Another Night in Beijing

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This really made me want to travel to and just hang out in Beijing. You can read more about the project here.

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Oasis Terminal

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This is an auspicious project to just go out there and produce. Really impressive work. Congratulations to all of the parties involved. DIY. Lets go make a movie together. Any takers? I have some ideas.

“Science Fiction Short Film. 16mm. English subtitles. 25 years into the future, civilization has been destroyed by nuclear war. Andres, one of the few survivors, searches for a mythical place called The Oasis, the only hope for mankind.”

Credits are definitely due:
Written and Directed by: Ruben Fernandez
Country: Colombia
Length: 15 minutes
Year: 2007
Cast: Andres Sandoval, Ruben Di Pietro, Rey Vazques, Catalina Navas, Julian Caballero
Executive Producers: Veronica Echeverri, Lucrecia Villa
Cinematography: Dario Colmenares
Production Design: Carolina Zuluaga, Katerine Mendoza
Wardrobe: Carolina Rodriguez
Sound Design: German Ricaurte
Music: German Ricaurte
Visual Effects: Luciano Millan, Andrei Delgado, Jaime Guzman

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“This will literally change the face of the motion picture industry” Mark Kermode

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Starcrash 1979

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Better rent this one. You can’t mess with the Hoff.

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Bablegum – Metropolis Art Prize

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I received word about this contest in my inbox today and felt that with the way the job market has been lately, most people would probably welcome the opportunity to win a contest that offers a hefty cash prize.

“The Metropolis Art Grand Prize: The winner will receive US $20,000, a dedicated artist channel on Babelgum Metropolis and will have his/her video screened on Times Square monitors.

The Best Street Art Video: The winner will receive US $5,000 and have his/her video screened on Times Square monitors. The Best Street Art Video will be selected by juror Cedar Lewisohn, curator of the 2008 Street Art exhibition at the Tate Modern gallery in London.

The Audience Award: The winner will receive US $5,000 and have his/her video screened on Times Square monitors. The Babelgum audience will vote for this award online and on mobile.

The Times Square Special Screening Awards: six runners-up (two from each prize category) will also have their videos screened on Times Square monitors.

Further information about submission specifications and regulations, including deadlines to submit, screen and vote, are available on the Babelgum website.”

20K sounds alright doesn’t it? Good luck.

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Lemonade is an upcoming documentary that will hit a lot of us very close to home. I have been laid off twice so far in this industry and the second time I wasn’t sure I could rebound from. I am back in it now, and in it deep but a lot of people are on the outs in the current recession. Lemonade is a documentary about a few of those 70,000 people in the advertising industry who have been handed a pink slip and gone out to discover who they really are and do what they really should have been doing.

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Movie Award Leftovers

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Fatal Farm was asked to create some shorts for the Mtv Movie Awards but several of them were rejected. They decided to air the results on YouTube anyway much to everyone’s chagrin. Personally, I think they are weird, original and hilarious.

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Drew Struzan

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Drew Struzan paints illustrations for use in movie posters and on the cover of DVDs. You can actually buy his work for a hefty sum, but owning one would be a real shred of pop culture history. His work is strikingly beautiful and the likeness and heroism in his imagery is dead on for the film industry.

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

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The trailor for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is now out, as you can see, and it really does look like it holds some real promise as a beautiful film. It is sad to see Heath Ledger one last time on screen knowing that his acting genius is now missing from the movie industry. I will line up to see anything by Director Terry Gilliam though. You can’t miss with his movies as far as I’m concerned and especially not with the cast in this movie.

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Tron Legacy

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Well, the news is already rolling out of this year’s Comi-Con event and the first news up is the sequel to Disney’s 1982 film, Tron. The movie has been stirring internet rumblings for a while now and is titled Tron Legacy. You can see the early preview above.

Here is what is available so far at Wikipedia:
“Tron Legacy is a forthcoming 2010 science fiction film. It is a sequel to the 1982 film Tron. Joseph Kosinski is directing the film, while the previous film director, Steven Lisberger, returns as a producer. Jeff Bridges will reprise his role as Kevin Flynn, while Garrett Hedlund will portray Flynn’s now-adult son, Sean. The other cast members include Bruce Boxleitner, Olivia Wilde, Beau Garrett and John Hurt. According to the teaser trailer shown at the 2008 and 2009 Comic Con, the film will be presented in Disney Digital 3-D and IMAX 3D.”

It looks like an interesting blend of live action and 3D. There is a strong cast on this one too so it will be equally interesting to see if it proves to actually be a really good movie.

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Star Wars Uncut

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Star Wars Uncut is a project that cuts the entire original Star Wars movie into 15 second clips that you can click on and claim. After claiming your cut, you shoot the scene yourself and upload it to the site. At the end of obtaining all of the 15 second clips, they will be put back together to recreate the entire film. The results are probably going to be really fun to watch.

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Wow. Not much more to say. A friend of mine was trying to explain this to me last night so I just had to look it up and this is legit. I would say just for experience sake, this is probably something you would just have to see.

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Last Day Dream

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Great little video directed by Chris Milk. I can still remember the first time I saw panties and was punched in the face by an angry Pauly Shore. Ahh the good ole days.

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District 9

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Neil Blomkamp and Peter Jackson have teamed up for the upcoming film District 9. Wow, does it look amazing. I cannot wait to see this. I didn’t even know about it until today.

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The Tarantino Mixtape

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Edited by Eclectic Method and some damn fine editing at that. Go easy if you are watching this at work by the way, the juicy parts are not cut out (which makes it even better).

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L.A. Bike Scene

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Alright, I just saw this posted at Cpluv and figured I had better put it up. This is a quick shot-in-the-arm documentary from Shawn Bannon. It is a fascinating little morsel of culture to be sure. I am kind of ambivalent about the entire hipster culture scene though. I always have been. I have always kind of ridden the fringes of different social groups and have done the same with hipsterdom. Some of my friends tease me that I am hipster, but I have always thought otherwise. I have a very regular fulltime job, a mortage and a wife. I will probably have some kids soon too. I came from a very working class family, and I have never been given anything in my life. Ever. I have worked for everything I have and continue to do so. I have no privileged upbringing to rebel against. So sometimes I feel a bit like the everyman and I don’t exactly live the Jack Kerouac Bohemian lifestyle, if you catch my drift. I am not saying that every hipster was raised on the east coast and is rebelling against Oxford roots either.

So what is your take on this? Are we seeing a genuine rise of a new kind of hippy that is truly outside the circle and championing an alternative lifestyle that expunges the slavery of the American dream? Or is this just a bunch of privileged white kids who had it good and have decided they are too cool for school (and will later transform into fashion-conscious yuppies)?

Like I said, I am ambivalent and just not sure what I think. A part of me thinks this is really cool and would love to get in there with them and ride through the tunnels screaming like a banshee and another part of me just wants to call BS on the whole scene. Most of my friends could be described as hipsters, and I know a big part of my audience is. And I am not saying that the L.A. bike scene is the typical hipster scene either. I think it is a little bit of something different. Again, ambivalence.

Leave a comment and tell me how you feel. I am genuinely curious. Cool or not?

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Wisdom – Introduction

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“50 of the world’s most inspiring and iconic figures over the age of 65 share their words of wisdom. Wisdom is a multimedia exhibition that features extraordinary large-format portraits and documentary footage of interviews created by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman.”

This seems like a great project. God knows that what we need now more than ever is the wisdom from the experience of the elder generation. We live in such a youth-consumed/obsessed culture that we practically discard our elders and their hard-gained wisdom (and I mean wisdom, not knowledge). We need desperately now if we expect to survive the past-century technological quantum leap.

I have felt for a long time that America needs to better integrate it’s senior generation. In cultures past, it wasn’t uncommon for the elder generation to stay home and help raise the children while the child-rearing generation went off to work, find purpose and help provide. This insured that the wisdom of the elder generation was passed down to the young so they didn’t replicate the mistakes of generation’s past. Why don’t we do that anymore? I have always wondered. Now it’s just hustle, work and daycare.

You can learn a little more about the project here.

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I am a big fan of both Sci-fi and Sam Rockwell, so I am definitely going to see moon when it hits theaters here in June.

Here is a brief synopsis of the film:
Directed by Duncan Jones and starring Sam Rockwell. Plot: Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems.”

Director Duncan Jones is actually the son of one of my all time favorite rock and roll front men, David Bowie. From the glowing reviews the movie is so far receiving on the festival circuit, it doesn’t sound like Jones will need the nepatism connection to validate his talent. However, I must admit to being a little bit extra excited about the super duper triple threat combination of a connection to one of my favorite rock stars of all time, science fiction and one of my favorite actors. From what I have heard, much of the film’s effects were done in camera versus digital, and from the trailer I do get a more tangible sense of environment than the normal modern digital effect movie fare. I have already read crys of ‘2001 Space Odyssey’ rip off in the movie forums, but I think the film looks like it will stand on it’s own two legs. And I can’t say personally that I am bothered by that accusation since 2001 is probably my favorite movie of all time. Regardless, I am definitely seeing this one.

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