Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Worth a Look

Here are some posts from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time...

Must Watch: Lana Wachowski Speaks About What It Means to Be Transgendered

Women and Hollywood: What ever happens with Cloud Atlas (which opens this Friday) what Lana Wachowski has done in coming out as a transgendered person will go down as a seminal moment in Hollywood culture. She is a high profile successful action director talking about being transgendered and gay, in a town where there are hardly any women directors who do action and hardly any people who talk about being transgendered. Fucking gutsy.

Diversity Must Not Compromise Artistic Vision, According to Artistic Directors

backstage.com: Los Angeles theater executives are mulling whether a director’s artistic vision is compromised by a push for diversity. Critics have said Asian-American, African-American, and Latino actors have limited opportunities on American stages despite the country’s growing diversity. On Oct. 22, East West Players (EWP), an Asian-American theater organization based in Los Angeles, held a forum on race politics which brought out some of the top artistic directors in Southern California.


Hasso-Plattner-Institut: Constructable is an interactive drafting table that produces precise physical output in every step. Users interact by drafting directly on the workpiece using a hand-held laser pointer. The system tracks the pointer, beautifies its path, and implements its effect by cutting the workpiece using a fast high-powered laser cutter.

Cloud Atlas – Epic Storytelling Created Through Epic Collaboration

Below the Line: Filmmaking is a collaborative art form, combining creative talents from the various crafts to bring the director’s vision of a script to the screen. Clocking in at close to three hours, Cloud Atlas weaves together six storylines over a time span of 500 years with a cast that plays multiple characters of various genders, ethnicities and ages. The nature of the film called for a collaboration of epic proportions between three directors, two full crews and one single editor who had to keep up with it all.

Paying a pole tax

The Daily: In New York, the tax man wants a piece of the strip club action. Jiggle joints are not exempt from paying sales taxes for admission and lap dances, the New York State Supreme Court ruled yesterday — in a case that had attracted much attention. Steve Dick, the co-owner of the all-nude Nite Moves in Latham, a suburb of state-capital Albany, fought the tax after receiving a $124,000 tax bill following an audit.

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