Friday, September 26, 2008

Damon's Palin Disney Movie Trailer (Re-Post)


This was the inspiration:

And here's College Humor's trailer:

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Christmas on Mars: A Fantastical Film Freakout Featuring the Flaming Lips

Tuesday night I saw Christmas on Mars: A Fantastical Film Freakout Featuring the Flaming Lips at the Kraine Theater of the KGB Complex in the East Village. The Flaming Lips started making the film in 2001 and it's just now getting into theaters after having premiered at the Sasquatch! Music Festival earlier this year. The unique and very appropriate distribution to unusual screening rooms is handled by former Pioneer Theater programmer Ray Privett's Cinema Purgatorio.

The film is certainly not for everyone (not even the trailer is) but I thought the film and the whole experience were great. Part of the experience is to have the audio at the theater pretty much rock show loud, some audience members were dressed up as Santas...

Watching it made me feel like I was 17 again - hanging out with some other awkward wanna-be artistic and definitely intoxicated teens and watching a tape of some cultish film we'd been hearing about for years... a film that's so weird and low-fi and liberating and inspirational. Just what you want to see when you're 17 and are willing t
o try anything in your creative process and then again years down the road when you might need a reminder again to have fun and be imaginative and free in your process instead of worrying about success, message and likability.
Of course, it can't hurt if you already have success and creative satisfaction and all that stuff in your other career as a popular and respected musician.

I'm going to skip any comments on production value, character's arc or acting. It's a great ride, daring and fun and free-spirited.

So if this could be your thing, you should definitely try to catch it on the screen instead of waiting for the DVD. You can even suggest venues:

Monday, September 22, 2008

Girls On Film record with Geza X

Kazhmir, Geza X, Machine, Rio, Metro
(Photo courtesy of Girls On Film)

This summer Girls On Film recorded their new album at Satellite Park Studio* with legendary producers and musicians Geza X and Paul Roessler.

Rio, singer for Girls On Film (and long-time friend) posted a day-by-day account of their two weeks in California, including many photos. It's a very fun read and gives interesting insight into the recording of an album - Girls On Film style.

From Malibu, With Love - Rio's Malibu Diary

I cannot wait to hear the new songs!

Rio in the studio
(Photo courtesy of Girls On Film)

* One of my favorite albums, Elliott Smith's "From A Basement On A Hill", was recorded there.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Almost there...

Still from All God's Children:
Missionaries in West Africa
photo by Dick Darr

The progress is slow going, but it's happening. A few months ago I began re-building our documentary All God's Children, which had taken some technical hits due to a crashed hard drive:
finding original photos, scanning and cleaning (Scott is fortunately helping with that) and animating them again, replacing Super 8 and video footage, new titles, and color timing the entire film again.

It's been very tedious and often interrupted by other production and post-production, but I'm nearing the end. Also it's been very gratifying to see the much improved quality of the original photographs and Super 8 footage in the film.

I hope that we'll be able to finally make the film available to the public in just a few weeks.

For those interested in organizing or attending a screening, we've set up two email addresses to be alerted about details once they're available.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

iTunes 8 Visualizer: Magnetosphere

The visualizers that come with computers' music players have never much interested me after the initial "oh, cool, it changes based on the beat of the music" - kinda like Teddy Ruxpin moving his mouth along with a story tape (I'm still disappointed to have found out that he wouldn't "sing along" with any music tape you'd feed him.)

But I just checked out the visualizer that comes with the new iTunes 8 and I'm totally hooked. It's so beautiful and real and surreal and dances along with the music until it successfully sucks you in...

The quality of this low-resolution YouTube video doesn't give it justice at all, but just in case you don't have the new iTunes:

you do have already have iTunes 8, I recommend hitting the command + F keys to experience the visualizer full screen.

Of course, the Genius Playlist is a very exciting idea that I had been waiting for impatiently. But I haven't actually used it yet because I'm still a little hesitant about letting apple/iTunes store know everything I have in my library and constantly bombard me with ads for other music I should buy. That's just too much like M.T. Anderson's "Feed"...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Braxton Price - The Price of Freedom

"Braxton Price - The Price of Freedom" is a fun online show, starring and created by our friend Aaron Nauta.

To get a taste, here is the first episode in which "recent Ivy League grad Braxton Price gets hired by National Federation of Young Republicans to create a web show that will 'make conservatism cool.'"

Watch all other episodes on

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

YouTube in 1985

1985 - I believe we had our very first computer, a TI-99, on which my brother and I would install games by typing in code we found in computer magazines. But wasn't there something about playing audio cassettes that made a bunch of beeping sounds - either to install or back-up software? Random memories are odd.

This appears to be someone else's "random memory" of how YouTube started in 1985: