New York Film Fest: Weekend Highlighted By ‘llewyn Davis’ Premiere, Star-studded Charity Concert
The film will go into limited release on Dec. 6 and the concert will air on Showtime a week later. our editor recommends New York Film Fest: New Chief Explains 2013 Picks (Q&A) Llewyn Davis had its world premiere at May’s Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Grand Prix. It then resurfaced earlier this month at the Telluride Film Festival, where the Coens and executive music producer T-Bone Burnett — with whom they teamed on The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), The Ladykillers (2004) and now this film — received a special tribute. And, on Saturday evening, it arrived in Gotham, with almost all of the creative team responsible for it on hand to take a pre-screening bow: the Coens were joined by Burnett, associate produer/singer Marcus Mumford and stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver and Alex Karpovsky, among others. (Justin Timberlake was unable to attend as he is on tour in London.) At the end of the film, the tough New York audience offered it a strong round of applause. PHOTOS: New York Film Festival 2013: 13 Movies to Know But the major fireworks were saved for Sunday evening’s sold-out concert, a portion of the proceeds from which will benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation. I’m told that the idea for it was initially raised by Burnett and the Coens — who previously put together a concert tour for O Brother — and that it was then quickly coordinated by the film’s super-producer Scott Rudin, CBS Films co-president Terry Press, CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves and Showtime chairman and CEO Matt Blank. Regardless, it’s hard to imagine that any other “pseudo-event” could have done a better job at raising awareness of and sparking excitement about the upcoming film than this event, which sold out the 1,500-seat Town Hall venue in less than 12 minutes. (Among those in attendance were Zooey Deschanel, Jesse Eisenberg, John Gallagher, Jr., Bennett Miller, D.A.
The Ark Nova, Japan’s Traveling, Inflatable Concert Hall
Follow Core77 Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe | 30 Sep 2013 | Comments (1) A couple of years ago, we looked at inflatable structures used for events and disaster relief. And exactly two weeks before that post aired, on March 11th of 2011, a devastating earthquake-tsunami combo ripped through Japan, permanently shifting the main island eight feet to the east and triggering the Fukushima disaster. While Fukushima is a problem with no end in sight, we were surprised to see a rather unusual inflatable structure is now making its way around Japan’s disaster-affected areas, for reasons of morale. Michael Haefliger may not be able to stop Fukushima, but as the artistic and executive director of the Lucerne Festival music event, he is doing what he can to mitigate the aftereffects of the disaster. “Since we at Lucerne Festival have maintained a very close relationship to Japan for many years, I felt a strong desire to make a contribution to overcoming the consequences of the catastrophe, within the scope of what we have to offer,” Haefliger told the Telegraph. His idea was to put on a roving concert in the troubled areas using a massive, traveling, inflatable concert hall. By collaborating with British artist Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, he was able to bring his vision to fruition. Next week the amazing Ark Nova, as it’s called, will have its opening weekend at the Japanese coastal town of Matsushima. The 18-meter-tall, 30-by-36-meter structure will be kitted out with pews and acoustic reflectors created from local cedar trees damaged by the tsunami, and the bulk of the structure is made from an unspecified “coated polyester material.” Boasting a capacity of 500, the Ark’s first event will be a a concert by the Sendai Philharmonic, with following days to include Kabuki performances and musical workshops for children. Those in Japan who want to keep abreast of the Ark Nova’s performance dates can do so here .