January 21, 1988 |
Some people think of Whitney Blake as Meredith Baxter Birney's mother. Or they remember her as the actress who played Shirley Booth's housewife-boss on the '60s sitcom "Hazel." But the credits on the documentary "Reno's Kids: 87 Days Plus 11" (at the Nuart through Saturday) list her another way, as the film's director-producer. It is the story of a class for difficult students at Jefferson High School in Daly City, Calif., and it is Blake's first time out as the star player behind the scenes.
January 20, 1988 |
Documentaries are often only as interesting as their subjects, and Whitney Blake's film, "Reno's Kids; 87 Days Plus 11" (through Saturday at the Nuart) has a beauty: a real-life "Blackboard Jungle" situation, where one dedicated teacher copes with the "worst " elements of a tough high school. There's a twist, however. This teacher is no gutsy newcomer battling pigheaded administrators and knife-wielding hoods.
December 22, 2012 |
The stated goal of the new combination book and compact disc "Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio: 980-1980" is impressively brash: "It's a collection that seeks to challenge existing assumptions about what historical audio itself is," writes author and scholar Patrick Feaster. Specifically, Feaster gathers from throughout history depictions of sound waves and alternative sound recording methods, some from before Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph in 1877, others simply different means of capturing sounds, and presents them along with illustrations and the stories of their creation.
April 22, 2007 |
VICTOR HUGO'S novel "Les Miserables" is best known these days as a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. But the tale of redemption and love set during early 19th century France has been adapted numerous times for celluloid. Fox is releasing a two-disc "Les Miserables" set that features the 1935 and 1952 productions.
November 28, 1988 |
Filmforum presents New York experimental film maker Caroline Avery, tonight at 8 at LACE. She will introduce a 70-minute program of her work in its West Coast premiere. Avery's films, as varied as they are, are characterized by capturing random images of everyday life and of natural beauty and reprocessing them in a seemingly infinite number of ways to create visual experiences of tremendous vibrancy and energy.