There’s something incredibly exciting about the phrase “anything is possible.” Waiting for something that could be anything is an exercise for your imagination. That infinite possibility, coupled with wild speculation and prediction, is ninety percent of the fun of Mondo’s Mystery Movies.
Mondo, as you may know, is the ever-growing poster boutique associated with the Alamo Drafthouse. In April Mondo began a project called Mystery Movies. People buy a ticket for a movie that won’t be announced until they’re in the theater. That is coupled with a limited edition poster that will only ever be available at the event. So imagine buying a ticket to one of these things and speculating what it could be. You throw out suggestions with your fellow attendees, laughing at wild ones and nodding at more likely ones. Finally, you sit down for the film and all is revealed. Does it live up to your expectations?
After two events in their hometown of Austin, Texas, the Mondo Mystery Movie hit the road for the first time ever featuring six different mystery movies over one weekend at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. What were the films? What did the posters look like? What was the experience like? And did the event live up to our wildest expectations? Find out after the jump. Read More »
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/Film is proud to exclusively announce that a previously untitled, currently in production documentary on the world of gig posters has officially been dubbed Just Like Being There. The crew, lead by director by Scout Shannon and producer by Johanna Goldstein, has been traveling the country documenting some of the best poster artists in the business and they plan on releasing a movie about this world. If you read /Film, you know this is a subject that’s near and dear to my heart so when I heard about this film, I had find out more about it to share with you all.
“Gig posters” doesn’t only refer to concert posters, though. It pretty much covers all kinds of limited edition poster art such as the posters that Mondo releases, gallery shows at places like Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles or Spoke Art in San Francisco and, of course, the art that people make for the concerts you go to. Just Like Being There focuses on three specific artists – Kevin Tong, Daniel Danger and Jay Ryan – at the center of this ever-expanding and increasingly popular world but will also feature footage from concerts, bands, poster conventions and various gallery openings for artists who grew to prominence through their gig posters. The aim is to open a window into this niche world and make audiences aware and excited about this kind of art, much in the way Exit Through the Gift Shop ignited the world of street art.
After the jump, find out how you can be part of the filmmaking process, watch an exclusive clip from the film, read an interview with the director and much more. Read More »
Not only does Friday bring the opening of Cowboys & Aliens, Jon Favreau‘s latest film, it brings three brand new, limited edition posters based on the film from Mondo. The poster boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse teamed up with the Iron Man director to curate and art direct a series of posters based on the film and the results are wildly different and incredibly attractive. After the jump, check out the posters by Daniel Danger, Tom Whalen and Janée Meadows. Read More »
If you watch a lot of television, chances are you’ve heard of PaleyFest. And if not, here’s the scoop. Each year, PaleyFest is an event where some of the biggest shows on television assemble their casts and creative teams for in-depth discussions about the past, present and future of their shows. For 2011, shows like The Walking Dead, True Blood, Eastbound and Down, Community, Supernatural and others are all scheduled to participate and they’re even hosting a Judd Apatow TV reunion with nearly the full casts of Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared together on one night.
Plus, this year Gallery 1988 (which you know because they do the awesome pop culture related art shows that we regularly feature) has commissioned several artists to do limited edition screen prints for some of the events. Daniel Danger did a frightening take on The Walking Dead, DKNG Studios gets to the essence of True Blood (NOTE: limited remaining copies of this print are on sale now at Gallery1988.com) and we’re proud to be able to exclusively premiere Phantom City Creative‘s awesome poster for the Freaks and Geeks/Undeclared reunion. You can see a glimpse of it above but, after the jump, check out the whole thing along with The Walking Dead and True Blood. Read More »
Daniel Danger has one of the most distinctive styles of all the poster artists working today. Dark and detailed with a lot of shadow and light, when Danger tackles a pop culture subject, you’re in for something special. We first saw Danger’s work when he did an awesome set of Amelie prints, and he was one of the breakout artists from the Lost Underground Art Show with his gorgeous rendition of Jacob’s Cabin and the insta-sell out of The Black Rock. Universal commissioned him to make a poster for The Wolfman, and he even did a beautiful rendition of Fenway Park that currently graces my wall as well as bad-ass Scott Pilgrim concert poster that totally broke from his trademark approach.
So my eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw that he was the next artist in Mondo’s Star Wars series. The piece is called Sanctuary Moon and lends itself perfectly to Danger’s unique and beautiful style. Check it out and get on sale details below. Read More »