Monday, August 26, 2013

Design Cinema to return: 9/27 ~ 10/6

Urban Nomad Design Cinema

We are feeling frothy of late, because for the second year in a row we will be able to collaborate with Taiwan Designers Week to produce a series of films on art, architecture and design: URBAN NOMAD x DESIGN CINEMA (Sep 27 ~ Oct 6). The films are all hand picked and docs that we, a bunch of self avowed art geeks, not only love, but can look forward to watching over and over again. The overwhelming theme here is modernism and the subsequent movement into postmodernism. As the body of design docs grows, that is a very major area of examination. These films give us great windows on the work and ideas of Charles and Ray Eames (designers of the fames “Eames chair“), Lallo and Massimo Vignelli (they did logos for Ford, American Airlines, and all NYC Subway signage), architect Rem Koolhaas, painter Jean Michel Basquiat (by popular demand, we are showing this film one more time) and contemporary artist Cindy Sherman (the film is by her ex~boyfriend and totally hilarious). We have Urbanized (the third installment in Gary Hustwits design trilogy, which began with Helvetica) and a highly entertaining film on childrens book author Tomi Ungerer, who was banned from publishing because he also published erotic drawings. In all there will be seven docs, 12 screenings, a neo psychedlic booth installation we are still designing, and maybe some other surprises. The film series will be held in conjunction with the largish Taiwan Designers Week exhibition. With any film ticket you can get into the exhibition for free after 6pm. Hope to see you all there.


Urban Nomad Design Cinema
Location: Expo Dome, Taipei Expo Park (台北花博公園爭艷館設計廣場區)
Dates: 9/27 (Fri) ~ 10/6 (Sun)
Tickets: NT$170元 in advance, NT$200 at the theater
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2013 Award Winners

Winning director Jimmie Wing with producer Joyce Wing. 
Congratulations to this years prize winners! Supporting local filmmakers through cash prizes continues to be a priority for Urban Nomad, and we are happy to see that the field of entries continues to grow, as does the audience for these short gems. Screenings took place in an open air cinema for six consecutive days, with directors present at each screening for Q&A. This years Big Nomad Prize went to Australian director Jimmie Wing for his 27 minute short EXPATZ and the Jury Prize went to Rob Jabbaz for his scabrous parody of early Disney animation. It is the first time that both Urban Nomad jury awards went to expatriate filmmakers.

The Big Nomad Prize, Jury Award and a Special Mention Award were selected by three jurors, film critic Dan Tong-mo (但唐謨), film director DJ Chen Yin-Jung (陳映蓉) and rock musician Dupi (肚皮). The Audience Choice Award was calculated from audience ballots at each short film screening, and a parallel award was given by Toshiba. You can see the results below!