JR: Inside Out

Book by JR

 

After winning TED Talk’s 2011 TED Prize, which awards three individuals $100,000 towards accomplishing their “wish to change the world,” French street artist and activist JR, real identity unknown, set out on his Inside Out Project, in what would become an award-winning, global art campaign. JR: Inside Out showcases the most important works in this international project, which features enormous black-and-white portraits plastered on the sides of large city buildings, showcasing the diverse individuals who live there. Hailed by Shepard Fairey as “the most ambitious street artist working,” JR has visited cities from Paris to Palestine to the villages of Kenya and Brazil’s favelas Inside Out and has received approximately 200,000 portrait contributions. By nature, Inside Out advocates for equality and peace and encourages a spirit of idealism toward humanity. The project has also created an intended ripple effect, inspiring artists to launch campaigns in their own communities. JR: Inside Out provides an in-depth look at this revolutionary campaign as well as JR’s vision and model for activism art, featuring contributions from writers and artists such as Pharrell Williams. (Rizzoli)

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Mr. Roosevelt

Film by Noël Wells

 

Written, directed and starring Noël Wells, Mr. Roosevelt is a dark comedy about a struggling Los Angeles comedian who returns to her hometown of Austin, Texas to find that much has changed, including her ex-boyfriend and the city itself. The film also stars Nick Thune, Britt Lower, Daniella Pineda and Andre Hyland. Mr. Roosevelt won the Audience Award for Narrative Spotlight at this year’s SXSW. (Paladin)

›› ISSUE Feature: Interview with Noël Wells

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The Mighty Atom

Film by Steven Greenstein

 

This compelling passion project turned documentary from writer-director Steven Greenstein tells the extraordinary life story of his grandfather, famed Strongman Joseph Greenstein, also known as “The Mighty Atom.” Born with tuberculosis and expected not to live past his teens, he went on to become one of greatest and most unlikely Strongmen in history, overcoming insurmountable odds and harnessing the power of his body and mind to achieve the impossible. Available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play on November 14th.(SDG Films)

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Light Upon the Lake: Demo Recordings

Album by Whitney

 

Formed by musicians Max Kakecek (Smith Westerns) and Julien Ehrlich (Unknown Mortal Orchestra), Whitney is a Chicago-based indie rock band whose debut album, Light Upon the Lake (2016), released to critical acclaim last year. Their newest release, Light Upon the Lake: Demo Recordings (2017), compiles the early incarnations of Whitney’s debut songs, including the previously unreleased track for “You and Me,” a tender love song showcasing Ehlrich’s falsetto and Kakecek’s signature guitar. Having formed in 2014, Whitney has toured with the likes of Tobias Jesso Jr. and recorded with producer Jonathan Rado before embarking on an international tour of their own. Light yet soulful, Light Upon the Lake: Demo Recordings captures the raw spirit of Whitney and the energy of two talented musicians blazing a new sonic trail. (Secretly Canadian)

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Too Dumb For Suicide

by Tim Heidecker

 

Comedian, director and musician Tim Heidecker has been releasing songs about Donald Trump and American politics for several months now before compiling his new LP, Too Dumb For Suicide (2017). “Most of these songs were written and recorded quickly, with the blood still boiling from whatever indignity or absurdity had popped up on my newsfeed that day,” says Heidecker. A year after the election, Too Dumb For Suicide comprises songs of protest and disgust, written and recorded by Heidecker, produced by Jonathan Rado and featuring musicians such as Kane Ritchotte (Portugal the Man), Jordan Katz (Common Rotation) and Father John Misty. Resplendent with artwork by artist and humorist Eric Yahnker, the album’s themes include Trump’s death, white nationalist Richard Spencer, Trump’s infamous Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and nuclear war, to name a few. (JagJaguwar / Rado Records)

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Film by Martin McDonagh

 

Written by British-Irish director Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) is a dark comedy film starring Frances McDormand (Fargo). The film portrays a resolute mother who single-handedly challenges local authorities when they fail to solve her daughter’s horrific murder. The star-studded supporting cast includes Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage. After premiering to critical acclaim at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Three Billboards went on to win the People’s Choice Award from the Toronto Film Festival and nominations for this year’s British Independent Film Awards. (Fox Searchlight)

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Lady Bird

Film by Greta Gerwig

 

Lady Bird is top indie writer and director Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, starring Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Grand Budapest Hotel). Set in 2002 Northern California, Ronan plays the 17-year-old Christine McPherson, a determined Sacramento high schooler who has renamed herself “Lady Bird” as part of launching her intended persona. The movie largely follows Lady Bird’s loving but argumentative relationship with her overworked, fretful mother, as well as her love of musical theater, her two high school love interests and her looming choice regarding college. Lady Bird’s supporting cast includes Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts Lucas Hedges and Timothy Chalamet. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and has been met with rave reviews for Saorise’s performance and Gerwig’s directorial expertise. (A24)

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My Friend Dahmer

Film by Marc Meyers

 

Written and directed by Marc Meyers (How He Fell In Love), My Friend Dahmer follows serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer through his high school days, when he was a shy and awkward teen, before his notorious string of murders. The script is adapted from a 2012 graphic novel by cartoonist John “Derf” Backderf, who knew Dahmer growing up in Ohio. Starring Ross Lynch as a young Dahmer, the film also features Anne Heche (Donnie Brasco) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men). It premiered to critical acclaim at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. (Film Rise)

›› ISSUE Feature: Ross Lynch and Derf Backderf in conversation

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