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'The Road' in Entertainment Weekly.

Source: Entertainment Weekly.
Found By: Airwin
Categories: Movie Promotions
Our thanks to Airwin for this latest piece on The Road. The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly brings us their first look.

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Source: The Reykjavík Museum of Photography
Categories: Gallery Shows
Press Release




31- May - 31. August 2008


The Reykjavík Museum of Photography is pleased to announce the exhibition SKOVBO by Viggo Mortensen. Many people may connect the name of this multi-talented artist with acting rather than photography, as he has been very successful as a movie actor for which he recently received an Oscar nomination.

Mortensen finds more than one path to channel his artistic creation and often mixes them together. Thus, his acting is only a part of a larger whole as he is recognized for his photography, which he has been doing for many years, together with painting, poetry and music. Viggo Mortensen has travelled widely and has lived in various places in his life. He uses his immediate surroundings where he is staying any time as the subject of his photographs. Whether it is rays of sunlight breaking into a thick tree foliage in Krakow, Poland, a man climbing stairs in the Ural Mountains, a sun-scorched bush in New Mexico or sedge at the edge of a forest in Zealand, Denmark, the way he perceives the world is clearly apparent in his photographs, which have a certain lyrical and dreamlike quality to them.

In 2002 Mortensen founded the publishing company Perceval Press which focuses on his interests: arts, photography, poetry and literature. As many Icelanders are aware, not long ago the company published a book of the works of Icelandic painter, Georg Guðni, was published by the company. Books of Viggo Mortensen´s own photography include: Recent Forgeries (Smart Art Press, 1998) SignLanguage (Smart Art Press, 2002), Coincidence of Memory (Perceval Press, 2002), Hole In The Sun (Perceval Press, 2002) and most recently SKOVBO (Perceval Press, 2008)

© The Reykjavík Museum of Photography. Images © Viggo Mortensen/Perceval Press.

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More Viggo in Portland

Source: The Oregonian.
Found By: Nikkie
Our thanks to Nikkie for surfacing this report from Portland via The Oregonian.

Viggo Mortensen and Eddie Vedder sing the revolution on a hot PDX night

Voices of a People's History - Portland, OR 5.16.08
Voices of a People's History - Portland, OR 5.16.0...
Image Doug Beghtel.
© The Oregonian.
by Kristi Turnquist/The Oregonian Sunday May 18, 2008, 2:11 PM

Friday night, the line outside First Baptist Church in downtown Portland stretched around the block. The still-blazing sun, on a day of record heat, blasted early birds as they waited for the doors to open at 7:15 p.m. In the crowd were children, teens, teachers, students, silver hairs, and babes in arms. Many wore tank tops, sleeveless shifts or shorts, revealing tender flesh abruptly liberated from winter layers, now reddened and sweating.

Despite the rivers of perspiration sliding down backs and foreheads, the mood in line stayed remarkably jolly. And the crowd's spirits were as high as the temperature. It's not every Friday night in Portland, after all, that mashes together, in one form or another, Viggo Mortensen, Eddie Vedder, Bob Dylan, John Reed, Cindy Sheehan, Billie Holiday, John Brown, Leonard Peltier and Malcolm X.

This Friday night event, "Voices of a People's History," featured famous actors, East Coast performers and selected Portlanders reading excerpts from "Voices of a People's History of the United States." Edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove, the book is a companion volume to Zinn's bestseller, "A People's History of the United States." As the title indicates, "Voices" collects speeches, poems, letters, songs and other testimony from figures both obscure and renowned.

As Zinn, a professor emeritus of political science at Boston University, writes in the book's introduction: "I want to point out that people who seem to have no power, whether working people, people of color, or women -- once they organize and protest and create movements -- have a voice no government can suppress."

The event, presented by Portland's Illahee Lecture Series, was already a hot ticket -- no pun intended -- because of the participation of Mortensen. The actor (best known as Aragorn in the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy), in Oregon to film "The Road," adapted from Cormac McCarthy's novel, has appeared in a "Voices" reading in Los Angeles. His connection with Zinn includes Mortensen's narration of "What the Classroom Didn't Teach Me About American Empire," a video available on YouTube.

Taking advantage of Mortensen's local presence, Illahee added the "Voices" reading to its lecture series. "Our season is about why we believe what we believe," says Peter Schoonmaker, Illahee's president. "We thought this fit it, asking the question, 'Can you believe history? Do you believe these dissenters and activists, or do you believe the standard story?" And it's timely, Schoonmaker adds, in this political season, when voters are asking, "Do you believe in Barack or Hillary or John McCain, or none of the above?"

No doubt many in the sell-out crowd were on hand to hear the provocative, eloquent, sometimes inflammatory words of American dissidents. But there were also the starstruck women in flirty sundresses and strappy sandals, hair combed and shiny, talking and laughing among themselves, and it was impossible not to overhear the conversations.

"This was all over the fan club sites."

"I'm sure at least some of these people have read the book."

"Viggo is just such a hottie."

Once inside, the Viggo-gazers calmed down and paid attention to an evening of words from some of America's most incendiary advocates of revolution. Zinn's co-editor, Anthony Arnove, dedicated the evening to the memory of Howard Zinn's wife, Roslyn, who died earlier in the week. Then he surprised the crowd by bringing out "a friend to us all, Eddie Vedder." The singer-songwriter and frontman for Pearl Jam came out to thunderous applause, waved, and took a seat in the front pew.

The readers sat on a long pew at the front of the church and rose, one by one, for their selections. The words that rang through the church offered a revisionist view of America, as a land "discovered" with brutal exploitation by Christopher Columbus, its history woven through with oppression of the working class, minorities and the poor.

Portland poet and musician Trevino L. Brings Plenty quoted Tecumseh, a Shawnee leader: "white people came among us feeble and now we have made them strong...the white men are not friends to the Indians."

Lincoln High School student Sarah Levy animatedly read from Helen Keller's protest against U.S. entry into World War I: "Every modern war has its roots in exploitation.."

Mortensen, bearded, wearing jeans and T-shirt that said, "Make Art, Not War," read similar thoughts from Portland native John Reed, the journalist and Communist activist. In 1917, Reed wrote an article for The Masses magazine entitled "Whose War?" that opposed World War I.

"I know what war means," Mortensen read in a low, steady voice. "I have seen men die, and go mad, and lie in hospitals suffering hell; but there is a worse thing than that. War means an ugly mob-madness, crucifying the truth-tellers, choking the artists, side-tracking reforms, revolutions, and the working of social forces."

As his voice rose, parallels with current debates over war seemed to resonate among the audience. "Whose war is this?" Mortensen read. "Not mine."

"Not mine," echoed a voice in the crowd.

Sustained applause greeted Portland actor and teacher Eric Levine as he read from the 1918 speech that led to Socialist and union leader Eugene Debs' arrest: "Every solitary one of these aristocratic conspirators and would-be murderers claims to be an arch-patriot; every one of them insists that the war is being waged to make the world safe for democracy. What humbug!"

New York-based Shontina Vernon sang a blood-chilling version of "Strange Fruit," the classic condemnation of the lynching of African Americans that became one of Billie Holiday's most wrenching songs.

The evening reached an emotional climax with Michael Ealy, of the Showtime miniseries, "Sleeper Cell," reading from Malcolm X's revolutionary "A Message to the Grass Roots"; Mortensen singing, a capella, Bob Dylan's "Masters of War"; and New York performance poet Staceyann Chin reading, with explosive emotion, from Cindy Sheehan's "It's Time the Antiwar Choir Started Singing."

Then, Vedder went to the front of the church, sat on a chair, picked up a guitar and, after stopping twice to collect his emotions, devoted his song, "The Long Road" to Roslyn Zinn. "Without you," Vedder sang, "something's missing...Now I wish for you again/And the wind keeps blowin'/And the sky keeps turning gray/And the sun is set..."

When Vedder finished, the crowd -- some in tears -- applauded vigorously and went back into the hot Portland night.

© 2008 Oregon Live LLC. Images © Doug Beghtel/The Oregonian.

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The People Speak, Portland: A First Report And A First Look

Source: VFB.
Found By: dancegirl78
Voices of a People's History - Portland, OR 5.16.08 Voices of a People's History - Portland, OR 5.16.08
Our BIG thanks go out to dancegirl78 and VFB for this first Portland report that includes images.

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OMG!!! Last night OlgaBlue from this board and I went to the Voices of a People's History event with Viggo making an appearance. It was at 8pm at the First Baptist Church in downtown. The event was a shorter version of the People Speak event in Boston (which I missed because of the New Zealand trip). Viggo did 3 readings, they were:

-John Reed "Whose War?"
-Bob Dylan "Masters of War" - he sang it
-Howard Zinn "The Problem of Civil Obedience"
He wore "Make Art Not War" white T-shirt, jeans and black boots. Although he is noticeably very skinny and still has the beard, to me he looked great!

Other performers last night were: Anthony Arnove, Staceyann Chin, Michael Ealy, Sarah Levy, Trevino Brings Plenty and Shontina Vernon. Howard Zinn was not present.

I'm still incredibly excited from last night! They did not allow pictures during the show, but I managed to take a few after the event outside while he was signing autographs.

Special thanks to OlgaBlue who found out about the event and VFB sisters who encouraged me to go!

© dancegirl78. Used by permission.

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Our thanks to Dom for surfacing the latest review by Richard Marcus. This time it is SKOVBO.
It's always deep in the heart of the forest where the evil lurks. Hansel and Gretel come across the evil witch and her gingerbread house, Little Red Ridding Hood meets the wolf, and countless other fell and dangerous creatures are known to lurk there. Our relationship to trees and forests has a history of being adversarial; in order to establish outposts of civilization, homesteaders would clear away trees to grow the meager crops that keep them alive.

As hard as it for us to imagine, most of the world's temperate climate land masses, North America, Europe, and parts of Asia were at one time covered with mixed growth forests. Evergreens and deciduous trees stood cheek to jowl and were home to wildlife that has long since vanished. While North America - Canada in particular - is still home to swaths of pristine forest land, Europe's great stands have been greatly reduced. Where wolves and woodland bison once roamed, small pockets of trees remain that are but ghosts of their past glory.

The majority of us will probably go our entire lives without setting foot in anything resembling a forest, or at best visit one of the domesticated versions where neat roadways and paths lead you through ordered rows of new growth and the occasional old "veteran" tree bearing the scars of the axe that failed to fell him. Yet for those of us willing to make the effort to strike off on our own and enter into the forest world, the experience can be close to mystical. The noise of civilization has ebbed into silence, and we stand there alone with only floating pieces of light and dust, occasional bird song, and small animal life for company.

The first book of Viggo Mortensen's poems and photographs that I acquired, Coincidence of Memory, had on its cover an image of trees rendered in slightly out of focus shades of grey. Since then I have had the good fortune to be able to view the majority of his books, and in each of them there has been at least one image that has paid homage to the splendour and mystery of trees. So it wasn't much of a surprise that Skovbo (a Danish word that roughly translates into English as "home in the forest"), his latest book of photographs and poems published by Perceval Press, gathers together images of trees that he has photographed from around the world. Meant to be a companion for an upcoming exhibit of Mr. Mortensen's photography at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Skovbo works just as well as a stand alone collection of work replete with the mystery and beauty of trees.

Last year Mr. Mortensen released a CD of improvised piano tunes entitled Time Waits For Everyone, featuring pieces that were named for locales throughout Eastern Europe and Russia. In Skovbo, we are taken back over that same geographic territory. This time we are seeing through the lens of his camera, and occasionally his words on paper, as he drives through the country side and occasionally ventures into cities. With the exception of one or two shots, trees play a role in the composition of these photographs. From a solitary tree standing sentinel on the edge of a farmer's field caught by Mr. Mortensen's camera through a car window, to panoramic views of forests, I've never seen trees captured on film in the way they are in Skovbo.

No matter what his subject matter, what first catches your eye about these works is the role light plays in the photo compositions, and Mr. Mortensen's ability for capturing and utilizing ambient light. Shooting through a hole in the night canopy of a stand of trees brings the star-filled sky crashing down on our heads as the camera lens pulls and is pulled by the one source of illumination available to it. The light years that separate us from the stars is eliminated, and the night sky plugs the hole in the top of the forest; if our bed were the forest floor, the sky would be our ceiling that lies just beyond the reach of our fingertips.

In another composition, he shoots across the sun's glare refracting the light in such a way that a stand of trees are washed with a prism's red flecks and bedecked with transitory fire flowers. While this photograph gives some indication that sunlight might not be the gentlest of light sources (showing us the harshness that lies at its heart in terms of colour and intensity), it barely prepares us for the merciless quality of a dead fawn in a farmer's field. Off in the distance, at the edge of the frame, we see a line of trees that could indicate the beginnings of a forest that might have been the animal's home and shelter.

What compelled the fawn to leave the cool dark place under the boughs of the trees to venture out here into the open where it met its end? The harshness of the light beating relentlessly down on the small corpse gives notice that there is no sentimentality in nature. While Mr. Mortensen's camera is able to capture the beauty of the cool dark places under the trees to make you want to seat yourself beneath them and breathe in the peacefulness, he does not shy away from the truth that sudden death is just as much part of this world's reality.

Still, there is no escaping the majesty and beauty of the forest or the strength and mystery of the solitary tree, and image after image of trees are presented for our contemplation. Even a tree laid out to rest with its roots ripped from the earth and splayed like a multi-fingered hand adds to the impression of dignity that has been created. In spite of being fallen, its strength and power remain undiminished in the eye of Mr. Mortensen's camera.

On some occasions the camera looks at the forest from a distance; on others it's looking out from amidst the trees at the world beyond, and on others we are brought to rest inside the forest with the trees. The photographs in Skovbo show us that no matter where we sit, there is still enough power remaining in the scattered woods of the world to stir our souls and fire our imaginations. Peering into one grey and misty vista of trees I can't help but look for shapes flitting back and forth, the ghosts of the wolves or wood bison that once roamed the woods of Europe, or the spirits of the people that used to live in them in North America. Viggo Mortensen's Skovbo brings the forest alive in a way that I've never seen photographs do before. You might never look at a tree in the same way again.

Copies of Skovbo can be purchased directly from Perceval Press, as can other works by Viggo Mortensen and other fine artists and writers.
© Richard Marcus.

Richard Marcus is a long-haired
Canadian iconoclast who writes reviews
and opines on the world as he sees it at
Leap In The Dark
and Epic India Magazine.

© Richard Marcus. Images © Perceval Press/Richard Marcus.

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