When I think of summertime, the first thing that comes to my mind is concerts and what tickets I can score before they’re all sold out. Thankfully, AfroPunk Fest is the best end of summer music festival to see all of your favorite artists, one last time before the sun sets early and the weather turns chilly. This years line up is a collection of fierce, unapologetically black artists featuring Brooklyn native Joey Badass, Harlems princess Teyana Taylor, Rapper/Producer Flying Lotus, Vince Staples, Baby Tate, the absolutely Iconic Durand Bernarr and more.
New York Film Festival
On Thursday July 20th, 2023 I made my way to the iconic St. Marks street, to where all the trendy grunge and classic NYC street style originated. Private Policy has been a brand to watch for quite some time, and they’re finally having their moment to shine. Grunge is an aesthetic you can run from or embrace, as it pushed the limits of fashion. Grunge incorporates a lot of distressed details, heavy jewelry, mesh, and the ability to create what you want out of statement pieces you may have. Private Policy as brand stands for inclusivity, bold personality and full fierce expressiveness of their consumers who wear their clothing. That is why, with this new release, it expands even more of their chic and spunky collection.
Co founder and designer Siying Qu
I had the pleasure of speaking with Siying Qu, Co founder and designer of Private Policy. She informed me that their newest collaboration is with Fun City Tattoo. They are the oldest tattoo shop in New York City, they have seen all the NYC icons and legends walk through their door and created a strong community and culture, which is what Private Policy also stands for, which is what makes this collaboration so special. It is a collaboration of two edgy and authentic brands coming together to bring the culture back mainstream in NYC. “We wanted to do something classic, black and white, and feature the designs by the artists, Diego, and have a Y2K but classic New York grunge moment. Our clothes incorporates a lot of utilitarian style, hardware, harnesses, and both of our vibes align perfectly” Siying Qu says. “The photo shoot we had was NYC themed, we brought it back old school New York with the basketball jerseys and that authentic downtown vibe in the park with the dresses and give it a real chill feel to it.”
Fun City had an amazing time with this collaboration because it incorporated a tribute to the original owner of Fun City Jonathan Shaw who is known for pushing the limits of fashion and ever further. Above is the collection and collaboration with tattoo artist and designer Diego on Private Policy’s clothing. The collection is up and available for sale, along side Private Policies previous runway collections and sample sale items. The pop up was such a fun event, the moment you walked in, you were greeted with a complimentary White Claw with mouth watering flavors, a carnival game where you can win a prize, and the stunning collection in the back. The collection was so soft grunge, edgy and unique. I wanted the whole collection to be my walk in closet.
Here are more pictures from the event:
Congratulations to Private Policy and Fun City for a beautiful pop up and evening, I am looking forward to what more they both have in store.
Park Chan Wook is a magician.
With sleight of hand in every frame, he trains our eyes on what he wants us to see. The trickery goes down right in front of us. But we’re distracted.
His newest film “Decision to Leave” is billed by the director as a romantic comedy and detective drama. Even in describing its genre in that way, Park throws us for a loop. There’s so much Park wants us to see, expect and feel when something much different is going on.
The story goes: a detective investigates a man’s death from falling off a cliff. The wife is the prime suspect. She’s beautiful. She’s alluring. The detective can’t help but get emotionally involved with the woman he’s investigating.
It’s a classic noir set up that unravels in a not so classic way. It’s a movie that’s success relies on subverting what we’re accustomed to. We must be enraptured by Park’s magic.
“Decision to Leave” is not one of Park’s most magical films. Some of his misdirections are misdirected. Instead of sustaining the deception they snap us out of the illusion. There are long winded and downright goofy scenes.
It’s a fine film that any fan of noir or Park should enjoy. But after the six year wait from his last feature “The Handmaiden,” which is greatest work (arguable neck and neck with “Oldboy”), “Decision to Leave” is a bit of a let down. In the “The Handmaiden” we witnessed a totally engrossing performance from a master magician without a second diffusing the tension or withdrawing our intrigue at the mystery at hand. The same cannot be said for his latest effort.
A tender self-portrait, ‘Aftersun’ lets Charlotte Wells fictionalize her own life and her relationship with her complicated father
Timothée Chalamet reteams with ‘Call Me By Your Name’ director Luca Guadagnino for charming cannibal romance Bones and All’
Noah Baumbach and company provide a wild re-imagining of Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise’
With Showing Up, Kelly Reichardt sculpts a portrait of an artist on edge, featuring a wonderful Michelle Williams and Hong Chau
Stars at Noon, the latest film from Claire Denis, befuddles and bewilders but is worth the watch if you get on its wavelength.
Noah Bambauch the mumblecore king presides over new postmodern territory.
Don DeLillo’s “unfilmable” gold standard pomo masterpiece “White Noise” has emerged from development hell to the hands of Noah Bambauch.
At first glance, he seems an unlikely steward to bring the classic book to life after its nearly 40 year gestation. He’s known for his slice of life narratives with realistic characters speaking naturalistically. In other words, the polar opposite of the DeLillo novel. DeLillo speaks the language of the absurd and parodic. Bambauch speaks the language of New York apartment hunting and divorce lawyer contracts — real life things as they happen in real life.
But the sensibilities of DeLillo and Bambauch share some threads, woven together for a faithful adaptation. To wit, “White Noise” is fundamentally a story about a family. And Bambauch knows a thing or two about depicting a family on the big screen, having directed “Marriage Story,” “The Squid and the Whale” and “The Meyerowitz Stories.”
Bambauch spoke to the Knockturnal at the film’s North American premiere kicking off the 60th New York Film Festival.
“It is about a family,” said Bambauch. “The gap between what we say and what we mean. What we say and what we feel. What we think about ourselves and who we really are. Those are things I’ve explored in a lot of my movies.”
“Family mythologies are in a lot of my movies too,” he continued. “Parents tell their children and children have to unlearn them later. In this case you have all of that. But then you also have family as a microcosm of the culture. You have that line: ‘Family is the cradle of the world’s misinformation.’ You have Essentially the kids shouting facts and saying things we don’t know if they’re real or not. After a while you lose track wishing yourselves and you create your own facts. That’s something that is both true of a family and something we see is also true of the American culture at large.”
White Noise hits theaters Nov 25 and will be available for streaming on Netflix Dec 30. The film stars Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig and Don Cheadle who were all in attendance for the premiere.
The long-anticipated sci-fi/action epic had its North American premiere at New York Film Festival on October 7th. The film’s director, Denis Villeneuve, gave a brief speech and special thank you to the New York audience for being in attendance. He later was joined by the film’s composer, Academy Award winner, Hans Zimmer for a post-screening Q&A.