“Oddly, being a father, which is, technically, the result of heterosexual you-know-what and therefore, symbolically, proof of manhood, is looked at in movies as a state of emasculation. Becoming a husband and father turns a man into a baby or a woman, removed from the company of men by diaper duty and other antisexual domestic chores. Unless or until mommy takes off, either to a (usually off-screen) new man or the grave. Single dads seem to outnumber single moms in the movies (the reverse of real life), and widowers in particular are potent sources of pathos and sex appeal. A man rearing children in partnership with a woman is barely a man at all, but a man raising kids by himself is perfect.”—
“Fighting racism is really not an issue of people being nice to each other. It doesn’t end when white people learn Important Lessons for themselves and realise that people of color are actual human beings with feelings (but not human enough to be able to speak for themselves, natch). It’s about breaking down power structures that privilege whites and keep non-whites down. Who really cares about a movie where white women learn to be nice to their black maids when they are still their maids, what the fuck. If you really want to tell a progressive story, tell it from the perspective of the people who are disenfranchised, and actually make them three dimensional characters as the author of The Help failed to do. That’s the kind of story that does a world of good, because not enough of those stories exist.”—squintyoureyes, on “The Help” (via youarenotyou)
A large portion of my time lately has been devoted to getting a short film off the ground. I’ve rounded up a great crew and I’ve been spending the last month and a half trying to collect actresses (all the roles in my short are women) via the interwebs.
This is the first time that I haven’t just grabbed someone I know and convinced them that they would be great in my film. It’s been an interesting and frustrating process. Mostly frustrating.
Tonight was the first night of auditions where I learned quite a bit. One thing I learned is that I need to give talent way more information than I thought I did. My obsession with secrecy is really just a cover for thinking by revealing more information everyone will think I’m a looney and not want to work with me. Don’t think that, internet. Go for it! Go the biggest or find a home in which to stay!
Also, it could very well be that few people want to do a short film for no pay. Certain combinations cannot be sold as easily as others.
Things are moving forward, though, sluggish though they may be.
In similar news, if anyone knows anyone that may be interested in acting for free in the Lansing/East Lansing, Michigan area, message me for more info.
*(The the title of this entry is inspired by some graffiti that I repeatedly misread. It is funny maybe only to me and I am absolutely okay with that.)