Saturday, July 28, 2007
My friend Erica and I rode our bikes out to Coney Island yesterday to watch the Friday night fireworks while having some drinks at Ruby's. Because of the humidity the fireworks caused an incredible colored smoke display.
Since Coney Island will soon be mostly torn down and "cleaned up" I highly recommend making the trip out to the legendary amusement park this summer.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
You might have noticed that up until now it hadn't been possible to sync up the ReelerTV episodes to your iPod. Well, that has been fixed with the help of the fine people at blip.tv. Thank you, Eric!
It should work like a charm from now on. In case you want to get all previous episodes onto your iPod, you need to delete the old ones and subscribe again.
Just go to iTunes store / podcast directory - search for ReelerTV (or find the "at the movies" section) - click on subscribe - click on "get episode" if you want to have the older ones.
Episode 4 will go online in a few hours. It's a fun one!
Monday, July 23, 2007
It's been such an exciting week (can't talk about everything yet) I almost forgot THE highlight:
On Friday I was interviewed about my documentary All's Well and Fair for the show DocStock which airs on Plum TV (a channel only available in Aspen, Hamptons, Miami Beach, Martha's Vinyard, Vail, Telluride, Nantucket, Sun Valley). The host of the show is Rebecca Carroll, a writer of several books, managing editor of Paper Magazine and formerly the editor of The Independent, the magazine of the AIVF (RIP).
Plum TV takes the side of the independent filmmaker and profiles work that is truly independent, and still in progress. DocStock features the very best documentaries-in-progress [...] The life of a film can be changed by the tastemakers that watch our channels: the writers and editors, brokers and reps, lawyers, distributors, filmmakers, directors and producers who love movies and can spot talent when they see it. -- Plum TV site
It was a great experience. Everyone was super nice and it's always fun to talk about a project you're excited about.
Thank you to Rebecca Carroll, Sara Wolitzky, Ian Doody and everyone else involved for having me on the show.
The episode including my interview should air in a few weeks. I'll post the date here.
Scott and I put the layout of the CD together which you can purchase via CDBaby.
I also helped them with their EPK and shot a single camera live video at their last CBGB's show a year ago:
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
On Saturday our house was host to a small benefit / documentary screening / awareness-raising event for the Friendship Clinic Nepal in Megauli.
Photographer, documentary filmmaker and film school friend, Pat McDonnell, and humanitarian and clinic founder, Hari Bhandary, entertained and informed with films about the clinic, beautiful photographs from Nepal, authentic Nepalese cuisine (cooked by Hari and a landsman living in Jackson Heights) and many touching stories from Nepal.
Through selling jewelry, a raffle of photos and donations they are financing this trip throughout the US in hopes of finding more volunteers and sponsors for the clinic.
We were all very moved by Hari's dedication to bringing health care and sanitation to his village and building a clinic which now serves about 50,000 people in the surrounding area. We felt honored that he would share his vision with us.
Pat who has traveled to Nepal several times to volunteer and to shoot one of the documentaries recently wrote this about the event:
[...] folks who may be able to [help directly], or know folks who could help out in many ways other than just giving money. the skills needed are so vast, from public health, skilled carpenters/electricians, computer gurus, to simply just being able to read to a group of kids. One of the goals of this trip is to find more volunteers. In a world caught up in what celebrities are doing, one of the nicest rewards is to give what ever you have and take back some of the collected knowledge that's out there in the world. i cannot tell you how rejuvenated I feel coming back from such an experience. So hopefully that feeling will come across in Hari's presentation.
I hope their travels bring them much success. If they choose to come back next year it would be nice to organize something more public in a bigger space. But like I said it felt very special to have them at our house and make this an event among friends (and stay up till sunrise...).
Their tour continues in Chicago tonight, then:
- July 21, 2007 . Minneapolis, MN -TBA
- July 26, 2007 . Austin, Texas . Creekside Lounge
- August 3, 2007 . Tallahassee, Fl - Amtrack Station/ Tallahassee Film Society-8pm
Please visit the following links. And, if you can, please support Hari's project.
P.S.: If anyone took pictures on Saturday please send them to me. I only have very few of Hari or any guests (and one picture of Pat's foot... uh, Kate?).
Friday, July 13, 2007
We just entered ReelerTV for this month's NewTeeVee Pier Screenings Event in San Francisco: When content equals advertising.
The NewTeeVee Pier Screenings is an online movie series. Online video creators are encouraged to their work to screenings.newteevee.com, where members vote on which clips get shown at the monthly events.If you have the time please watch and VOTE for our clip.
- Go to: screenings.newteevee.com
- Scroll down to our clip
- You'll need a ning account (it's free and we believe you might want it soon anyway for something we've got in the works...)
- Thank you!!!
I brought my camera and had the best intentions to take pictures; but ended up taking only a single one at the "after-party" at Lotus down the street. Still a great capture.
OMG (no other expression fits better here) - I just spent a ridiculously long time in the whole JJ Abrams 1-18-08 - Cloverfield - Ethan Haas movie clue/conspiracy research/discussion world. Amazing how you can find yourself just get suckered in.
To make myself break away I decided to share the website that I discovered last and that has tons of information and links to all the other pertinent websites:
I recommend checking out the blog and forum it links to.
But most of my time I actually spent reading everybody else's theories and dismissals on the Ain't It Cool News Comments below JJ Abrams' misleading (?) email.
... and on the walk-through for the Ethan Haas Was Right puzzles.
Ahhh... too much fun. But walking away, walking away...
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
news: Transformers & 1-18-08, NYC marijuana movie and the Weinsteins
interview: Steve Buscemi - director and star of Interview (with Sienna Miller)
in the lobby with Matt Singer: Talk to Me and Interview
Sunday, July 8, 2007
My very talented friend Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno's documentary Revolution '67, about the uprising in Newark in July 1967, will be premiering on PBS as part of their P.O.V. series on Wednesday July 11th at 10pm.
It's great - so please watch.
From the P.O.V. site for Revolution '67:
"Revolution '67" is an illuminating account of events too often relegated to footnotes in U.S. history — the black urban rebellions of the 1960s. Focusing on the six-day Newark, New Jersey, outbreak in mid-July 1967, the film reveals how the disturbance began as spontaneous revolts against poverty and police brutality and ended as fateful milestones in America's struggles over race and economic justice.
Friday, July 6, 2007
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Thursday, July 5, 2007
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Tuesday, July 3, 2007
In host S.T. VanAirdales's own words from his site TheReeler.com:
This week's episode features Steve Zahn, the co-star of Werner Herzog's latest, Rescue Dawn, recalling the physical toll and creative rewards of working with the great filmmaker. Our "In the Lobby" segment welcomes Reeler critic Vadim Rizov to discuss both Rescue Dawn and this week's bad-kid thriller Joshua. Stay tuned on the site for more about each of these films and much more happening around New York, and please continue checking in during the weeks ahead for the latest on ReelerTV.
A weekly online series covering "New York Cinema, From The Art House To The Red Carpet"
Every week S.T. VanAirsdale himself will bring you the latest news from the New York film scene, interview an actor, director or other film creative and have a few critics discuss movies opening that week in New York.
The first episode is coming your way... TODAY!
You can watch these episodes pretty much anywhere:
here on the blog
on our website
on The Reeler
on... you get the idea.
We hope you enjoy it. Let us know what you think.
P.S.: This is unrelated to our even more secret show we're developing with our fantastic host who we cast last week (and have been doing some fun shooting with already.)
Monday, July 2, 2007
It's finally done - I've redesigned our website!
We've even uploaded a bunch of our films and videos - including all of the online shows we've done so far.
With the list of films/videos and the uploaded videos we had to make an important decision: do we follow the theory to only list the latest and most successful projects or do we stand by everything we've done and list the films that didn't screen at many/any festivals (either because they didn't get picked or because we didn't submit to any)?
It seems that you always want to make yourself look best - especially when you want to promote your work and professional skills. But maybe looking your best can also mean that you are proud of your work as a whole, promote that you create your work because you love doing it and not because you think you will garner accolades/awards/money for it.
What convinced us to put almost everything* up on the site is that because of the advanced web technology we're able to post all these videos in such great quality (via the wonderful blip.tv) that people can finally watch them all (and that without expensive festival submission fees). Yay for web 2.0!!!
So please check out www.GoodHardWorkingPeople.com and judge yourself what we have to offer.
On a related note: I was thinking of writing on the home page that we make films about "good hard working people" - but that seemed really cheesy. What do you think?
* Alright, I admit it, we still have a few skeletons in the old films closet.