Monday, April 30, 2012

Honechurch: "Tennessee Valley" (MusicMonday)


So much going on right now that I'm not managing to listen to a lot of new music or spending much time on the Music Monday post. Apparently last week, while I was traveling back from Florida, I didn't remember to post one at all.

So this and the next few will be just quickies. Check them out. Like them. Support the artist.

"Tennessee Valley" by Honey Church from their album Will You Be There With Me.


This song goes out to my friends working at Atmosphere Pictures and I highly recommend this for road trip driving. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sanibel Island (Florida) - In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 104)


Sanibel Island and adjoining Captiva Island are two gorgeous Gulf of Mexico islands in South Florida. Apparently Frommer’s Travel Guide ranked Sanibel Island the #1 top tourist destination in 2011.

This week I went there to celebrate my birthday (one of those big ones) with Scott, Camille and John.

After a week-long drought, of course it had to be that weekend that a huge storm came through. So the beginning of the weekend turned out to be a little bit different than expected - but then there was a double-rainbow and the sun came back out. 

In any case we saw plenty of the promised "15 miles of unspoiled beaches, 22 miles of bike paths, 50 types of fish, 230 types of birds, 250 types of shells and 0 stop lights".

As the grand finale (we were just about to drive to the airport) we even saw a wild alligator! 

There's a lot missing in this video: from dancing into my birthday at midnight while keeping an eye on the surf and a lighting storm adding the appropriate light show to delicious birthday cakes at The Bubble Room + dinner at the Sunset Grill (yes, literally) and much in-between. This was definitely my best birthday (at least since my 4th when I got my first red bicycle).

I plan to post a longer version of this video on my other YouTube channel: youtube.com/LuciWest and photos on my Flickr.

The song is "Refill The Spill" by Jason Matherne. Yes, I've used this song before (twice even?). Please people, I need more music. 1-minute pieces are enough. 
 
Rainbow over Sanibel Island

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I Dare YOU!



I'm back with a 2nd vlog to show you a glimpse of Florida and to challenge you...


Best viewed directly on YouTube in 720p HD

As a bonus for anyone reading the blog, I thought it'd be fun to show what the original photo looked like before it became a vlog thumbnail. I hope April and Pat don't mind.



Thursday, April 19, 2012

Meeting Bobby Brown + New Edition - In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 103)


Meeting Bobby Brown and New Edition - In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 103) 

You never know where a day may take you.

This week I went to Florida to celebrate the wedding of Sheree and Jeff, which was wonderful. Then I just happened to run into Bobby Brown and bass player Tres Gilbert aka Tres Funk (producer of the show The Music Store).

They were in town for a New Edition show. And that's exactly where I ended up that night when they put me and my friend Christia on the guest list. They even gave me a shout out for "In A Brooklyn Minute"!

Thanks, guys!

Bobby Brown and the rest of the New Edition
Tallahassee, Florida



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

All's Well and Fair Poster (Flyer, Flier, Postcard, etc.)


Tomorrow is the day: the world premiere of All's Well and Fair in its continuous long version (more about the other version later). 

The world premiere will take place in Gainesville, Florida, where the documentary was filmed.

Wednesday, April 18th - 7pm 
The Top Secret Space
followed by Q&A with director and participants
RSVPs via Facebook invitation appreciated

Time to share the poster and postcard Scott Solary and I created to announce this and other screening events. 





Monday, April 16, 2012

Random Road Trip Songs by Jenny Owen Youngs + Feeder (Music Monday)


This week I'm on a road trip through Florida; from Tallahassee (for a wedding) via Gainesville (for the premiere of All's Well and Fair) to Sanibel Island (for my birthday).

Here are two songs I have on my road trip heavy rotation:





 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Easter Bonnet Parade - In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 102)


The 5th Avenue Easter Bonnet Parade in Manhattan is the most fabulous display of fashion anyone has ever thought up for a holiday. Actually, I'd like to believe that the images from this video and that day will bring us smiles all year long, not just on Easter. I hope you feel the same.



By the way, this was one of those shoots where I filmed a lot more than I could fit into one minute. So if you want to see more, please keep an eye on my YouTube channel LuciWest, where I'll soon be posting longer videos.


The song featured is called "Showtime!" and was written and produced by Jason Matherne of Goonygoogoo Productions.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

OMG I Just Vlogged!


My very first vlog... ever!

Usually I am behind the camera as I make my 1-minute video series "In A Brooklyn Minute" aka "In A Berlin Minute". Today I'm facing the camera to tell you a few things...



... and yes, it may be my last.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

First article about "All's Well and Fair"


This makes it official! The first article has been published about the premiere of my documentary All's Well and Fair at the Top Secret Space in Gainesville on April 18th.

Thank you to The Gainesville Iguana for posting an article in both their online and their print edition for the month of April!


Monday, April 9, 2012

Favorite Songs - 1st 1/4 2012 (Music Monday)



A few of my favorite songs from the last three months. 

Love Interruption - Jack White
King of the World - First Aid Kit
Queen of Denmark (John Grant cover) - Sinead O'Connor
Big Mouth - Santigold
Comeback Kid - Sleigh Bells
Diet Mountain - Lana Del Rey
DoYaThing - Gorillaz featuring Andre 3000 and James Murphy
Anna Sun - Walk The Moon
Simple Song - The Shins
The Ballad of Miss Lily - David Ford
I Lost You - A Place To Bury Strangers
Waiting For Something - Nada Surf
The Wilhelm Scream (James Blake cover) - Bamboos feat. Megan Washington
Ask - Sharon Van Etten
Home Again - Michael Kiwanuka
This Is Not A Song - Islands
Somebody New - Four Dollar Wine <-- free download 
When I was Young - Nada Surf
So Long Marianne - Bill Callahan
Permanently Lonely - The Little Willies

Favorite Songs of 1st 1/4 of 2012 on Spotify

The lists on Spotify and Grooveshark are not complete. 


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Manhattan Skyline Time Lapse - In A Brooklyn Minute (101)


A day in the life of the Manhattan skyline as seen from a window in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Time lapse of an unexpectedly cloudless April 4th.


Manhattan Skyline Time Lapse - In A Brooklyn Minute (101) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

Thank you to Meghan Scibona (SMXL) for letting me stay at her place glued to the window from 5:45am to 10:30pm (and for making delicious food) and to Scott Colthorp for lending me his fancy Canon 5D camera + time lapse rig and Scott Solary for everything else (including lending me his laptop when mine just couldn't cut it anymore).

I'm not really sure what is causing all the little bumps - it almost seems like it was on auto-focus and kept readjusting, which it wasn't. I threw in the zoom in post, so that didn't have anything to do with it.

Thank you to Jason Matherne (Goonygoogoo Productions) for providing yet another great song: "Twilight".

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

All's Well and Fair - Official Trailer (+ Excerpts)


When I finished writing the post you're about to read (or not), I realized that it turned out to be quite long and that some people might want to skip over all the background info and just watch the trailer. So here it is up front.


 
Now here's the actual post for you who like to read stuff... 

It's been quite a while since I've written about my feature-length documentary All's Well and Fair. So maybe a little introduction is in order.

In 1996, when I had just moved from Germany to Florida to apply for film schools, I was intrigued to find out that three friends of mine (Rachel Guinan, Margaret Briggs and Tina Bushnell) had won a "F*** the Government" song contest at the local punk rock bar with a song that touched on their point of view on subjects like government, war, men, money and welfare.
 

What made their point of view interesting and different? They had all been single 20-something mothers on welfare, who came across as intelligent, creative, thoughtful, nurturing, opinionated and quite punk.

I decided to make a short documentary about them and perspective.

Shot on a VHS camera, edited on two VCRs and without any expectation for it to go any further than screen at that local punk bar - it became the film I was most proud of. Honestly, I just wasn't aware yet of film festivals or distribution deals or target audiences. Oh, those were free and naive days.

Ten years later, now in my 30s, after film school, moving to New York and shooting my first feature documentary with Scott Solary, I had learned so much, which had impacted my perception and I now actually longed for how simple it used to be.

It made me wonder how much those three women had changed and what had become of their children.

So I returned to Gainesville, Florida, to film with them again - this time giving the kids an opportunity to speak up as well. It was a wonderful three weeks. Some of the best!


But I couldn't escape how I had changed - nor the weight of knowledge and expectation. I didn't edit this film within three weeks, it would take years - with all the test screenings and contemplations, the color correction and the sound design and the best part: funding from the Jerome Foundation, which made me want to make an even better film.


Alright, this post is getting too long - just like the time between finishing the film and this very announcement got to be too long!

So here it is:

All's Well and Fair will be released this spring! 

We are currently setting up premiere screenings in Gainesville, FL (mid-April) and in New York (early May).

Probably more important to most of you: also this spring the film will be published online in episodes for free on allswellandfair.com and on the YouTube channel GHWP (subscribe now, so you won't miss a thing).

Because this whole project sticks with the spirit of DIY (do it yourself), I could really use your help (do it with your friends, I guess) in getting the word out.

If you want to help: please like the Facebook page, follow the Twitter page, subscribe to the YouTube channel, connect on MySpace even - and please share the trailer on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Google+ or wherever you'd like to support the film. 

Your help really does make a difference and I'm very grateful for every support.

If you want to see more, please enjoy these short excerpts from the film: 




 

If you still want to know more background info, you can check out all the previous posts about making the film on this blog
 

Monday, April 2, 2012

First Aid Kit - "The Lion's Roar" (Music Monday)



First Aid Kit, the band of two young sisters from Sweden, makes such lovely, haunting and straight from the gut music. I currently can't get enough.

I really like the fire, drive and youthful emotion that suddenly pushes through in the middle of their songs as it does in "The Lion's Roar", the title song from their third album.



But the song from the album that caught my attention first was "King of the World", which features a guest appearance by Conor Oberst aka Bright Eyes, whose label First Aid Kit's new album is on.


Of course, when talking about the sisters you can't leave out how they first came to national attention: the cover of the Fleet Foxes song "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" on YouTube in 2007.