Saturday, July 28, 2007

Coney Island Fireworks


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

Facebook

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Check out our profile, write something on the wall, turn us into vampires or do whatever the latest thing is at the moment.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

ReelerTV Weekly 04

It's Norman Mailer week in New York, Harvey reads Harry Potter and Taste-a-Vision is explained. The Reeler takes it to the red carpet to ask the cast of The Ten about their cardinal sins and Time Out New York's film critic Josh Rothkopf hangs in the lobby discussing This is England and manages to praise Lindsay Lohan's acting chops at the very moment she was trying to run down her ex-assistant's mother in Santa Monica. Pure kismet. Enjoy.



Tuesday, July 24, 2007

ReelerTV - iTunes - iPod


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

DocStock - PlumTV


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.


Dirty Excuse

Saturday we went to the CD release show for "You Need Us" the first CD by Brooklyn band Dirty Excuse. They were as energetic and entertaining as always. If you live in New York, you don't want to miss their next show.

www.DirtyExcuse.com
MySpace.com/DirtyExcuse

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:



Web 2.0 - The Machine is Us/ing Us

This is supposed to be the final version of this must-see explanation of what web 2.0 is. The short video was created by assistant professor Mike Wesch at the Kansas State University anthropology department (Digital Ethnography).


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

ReelerTV Weekly 03

The Reeler brings you the latest film news about Leonardo DiCaprio, Sidney Lumet, the Weinsteins and Todd Haynes. We take it to the streets to find out what New Yorkers are watching this summer. Guest critic Karina Longworth of the Spout Blog shares her take on this week's openings Hairspray and Goya's Ghosts.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Friendship Clinic Nepal

Photo by Pat McDonnell

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
If you live in those areas, want to attend and need more information please contact Pat: patbleu [at] yahoo.com .

Please visit the following links. And, if you can, please support Hari's project.

www.clinic-nepal.org.uk

www.clinicnepal.de/klinik.shtml

www.medicinebleufilms.com

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?).


Hari Bhandary

Friday, July 13, 2007

Bitter Man - Rejection e-mail

NewTeeVee Pier Screenings


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!!!

The Reeler Anniversary & ReelerTV Launch Party

Had loads of fun at the Reeler & ReelerTV party last night at Parkside Lounge on the Lower Eastside. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us - and of course to S.T. VanAirsdale for having the party.

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.

Jessica Gould sweet & fun as always, Scott Solary talking up the usual storm, Scott Colthorp being his contemplative self


1-18-08 - Cloverfield - Ethan Haas


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:

http://ethanhaas.org

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

ReelerTV Weekly 02

This week on ReelerTV --

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

"Revolution '67" on PBS


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

ReelerTV RSS Feed

One more way to get the latest ReelerTV delivered to you automatically.

You can subscribe to an RSS feed of only the ReelerTV episodes by
  • going to reelertv.blip.tv
  • click on subscribe tab
  • scroll down to the bottom
  • click on the RSS button
  • choose your favorite reader (e.g., MyYahoo, Google)
Enjoy having the show come to you every week. Next new episode: July 11th.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Subscribe to ReelerTV

At this point there are three different ways to subscribe to ReelerTV - the weekly show about New York Cinema we are producing for The Reeler.
  • Subscribe to ReelerTV on iTunes
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    • you can even download all episodes from our Tribeca Film Festival coverage
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The next episode is supposed to go online Wednesday July 11th and feature an interview with Steve Buscemi.

Thank you so much for watching!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

ReelerTV Weekly 01

Here is the first episode of The Reeler's weekly New York Cinema series produced by us.

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.




ReelerTV Weekly

Bet you never saw this coming. We've been scheming and secretly meeting with S.T. VanAirsdale and are proud to officially announce:

ReelerTV Weekly

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 Blip.tv
on Veoh
on MySpaceTV
on YouTube
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

GHWP Website Overhaul


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.