Thanks for the Dance: The Goal – by NOWNESS NOWNESS has collaborated with the Leonard Cohen Estate to mark the release of the legendary musician’s last original posthumous album, Thanks For The Dance. This exciting project brings together a talented host of filmmakers to share their artistic responses to Cohen’s previously unheard body of work, which Sony Music will be unveiling in full on 22 November 2019. Using footage from NOWNESS’s extensive film archive, The Goal is a visual elaboration on the album’s sixth track, which evolved from a 1998 Cohen poem of the same name. The iconic artist’s son, Adam Cohen has described the project as “more romantic” than his father’s later work, marking a slight return to the music legend’s earlier style. Born in 1934 in Montreal, Cohen was a published poet and novelist before he made a transition to music at the age of 33.
Part 1: The Intro I was wondering what to write about this morning. No strong pull in any direction
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Julio Torres didn’t rise to fame so much as he levitated. Several years after moving to New York from El Salvador, the eccentric comedian brought his cosmic outlook to Saturday Night Live , where, as a writer, he quickly transcended the show with instant-classic sketches like “ Wells for Boys,” “Papyrus,” and “The Actress.” That surrealist streak also informs Los Espookys , the HBO comedy he co-created and stars in, and My Favorite Shapes , the hour-long special for the same network that introduces the world to the inner lives of his most precious possessions. This Halloween month, we consulted the spookiest self-described Space Prince to share his thoughts on a few topics chosen at semi-random
NOWNESS Shorts: Radiator “This film is the result of the stories I recorded while traveling around rural Ireland where opiate addictions are tearing families apart,” says Portia A Buckley, the director behind this hauntingly brilliant portrayal of two addicts looking to finance their next hit. Radiator explores drug abuse from the perspective of a young working-class man living with his grandmother while struggling to get off prescription methadone. Filmed near Cork, Ireland, Buckley’s sensitively directed piece explores the young man’s relationship with a wayward friend who leads him on a path to self-destruction and isolation. “As a filmmaker I’m interested in blurring the line between documentary and fiction as a way of highlighting contemporary socio-economic issues,” says the director
When Timothée Chalamet, as Henry V, worries out loud, “I’ve been forced to rely on the counsel of men whose loyalty I question every waking moment. I need men around me I can trust,” it’s hard not to transpose those words to the current occupant of the American White House. Yet, as Niccolò Machiavelli was so keen to point out (decades later and in a different country), isn’t that the worry of everyone in power
Scarlett Sabet’s poetry is felt three-fold when she performs it. The written words aren’t the same when she says them; they are trance-like, told as if from memory
All Clothing and Accessories: Michael Kors Collection. Since storming the fashion world at 14, Ruby Aldridge has flexed an ambition that goes far beyond the catwalk.
All Clothing and Accessories: Michael Kors Collection. Issa Lish isn’t a rising star so much as a soaring rocket—or maybe a UFO. Growing up in Mexico City, the model was teased for her Japanese heritage, while her otherworldly looks earned her the nickname “Issa Alien.” But her appearance worked in her favor when, at the age of 14, while working in her father’s sushi restaurant, Lish was discovered by an agent.
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