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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Trailer for Fix, a new feature film by Tao Ruspoli
Starring Shawn Andrews, Olivia Wilde, Megalyn Echikunwoke, & Dedee Pfeiffer
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
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Tuesday, May 01, 2007
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007
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Trailer for LAFCO's first feature film, Camjackers.
"It´s cool, man. We´ve got black friends!"
Two rich, clueless film school grads ( The Filmfakers) are shooting a ghetto interpretation of an ancient Greek play on the mean streets of Los Angeles. Their equipment is borrowed by three street youths (The Camjackers), who shoot a compelling documentary on underground hiphop. The Filmfakers rip off The Camjackers´ film and rise to fame and fortune. The Camjackers see their stolen work on TV and seek revenge.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
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Robbie Conal is an American guerilla poster artist noted for his gnarled, grotesque depictions of U.S. political figures of note. A former hippie, he is noted for his use of snipes to distribute his poster art throughout a city overnight.
Conal's parents were both union organizers, and he grew up in Manhattan. He received his bachelor's degree in fine arts from San Francisco State University in 1968 and his MFA from Stanford University in 1978. He moved to the Los Angeles area in 1984, where he currently resides. Conal is an Adjunct Professor of Painting & Drawing at the University of Southern California's Roski School of Fine Arts.
Conal's work has been featured in numerous publications, including Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, as well as CBS's This Morning and Charlie Rose. He was the subject of the 1992 documentary Post No Bills directed by filmmaker Clay Walker. He has also written two books, Art Attack: The Midnight Politics Of A Guerrilla Artist and Artburn, a collection of his work published in the alternative newspaper L.A. Weekly. He has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Getty Trust.
Conal was also one of the 112 members at the "Table of Free Voices" event in Berlin.
One of Conal's posters is prominently displayed in a scene in the 1999 film The Insider.
Interview by Tao Ruspoli from the LAFCO Bus
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007
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Tao Ruspoli interviews historian Peter Linebaugh.
Monday, March 12, 2007
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tao Ruspoli interviews Patrick Cockburn (pronounced kÅbÉËn) (born March 5, 1951) is an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and the Independent . Among the most experienced commentators on Iraq, he was one of the few journalists to remain in Baghdad during the first Gulf War. He is based in Jerusalem as a correspondent for the Independent, and has been filing reports on the war in Iraq. He has consistently displayed a pessimistic outlook for Iraq's future and considers the 2003 invasion of Iraq and its aftermath as a catastophic failure.
Cockburn was born in Scotland and grew up in County Cork, Ireland. His father was the well-known socialist author and journalist Claud Cockburn. He was educated at Glenalmond College, Perthshire, and Trinity College, Oxford.
Cockburn married Janet Montefiore, daughter of Rt Rev Hugh William Montefiore, and has two children, Henry Claud and Alexander. He has two brothers, Alexander Cockburn and Andrew Cockburn who are also journalists.
His most recent book, following award-winning reporting from Iraq, is "The Occupation" published by Verso Books. Mixing first hand accounts with reporting, Cockburn's book is critical of the invasion as well as the Salafi fundamentalists who comprise much of the resistance.
Cockburn's memoir is The Broken Boy, a memoir of his childhood in 1950s Ireland when he caught and survived polio. His previous books include Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein, written with Andrew Cockburn.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Part 2 of Tao Ruspoli's interview with sex therapist and free speech activist Dr. Susan Block at her downtown LA speakeasy.
Part of counterpunch.org's counterviews series.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Tao Ruspoli talks to Jeffrey St. Clair about Iraq, the state of the left, 9/11 conspiracy theorists and more.
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Monday, January 15, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
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Malachi (Dungeon Family)
Directed by Tao Ruspoli
Shot by Tao Ruspoli and Cody Lucich
Edited by Cody Lucich James Wade and Tao Ruspoli
Produced by James Wade
Album: Workaholic Mixtape Vol. 2
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He currently lives and works in Venice, California.Career
Moviemaker magazine singled out Ruspoli as one of the 10 Young Filmmakers To Watch in its spring 2008 issue. His feature narrative debut, Fix, was one of 10 feature films to screen in competition at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival and soon afterward at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival where Ruspoli was awarded the Heineken Red Star Award for "most innovative and progressive filmmaker." Fix also won the Festival Award for Best Film at the 2008 Brooklyn Film Festival, Vail Film Festival and the 2008 Twin Rivers Media Festival, as well as other prizes at several international festivals.
His most well-known documentaries are Just Say Know, a personal discussion of his family's drug addiction and Being in the World, "a celebration of being human in a technological age", and an exploration of the ideas of Martin Heidgger. His other films include Flamenco: A Personal Journey, a feature length documentary about the flamenco way of life as it is lived by Gypsies in the south of Spain. He has directed a number of other short documentaries, including El Cable (also about Flamenco), and This Film Needs No Title: A Portrait of Raymond Smullyan (a portrait of the renowned logician, mathematician and concert pianist Raymond Smullyan).
Tao founded LAFCO in 2000. The Los Angeles Filmmakers Cooperative, is a bohemian collective of filmmakers and musicians who work out of a converted school bus. Through LAFCO, Tao has produced several films and helped dozens of filmmakers to make their first films and discover the wonders of digital media.
Tao is an accomplished flamenco guitar player, and his first CD, Flamenco, was released on Mapleshade Records in 2005.Filmography
- Jack (1996) Production Assistant
- Bulworth (1998) Art department Assistant
- Tango, no me dejes nunca (1998) Camera Apprentice
- Just Say Know (2002) Director, Cinematographer and Film editor
- This Film Needs No Title: A Portrait of Raymond Smullyan (2004) Director, Cinematographer and Film editor
- El Cable (2004) Director, Cinematographer, Editor and Film producer
- Flamenco: A Personal Journey (2005) Director, Cinematographer and Film producer
- Camjackers (2006) .... Whack Filmmaker #1 and also Film editor and Executive Producer
- Fix (2008) .... Milo and also Writer, Cinematographer and Film director
- Behind the Wheel (2008) Film director
- Being in the World (2009) Film director