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Episode 10 - The Arrival of Miles Regis
February 10, 2010 12:13 PM PST
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Welcome to Episode 10 of “The Art of The Interview with Steven Adams”. Steve is welcomed into the home of artist Miles Regis.

Miles Regis is a self-taught, experimental painter. If you have ever wondered if, when, or how to become a full-time artist, Miles Regis' story will fascinate and inspire you.

Born in Trinidad, this artist has been greatly influenced by Caribbean artists such as Alexander King, LeRoy Clarke, Carlisle Harris, Boscoe & Geoffrey Holder. Regis’ paintings are distinctly Trinidadian in color and expression.

In June of 2009, Regis' show "WL4WWD4" at Pounder-Koné Art Space was a complete success.

Regis’ work was showcased in CNN’s “African Voices” feature on actor Isaiah Washington (link below), who collects Regis’ paintings; other collectors of Miles Regis’ work include actors Ron Perlman and playwright Trevor Rhone.

Regis' work will be presented in the American Rag Los Angeles show - "Carnival", from Feb 11th to March 11th. Opening Reception on February 11th, 2010 from 6 to 9




Event: Carnival!
Thursday, February 11
Where: American Rag L.A.





The Pounder-Koné Art Space

Episode 9 - The Architecture and Conceptions of Ben Ball
September 20, 2009 09:08 PM PDT
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Welcome to Episode 9 of “The Art of The Interview with Steven Adams”.

Steve welcomes Architect, Designer, Conceptualist - Ben Ball, of Ball-Nogues Studio.

In his current collaboration with Gaston Nogues, Benjamin Ball is exploring the intersection of architecture, art and product design through physical modeling and the use of digital and more traditional forms of production.

A major goal of his design endeavors is to create experiences; because of this, he feels "a building that is not built is not architecture."

A graduate of the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Ball logged stints at Gehry Partners and Shirdel Zago Kipnis. He has worked as a set and production designer for films (including the Matrix series) as well as music videos and commercials with such influential directors as Mark Romanek and Tony Scott.

His experience ranges from work on the Disney Concert Hall and small residential commissions for boutique firms to complex medical structures and event design.

In 2006, Ball-Nogues Studio was awarded the Best of Category distinction for Environments for their installation Maximilian's Schell by ID Magazine. Ball-Nogues is the recipient of two Los Angeles AIA Design Awards and Interior Design Magazines Best of Year Award for their installation Rip Curl Canyon.

In 2007 their installation Liquid Sky was the winner of the Museum of Modern Art / P.S.1's Young Architect's Program competition and Ball-Nogues became one three design teams who were awarded a United States Artists Target Fellowship.

In 2008 their site specific installation Echoes Converge appeared at the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture and an exhibit of their work appeared at the Bejing Biennale.

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles will host a new installation by the team in the summer of 2009. T






Episode 8 - DFFLA and Mike Frost, Visionary
August 12, 2009 10:12 AM PDT
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Welcome to Episode 8 of “The Art of The Interview with Steven Adams”

Steve welcomes the ultra-creative visionary, Mike Frost to the show. Mike has two films in the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.

"Chi Sei" screens Wednesday, August 19, at 7:30pm.
"Never Trust A Woman" screens Wednesday, August 19, at 9:30pm.

Mike Frost's work has been described as witty, creative re-inventions and satire. Hailed as a filmmaker whose work is becoming more important and central to not only the Los Angeles Art Scene, but moreover, increasingly important and central to the international art scene.




Episode 7 - "Commit.", Mickey & Nicole Blaine, and DFFLA
August 12, 2009 09:54 AM PDT

Welcome to Episode 7 of “The Art of The Interview with Steven Adams”

Steve welcomes writer-director of "Commit.", Mickey Blaine and his star-producer (and wife) Nicole Blaine.

"Commit." screens Tuesday, August 18 at 7:30pm in the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.

Having know each other since their formative years, Mickey and Nicole have come together to form a bond, a family, and... an entertaining film about two people who meet and form a suicide pact. With a two person cast, in 30 minute-uncut takes, and made only for $10k (with a little help from an alma mater), this is truly what independent cinema is about.

Keep an eye out for Mickey's webisodes of "Pirate Ninja Adventure Go!", which will hit the web in September '09.




Episode 6 - DFFLA, David Lee Miller & "My Suicide"
August 12, 2009 09:38 AM PDT
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Welcome to Episode 6 of “The Art of The Interview with Steven Adams”

Steven welcomes David Lee Miller, writer and director of the mesmerizing "My Suicide", which screens at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, 7pm, Saturday, August 15.

"My Suicide" is a film packed with amazing writing, amazing visuals, finely crafted writing, directing, and editing. Superlatives fail to convey the freshness, quality, and VISION in this film.

This is a must see film at DFFLA. This is a Must See Film, period.


Episode 5 - The Legendary Seymour Cassel
August 12, 2009 09:25 AM PDT
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Welcome to Episode 5 of “The Art of The Interview with Steven Adams”

In this episode, Steve has the privilege and high honor to speak with the legendary Seymour Cassel. Seymour's new film, "Reach For Me", is screening at DFFLA, Friday, August 14, 7:30pm.

This interview is a treasure, as Mr. Cassel winds stories of Cassavetes, Los Angeles, the art of acting, his start, his collaborations with independent filmmakers throughout his long and lustrous career and much, much more.

Listen, be charmed, and come see his latest film, "Reach For Me" at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.


Episode 4 - Noel Lawrence, J.X. Williams, & DFFLA
August 12, 2009 09:10 AM PDT
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Welcome to Episode 4 of “The Art of The Interview with Steven Adams”

Meet Noel Lawrence, Film Scholar, Curator, and Archivist.

Steven and Noel discuss Noel's participation in the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.

Noel curated "City of Angles" for DFFLA. "City of Angles" is a gallery of work from artists mainly based in Los Angeles that is in the Cinema Lounge throughout DFFLA. This lounge and gallery is Free for ticket holders. On Sunday, August 16, DJ Pelau spins from 5pm to 11pm.

Noel also has a short film in DFFLA, "J.X. William's L.A.", which screens Sunday, August 16 at 5pm.

Steven and Noel also discuss the legendary, J.X. Williams and his impact on our lives and culture.





Episode 3 - Rex Bruce, DFFLA, and... Digital Art Los Angeles
August 12, 2009 08:54 AM PDT
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Welcome to Episode 3 of “The Art of The Interview with Steven Adams”

Steven interviews Rex Bruce, Director of Digital Art, Los Angeles.

Instrumental in creating the happening that is now the monthly downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, Rex has curated an International Video Installation for the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.

The premiere of this installation for DFFLA is Thursday, August 13, from noon to 10pm at the Rowan Lofts, at 5th and Spring in downtown Los Angeles. In this exhibit you will discover digital works from around the world and around the U.S.

The exhibit is also open Friday, August 14, from noon 5pm and
Saturday, August 15, from noon to 5pm, with a special reception just for the exhibit at the Rowan Gallery from 6p to 9pm.

Downtown LA Art Walk is a Free event, from noon to 9pm, on the 2nd Thursday of every month.


Episode 2 - Rashid Bahati, Jaymes A. Hines, DFFLA, and the Jackson 5...
August 12, 2009 08:31 AM PDT
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Welcome to Episode 2 of “The Art of The Interview with Steven Adams”

In Episode 2, Steven interviews, filmmakers and DFFLA board members Rashid Bahati and Jaymes A. Hines.

Rashid Bahati is the curator of bringing in African and African Diaspora films to the festival.

Jaymes A. Hines is responsible for bringing the lost film, “Jackson 5 in Africa” to DFFLA. Locked away for over thirty years, this will be the last time this film is seen theatrically for quite some time.

Come enjoy a conversation that ranges from DFFLA to Negritude to the positive effects of technology, to beyond and back.

“Jackson 5 in Africa” screens Saturday, August 22nd.


Episode 1 - Downtown, Greg Ptacek, Henry Priest, & DFFLA
August 12, 2009 08:28 AM PDT
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Welcome to Episode 1 of “The Art of The Interview with Steven Adams”

This is the first episode in a series of podcasts dedicated to the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.

In Episode 1, Steven interviews Greg Ptacek and Henry Priest, board members and prime movers of the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (http://www.dffla.com/).

Greg Ptacek is no stranger to festivals and the business, having worked in the industry as journalist, publicist, and having been one of the key people involved in the creation of the Silverlake Film Festival.

Henry Priest - wrestler, teacher, actor, East Sider, and creator of the American Latino Film Festival - is a complete renaissance man.

Greg and Henry breakdown how DFFLA is more than just great films, it is an immersion into the life, the culture, the architecture - new and old, and so much more of downtown Los Angeles. They also give you insight to the 12 days of programming and themes of the films, parties, restaurants, and events that comprise DFFLA.

The Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles runs from August 12 - 22, 2009.


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