Joseph Gordon-Levitt is taking his love for the arts on the road. According to a press release, the "Looper" star will host the fall tour for his online art community, hitRECord.
"hitRECord on the Road" will showcase video, music and writing created by the members of the site. Gordon-Levitt will also take an active role in the creative process, directing and participating in sketches, readings and musical numbers performed during the show.
Social media use will be heavily promoted at the shows as well, with audience members being encouraged to film events on their cameras and phones. The footage can then be uploaded to hitRECord.org, where it will be available to a community of over 150,000 artists to edit and remix. The best video will be viewed at future hitRECord shows.
Gordon-Levitt launched hitRECord in 2010 as a resource for artists around the world to share their creative works. The company started as a website Gordon-Levitt created with the help of his brother in 2005. It has now grown into a bustling artistic community with over 125,000 active members.
hitRECord is open to creatives of any kind, ranging from actors and singers to graphic designers and writers. Gordon-Levitt said he's glad the tour provides artists "the opportunity to present the art that we make together at hitRECords in live settings." It's an experience he calls both inspiring and "fun as hell!"
Gordon-Levitt is encouraged by the response of members and hopes to continue expanding the company into even more innovative projects in the future.
"I think we can make feature films. I think we make TV shows," he told Entertainment Weekly. "One of the things I’m most excited about as hitRECord has grown, more and more artists that I really admire are interested in working on it with us. As we progress, we’ll be able to do anything."
The tour will make stops in the following cities:
11/13: Washington, DC - Warner Theater
11/14: Richmond, VA - The National
11/15: Duke University, Durham, NC - Page Auditorium
11/17: University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI - Edwards Auditorium
11/18: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - Bailey Hall
11/19: Philadelphia, PA - Merriam Theater
Tickets will go on sale Oct. 5 at 10 a.m.
A fanciful film with the patina of hyper-realism, Looper is well served by actors who behave not as if they were dropped carelessly into the future but spent their whole desperate lives there.
The dystopian setting... makes for some bold cultural commentary, but as usual with Johnson, the engaging ideas feel like affectations rather than products of a fully developed sensibility.
Gordon-Levitt is flinty, and Willis, on his A-game, is fiery. Together, they take us on a helluva trip.
"Looper" weaves between past and present in a way that gives Johnson and his actors opportunities to create a surprisingly involving narrative.
Johnson establishes the machinery of the time-travel concept, then steadily pushes it into the background in favor of exploring his characters and the difficult questions they face.
A clever, clever contraption about trading in your future to feed your present, and the lost boys and regretful men who willingly embrace such a bargain already believe they have nothing to live for or look forward to.
As in the very best Anthony Mann and John Ford westerns, Looper at once understands the visual power of violence and is deeply critical of it.
Looper imagines a world just near enough to look familiar, and just futuristic enough to be chillingly askew.
If high-toned futuristic time-travel pictures with a splash of romance float your boat the way they do mine, you'll have yourself a time.