Seeing us through to the end of the year we’ve reached out to a number of our favourite artists and cultural creatives to join us in celebrating good things. A bunch of five things that make their world go around, inspire them or just need celebrating for what they are. There’s no theme here. It’s no kind of “best of year” round-up. These are just five things of the many things identified as making the world a better place to be. We’re all about positivity. Almost all of the time. We promise…
K Pontuti is an artist and filmmaker. Back in March we reviewed their excellent debut feature film The Yellow Wallpaper an adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s feminist gothic classic. It’s one of our favourite films of the year. Our review has proven to be one of our most widely read stories of the year. We asked K to give us five. Here’s what they came up with.
From books to movies, it’s my go-to genre. I started reading Stephen King in high school, and read almost everything he had written. Then The Shining, Black Swan, The Birds, Carrie…just a few of my favorite movies.
The Perfect Negroni
Equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth—easy to remember and hard to f-up. The perfect drink on a warm summer evening, after a long day in the studio, or while attempting old Italian family recipes in the kitchen. Tastes like crashing a party at Cannes.
The Castro Theater
In just the past week I’ve been able to see The Toll of the Sea with a live performance score as part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and Suspiria (the 1977 version) accompanied by live music from the original composer. Such a gorgeous and wonderful San Francisco landmark with fantastic programming. Also home to the Frameline Film Festival.
I draw with them every morning. Nothing better than getting a new box of 602 pencils and a drawing pad. Their headquarters are right here in Stockton, CA.
Cheesy? Maybe. They got me through the pandemic and have inspired a bunch of artwork so credit where credit is due. And yes, they’re all named after Hitchcock movies – go figure.
You can find more about K Pontuti’s film The Yellow Wallpaper here and the website for their art is right here.
K Pontuti, portrait by Natalie Peterson.
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