Category Archives: film

Focus on Landscape Architecture: “Leaning into the Wind”

Image Credit: Thomas Riedelscheimer/Magnolia Pictures via NYTimes

In a follow-up to their 2001 documentary “Rivers and Tides,” artist Andy Goldsworthy and director Thomas Riedelsheimer again investigate and explore natural processes and humans’ place within them. The resulting film, “Leaning into the Wind,” showcases Goldsworthy’s fascination with time and its effect on his art. As a land artist, Goldsworthy operates at the scale of the landscape and uses media from his surroundings, such as stones and leaves, to create his works.

The film was an Official Selection of the San Francisco Film Festival, where it premiered in 2017. It is currently showing at the Austin Film Society through April 19, 2018. Tickets and showtimes can be found here.

Sources:, Austin Film Society

Thousands of Free Movies though Kanopy

Photo Credit: Watching “The Great Beauty,” “I Am Not Your Negro” and “Tower.”Janus Films; Magnolia Pictures; Kino Lorber

Over 200 public libraries have opted to provide Kanopy to library cardholders, free of charge. Kanopy provides over 30,000 movies online. Many of the movies are documentaries, international films, and from the Criterion Collection. The University of Texas Libraries’ provides unlimited access to Kanopy’s resources. The range of movies available is diverse, and Kanopy appears to be an incredible resource.

Source: Watching

Hollywood Takes on Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

Image credit: Archdaily

Image credit: Archdaily

The tale of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House will soon become a major feature film. The movie, starring Jeff Bridges as Mies and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Dr. Edith Farnsworth, chronicles the now-debunked tale of the passionate and ill-fated client-architect relationship. No further details have been released about the film, but the pairing of romance and architecture is sure to draw fans from all over.

Source: Archdaily

Surreal Animation Explores Piranesi’s Etchings

Image Credit: Gregoire Dupond

Image Credit: Gregoire Dupond

Italian artist Grégoire Dupond’s has stitched together sixteen Piranesi etchings in a dynamic animation. The eleven minute long video projects Piranesi’s etchings on a three-dimensional plane, taking the viewer on a trip through the fictional prisons in the “Carceri” series. The original prints, first published in 1750, portray a fictional labyrinth prison that evoke a dream world created in Piranesi’s mind. The animation presents the surreal etchings in a startlingly realistic light; as the video progresses, the viewer feels as though they are a visitor in Piranesi’s world.

Source: Gregoire Dupond

Color Swatches from Your Favorite Films

Image Credit: Movies in Color

Image Credit: Movies in Color

Roxy Radulescu, creator of the Movies in Color blog, discusses her project with Visual News by explaining, “[T]he blog has not only been an aesthetic pursuit but also an educational pursuit.” Movies in Color presents select stills from famous films with adjacent color swatches in order to enlighten viewers about the tones included in the composition. This approach helps us understand the role that color plays in evoking emotion, a sensibility that is necessary for those in highly-visual disciplines.

Source: Visual News

All Things Giant Considered


In 1952, Edna Ferber published, Giant, an extremely controversial novel depicting life in southwest Texas. Ferber was chastised all across the south for her portrayal of rural Texans in the satire. The novel was a runaway hit nationally and was rapidly sold for production into a screenplay. The subsequent film—starring James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor and filmed on location in Marfa, TX—brought the story greater acclaim and even more rancor in Texas.

In keeping with the theme “All Things Giant,” a recent NPR All Things Considered segment highlights a new documentary that tells the story of the families of Marfa, TX who were recruited to play the extras in the film.  Children of Giant explores the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest and the specific experiences of the Marfa families during that period of filming.

Source: NPR All Things Considered

Austin Rooftop Architecture Film Series: “Tiny”


This week’s Rooftop Architecture Series screening at The Contemporary Austin features documentary film Tiny. Tiny tracks one couple’s struggle to design and build a home, the footprint of which fits within an average parking space.

The film runs for two nights at the Jones Center Roof Deck October 8-9, 2014 starting at 7:30 pm. Later this month check out the next installment in the series, Sagradawhich highlights the construction of Gaudi’s Barcelona basilica.

Source: The Contemporary Austin

Stunning Time-lapse of Yosemite


Filmmaking duo Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill have teamed up for a second installment of Yosemite in HD.  The team collaborated over ten months to create beautiful time-lapse videos of Yosemite National Park in California. They spent 45 days trekking more than 200 miles to film in vibrant detail some of the less traveled places. For more of their videos check out Project Yosemite.

Source: Visual News

Mysteries of the Unseen World


Have you ever wondered about the microscopic life swirling around us? National Geographic’s new film, Mysteries of the Unseen World, is a mesmerizing glimpse into natural phenomena that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Take this macro photo of moss, for instance, which reveals the plant’s complex structure that is host to colonies of methane-consuming bacteria that help to limit the amount of methane gas released into our atmosphere. The film is now playing in Dallas and Houston.

Source: National Geographic