87. SHIRIN NESHAT – Magic Realism without Smiles – October 28, 2019 – (08:11)
Shirin Neshat’s exhibition at The Broad gives a voice to outsiders and exiles, and to questions of identity, alienation, political oppression, and religious fervor. She captures depth from the subjects of her photographic portraits and creates films and videos of high quality. The uniqueness of her work derives from a feminine sensitivity and understanding of ancient cultures. In doing so, she opens for the Western World a window to look at the other, beyond itself.
86. ¡SÍ, SE PUEDE! – August 28, 2019 – (18:36)
This film is about what women in architecture and politics are contributing to change the world. The images support the actions of several courageous women in action. The title ¡SÍ SE PUEDE! is borrowed from the slogan created by Dolores Huerta and later adopted by President Obama as YES, WE CAN.
85. Bernie in Long Beach +… – August 10, 2019 – (21:36)
An illustration of some of Bernie Sanders’ ideas and agenda. It includes some segments of Joe Rogan’s interview with him.
84. Nancy’s Farm in LA – July 24, 2019 – (03:00)
Nancy’s rescued friends include two goats, Thelma and Louise, Richard the Rooster (who can sometimes be a dick) and a pig named Kevin. She also owns a dog named Maxine,
and Slick, a rescue horse, which she rides frequently.
83. Serpentine L.A. and Beyond – July 17, 2019 – (06:55)
The playful Serpentine L.A. Pavilion, designed by Spanish architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano, brings a smile to an area characterized by an eclectic architectural mix. It is experimental and delivers and important message not only as an immersion into artful space but also to developing countries that must combine low budgets with self-help to confront some of their needs.
82. Off-leash in Long Beach – July 2, 2019 – (03:08)
This short documentary is a vignette of the city’s Rosie’s Dog Beach. It is also a metaphor for human needs to meet and mix in a natural setting.
81. Venice Art Walk 2019 – As We Saw It – May 30, 2019. (9:22)
Venice is the hometown of many artists and remains a place of attraction for many art lovers. Once a year, the Venice Family Clinic organizes the Venice Art Walk and fund-raising silent auction. This short documentary illustrates a visit to eight artists’ studios: Laddy John Dill, Elisabeth Orleans, Tanja Skala, Greg Falk, Alejandro Gehry, Natasha Maidoff, Sandy Bleifer, and Natasa Prosenc Stearns.
80. Black Power Art – March 26, 2019 / (14:37)
Black Power Art was inspired by The Broad’s new exhibition in Los Angeles, “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983.” It is intended to be an eye-opener, not just to the work of African-American artists during a crucial period of self-assertion, but also to echo African American art today.
79. Marcello Guido: Architecture in Motion – March 5, 2019 / (06:52)
From Calabria, in the southern tip of Italy, architect Marcello Guido sends a powerful message of “architecture in motion” expressed in concrete, steel, and glass. His poetry generates continuously changing perceptions of space.
78. AS We Saw It – Coda: Israel Vignettes – January 12, 2019 / (23:37)
Israel Vignettes links a complex past with a vibrant, future-oriented present. It shows booming construction, a flourishing new generation, tragedies of wars and the Holocaust through avant-garde architecture, an exclusive interview about survival in Transnistria, and a humorous reenacting of our first meeting as students of architecture at the Technion, in Haifa.
77. As We Saw It – Part 7: Emotional Rome – December 25, 2018 / (19:32)
Emotional Rome is partially autobiographical. Some aspects of the city’s qualities are observed from a personal point of view. It includes associations with people, architecture, art, and filmmaking that influenced who we are.
76. As We Saw It – Part 6: Berlin 2 – Shifting Art Tips – December 8, 2018 / (7:26)
With an atmosphere buzzing with creative energy, no serious member of the contemporary art world can stay away from Berlin for long. It’s become an essential stop on the art circuit, acting as a junction between east and west. Berlin 2: Shifting Art Tips presents some fragments of the city’s art scene today.
75. As We Saw It – Part 5: Berlin 1 – Architecture – November 27, 2018 / (26:13)
Part 5 of “As We Saw It” focuses on several contemporary architectural works of significance. These include Foster’s Reichstag, Libeskind’s Jewish Museum, Gehry’s DZ Bank, Eisenman’s Holocaust Memorial, Helmut Jahn’s Sony Center, Renzo Piano’s Potsdamer Patz, I. M. Pei’s Museum of German Culture and Hans Scharoun’s Philharmonie. Some important events of Germany’s recent history are presented as a background.
- As We Saw It – Part 4: Brushing Art in Paris – November 11, 2018 / (16:47)
Brushing Art in Paris is a personal potpourri of art in Paris seen during the summer of 2018. By no means academic, the focus was on alternatives to the classical tourist visits (Louvre, Orsay, etc.) Our choices included the Palais de Tokyo, the Petit Palais, the Museum of Modern Art, L’Orangerie, the Guimet Museum of Asian Arts, The Museum Picasso, and much more.
- As We Saw It – Part 3: Paris Green Urbanity – October 28, 2018 / (23:10)
Once again Paris leads the way to a greener, more humane urbanity. With its eyes set into the future, we can see through three concrete examples how it is possible to integrate landscape design, urban farming, architecture, and the arts; and also how Paris’ Mayor, Anne Hidalgo is moving ahead blending political will with grassroots aspirations.
72. As We Saw It – Part 2: Paris Builds – September 29, 2018 / (23:10)
Four recently completed architectural send powerful messages of what is possible to elevate the quality of life in the city. Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation, Renzo Piano’s Foundation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé and the new Paris Palais de Justice, and the Canopy of Les Halles, designed by architects Patrick Berger and Jacques Anziutti, are shown in detail.
- As We Saw It – Part 1-A: Parisians Paris – September 11, 2018 / (17:34)
Parisians Paris is the first in a series of work-in-progress short documentaries centered around the question “what makes cities great?” In this part, we cover some aspects of the city’s daily life: its markets, its public transportation, its streets. Future parts will cover Paris’ recent architecture, spaces for people and art. Similarly, coming documentaries will also cover Berlin and Rome.
- Zevi – June 11, 2018 / (20:53)
MAXXI’s celebration of Bruno Zevi’s 100th birthday with an exhibition of his prolific production as a historian and critic of architecture, who influenced many of the world’s best architects of his time, poses an important question: can Zevi’s ideas, today, help young people to become finer architects in the creation of a better tomorrow? This video tries to give, through Zevi’s own words, a visual answer.
- Wim Wenders’ Humanism – May 29, 2018 / (14:23)
This short documentary is a tribute to Wim Wenders. Why did the Vatican or Pope Francis himself choose Wim Wenders to produce a documentary on the Argentinean pope? It was not only because of Wenders’ skills as a filmmaker, photographer, painter, playwright, and author. It was, above all, because of the humanism embedded in his work.
- From Six Million to Seventy Years Cut – April 25, 2018 – (06:46)
This film is an abbreviated version of “From Six Million to Seventy Years,” posted in https://vimeo.com/265090949. It offers a personal viewpoint on the relationship between the Shoah, the State of Israel celebrating its 70th birthday, and the power of architecture to transform the environment. Conscious of the conflicting narratives between Judaism-Zionism on one side, and Islam-Arab-Palestinian on the other, this documentary brings selected images to remind the Shoah, clips showing the resurgence of Islamofascist anti-Semitism, and images of Israel’s life and architecture today.
- From Six Million to Seventy Years – April 17, 2018 / (39:49)
This film offers a personal viewpoint on the relationship between the Shoah, the State of Israel celebrating its 70th birthday, and the power of architecture to transform the environment. Conscious of the conflicting narratives between Judaism-Zionism on one side, and Islam-Arab-Palestinian on the other, the first half of this documentary brings selected images to remind the Shoah, some personal testimonials, and clips showing the resurgence of Islamofascist anti-Semitism, a “leprosy of the spirit,” as Bernard-Henri Lévy called it. The second half shows many images of Israel’s life and architecture today as an extraordinary “human laboratory” to change the world for the better.
- Passover Personal Stories – April 5, 2018 / 01:12:52
A multi-generational gathering for Passover’s First Seder brings us many personal stories at times funny, at times sad. They all traverse cultural and age barriers in search of a better humanity. Hosted by Veronica and Paris Nourafchan in Los Angeles, young and senior guests exchange anecdotes from Iran, the Netherlands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Romania, Ukraine, Israel, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Tunis, Malesia, Canada and the United States of America. The story of the Exodus from Egypt gets blended with stories of love and tragedy, of stories from the Holocaust and antisemitism today, without forgetting the sorrows of others.
- Jasper Johns and Vanguard Art Today – March 20, 2018 / 35:34
- Jasper Johns in L.A. and Vanguard Today – March 19, 2018 / 14:25
The exhibition at The Broad of Jasper Johns’ work as an artist at the Vanguard of art in the 1960’s poses some questions: What is vanguard art today? Who are “today’s Jasper Johns” working within the present reality? Is there an equivalent in architecture? This documentary tries to establish a link between one of the most important artists of the 1960s avant-garde, and some of today’s avant-garde artists in multiple disciplines and media: painting, sculpture, film, video-art, choreography, architecture. It provides a stimulant example for the young generation of artists.
My Green Journey – February 5, 2018 / (19:07)
Architect Ruth Meghiddo’s path to urban farming shows how sustainability can be improved by creating eatable gardens close to our homes. Combining earthy pragmatism with futuristic visions, her concepts of permaculture and eatable gardens close to our homes may help to transform the world we live in.
- And the Winner Is… – January 9, 2018 / (17:35)
“And the Winner Is…” brings segments of the five Foreign Films directors nominated for the Golden Globes Awards, sharing their thoughts and experiences on the making of their latest films. Angelina Jolie, Ruben Ostlund, Andrey Zvigagintsev, Sebastian Lelio and Fatih Akin sat next to each other at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater and answer questions posed by moderator Mike Goodrich on FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER, THE SQUARE, LOVELESS, FANTASTIC WOMAN AND IN THE FADE
61. From LA 2017: Photos, Films, Architecture, Trumpism, +… – Blog only. – December 31, 2017.
Selected photos we shot, films we saw and produced, architecture we recorded or selected, some thought on Trumpism, and a few relevant books I read.
- Hanukkah’s First Candle – December 18, 2017 / (40:32)
The lighting of Hanukkah’s fifth candle in a Greater Los Angeles home was not only the place for the gathering of people from many backgrounds and areas of the city, but also for the screening of “Never Again is Now,” a new documentary telling a unique story of survival in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation, and sending a message about the danger of raising antisemitism in Europe and elsewhere, including the United States.
- Mormon Temple Visit – December 7, 2017 / (1:51)
Our first visit to the Mormon Temple in Westwood. The occasion was the premiere screening of a documentary from Azerbaijan, Under One Sun, stressing the country’s multi-culturalism. We learn many things, both about the Temple and about the multy- faceted country.
- Radio Day Unabridged – November 23, 2017 / (26:11)
- Radio Day – November 21, 2017 / (16:43)
An abridged radio interview for KBPK’s Educational Communications program, hosted by Nancy Pearlman. Mrs. Pearlman is a broadcaster, environmentalist, college instructor, anthropologist, editor, producer and outdoorswoman, who has made safeguarding the earth’s ecosystems a career. The Q & A was recorded in Idyllwild, at the “Pearlman Cabin” designed by architect John Lautner. The film was produced subsequently.
- Architecture + Cinema + Hollywood – October 31, 2017 / (29:52)
The work-in-progress of the Academy Museum in Los Angeles, designed by architect Renzo Piano, is scheduled for opening in 2019. In “Architecture + Cinema + Hollywood”, the three are connected through images of the museum’s construction at the present time, historic and contemporary examples of architecture, mementos from classic movies, metaphors of Hollywood, and segments from my previous films.
- The Wright Way Hint – September 28, 2017 / (2:36)
A pre-production trailer of The Wright Way feature documentary. The film is to be a cry-out to the new generation to study and use many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s principles and visionary ideas to invent a better future of livable cities and human settlements.
- Idyllwild Idyll – September 13, 2017 / (9:12)
Walking through the many trails of Idyllwild provides an excellent source of learning from nature by going back to fundamentals, delivered by boulders and trees: life and death, change, the nature of materials, gravity, light and shadow, adaptation and wise economy of form.
- Tangoing with Paul & Amigos – August 28, 2017 / (12:13)A personal view of artist Paul McCarthy’s exhibition at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery, in downtown LA’s Arts District. McCarthy’s large scale sculptures in wood inspired the film’s shooting and editing, and triggered associations with other like-minded artists. Tango’s are here used as a metaphor of non-linearity, Baroque fluidity, dynamism and improvisation.
52. The Wright Way – An overture – June 30, 2017 / (17:21’)
Why Wright now? What can a man born 150 years ago, tell to a young generation of architects likely to be responsible for the invention of the future? This documentary is intended to emphasize the link between Wright ideas and the needs of tomorrow.
51. Netflix Night – June 1, 2017 / (2:55’)
Following a 14-hour non-stop day, partying was not on our minds. Nevertheless, IDA’s (International Documentary Association) “Awards Spotlight” event at Netflix, in Beverly Hills, sounded promising. We decided to stretch ourselves and go. Surprise! Besides a large public of documentarians and a panel of four accomplished directors, Netflix’s ambiance was spectacular. With my iPhone at hand, I couldn’t resist shooting an unscripted short doc.
50. Tongva Park and the Angelbird – May 5, 2017 / (5:33′)
Tongva Park in Santa Monica is a unique model of sustainability and Organic Architecture, sensitive to the site’s geological and human history. It was designed by James Corner Field Operations to turn the area into “a new destination and gathering place of great social, ecological, and symbolic value.”
- Architecture in a Nutshell – April 6, 2017 / (9:20’)
This brief introduction to the meaning and value of architecture is a synopsis of the history of architecture, the main principles that guide architectural design thinking, and the process of proceeding from dreams and ideas to actual buildings. Architectural and filmmaking experience are here combined to convey a complex multiple layers of knowledge with clarity
- Normality “Lo-Normali” – March 20, 2017 / (4:56’)
This video brings up contrasts on normal life in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. It is a “NORMALITY LO-NORMALI.” It defeats prejudices and misconceptions about Israel’s reality.
- From Architecture to Urban Farming – December 26, 2016 / (13:18’)
Ruth Meghiddo presents the case of urban farming as an important movement to tackle some of the problems of the 21st century. Her personal story tells us how she evolved her practice as an architect to embrace urban farming. This documentary includes samples of existing and future urban farms, and testimonials.
- The City that Never Sleeps – September 29, 2016 / (18:24’)
Tel Aviv, “The City that Never Sleeps,” is on its way to become one of the world’s great metropolitan areas. The documentary focuses on both people and spaces for people. A sense of informal freedom takes the viewer through many aspects of its reality, in plain contrast with the one commonly delivered by the media.
- Jerusalem Journal – August 30, 2016 (28:36’)
Jerusalem Journal attempts to capture meaningful aspects of the world’s most complex city. During three non-consecutive days I walked miles through some of its sections, old and new. The light rail traveling provided me with an opportunity to encounter people of all walks of lives, faiths and nationalities. In Jerusalem discovery, within and without, is a non-ending process.
- Cabri – August 16, 2016 (5:58’)
Cabri is a kibbutz in Western Galilee. It includes the Gottesman Etching Center and an art gallery. For many years it was the residence place of sculptor Yechiel Shemi, Israel Prize winner and the first Israeli artist from whom New York’s Museum of Modern Art acquired work. The video shows an opening dedicated to artist Tobi Harel and to poet Ronny Someck, yet its message goes beyond that. It shows that contemporary art production can grow not only in an urban environment, but it can flourish in the country as well.
- Morning Walk – July 20, 2016 (5:26’)
“Morning Walk” is a reflection of both my feelings as a former resident of Ramat Aviv (1992 – 2002), which also includes the Tel Aviv University, and as a daily walker at the present time. My observations through the lens of a camera try to capture some of the elements that show normality within abnormality.
- White Night – July 2, 2016 (3:46’)
Tel Aviv, “the city that never sleeps,” becomes once a year, during White Night, a place where nobody seems to sleep at all: youngsters, adults and children flow into tens of events throughout its annual “White Night.” Cities are not just the accumulation of buildings, streets and open spaces. They are the focal point of culture. For those intoxicated with negative news from the Middle East, this video may offer another viewpoint.
- Pride or Revolt? – June 5, 2016 (5:27’)
Tel Aviv’s 18th annual Pride Parade joins similar manifestations around the world to assert tolerance and equal rights for all, except that…this event, under the particular situation of the Middle East, and given Israel’s political map, is not just about personal liberty. It is about freedom from coercion of any kind. What I see in “The State of Tel Aviv” are symptoms of a revolt against all establishments. This is likely to have major political implications for the future of the country and of the region and, possibly, a re-evaluation of architecture and urban design.
- Tel Aviv Museum of Art – May 4, 2016 (7:04’)
- What I See From Here – April 25, 2016 (13:41’)
An open-ended three-week visual diary of my come back to Israel, after a fifteen-year absence. The territory covered in the timeline is very small: fractions of Tel Aviv and includes a two-day visit to the Technion in Haifa. The filmic choices are twofold: people and spaces for people. A first impression from a complex country.
- Lia – A Life Journey from Bucharest to Beverly Hills – March 21, 2016 (33:27’)
At ninety, Lia Zisman’s brings up stories from WW II and its aftermath as a token sample of a full life. With eloquence and clarity, Lia takes us from Bucharest to pre-independence Israel, to post-war Paris, to Quito, to Lima, to La Chaux-de-Fonds, to Beverly Hills. Her vitality and positive spirit is inspiring.
- The Broad: Art and People under a Veil – February 18, 2016 (8:33’)
The Broad was inaugurated in September 2015. It is a social experience. People discovering art, discovering other people. Moving around in all directions looking at art, shooting selfies with artworks as their background. There is no linear itinerary, no sequence to follow. The spiritual aspect of the Broad’s rational architecture is in the way it frames the spectator’s dialogue with the artists’ demons under a bath of light.