The Living Theatre: A Day in the Life of Paris

By Jen Wallace and Marc Rickenbach On May 25, at Le Pavé d’Orsay, a narrow empty space tucked away in Paris’ 7th, we attended the Introductory Cocktail and Press hour celebrating the return of The Living Theatre to Paris after a twenty year absence. The following weekend, in collaboration with the Bilingual Acting Workshop, The […]

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The Shared Palme d’Or

by Marc Rickenbach The 64th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival opened with Woody Allen’s new film Midnight in Paris. The American filmmaker, who has been honored by the festival in the past, is famously known to keep his films out of any competition and often does not show up, even if nominated. To […]

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Michel Gondry – Our Top 6 Music Videos

by Marc Rickenbach In recent months French filmmaker and arts and crafts enthusiast Michel Gondry has been popping his head up all over the place on both sides of the Atlantic. The director, most well known for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Science of Sleep (not to mention numerous music videos, which we’ll […]

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The Horror in Music Videos

by Marc Rickenbach I was thinking recently about where we might see a crossover between music videos and films. There’s the obvious: some form of a narrative, maybe an experimental/auteur edge and some music videos even directly allude to films. But for the most part music videos stand as their own ‘genre’ of cinematic form. […]

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ÉCU team

Wondering who the hard-working people at ÉCU are? Check out the slideshow and find out! Make sure you click on more and click autoplay- it will enrich your viewing experience.

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Cineplexx

photo © Roc Herms by Marc Rickenbach Argentinian artist Sebastián Litmanovich is the sort of guy that can’t seem to stay still…creatively speaking. At any given time he is involved in several projects, putting his many talents that span different mediums to good use. While performing or releasing his loveable Spanish-language indie pop, he goes […]

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Girl Talk: Art and Copyright

by Marc Rickenbach American mash-up master Girl Talk has been the subject of much controversy due to his copyright-bending art and wild live shows. With a new album out (available as a free download), we take a look at an artist who calls attention to the possibilities of the Internet in enhancing creativity via mash-up […]

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La Blogothèque’s Take-Away Shows

by Marc Rickenbach With well over 100 videos shot and published, La Blogothèque’s Take-Away Shows are hardly a well kept secret anymore. They have become a standard stop for bands and artists of all styles and status that tour through the French capital. Arcade Fire, Animal Collective and Phoenix have all walked the streets of […]

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Making The Girl Dance: Guerilla Videos at Their Best

by Marc Rickenbach Baby, Baby, Baby Kill me French duo Make the Girl Dance pretty much make it clear that they deserve the award for best use of a marketing budget. In the age of the flip-cam, iMovie and all the other cheap filmmaking paraphernalia that is too easy to get your hands on and […]

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The Arts and Crafts of Music Videos

by Marc Rickenbach Continuing our celebration of music videos leading up to ÉCU’s inaugural Best European Music Video 2011 award, we take a look at some of our favorite animated and craft-savvy clips currently out there. The stylized live performance has been the go-to concept since music videos hit the scene some thirty years ago. […]

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