Artbound 2012: Best of Film and Media Arts


Over our first season, we published hundreds of articles, produced twenty-two short documentaries, and aired three hour-long television episodes. We traversed the cultural landscapes sprawling across our state from the metropolises to the towns, between the coast and the desert, across the border, and into the mountains. On New Year's Day, we will be airing a three-hour Artbound Marathon which will feature all of our episodes mashed up into one explosion of Southern California arts and culture. But for the next few days, we will be reliving some of the most read articles by our contributors, breaking down the most popular articles by county and discipline. We hope you enjoy catching up on all the artistic discussions and activities that make California the creative capital of the world!

The Altered Reality of 'K-Town'


The idea of a reality show, set in L.A.'s Koreatown, documenting the antics of young Asian Americans, made instant waves. As news of the show spread, the response to "K-Town" always combined amusement, outrage, and curiosity.

Representing Revolt: Images of the Mexican Revolution

Sabino Osuna photograph of a people's army: soldiers, soldaderas, and their children, ca. 1910-1914. | Photo: Courtesy of UCR Libraries.

Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Sabino Osuna's Photographs of the Mexican Revolution is an exhibition on view at UC Riverside's California Museum of Photography from November 3, 2012 to January 5, 2013.

Adolescence, Remixed: Charlie White and Boom Bip's "Music for Sleeping Children"

The Cyrilla Strothers Project 2004-2006, Charlie White.

Visual artist Charlie White collaborates with avant electronic musician Boom Bip aka Brian Hollon, on a new endeavor, Music For Sleeping Children, which pairs interviews with adolescent girls with club-rocking beats.

San Gabriel Valley Goes Viral: the Fung Bros Rep the 626

The Fung Brothers by Oliver Wang.

After the Fung Bros. arrived in Los Angeles, they recognized the uniqueness of the local culture in the San Gabriel Valley and coined it the "626 Lifestyle," a nod to their area code, aka the "Boba Life," referring to that milk tea and tapioca ball concoction served out of countless SGV mini-malls.

Stacy Peralta: Skate Culture's Unofficial Curator Returns to His Roots

 Professional skateboarder Stacy Peralta, seen during his Powell-Peralta days, executes an aerial move. | Photo: Courtesy of Powell-Peralta.

Professional skateboarder-turned-filmmaker Stacy Peralta revisits his past in the new documentary "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography."

Weekly Video Vote Winners from the Film and Media Arts Discipline

With your help, our editorial team reviewed and rated the most compelling weekly articles. One of these articles was passed along to our video production unit, who produced a short-format documentary based on the selected story. Every week, a new video debuted online. And every other month, we compiled the best online material to create a broadcast television episode. Check out all the 2012 head-to-head matches on our vote page.

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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline


Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline


A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline


Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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