July is the first in a new series of Pretty Cool People Interviews. Coming up next: Mike Mills, Lou Ye, Erwin Wurm, Olivier Marquézy and Lou Reed, to name but a few...
26 Nov 2008
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Pretty Cool People Interviews are short and sweet 7-minute interviews. See them all at: lovely and uber-talented Anna Biller shocked and surprised audiences everywhere with her instant classic, high-camp (s)exploitation flick 'Viva'. In his PCP Interview Anna talks about her many inspirations, such as 70s textures and fabrics, polyester, wood panelling, Playboy cartoons, and why it's so strange to be a woman. This is Pretty Cool People Interviews are short and sweet 7-minute interviews.
28 Nov 2008
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It was this shock of the new that led to many a trespassing adventure and a lifelong fascination for graffiti. "One day a young boy said to me: ‘why don’t you photograph graffiti?’ He opened his note book and showed me his drawings. The minute I understood that there was a systematic designing and painting on the wall I became fascinated." Photojournalist Martha Cooper was one of the first to recognize the creative power of the New York graffiti scene. In the seventies she started photographing the first generation of spray can artists, now three decades later she is called the Grande Dame of Hip Hop Documentation and has produced a series of much celebrated photo books like Street Play and Hip Hop Files. We talked to Martha Cooper about the early days, about the excitement of going into the railway yards at night, about the way graffiti was used as a secret language between the different NY boroughs. The pictures shown during the interview come from her first book Subway Art, which she published together with that other famous chronicler of street life, Henry Chalfant. One of her latest projects is We B*Girlz in which she presents strong, smart, independent B-Girlz and other Hip Hop females as role models for upcoming generations and to show everyone that there is a significant place for women in this worldwide culture. In addition, We B*Girlz wants to preserve the history of women in Hip Hop by encouraging everyone to collect and archive materials from back in the days and to document the scene as it exists now. Pretty Cool People Crew: Interview: Sarah Domogala, Camera/Sound: Steffen Haars, Editing: Niels de Roos & Geert van de Wetering
3 Dec 2008
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14 May 2009
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This video features Sam Davidson, a founder of Cool People Care, discussing why programs such as Tom's of Maine's "50 States for Good" are so important to communities today. Davidson is lending his voice to this effort to help shine the light on the positive change grassroots organizations are making everyday. 50 States for Good program celebrates and rewards non-profits whose efforts are focused on lasting, positive change. Tom's of Maine will open up its funding process to the broader community and have a public vote to direct $100,000 towards projects that help us take care of each other and the world we share. 50 States for Good is open to all qualifying 501 (c)(3) organizations and they can apply and find more details at www.50statesforgood****. After the submission phase, online voting by the public will determine which five projects will receive $20,000 each. Voting begins in mid-September at *******www.tomsofmaine**** Sam's organization, Cool People Care, is dedicated to motivating individuals to change their world and is located at www***olpeoplecare****.
11 Jun 2009
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11 Mar 2007
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Q: Dont you feel bad when you eat cute animals? A: Very. Q: If you had a third arm, what would you do with it? A: Well, I would grab more food and then eat much more. Q: Are food and happiness connected? A: Yes. It´s strange, serious and sometimes hilarious questions like these, that French illustrator and graphic designer Genevieve Gauckler has made up by the dozens for her exhibition Food Chain. The show consists of beautiful prints with funny and sweet characters and their obsession with eating. The title, Genevieve explains, is ambiguous: it expresses on the one hand the thought that through food all living beings are connected with each other, on the other side it makes clear that these ties can become chains. In other words: we can be captivated by our own consumerism. Gauckler: `Good ideas come when you merge two elements that dont belong together. That way you can create something interesting.´ This double meaning is translated in very colourful images, with simple potato-shaped figures who eat food, digest food, excrete food, throw up food or lack food. They pose questions that make you laugh and make you think about our sometimes perverse relation with food. Q: Is Genevieve Gauckler a good, friendly and funny artist? A: Definitely! Pretty Cool Crew: Interview: Geert van de Wetering, Camera: Niels de Roos, Editing: Ben de Loenen. Thanks to: Angelique Spaninks, MU, Eindhoven.
15 Nov 2008
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See the full interview in high quality here: in Brazil and based in Barcelona, he combines the best of both worlds. Tom14 is a street artist in more than one way. He works on the streets, sometimes literally on the surface of the road, but besides this, his work is also deals with the rights on the street. It's all about reclaiming the streets from real estate investors who make large profits from urban planning projects and do nothing about improving the situation for the local people. Tom14 takes getting this message out there very seriously, without getting all pessimistic and depressed. His art is a celebration of urban life with bright colors and an iconography that reveals his Latin-American background. We met with the multi-talented Tom14 (he's also a musicinan) as he and his fellow urban conquistadores were preparing an exhibition in galery La Montana in Barcelona. See the full interview in high quality here:
14 Nov 2008
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See the full interview in high quality here: wounds, rabid bats, decrepit corpses and oozing crevasses, welcome in the macabre world of Studio DDT, a Barcelona based company that produces state-of-the-art special effects. It is run now by David Marti and Montse Ribe. They experienced some terrifying times but managed to claw their way back to life. Now, they are responsible for one of the most mind-boggling characters in special effects, El Fauno, from Pan's Labyrinth. But that's not the only terrifying specimen these creative geniuses have spawned. Their past is filled with such freighting successes as Darkness and the American breakthrough, Hellboy. Can you recall the horrors of Darkness? Do you have visions of Hellboys hair-raising face? As you can imagine Montse is no stranger to hard work and doesn't shy away from a challenge. She started out as a student at DDT's school, and now runs the place. Of course, she still actually gets her hands dirty, working on the make-up, costumes, masks and props. "I always liked to draw fantasy figures and imagine them. And I always wished that they were real and that I could talk to them. The only way to see and touch them and talk to them is by doing this kind of work." All their hard work paid off. Having received an Oscar for Pan's Labyrinth, Montse goes on to say; "We really suffered, as it was very difficult and we had very little time. And we didn't have a very large budget. We really didn't expect to get an Oscar for this movie. For every movie we gave all we had, always trying to do the best we can. But we never thought that a movie made here in Spain would ever make us win an Oscar. So all that suffering has been forgotten." As wonderful as this al sounds, DTT Efectos Especiales does suffer from one foul flaw. "We have this small defect, which is fine for directors but not for us, as we always do more than they pay us for. We do it because we really like it and we want to make the director as happy as possible. So we always go a little bit further. It's not wise from a business point of view. But on the other hand it makes us happier." It's made us happier too. Note to future directors: Don't dare exploit DDT's goodwill. They have an army of very scary creatures so beware. See the full interview in high quality here:
4 Sep 2009
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