Here at Noisey we’re longstanding fans of Blonde Redhead. There’s a spectral elegance and sophistication to their compositions, and remarkably, over the course of their 20 plus year career, the trio have remained as mysterious and magical as their music.
But in the video for “Deafeatist Anthem”—directed by Chiara Clemente, acclaimed for her 2008 NYC documentary Our City Dreams—singer Kazu gives us a little bit more of a glimpse into BR’s world. It combines an artful live performance of said song, shot at Bowery Ballroom, and it’s preceded by the singer at home, discussing their life on the road and the band as “a single cell unit.” Vice
The Cannes Grand Prix-Winner Talks Love, Chance and Celluloid with Fellow Director Chiara Clemente
Touted as the pioneer of a renaissance in Italian cinema, director Matteo Garrone takes us through the shadowy streets of his native Rome and into an intimate card game in this new film by Chiara Clemente. Since his rise to prominence after winning the Sacher d’Oro award for the short Silhouette in 1996, Garrone has become known and feted internationally for the 2008 film Gomorrah, the nuanced chronicle of the Casalesi clan—a faction of Naples’ notorious Camorra—that earned him multiple Best Director awards while unveiling tensions and intimacies between the Italian government and the country’s organized crime syndicates. His latest work, Reality, takes on the world of the ubiquitous television genre. In anticipation of its release, Garrone opened up his life in the Italian capital to filmmaker Clemente, whose own acclaimed work includes the Sundance Channel’s Beginnings as well as the series Made Here: Performing Artists on Work and Life in New York City. Clemente was a fan of Garrone’s when she began working on today’s short, having been entranced and inspired after seeing The Embalmer as a recent film school grad, yet she quickly found they had more in common than their chosen profession. “I discovered shortly after we started talking that his mother took amazing photographs of my mother when she was very young and a theater actress,” muses the director. “Here I was doing a portrait of him, and his mother had done a similar thing with my mother more than 30 years before.” Interlacing the multicultural surrounds of Garrone’s city with his love of sensuality and the at times unpredictable game of poker, Clemente’s intimate portrait reveals that “the most exciting moments in a documentary happen by chance.”
It stars with two of Chiara’s oldest friends, Mirabelle and Melia Marden, who were a big part of her early beginnings making films.
Mark Ulriksen is a San Francisco-based artist and illustrator whose instantly recognizable portraits and whimsical take on life have led to projects for a variety of major clients. He specializes in figurative work that blends humor and darkness with psychological insight. After initially working for 13 years as a graphic designer and magazine art director, Mark went through a relatively early mid-life crisis and gave up a world of monthly deadlines for a world of weekly ones, pursuing a new career as a freelance illustrator and artist.
Mark Ulriksen is very well known for his work for The New Yorker, where he has been a regular contributor since 1993, with over 60 magazine covers to his credit.
Photograph by Sarah Soquel Morhaim
Akiko is a three time Key Art / CLIO Award winner, a two time SXSW Best Film Poster Award winner, a Golden Trailer Award winner and an International Epica Award winner. In November 2014, she was invited to do an installation at The Standard Hotel. Her “Bad Milo” poster was featured on the Conan Show, she was handpicked by Roman Polanski for a carte blanche illustrated poster exploration for his latest film, she was the judge of PRINT Magazine’s 2012 Annual Hand Drawn Competition, was a 2012 SXSW panelist for “Art & Advertising : Two Sides of the One Sheet”, was deemed “Poster Girl” by Interview Magazine, Creative Review Magazine dedicated their January 2011 Monograph zine solely to her illustrated movie posters after naming her as “Ones to Watch in 2011”, her work was featured in PRINT Magazine’s “Movie Pictures” article showcasing celebrated modern movie poster designers, her participation in Spain’s Avalon Blu-Ray DVD Artists Series was personally approved and celebrated by directors Michael Haneke and David Lynch, she was grouped into Cole Haan’s 2010 “Inspired Life” fashion story showcasing artists in New York and Los Angeles, and her illustrated poster for “Funny Games” was a Key Art Award finalist for best horror poster, was featured at the Annual Type Convention, and took both #1 spots on The Auteurs Movie Posters of the Decade list, and Australia’s Stale Popcorn Top Posters of the Decade.
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