“Since we all came from a woman, got our name from a woman, and our game from a woman. I wonder why we take from women, why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think its time we killed for our women, be real to our women, try to heal our women, ‘cause if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies, who make the babies. And since a man can’t make one he has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one.”—Tupac Shakur (via maryjanes) (via watchmyheartgrow, blackenedbutterfly) (via adailyriot) (via brave-slut) (via hermajestyxx)
There’s a lot of stories about Detroit in the news today. Mostly bad, some good. They often talk about the broad implications of certain policies expected to go into effect, or policies that have damaged the city. Frequently, reporters and journalists discuss the decreasing population and the crime that is rampant in the city.
There are other stories that come from the suburbs, where non-Detroiters (like myself) talk about how they can renovate the city, make the public transportation better, revive the economy of Detroit. Without paying for city taxes, I’m sure…
But rarely do I see a story like the one that Andrew James is trying to tell with his next documentary project, Street Fighting Man. It’s a personal tale of a group of citizens that decide to take the city’s problems in their own hands. They are Detroiters. They are making their city a better place.
These are the kind of stories that people need to see, and as a suburbanite that wants to try to do what’s best to help the city, I believe that one of the important things that people can do is help support filmmakers like James show what happens in Detroit today on the personal level. More and more in Documentary film, there is a sense that “personal is political.” While this might not be Andrew James intent, so many many issues can and most likely will be at play in Street Fighting Man, and the delicacy with which James handles the subjects (some footage is shown at the kickstarter site as incentive to back the film) is in many ways beautiful. It’s tragic, but beautiful nonetheless.
This is why I’ve decided to pledge $30 to back Andrew James’ Street Fighting Man. As a Michigander, I want to see this film be made. I’ve also met Andrew James briefly at the Traverse City Film Festival in July (whether he remembers me or not). He is clearly a smart filmmaker and a creative person. I feel that a project like this will be handled wonderfully in his hands. I ask you to please check out the preview of the film and see if you too can support the film.
I’ve decided that I’m going to be sending an edited version of my short “275” (Removing all my Conan O’Brien footage, :[ ) to some local film festivals through withoutabox.com. I’m having a little difficulty with creating the proper format to upload my film. But, I’m also using iMovie, so perhaps that part of the problem too.
What it really comes down to is, somehow, I’ve managed to become very poor at anything technological. I eventually get shit right, but it seems often impossible for me to do it properly on my own.
Can anyone help a brother out?
EDIT- Pretty sure that my problem’s been solved, although I still am very slow with withoutabox.com. Poor twenty year-old me, am I right, internet?
More than I actually realized. Over the past month (while I’ve been filming a short that may actually wrap up filming soon) I’ve sent two letters to a directorial hero of mine. After the first letter, she got back to me with incredible speed. It was pretty awesome. She was busy, however, and while she wanted to write me back, she had to put it on hold. I was asked to e-mail her a reminder at a later date.
Over the past weekend, I did. At first, I was a little anxious about it, as I was a little more casual in this e-mail and I had also sent her my films…which I was embarrassed about sending a professional upon further inspection.
In the end, what surprised me was not a response filled with “Fuck you, you no talent ass clown!” This director was kind, as she was in the first e-mail. She was also incredibly honest. I did not realize that in my writing it could be seen how anxious and tense I am. Most of her advice was coupled with a dose of calming the fuck down.
Her advice was excellent, and I will listen to it in the best ways that I can. But, I felt myself turn red reading the e-mail in my living room. She was right. Everyone has told me I needed to unwind, but reading her say this to me was the moment that it finally clicked.
Perhaps I struggle not because I’m not talented, but it is more likely the fact that I’m twenty. I’m twenty, and it takes time to develop friendships. To develop ideas.
I had no idea that this directorial idol, like most of my idols, didn’t make her first film until she was 39. Secretly I didn’t even know she was 35.
I’m going to continue to push and do all the work that I can. I honestly don’t know how I can let go of all my anxieties, but I do know that I need to start relaxing. It takes time to become who you want to be, and I’m not there yet, at 20 years. That’s okay.
I am not sure if I can take a 6 month backpacking trip across Europe, as per her suggestion…but I will try to learn to relax.
I didn’t understand a lot of things about 9/11, but one thing that always bothered me was the fact that the men who hijacked and crashed those planes were super psyched about going to heaven and getting like seventy virgins apiece, presumably to deflower.
I’m sure many people do this, but just in case no one thinks of this, here’s a little trick for college/high school/any folks like me that are doing short films as a one-person crew. I find it sometimes difficult to write shorts that just take place in one room (though it can be done, I’m just not talented enough to think of more than one for the time being), or even just houses. Sometimes your characters need to go places.
If you have no budget, no cast, and really nothing but the bare essentials, here’s a trick I learned. Typically, if you’re planning to shoot in/at/outside of places, the best thing to say when you’re asking managers or owner’s to film there is that you’re doing a “school project.”
My fellow filmmaker and I have never been turned down on this premise. And, in a way, it’s pretty much always true to some extent. If you’re majoring in film, you’ll probably show your film to peers and professors, and who knows…perhaps you’ll have the guts to send your stuff to festivals.
If it’s a convenience store, like where I filmed today, it also helps to be asking someone while purchasing some of their fine products. And perhaps you just need to ask, my friend and I just like to make sure that things are cool.
Have I mentioned I’m also incredibly anxious? So, it helps.
Last night’s Mad Men had a nudity warning, at least two “shit”s, and some weed—scandalous! Of course, all I care about are the gender issues that came to rise in this episode, and fortunately for me, there were plenty. We’ve got pregnancy, Pond’s, and pussy proprietorship to get to today, so I’d better get cracking. Needless to say, thar be spoilers ahead. (How many followers would I lose if I did an entire Mad Men Monday as a pirate?)
If I were a crazy billionaire, I’d offer to give $100 million to public radio if only Garrison Keillor would once open A Prairie Home Companion by saying “Okay, all y’all motherfuckers best not clap during the powdered milk song, lest I break your fucking kneecaps. Straight?”
When purchasing tickets to this year’s Traverse City Film Festival, I jumped at the chance to see Tiny Furniture for several reasons:
The name is fucking adorable. I’ll see any film whose title recalls fond memories of my childhood dollhouse.
It was written and directed by a lady, who also stars in the thing—namely, Lena Dunham, who I read shitloads about when Greenberg came out and we all thought for about five minutes that both feminist film and mumblecore were going to go mainstream.
It’s about a lady, and that lady happens to share my fate: graduating from university with an absolutely useless degree.
And most days I feel that it absolutely is not worth it. When decent papers in the state like The Record Eagle (who’s glory days have passed, but is still superior to the current Freep) still cost 75 cents, I am shocked to see the junk in the Free Press that I saw today.
What was most appaling to me were the two headlines covering most of the front page. The big story was on celebrities tweeting about their time spent in Michigan while shooting movies. I applaud the Free Press for promoting and campaigning for the film incentives staying in the state. As a local kid and future filmmaker, it’s incredibly important to me. However, THIS IS NOT NEWS.
You may wonder what was sharing the portion of the cover that filled newsstands. It was an article about how both people running for governor say Michigander, not Michiganian. And considering Ganholm, our current governor, has always said Michiganian, change is surely coming. What wonderful reporting!
Terrible pieces of journalism. It was even more devastating when more important stories, like Detroit Public Schools plan to keep students in their schools by canvassing communities where schools have been closed, was at the bottom of the page. This wasn’t headline worthy? I don’t see any value in the other two…
In closing, the Free Press has shrunk quite a bit over the years, and the price has risen. It’s not worth it. Be more consistent, Freep, and please update your website. It’s the worst of any Newspaper website I’m aware of.
But…then again, they also write things like today’s editorial. I absolutely love holding a newspaper in my hands. I want the medium to stay, because I feel its important to our understanding of our nation’s workings. But, maybe that’s not true. Will I be buying the paper from time to time? Probably.
I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not the new Wavves record is my favorite album this year. There’s a lot of surfer-revival music out there right now, and King of the Beach is one of the best interpretations of what that music can do. Fun…in an incredibly dark way.
“If you hate your parents, the man or the establishment, don’t show them up by getting wasted and wrapping your car around a tree. If you really want to rebel against your parents, out-learn them, outlive them, and know more than they do.”—
This is why my dad doesn’t know how to talk to me. Because I’m “too smart” for my own good and I make him feel stupid. I also call him out on his shit. He’s an old school fool who thinks that parents should just be given respect merely for shitting you out. Respect is earned old man, esp. when you all but ignored me my whole life.
Perhaps you’re asking where all my crazy long posts about film have been. Well, I’ve been thinking about it, and while I absolutely love Tumblr and will continue to use it, I’ve recently started a blogspot for my longer posts about film or whatever.
Tumblr is clearly meant for a shorter medium, and I don’t want to clog people’s dashboards. It also comes from a selfish standpoint, and I believe if I keep my longer posts on blogspot, those posts won’t be passed over due to length.
With that being said, this tumblr will still be the first place I post thoughts and art projects I am working on. I will now also be linking to my blogspot from time to time (but probably not as much as I think, as it forces me to sit down for an hour and write.).
Soooooo…here it is, my post on the very compelling film, Cleanflix.
It’s Tumblr Tuesday, and we couldn’t think of one Tumblog to recommend - so here are 100! Enjoy!
Shit, you guys are awesome <3
Total Film is IT. If you’re interested in the best of tumblr’s (perhaps the internet’s?!) film blogging, check them out! Then check out their 100 recommendations. Also, peep the preview for Total Film issue 171 here!
So rad. Thanks for the shout-out, Total Film!
How cool is it that my girlfriend’s blog got put on this list? ALSO SHE’S GOOD AT WHAT SHE DOES. I’m not totally biased.
As I mentioned in my review of 12th and Delaware, I had the privilege of attending a Q&A session with Heidi Ewing, one of the film’s co-directors. Heidi had a lot to say about the filmmaking process, her personal stance on abortion, and several scenes that didn’t make it into the movie. She also revealed herself to be a pretty cool and inspirational lady, so read on!
This comes from perhaps the best Q&A session of the week (of the films we attended) at the Traverse City Film Festival. I do believe that it was also my overall favorite film. Worth a read as someone who cares about the issue or someone interested in how directors work around the reality of such a heated issue.