Saturday, January 25

Q&A: Filmmaker Gaspar Noé discusses influences for experimental horror film ‘Climax’

According to Gaspar Noé, death is sometimes the best thing that can happen to a person. The Argentine-French filmmaker’s latest film, “Climax,” first premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and was released in the United States on March 1. Read more...

Photo: Director Gaspar Noé’s film “Climax” was released in the United States on March 1, after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. The film follows a dance troupe’s harrowing night after drinking sangria laced with LSD. (Creative Commons photo by Olivier Strecker)



Flux screening series promotes creativity by straying from traditional video art

The Flux screening series has been the source of creative collaborations and romantic relationships alike. Flux, an organization that curates film and art festivals, conferences and museum exhibitions, partnered with the Hammer Museum 12 years ago to create the Flux screening series. Read more...

Photo: Flux filmmaker Calmatic directed the music video for “FUN!” by rapper Vince Staples. Shot from the perspective of Google Maps. Calmatic said the video is meant to comment on the way fans may view African Americans’ lives from the outside, but never truly experience it. (Courtesy of Calmatic)


Alumna takes lead role in play about intersections of love, science, identity

“Paradise” features an intellectual Muslim student to illuminate stories that are often ignored in theater, said actor Jeff Marlow. The play makes its West Coast debut at the Odyssey Theatre on Saturday and will run through Feb. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Medalion Rahimi and actor Jeff Marlow star in “Paradise,” a play following their two characters – an optimistic student and her bitter science teacher – as they band together to get Rahimi’s character a scholarship. Rahimi said her character diverges from the stereotypical portrayal of many Muslim characters in media. (Courtesy of Earl Gibson III)


Movie review: ‘Ashes in the Snow’ lingers on the surface, failing to evoke sympathy or meaning

“Ashes in the Snow” director Marius Markevicius bites off more than he can chew in his underwhelming debut. Based on the novel “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys, “Ashes in the Snow” follows 16-year-old Lina Vilkas (Bel Powley) and her family after they are exiled to Siberia under Stalin’s rule during World War II. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment)



Chicano musician to discuss issues of identity and inclusivity in LA at book talk

In 1974, Rubén Guevara found himself climbing the steps of centuries-old Mayan pyramids in Palenque, Mexico. The Los Angeles native did not know then that the trip to connect with his ancestral roots would help him embrace his Chicano identity, which later became a monumental influence on his musical career, he said. Read more...

Photo: Alumnus and former visiting professor Rubén Guevara wrote a memoir entitled “Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer,” which he will discuss Friday at UCLA’s Jan Popper Theater. The book explores his identity as a Chicano rock ‘n’ roll musician and activist. (Courtesy of Mario A. Hernandez)