ICONICITY: ART IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DESERT

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture piece begins: Director/producer Leo Zahn has made documentaries about mid-century architect William F. Cody and Frank Sinatra in Palm Springs. Now he brings us “Iconicity.” The core theme: “Why are artists attracted to the [Southern California] desert? There is something here, call it a mystical energy or what […]

MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND

Bernie Krause

Here’s this week’s arts and culture column: Midge Costin’s documentary “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound” is a fascinating and instructive peek into a world hitherto unknown to most of us. The film traces the history of sound in film, examines the ways directors and sound designers work together, and features the latest discoveries […]

BEHIND THE BULLET: A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON GUN VIOLENCE

BEHIND THE BULLET

“Behind the Bullet” is a documentary, directed and produced by Heidi Yewman, with the tagline: “4 Shooters. 4 Stories. A New Perspective on Gun Violence.” Yewman is a graduate of Columbine High School and lost her former basketball coach Dave Sanders in the 1999 mass shooting. She’s since written a book, also called “Beyond the […]

LEANING INTO THE WIND

ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

Leaning Into the Wind is a 2018 documentary about Andy Goldsworthy, a self-proclaimed “British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings.” Goldsworthy does things like lie on the sidewalk when it rains so that, when he gets up, he leaves a body-shaped dry spot. Or covers his […]