• July 24, 2014 / 11:25am |

    Attention, coffee addicts! As you drink your morning coffee (or three), have you ever wondered where that cup of joe comes from? Well, I didn’t, but now I know. This month, a wonderful documentary that delves into the origins and obsessions that go into every cup of specialty coffee is premiering around the country. Simply […]

  • June 27, 2014 / 2:00pm |

    The Last Impresario, a documentary that spotlights the career of legendary theater producer Michael White, made its cinematic debut in Adelaide this week. I watched it twice, and my favorite part is when Australian director Gracie Otto questions why her subject still has so many friends after a solid forty-plus years of partying. “You don’t […]

  • June 18, 2014 / 11:00am |

    Last weekend, some girlfriends and I wanted to catch an afternoon movie. It then became apparent—from the sheer volume of action/superhero/fairy-tale flicks and the sprinkling of rom-coms—that school is out. Having missed The Grand Budapest Hotel, we resigned ourselves to the fact that we wouldn’t be watching a movie on this particular Saturday and yet […]

  • May 29, 2014 / 11:00am |

    Somehow, the Western movie genre has never really been one of my favorites. However, when it was announced that the team behind one of the first Dogme 95 movies had written and directed a Western, it instantly caught my attention—as well as the film industry’s and critics’ at the Cannes Film Festival recently. Director Kristian […]

  • May 20, 2014 / 3:15pm |

    On May 7, we reconnected with close friends and Apolis Nomads Jason Motlagh and James Hall, cofounders of Blackbeard Films, at Apolis: Common Gallery, in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles. In early 2013, our friends at the Pulitzer Center introduced us to Jason, an award-winning writer, photographer, and filmmaker. We heard that he […]

  • May 19, 2014 / 1:30pm |

    Mimi Xu. This week I was invited to attend the Cannes Film Festival and to deejay at the Viktor & Rolf and Swarovski party. The Austrian couture crystal brand has a long relationship with the silver screen. Remember Dorothy’s crystal-encrusted ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz, Marilyn Monroe’s sparkling gown in Gentle Prefer Blondes, […]