this week we lost our friend alex calderwood. with the ace hotels, he created an influential global business with authenticity and integrity. the ace transcends hospitality, shaping and impacting creative culture as it grows far beyond its northwest roots. alex described them as art projects, and i know it as a creative community that i am lucky to feel a part of. he was one of the most important collaborators and biggest supporters of my family’s creative endeavors. writing from my well worn post at the ace new york, the ways he impacted my life are clear. he will definitely be missed.
John Zhao and i have spent the last few years talking each other blue in the face about the moving image. hopes and frustrations about the medium we both love, how it is consumed, and how we see cinema versus its commonly assumed cultural positions and artistic obligations. we’re really happy to share a new project that is the culmination of all of this - Opening Titles.
OT is a seasonal screening series that presents film and video works in unconventional new york city locales, aiming to challenge whether the medium and its content is transformed and defined by the context its placed in. stay tuned for more info on the first screening on 11/24. this’ll be fun.