Archive for the ‘film’ Category

obsessed

September 1, 2015

with this song. this video. this girl.

i don’t care if it’s already all over facebook

December 13, 2011

this shit is funny:

got 20 mins?

October 23, 2009

watch this:

the story of stuff

a simple and straightforward reminder of all the things we think we already know about our consumer culture.

pirate radio

October 21, 2009

think Almost Famous, but on a boat. in the middle of the ocean. with pirates.

can you say best soundtrack of the year?

a theme song

October 14, 2009

i'm broke

p.s. click image to listen

one week!

October 9, 2009

do you have your tickets yet?

also: this is just funny.

“brick city”: a documentary

September 22, 2009

listening to npr with a slightly foggy brain yesterday on my way home, i tuned into a story about a 5-part documentary series called “brick city” debuting on the sundance channel this week. backed by executive producer Forest Whitaker, the series chronicles efforts by Mayor Corey Booker and various other politicians, educators, and citizens in the battle against drugs, crime and violence in their hometown of Newark, New Jersey. but beyond that, the film seems to explore how people stay connected to a sense of humanity, compassion, and hope in an a world more interested in doling out lessons on poverty, depravity, and pain.

image of Newark courtesy of sundancechannel.com

image of Newark, NJ courtesy of sundancechannel.com

this clip of Principal Ras Baraka speaking at Central High School after a student was shot outside the school was particularly compelling:

“You’re living this life like it is normal. It is abnormal…to talk about your friends dying, to not be able to walk home safely from school, to get jumped every other day, to fail everything, to live in squalor, to have people’s parents coming outside fighting with them in the middle of the street. This is not normal, to be going to the hospital every week, to be wearing t-shirts that say “R.I.P.,” to be writing “R.I.P.” on the wall. This is not normal. This is abnormal. Nobody else’s children do this!”

i really hope this series gets some viewership. but for those, like me, who won’t be anywhere near a t.v. this week, you can hear more clips and get the rest of the story online at npr.org.

unplanned melody

September 16, 2009

blame it on my obsession with birds on wires, but this is one of the loveliest things i’ve come across in awhile (from director/composer jarbas agnelli):

Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes (no Photoshop edit). I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.

I sent the music to the photographer, Paulo Pinto, who I Googled on the internet. He told his editor, who told a reporter and the story ended up as an interview in the very same newspaper.

Here I’ve posted a short video made with the photo, the music and the score (composed by the birds).

screenshot courtesy of vimeo.com

screenshot courtesy of vimeo.com

i’m told los angeles tv station KCET has used this idea as a commercial for years, and come to think of it, i’ve probably seen it. still, agnelli’s tribute is simple and endearing. WordPress won’t let me imbed the video, so click here to view.

running to stand still

September 15, 2009

my mad about metric days may be long behind me, but i still couldn’t help but be inspired by this short on frontwoman emily haines:

 

‘course ,now i just want to run away to buenos aires. can you blame me?