The Light of the Moon

Film by Jessica M. Thompson

 

The Light of the Moon tells the harrowing story of Bonnie, a New York architect coping in the aftermath of sexual assault and its ripple effect on her relationships. Written, directed and co-produced by Jessica M. Thompson, the film stars actress Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) along with actors such as Michael Stahl-David (Narcos) and Catherine Curtin (Orange Is the New Black). The film won the Audience award in the Narrative Feature Competition at this year’s SXSW and has been met with rave reviews by critics and audiences for its poignant and skillful portrayal of the effects of sexual assault. (Imagination Worldwide)

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Basic Instinct

Album by U.S. Underground

 

The new music project from Matty McLoughlin, co-founder and guitarist of The Soft Pack, U.S. Underground takes its indie pop inspiration from the loud and raw style of 1980’s Hollywood and Venice Beach. Based in Los Angeles, the duo aims to make music that would “sound cool at a house party or roller rink.” Their debut EP, Basic Instinct, is out now, and features musical collaborations with Brian Hill of Wavves and Rob Barbato of Darker My Love. The band is planning a spring 2018 tour. (Dream Recordings)

›› ISSUE Feature: Matty McLoughlin’s interview of Kurt Vile

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The Hungry Years

Book by Jack Pierson

 

New York-based artist and photographer Jack Pierson came to attention in the 90s as part of a group known as the Boston School—a circle of young photographers who met in 70s Boston before relocating to New York in the 80s and eventually becoming prominent artists. Pierson has since remained a prominent artist with his work in the collections of MoMa, the Whitney Museum of American Art and major museums worldwide. Jack Pierson: The Hungry Years compiles his early photographs taken throughout the 1980s before Pierson had emerged on the art scene. Featuring Boston School artists and friends and informed in part by the 80s AIDS epidemic, the photographs in The Hungry Years are largely autobiographical and showcase the combination of homoeroticism, seduction, glamour and traditional American motifs which have steadily underpinned Pierson’s art. (Damiani)

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Think of Scotland

Book by Martin Parr

 

Award-winning British documentary photographer, photojournalist and photobook creator Martin Parr has a knack for capturing local color while apprehending the universal thread of human eccentricity. A member of Magnum Photos since 1994, Parr has published around 40 solo books, in addition to many collaborative books, and has featured in exhibitions worldwide, including his touring exhibition, ParrWorld. His newest book, Martin Parr: Think of Scotland, accumulates 25 years of largely unpublished photographs into a comprehensive yet idiosyncratic perspective of modern-day Scotland. Think of Scotland offer an anthropological, satirical and intimate record of Scottish culture, incorporating classic iconography such as the Highland Games, landscapes and bagpipes alongside more absurd scenes. The book’s release is simultaneous with Parr’s current Think of Scotland exhibition at the newly reopened Aberdeen Art Gallery. (Damiani)

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Wonderstruck

Film by Todd Haynes

 

The latest film from critically acclaimed director Todd Haynes, Wonderstruck deftly toggles between time periods as it tells the story of a young boy in the Midwest and a young girl in New York fifty years earlier, both of whom are seeking the same mysterious connection. Adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name, the drama stars Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Oakes Fegley, and won Haynes Best Director at Cannes. (Amazon Studios)

›› ISSUE Feature: Todd Haynes in conversation with Gus Van Sant

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Film by Yorgos Lanthimos

 

A man who plays God for a living meets a boy who chooses to play Devil in this chilling and cerebral psychological thriller from lauded Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. The film, which won Best Screenplay at Cannes, marks the second collaboration between Lanthimos and Colin Farrell, following 2015’s The Lobster. This powerful and near biblical tale of unthinkable sacrifice also stars Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and newcomer Barry Keoghan. (A24)

›› ISSUE Feature: Yorgos Lanthimos interview on The Lobster

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Una

Film by Benedict Andrews

 

An American-British-Canadian drama directed by Benedict Andrews and based on the critically acclaimed play Blackbird by David Harrower, Una is a dark drama that delves into a confrontation between a woman and the man who sexually abused her when she was thirteen years old. Starring Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, and talented newcomer Ruby Stokes, this tightly focused and unflinching film embraces the dark and twisting, dealing with the long-simmering consequences and raw wounds stemming from a sexual relationship between an adult and child. At times disturbing and difficult to watch, Una paints a complex and harrowing portrait of the multi-faceted nature of abuse, featuring captivating performances from both Mara and Mendelsohn. (Film4 Productions)

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Lotta Sea Lice

Album by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

 

Australian Grammy nominee Courtney Barnett and musician Kurt Vile have announced a full-length collaborative album entitled Lotta Sea Lice. The album results from the pair’s mutual admiration of each other’s music and subsequent friendship, apparent in the personal history and humor woven into its tracks. Contributors include Mick Turner and Jim White of the Dirty Free, Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa and Aussie music icon Mick Harvey. Barnett and Vile will embark on a North American tour to perform the album as well as their respective classics, backed by their band The Sea Lice. Comprised of some of this generation’s indie elites, The Sea Lice include Stella Mozgawa, Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag, Rob Laakso from Vile’s band The Violators and musician Katie Harkin of Harkin, Sky Larkin, Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts. (Matador Records)

›› ISSUE Feature: Kurt Vile interview by Matty McLoughlin

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