Upcoming Screenings

cover_thehumanscale“The Human Scale”, Directed by Andreas M. Dalsgaard

January 15 2015, 7:30pm (doors 7pm)

SMoCA Lounge at SMoCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art)

7373 East 2nd Street (Scottsdale Civic Center), Scottsdale AZ

$7.00 admission-advance tickets available at SMoCA front desk or call 480-874-4666

Sponsored by SMoCA and Sechler CPA PC (http://www.azcpa.com)

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxywJRJVzJs

50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, by 2050 it will be 80%. Cities have become the primary human habitat. According to revolutionary Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl, if we are to make cities sustainable and livable for people we must re-imagine the very foundations of modern urban planning.

Rather than examining buildings and urban structures themselves, Gehl and his team meticulously study the in-between spaces of urban life, the places where people meet, interact, live, and behave.

How do the spaces that surround us enhance or disturb our interactions with others? How can we make our streets more accessible by foot or bike?

Through his world acclaimed work, Gehl has been leading a revolution in urban planning that has been transforming cities worldwide. From the expanded pedestrian spaces in New York’s Union Square, to Copenhagen’s famed bike lanes, to the rebuilding of earthquake devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, Gehl’s team bring real solutions that promise a more humanistic dimension to cities where people are not displaced by congested streets, skyscrapers, and the car-centric urbanism of the 1960s and ’70s.

Stunningly photographed, THE HUMAN SCALE travels around the world to explore how Gehl and other like minded designers, city planners, and urban activists have begun to transform such cities as as New York, Beijing, Christchurch, and London.

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Film Series: Fabergé-A Life of Its Own  

Tuesday January 20th at 7:00 pm,

Arizona Opera Center

1636 N. Central Ave, Phoenix AZ 85004

Free Admission, but must reserve in advance

Join us for the Arizona premiere of this fast-paced, feature-length documentary. This film tells the epic story of the Fabergé name and charts the development and history of this famous brand from Imperial Russia to present-day America. Filled with never-before-seen footage, you will be taken on a journey through 150 years of Russian history. From the famous Easter eggs to American aftershave, the story of Fabergé is as interesting and complex as the culture it has come to represent. Popcorn and drinks available for purchase!

Stay after the screening to participate in a panel discussion.  Reserve your spot at https://www.azopera.org/russian-cultural-festival-registration-form?wssl=1.

Film Screening: Russian Ark  

Thursday January 22th at 7:00 pm,

Arizona Opera Center

1636 N. Central Ave, Phoenix AZ 85004

Tucson date, time and location TBD  

Free Admission, but must reserve in advance

This award-winning film holds the record for the longest, single shot in cinematic history. This film takes the audience on a journey through the Winter Palace and explores 300 years of Russian history. Prepare for Eugene Onegin with this stunning fantasia about the beauty and fragility of Imperial Russia. Popcorn and drinks available for purchase!  Stay after the screening to participate in a panel discussion. Reserve your spot at https://www.azopera.org/russian-cultural-festival-registration-form?wssl=1

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levitatedmass_poster“Levitated Mass”, a film by Doug Pray

Thursday, February 12 2015, 7:30pm (doors 7pm)

SMoCA Lounge at SMoCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art)

7373 East 2nd Street (Scottsdale Civic Center), Scottsdale AZ

$7.00 admission-advance tickets available at SMoCA front desk or call 480-874-4666

Sponsored by SMoCA and Sechler CPA PC (http://www.azcpa.com)

TRAILER-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD_6az-OI_A

Synopsis:

LEVITATED MASS is the story of a rock star, the artist behind the sensation, a $10 million, 22 city tour, and the international media storm that ensued.

Prominently displayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), land artist Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass gained worldwide recognition during its installation in 2012.

Over 10 nights, a 340-ton solid granite boulder crawled through Southern California neighborhoods on a 294-foot-long, 206-wheeled trailer. Thousands of people came out to watch it travel through their communities. It is one of the only pieces of art in recent history to inspire such a reaction in pop culture. The film masterfully interweaves this artist’s biography, the dreams of a major museum, and the uniting of a city, examining the perennial question: what is art?

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shieldandspear_01“Shield and Spear”, directed by Petter Ringbom

Thursday, March 5 2015, 7:30pm (doors 7pm)

SMoCA Lounge at SMoCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art)

7373 East 2nd Street (Scottsdale Civic Center), Scottsdale AZ

 $7.00 admission-advance tickets available at SMoCA front desk or call 480-874-4666

Sponsored by SMoCA and Sechler CPA PC (http://www.azcpa.com)

TRAILER-http://vimeo.com/92181690

THE FILM

In the changing political climate of South Africa a revolution is taking place as artists, musicians and designers tackle issues of politics, race and history. This newest film by director Petter Ringbom follows some of the most recognized artists in South Africa today, exploring what it means to live and work in the new democracy.

Artist Brett Murray’s painted caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma results in a lawsuit and death threats. Photographer and activist Zanele Muholi’s work exposes hate crimes in the LGBT community. The Smarteez design collective creates international styles while running a free after-school program for kids. Musician Xander Ferreira of Gazelle parades on stage as a character based on an archetypal African dictator.

“Shield and Spear presents intimate stories about the artists, art, music, identity, race and freedom of expression in South Africa 20 years into democracy.”
Heather Haynes, Hot Docs

Shield and Spear features the contemporary South African artists and musicians; Brett Murray, BLK JKS, Zanele Muholi, Gazelle, The Brother Moves On, Yolanda Fyrus, Fokofpolisiekar, and The Smarteez. The film also has appearances by Ferial Haffajee, DJ Invizable, Motel Mari, Lloyd Gedye, Atiyyah Khan, Milisuthando Bongela, Iman Rappetti, and Charl Blignaut.

Directed by Petter Ringbom, produced by Alysa Nahmias, executive produced by Marquise Stillwell and Christophe Charlier.

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“Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler”, directed by Jake Gorst

Saturday, April 18 2015, time TBD

Stage Two, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

(In conjunction with Modern Phoenix Expo)

7380 East 2nd Street (Scottsdale Civic Center), Scottsdale AZ

$7.00 admission-details soon

Sponsored by SMoCA , Woodesign(http://Woodesign.us) and Sechler CPA PC (http://www.azcpa.com)

TRAILER-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4uzILDWos8

THE FILM

During the 1950s and 60s, Donald Wexler pioneered commercial and residential construction using steel and prefabrication. He applied his groundbreaking techniques and unique style to projects for clients such as Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, the Alexander Construction Company and Walt Disney World Resort. Wexler’s designs for public buildings in the Coachella Valley of California, including the dramatic Palm Springs Airport, served as both soaring and practical models for other municipalities to emulate. Today Donald Wexler’s work is garnering new appreciation worldwide and providing inspiration for a new generation of architects.