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'Room 237' Director Rodney Ascher Brings Us A New Documentary: 'The Nightmare'

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Variety:


If there are few things less interesting than hearing other people talk about their dreams, then director Rodney Ascher has pulled off something uniquely impressive, if still somewhat overstretched, in “The Nightmare,” an intriguing documentary-horror hybrid centered around the experiences of eight individuals who have suffered from the mysterious phenomenon of sleep paralysis. Mixing talking heads, surreal bedtime re-creations and shamelessly assaultive scare tactics, Ascher’s playful, visually inventive sophomore feature isn’t at the same level as “Room 237,” his brilliant 2012 inquiry into the mystique of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” But it shares with its predecessor a warped affection for eccentric storytellers and a desire to give vivid cinematic form to their darkest imaginings, if that is indeed what they are.



Interview with the Director:


This is a film that features absolutely zero doctors or professionals. Why?

Two reasons I guess - - - first, I thought that rather than to stretch ourselves too thin trying to be a an encyclopedic overview of Sleep Paralysis (there's a lot of science and medical perspectives we could've explored, but also there's a ton of  history you can trace  in art, mythology, and literature) I wanted to focus on what I found most compelling - 1st person eyewitness testimony. I would say what we're doing here is something more akin to 'case histories' or storytelling.

Also, although there is science about what's happening in your body during an episode, there's not much to explain the question I find most interesting: why people see the things they see - and that's as true for dreams and psychedelic hallucinations as it is for sleep paralysis.  I wanted to let people speculate about what shadow people are (and especially whether or not they're "real"), but  I thought the people I wanted to hear from most were the ones actually seeing them.



Estella Boersma in Miu Miu's Fall 2015 Campaign Video by Jamie Hawkesworth

Edie Campbell for Tiffany & Co by Daniel Jackson


How to sum up New York City in a few short words? Edie Campbell gives it a go in designs from the Tiffany T and Atlas® collections. Make a statement with rings, bracelets and bangles from these Tiffany jewelry collections.

Woody Allen's Next Movie: Irrational Man


On a small town college campus, a philosophy professor in existential crisis gives his life new purpose when he enters into a relationship with his student.

Stars: Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey

Prada Pre-Fall 2015 Campaign Film by Gordon Von Steiner


See the print campaign

Daphne Groeneveld for Tom Ford 2015 Soleil Collection Mini Video


Daphne Groeneveld for Tom Ford 2015 Soleil Collection by Inez & Vinoodh

Gucci Summer 2015 Havana Sunglasses Collection Campaign

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Filmed in the canyons above Malibu. Featured model is Alexa Hochgürtel.

Helena Severin & Larissa Hofmann by Gus+Lo for Uterqüe SS 2015 Video Campaign

The Postmen Dreams: The Tree & The Laundromat' by Autumn de Wilde for Prada


The Laundromat
An overdose of candy-coloured formica, an elegant striptease by a middle-aged pin up, played by Helen Jameson. De Wilde is not afraid to saturate our senses. The Prada Galleria is the silent star, its presence driving the narrative, its iconic looks impossible to ignore.

The Tree
The eponymous tree’s magical branches bear apple-red Prada Gallerias – ready to be plucked by a passing motorcyclist on a custom Prada motorbike. A fantasy world of humour and elegance convey an untraditional sense of luxury.

'The Artist Is Absent' A Short Film On Martin Margiela by YOOX Group


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The exclusive documentary produced by YOOX Group and directed by New York filmmaker Alison Chernick. The film, selected for the 2015 edition of the Tribeca Film Festival reveals the true face of the enigmatic Belgian designer who appears here as never before. Featuring some of the most distinguished names in the fashion industry, such as fashion journalist Suzy Menkes, designers Jean Paul Gaultier and Raf Simons and fashion retail entrepreneur Geert Bruloot – who was the first to discover the enormous talent of Martin Margiela.