How Jillian Ezra is Bringing Home Movies Back; What's New for LA Pride
By Erin Magner, Charlotte Hughes, and Stephanie Centeno| May 11, 2015 |
How is Jillian Ezra bringing home movies to the 21st century, and what can we except from LA Pride this year? That and more in this month's culture news….
Jillian Ezra Puts a Techie New Spin on Old-School Home Movies
Isn’t it ironic that as technology progresses, we’re relegating more and more valuable moments to unreliable phone cameras? Enter Jillian Ezra, who left a high-powered finance job to launch a production company that’s bringing home videos back to their former glory (and then some).
“Most families have professional photographers take their pictures each year, but these videos are different,” says Ezra. “They’re just a slice of everyday life, shot and edited and colored so they look like a short film.” Her team can document everything from a day in a new baby’s life to a legacy film celebrating an aging family member.
According to Ezra’s first client (her cousin), the result is worth the investment. “She said it was the greatest gift anyone could ever give her,” says the filmmaker. “It was her son, bottled at age 4, and she could relive that experience for the rest of her life.”
The Best of LA's Festival Scene
Start building your summer playlist by checking out the must-see artists at LA’s upcoming music festivals. LA Philharmonic’s Next on Grand: Contemporary Americans festival showcases the music of American composers, performers, and choreographers—both established (Philip Glass) and in-the-making (LA’s experimental Calder Quartet). Expect six world premieres and two West Coast premieres during its run from May 19–June 14.
The 37th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 13-14) will feature legends Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Finally, make the most of warmer nights with indie music, art, and panoramic views of the city at The Getty Center’s Saturdays Off the 405, kicking off with a performance by Cathedrals on May 16.
A Look at Sister Corita Kent's Art
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: E Eye Love, 1968; Harness the Sun, 1967; For Eleanor, 196; 4X Give a Damn, 1968
As a contemporary of Andy Warhol, Sister Corita Kent (1918-1986) created a body of silk screen prints and appropriated images that shrewdly commented on the era’s politics and culture. The former nun, who taught at Immaculate Heart College, is now being honored at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in “Someday Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent.” The show spans more than 30 years and is the first major museum survey of the local legend’s work. June 14–November 1
What's New for LA Pride?
Revelers carry a rainbow flag at the annual LA Pride Parade.
In response to the one-year anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, LA paved the way with the world’s first Pride parade to commemorate the LGBT fight for equality. Forty-five years later, West Hollywood continues the tradition with LA Pride, a three-day festival that is sure to attract hundreds of thousands for live performances by top musical guests, community events, celebrity guest appearances, art, and, of course, the over-the-top Pride Parade down Santa Monica Boulevard. June 12 –14, 2015
Dwell on Design Celebrates 10 Years
The largest design event in America, Dwell on Design, celebrates its 10th anniversary at the Los Angeles Convention Center this year. The three-day exhibition and conference features the best modern home goods and hundreds of design industry experts available for free consultations. The event focuses on four core content tracks—Design for Humankind, Smart Tech, Resiliency, and Energy 360—and visitors will be able to shop at the exclusive dwell pop-up shop and walk through prefab homes and stunning landscapes. May 29–31