Saturday, June 25, 2016

Gainesville (Florida) - In Another Minute (Week 321)

Gainesville, Florida, is a college town in Northern Florida - home to the University of Florida and Santa Fe College.

Gainesville (Florida) - In Another Minute (Week 321)

Gainesville is also home to my ongoing documentary series "All's Well and Fair" - for which I filmed again this week, as I've done every 10 years since 1996. It also happens to be the town where I met my husband, Scott Solary, where we were married and where some of my dearest friends live. So you can imagine that Gainesville, Florida, is exceptionally special to me... and this 1-minute video is a long time coming.

Because for the two weeks I was in town, I mostly filmed interviews and b-roll with the three families of Tina Bushnell, Margo Briggs and Rachel Iannelli, I only got around to filming footage of the city during the last few days. I didn't get to capture every place I wanted to. But for now it's probably a good thing - because I already had to make many tough decisions to get the video down to just 60 seconds. Hopefully, the supporters of Patreon will vote for this video to be turned into a longer version next month.

Gainesville, Florida, was founded specifically as the Alachua County seat in 1853, along the proposed railroad line from Cedar Key (Gulf of Mexico) to Fernandina Beach (Atlantic Ocean). However, there had been Native American (Timucua) settlements for centuries beforehand and also the nearby European settlement of Hogtown. Gainesville is named for General Edmund P. Gaines, who was a commander in the Second Seminole War.

In some circles, Gainesville is probably best known for the University of Florida (UF), the 9th largest university in the USA, and its football team, the Florida Gators. To me and many others the draw has been the music, art and alternative culture scene - which, at times, included Tom Petty, members of The Eagles, Bo Diddley, Against Me!, Hot Water Music, Less Than Jake, Alison Mosshart (The Kills), River and Joaquin Phoenix, Maya Rudolph, Harry Crews, Jerry Uelsman, among many others. It certainly has and will continue to inspire me.

In this video, you get glimpses of:
Old signs and new murals
University of Florida - UF
Santa Fe College (downtown campus)
The Blue House that's now a green house
Rachel and Nick's soon-to-open restaurant Tamal
Satchel's Pizza
Bo Diddley Community Plaza
Hippodrom Theatre and downtown (where I showed my first films)
Death or Glory tattoo parlour (where the mothers and adult children of "All's Well and Fair" + me got matching tattoos by artist Anna Mack)
Duckpond neighborhood with dream homes, live oak trees and an otter (!)
Bernie Sanders sign (capturing the times)
Bivens Arm (lake) with rainbow, alligators and sunset
The Strawberry Moon setting in the early morning
The Hardback Café - reopened after 15 years in a new location on University Avenue
Hollie Greer and Rachel Iannelli... if you can spot them

Side note: Gainesville is in population size (city: 128k, urban: 188k) rather similar to Fort Collins (160k), Colorado, where I live now. The similarities continue with both being college towns and having a rather liberal slant. However, Ft. Collins gets those long snowy winters and Gainesville has ridiculously large spiders, bugs and those alligators. Fort Collins has the wonderful mountains, rivers and lakes (without alligators) and Gainesville has no winter! You choose what you'd prefer.

The song in this video is "Always Makin' Me Blue" by my Gainesville friend Jason Matherne of Goonygoogoo Productions. Thank you again and again, Jason!


Soon, I will publish more photos of Gainesville on my personal blog and in the In Another Minute Flickr album. Also, in about a year, I'd like to see the latest version of "All's Well and Fair" published...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Meet Margo Briggs - In A Minute Portrait (Week 320)

There is so much I could say about Margaret aka Margo Briggs - friend, mother, musician, artist... and subject of my on-going documentary project "All's Well and Fair". I could tell you what an inspiration she is - especially for positive thinking and healthy living. But I think you should just watch this video and get a glimpse of her spirit yourself...

Meet Margo Briggs - In A Minute Portrait (Week 320)

... and then you can go over to AllsWellAndFair.com and watch the last version of the documentary I filmed with Margo Briggs, Tina Bushnell and Rachel Iannelli and their children in 1996 and 2006.

I'm currently in Gainesville, Florida, filming the 2016 footage for the next version of our documentary. It's been going amazingly well (except for the rain right now) - and I can't wait to share with you how everyone has "turned out" - especially the children.

You can follow the production of "All's Well and Fair" via my daily updates on Twitter.com/AllsWellAndFair.

One thing I forgot to get Margo to talk about it her band As Is (which also includes our friend Hollie. Hollie!). Will be seeing them play (and catch some footage) on Monday. Oh, and Margo was one of my bridesmaids! Yes, a lot more could be said. But I gotta run so I can keep making this movie "All's Well and Fair"!

Oh, yeah, and the noise of cicadas is pretty awful, I know. Oh, how I know! Today we re-shot some of Margo's interview in a different location just for that very noisy reason.

Musician, mother and All's Well and Fair subject: Margo Briggs

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Cuban Sunset (Playa Ancon) - In Another Minute (319)

Every once in awhile we just need a break - just a moment to take a breath. I hope that watching this Cuban sunset from Playa Ancon, Cuba will give you that.


Cuban Sunset (Playa Ancon) - In Another Minute (319)

And currently, I also need such a break. As I'm writing this, I'm in the midst of pre-production for my on-going documentary All's Well and Fair. I film for that every 10 years and then release a new version of the film. By the time, this video will be published, I will be in the middle of production in Gainesville, Florida. So I needed something simple to prepare for you, my dear audience - and I also thought it would be nice for me to enjoy a few minutes of looking at the sun setting over the lovely beach of Playa Ancon on the Caribbean Sea.

The only big decision with this Cuban sunset video I had to make (besides finding nice, relaxing Latin-esque music) was if I should start the video after that grumpy woman walks through. Well, I didn't want you to miss out on the bright red sun beforehand. And maybe this will be a lesson to everyone watching this video: please don't walk in front of a camera on a tripod that is pointed at a sunset. That camera is probably recording a sunset time-lapse.

Next week, I might have a video from Florida for you - or maybe a full video about Playa Ancon...
The music in the video is “Laid Back Guitars” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. Thank you, Kevin, for all your lovely songs!

Cuban Sunset at Playa Ancon, Cuba


Monday, June 6, 2016

Photos of Fort Collins, Colorado

A few pictures I took over the last two weeks of Fort Collins, Colorado, the increasingly popular college town I happen to call home right now.

Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado

If you want to read more about Fort Collins and watch the 1-minute Moving Postcard video that is the reason for this photo collection, please check out this post on my website: Fort Collins – In A Colorado Minute (Week 318)

Historic Linden Hotel in Old Town
Fort Collins, Colorado
If you'd like to see more photos of this charming town, check out the In A Colorado Minute (2016) Flickr album.

Horsetooth Rock on Horsetooth Mountain
Fort Collins, Colorado

Vintage Colorado Bakery and Grocery sign
Fort Collins, Colorado

Angell's Delicatessen at an entry to Old Town Square
Fort Collins, Colorado

My favorite local bar: Surfside 7 on Linden Street
Old Town, Fort Collins, Colorado

Street sign in Historic Old Town
Fort Collins, Colorado

My favorite local residential street: Mountain Avenue
Fort Collins, Colorado

Bike trail bridge crossing the Cache la Poudre River
Fort Collins, Colorado

One of the Arapaho Bend Ponds
Fort Collins, Colorado

New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, Colorado

My '64 Ford Fairlane 500 "Fitz" at the Holiday Twin Drive-In movie theater
Fort Collins, Colorado

North side of Horsetooth Reservoir
Fort Collins, Colorado

View down Prospect Avenue and Fort Collins from the east side of Horsetooth Reservoir
Fort Collins, Colorado

Longs Peak of the Rocky Mountains
Fort Collins, Colorado

Ace Gilletts used to be a more hidden cocktail bar ;-)
Fort Collins, Colorado

Angell's Delicatessen and Party Service... and drink Coca-Cola ice cold murals
Old Town, Fort Collins, Colorado

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Do you have a question...?

This is your chance to actively participate in making my next documentary - and I don't mean by donating money! In two days, production of the on-going documentary All's Well and Fair will begin again!

I first started this video project in 1996, not realizing I would film for it again every 10 years; in 2006 and now in 2016.

The documentary juxtaposes the lives and ideals of 3 single punk rock moms and their children during the 1990s with their realities and opinions in 2006 and soon in 2016. The project gives a unique perspective on alternative culture, growth, identity and the influence of mothers.

The 1996 version was a short documentary. The 2006 version was released as an interactive web series in 19 episodes available for free on YouTube and as a stand-alone 90-minute film on DVD available for purchase via amazon. What will the 2016 version be...?

Tina, Margaret and Rachel starring in All's Well and Fair

You can probably imagine how excited I am to check in with the mothers Rachel, Tina and Margaret and all of their children. What makes this session especially exciting is that the three children who were featured in the 1996 version, when the mothers were in their 20s, by now are in their 20s themselves. Now we really get to see how far (or close!) the apple fell from the tree - and what influence our changing world has had on Tessa, Jefferson and Tempra, especially.

When the 2006 version was released, the idea was to make it interactive - by getting the audience to talk back and get involved in discussions of the topics covered with mothers and their children. This time, before we even turn on the camera, I really want to hear from YOU.

What would YOU like to ask Margaret, Tina, Rachel, and their children? 

To remind you of who they are and what they said in 1996 and 2006, I encourage you to watch the free episodes on YouTube or the All's Well and Fair website. You don't have to watch all of them or watch them in any particular order - just pick what interests you.

And you don't have to watch anything at all. I can think of a few questions I would have (and do have) for people who have participated in an on-going documentary project like this just in general.

All's Well and Fair (2006 version)


Please leave your questions as a comment on this blog post, on social media or directly on the episodes.

I CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU - AND I CAN'T WAIT TO START FILMING!

Just a quick reminder of who is who: 

Rachel (mother - now 40-ish)
Tessa (daughter - 27)
Cecil (son - 17)

Tina (mother - 40-ish)
Jefferson (son 25)

Margaret (mother - 40ish)
Tempra (daughter - 23)
Laksmi (daughter - 15)
Remi (daughter - 7) <-- spoiler alert, she's a new addition to the film

And yes, you can ask questions for the fathers as well. Maybe I get to film them this year as well...

Please don't be shy to ask away. No guarantee, of course, that the questions and answers will end up in the final film. I don't have to say that we don't care to see any inappropriate questions, right? Right!