Tag: Oscars

Two MICA Faculty Members’ Animated Short, ‘Negative Space,’ Gets Oscar Nod

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Still for "Negative Space," by via Tiny Inventions.

A short film made by two MICA animation faculty members has earned a rare Oscar nomination for 2018 in the category of Best Animated Short Film.

Local Art Teacher Shares Four Ways “Whiplash” Gets Art and Aspiration Wrong

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Writer/musician Ron Tanner takes Oscar-contender “Whiplash” to task.

Oscar-contender “Whiplash” — about a talented college drumming student under the tutelage of a maniacal master teacher– has made a well-deserved splash with both critics and viewers. The film’s pyrotechnic student-teacher duel plays like a hot-jazz cutting contest and you’d be the odd exception if you came away from the movie without great admiration for the acting: J. K. Simmons is a marvel. That said, the aptly-named “Whiplash” left me shaken because, as a long-time teacher of the arts, I found so much of its message wrong-headed, if not downright wrong.

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