Recent “Film News” Posts

  • Sep 19
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Helvetica/Objectified/Urbanized: The Complete Interviews

Greetings, friends. Over the past eight years I’ve had the pleasure of having conversations with an incredible group of designers for Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized. But while each conversation might last two hours or more, we only get to use maybe two minutes of it in the film. So if you’ve watched my three documentaries, you’ve actually only seen 3% of the conversations we recorded. That means there are almost 100 hours of amazing interviews that we weren’t able to show you. So we’re going to release the full text of these interviews in a book! And we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to make it happen. You can get all the details here.

The book will include in-depth discussions with designers and thinkers like Paola Antonelli, Alejandro Aravena, Chris Bangle, Michael Bierut, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Neville Brody, Tim Brown, David Carson, Matthew Carter, Candy Chang, Yung Ho Chang, Wim Crouwel, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Tobias Frere-Jones, Experimental Jetset, Dan Formosa, Sir Norman Foster, Naoto Fukasawa, Jan Gehl, Jonathan Hoefler, Jonathan Ive, Hella Jongerius, Bruce Katz, David Kelley, Rem Koolhaas, Rahul Mehrotra, Bill Moggridge, Marc Newson, Oscar Niemeyer, Enrique Penalosa, Michael C. Place, Rick Poynor, Dieter Rams, Karim Rashid, Alice Rawsthorn, Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, Erik Spiekerman, Davin Stowell, Jane Fulton Suri, Massimo Vignelli, Rob Walker, Hermann Zapf, and many more… over 75 of the world’s most creative and innovative people.

We want this book to be the most comprehensive design interview book ever published, an invaluable resource for designers, design educators, or anyone interested in the creative process. We’ve got lots of great rewards, so we hope you’ll back the project now and join us in making this happen.

Cheers!
-Gary

Categories: Design News, Film News, Helvetica, Merchandise, Objectified

  • Mar 11
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Tell Me Something + Design Trilogy Box Sets

There’s a new Kickstarter project that launched yesterday that I think is fantastic: TELL ME SOMETHING, a book of photos and advice from fifty documentary filmmakers. This is a great project, and I’m not just saying that because I’m one of the fifty! There are some legendary filmmakers who are part of it, like DA Pennebaker, Albert Maysles, Barbara Kopple, Frederick Wiseman, and many more. It’s an honor for me to be included in this book.

To help the project reach their funding goal, I’ve donated five of my personal copies of the sold-out Design Trilogy Box Set to their campaign. So if you missed getting one when we did the Urbanized Kickstarter campaign, here’s your chance. And if you’ve already got a Trilogy box set, please back the project for the book, which is only $40. I think it’s going to be really special.

Categories: Film News

  • Sep 12
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R.I.P. Bill Moggridge

Bill Moggridge, legendary designer of the first laptop computer, co-founder of design firm IDEO, and director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, passed away earlier this week after a battle with cancer. I had the honor of interviewing Bill at his home in California in 2008 for “Objectified”. He was a brilliant designer, educator, and all-around gentleman. He will be missed.

The Cooper-Hewitt has created a video tribute to Bill, and the folks at IDEO have made a website celebrating Bill’s memory. See some of the entires there or add your own.

And here’s a clip of Bill’s appearance in “Objectified”.

Bill Moggridge – clip from “Objectified” from gary hustwit on Vimeo.

Categories: Design News, Film News, Objectified

  • Apr 26
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Design Trilogy Box Sets = Sold Out

The 1,000 copy limited-edition Design Trilogy Box Set is now officially sold out. Thanks to everyone who ordered one, especially our Kickstarter backers who ordered it last year and supported production of Urbanized. Hope you all enjoy it!

Categories: Film News, Merchandise

  • Apr 18
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Design Trilogy box sets… 38 copies left…

All the Design Trilogy box set orders have been shipped out! And after the dust settled from shipping, there are 38 copies remaining from the 1,000 copy limited edition. You can choose between either DVD or Blu-ray discs, and they’ll go on sale here on Friday, April 20th, noon EST.

Categories: Film News, Merchandise

Urbanized is now available on DVD & Blu-ray, with an hour of bonus interviews and footage, 5.1 surround sound, and liner notes from director Gary Hustwit. Order now, and get $5 off the retail price, plus an exclusive Urbanized Field Notes notepad, while they last!

You can also rent or download the film right from our site, or from iTunes USA, Canada, or UK, or from Amazon US.

Categories: Film News, Merchandise

Stream 16 tracks from the Urbanized soundtrack, free!

Kristian Dunn of the band El Ten Eleven (above) wrote the score for Gary Hustwit’s Objectified, and is back with new music for Urbanized. We’ve uploaded 16 tracks of his original score for your streaming pleasure, free! Listen now.

Categories: Film News

DVD Extra: “Requiem for Cabrini-Green”

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the extras on the Urbanized DVD, from our filming of the demolition of the final tower of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing project.

The DVD and Blu-ray will be released February 14, pre-order them here. We’re also taking pre-orders for the last few limited-edition Design Trilogy Box Sets.

Categories: Film News, Merchandise

Watch Urbanized Online, Now!

Starting today, you can now watch Urbanized online while it’s still in theaters! If you’ve got iTunes and you’re in the US or Canada, you can watch it via iTunes as a premium rental. If you’re not in those countries, you can rent it directly from our website via Distrify. You can also embed the film in your website or blog and share it with folks you know.

I’ll be honest, watching a film on your computer isn’t exactly the ideal viewing experience. But realistically, we aren’t going to be able to do a special screening event in every one of your cities, and this way we can show the film out to everyone who wants to see it. Now. I know some of you have your computer hooked up to your television with a good sound system, or use Apple TV or other devices to watch streaming video on your home system. That’s awesome. But I would still recommend that if you can, please try to see the film in a proper cinema!

Cheers,
Gary

Categories: Film News, Merchandise

Theatrical update and new events

Some updates on our theatrical tuns:

- The NYC cinema run at IFC Center has been extended another week, until November 17th.

- Only two more days to see Urbanized on the big screen in Chicago at the Siskel Film Center, and in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Both runs will close on November 10th.

- Urbanized will screen at the Ragtag Cinema in Columbia MO, starting this Friday November 11th, through the 17th.

- Our Montreal theatrical run at Cinéma du Parc is November 19th to 25th.

Cheers!

Categories: Film News


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