“If I see myself on screen, I know that I exist.”—
gabourey sidibe, the 84th annual academy awards (via ohonestly)
In the end, this is what I think about most now that the Oscars have ended. This is a pretty important quote. Seems like something the Oscars kind of, maybe, actually don’t pay attention to. Especially when they do stuff like this.
Greetings, everybody! We’re now seven days away from the campaign coming to a close and I felt that it was a good time to post an update on what is ahead for these two projects over the next seven days:
-Second rehearsal for “One Night Stand” tomorrow night. -Auditioning for the final lead in “Sharing of the Domestic Burden” on Thursday night. -Begin shooting “One Night Stand” on Saturday!!!
There was a little bit of a pre-production meeting between Maggie and I last night. We discussed edits on the script to “One Night Stand” following last week’s rehearsal. The script has really come a long way since its original creation. While watching “The Times of Harvey Milk,” and some episodes of “Community” we talked about concerns for our own script that came from watching what “Harvey Milk” and “Community” (so bizarre connecting those in ANY way…) and we’re both feeling very, very good about where this project is.
Once again, it’s thanks to you folks. Considering we had to bump up production for “One Night Stand,” we may very well need to rent more equipment than previously expected. Keep spreading the word and thanks for all you’ve done!
More specifically, we were talking about my issues with the character Abed on Community. Abed has Asperger’s, and it’s handled well, mostly. However, Community still perpetuates the trope of any person with some sort of disability being a lesson giver to those around them. This not only makes Abed a kind of magical, untouchable figure, but it makes his issues more about those around him; we can all learn from that character!
On some level, considering “One Night Stand” is, specifically, about two people talking about queerness and sexual fluidity after they have sex for the first time, I didn’t want it to be voyeuristic. I don’t want it to be a lesson giving script. This is what we discussed, and I think, hope, and do believe on most levels that our script isn’t some insightful thing for straight folks to say “Isn’t that great! I feel good.”
As I wrote above, I do want to thank ya’ll for your support. It’s been really nice. I hope you all can enjoy what we put together. I’m excited to get started.
Both The Help and Pariah featured black actresses demonstrating once again that race doesn’t play a factor when it comes to talent or range, yet only one film featured a plethora of Black talent behind the lens and portrayed a multidimensional, portrayal of oft-ignored Black experiences. Thus, it isn’t such a surprise that the one with the Black maids in the South came up a winner with the Academy.
“Seriously, re-watch some episodes from the past year or two. Pay attention to how many sketches Sudeikis is in (all of them), divide that by the number of different characters Sudeikis is capable of playing (1 unless it’s a Biden night). Multiply by the number of times some dude laughs during a sketch. Then compare to Vanessa Bayer doing LITERALLY ANYTHING, LITERALLY ANYTHING and then cry into your Southern Comfort because Jesus Christ sexism is pervasive.”—
A professor I had wrote this brief article on The Descendants that I think is worth reading. I have heard inklings of how Hawai’i is presented within The Descendants in problematic ways. Here, Jason Sperb complicates the reading somewhat, but doesn’t appear to be convinced by the film.
While the colonial gaze is always important to discuss (I personally think it’s pretty rampant within cinema), with The Descendants being an Oscar contender, I think its especially important to keep in mind.
“I can go into an audition with my makeup and my hair and my lashes and come out with these roles…. Which goes into the area of perception, and how people perceive black women of a certain hue, and when I say certain hue, I mean black women who are darker than a paper bag. And I’m a dark-skinned black woman who is 46 years old. And I don’t know about you, but when I go to see movies, I don’t see a lot of women like me in glamorous roles. Not in any mainstream movies, and inevitably when I say that people mention one person — but usually just one. I don’t see a lot of narratives written … where a woman who looks like me gets to be beautiful and sexualized and upwardly mobile, middle-class, funny, quirky. They’re very seldom written.”—Viola Davis on how people perceive her. (via nprfreshair)
Thanks to incredible generosity from an anonymous donor, I’m currently $5 dollars away from my intended goal of $200. Only four folks have donated right now.
This is huge. If we make $200, I know that I’ll actually be able do things I couldn’t have done previously. If we go past $200, I’ll definitely be able to rent equipment.
Of course, there fees that Indiegogo and Paypal charge, so I’m actually at around $180. However, if a bunch of folks that follow me donated $1 each, it’d go a long way. I know not everyone can, and that hypothetical game is silly, but I feel like I have to, you know? Like, that’s what people do.
I’ve been working on this film. I helped write it, I script supervised it, and now I’m in charge of social media aka kind of over my head. I’m pretty sure I was picked to do this because I always talk about my “tumblr friends.”
Regardless, here’s a couple links to places where you can find information about our project via social media!
The thing I hate the most about filmmaking is funding. I’m running around like mad currently trying to still attend class, work on making this filmy podcast work, and also try to get two last films off the ground before I finish school.
The projects involve quiteafewtumblrfolks in some sort of capacity. The films that I’m trying to do are, in many ways, being made by this community right hurr!
And I think if I can make them work (IE match them to the ideas that are in my head), I think these could be wonderful films. As it states on the indiegogo page, these two films have very much become sister films. Both deal with ideas and constructions of communities. I would argue that they’ve kind of become presentations of very different views (one more of an assimilationist piece, the other more of a separatist piece).
So, check out the Indiegogo page. It says I’m looking for $500, but I’m only really looking for $200. Any money after that will either go to the films (because I haven’t figured out a real budget!) or be held on for my full length film that I’m also in the process of working on. Any questions feel free to ask. This is a very DIY project.
Also, any folks in or around Michigan interested in acting, I’m still looking for one more actress. I wouldn’t be able to drive you or anything, but if you’re interested or local (preferably interested), we can talk.
Thank you so much for letting me talk about money, which is a silly thing to talk about.
“blight porn is the colonial gaze. it is a part of a discourse which aims to reduce detroit to this blank black land, ruined and empty and awaiting white intervention. so cut it the fuck out.”——negationparty (via rgr-pop)
This is a podcast that Echo and I have been working on. We tried an episode on Begotten, but it’s unedited. This time, we did a little editing, but both Echo and I had no clue how difficult it is for us to learn audio software. Buh. Apologies on the weird echoing noise.
The next film we’ll be watching is Julien Donkey-Boy.
In case you didn’t already know Total Film is no good. Simultaneously, look at how women are positioned in so many films! People write them to be so, to end up the way they do, to behave as they do. To be girlfriends, moms, and love interests, as they are.
The go to answers are typically:
That’s how it is!
It’s just a movie.
I wasn’t thinking.
My answers to these responses:
No it’s not (and you have a part in perpetuating that)
No, it’s not.
Why are you doing this, then.
(I might be cranky because I had to get up at 5 am, but I stand by this)