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October 27 at 12:56am

Chris Marker’s Cat Loves Obama


Two of my favorite things on one t-shirt!  You can order it here.

Thanks Tim!


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October 25 at 9:22am

But What IS Mingering?

If I had to pick one thing and one thing  only that truly moved, inspired me, expanded my mind, and moved my feet,  I would hand that golden stature to the greatest soul superstar you never heard of: Mingering Mike.

How all this incredible work found its way back to this world is pretty great too.  A record collector, Dori Hadar, bought some crates of records sight unseen.  Although Dori knew pretty much all there was to know about soul music, he encountered records he had never seen before.  Upon closer inspection, these sealed and stickered discs were clearly hand-painted.  A full examination revealed a complex world of musicians, producers, and session players, their rise and fall, complete with side explorations into movie soundtracks and benefit albums.  A complete mythology and rockin’ universe.
Although the actual discs in the jackets were often cardboard facsimiles, Mike and his cousin recorded several tracks over the years, singing all the instruments themselves.  ”Coffee Cake” is my number one single of the last three seasons.  Mike’s music is now available for download on eMusic.  The book is must-buy for anyone who has ever danced or sang in their dreams (and Amazon has it bargain priced now).  The Ted Museum would certainly give Mike’s entire collection front hall prominence.  And the movie, well the movie, will change your life and blow your mind (but we have to make it first!).


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October 19 at 10:17am

More Godard Trailers

You have to love the music in the MASCULINE FEMININE trailer:

I know that this film is to blame for my film school laundromat shoots, and those of many others.  And many young women’s hair style and fashions to this day live comfortably in this forty year old footage.
BREATHLESS is responsible for so much, a day doesn’t go by without being chock full of references:


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October 18 at 10:08am

His Old Is Always New

For awhile Jean Luc Godard made films so fresh that, now –40+ years later — they still seem fresher than virtually anything anyone else is making.

Here’s the ALPHAVILLE trailer:

And here’s BAND OF OUTSIDERS trailer:

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October 11 at 10:29am

The Penultimate Essay Film Artist: Adam Curtis

Okay, so Adam Curtis does not incorporate the personal the way Chris Marker does. And he’s not as funny as Mr. Moore, but his films are so full of ideas each one is a couple weeks worth of conversations. The guy also works archive footage like no other. It all started for us with THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES. It took forever for it to come to video here but now you can order it. And Netflix got it as of Aug 5th this year.

Or you can watch it courtesy of the Internet Archive:


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October 8 at 2:40pm

We All Love Freedom, Don’t We?

Naomi Wolf might love America and what it once stood for more than you.  She certainly is passionate, and she certainly is doing a lot to attempt to preserve our freedoms.  She also makes a good argument that we are on the precipice of losing all that we have come to love. This past Saturday she was on the radio and declared “A coup has taken place!”.

Sometimes I feel sluggish and know there are things I have to do for myself, for my family, for my community, and for the world I love, but sometimes it is hard to take action.  Ms. Wolf is more than a cup of coffee.  She’s six cans of Jolt and a slap in the face.  And she is a welcome antidote to how little is discussed in our presidential debates.
You can see the interview here.

It will make you say “wow”. But can we act? Get rid of our collective sluggishness?  She does make a case that the time is now or never.

She plans to put up a tool kit on her website:
myamreicaproject.org
but the tool kit is not up yet, but the trailer for her film is
endofamericamovie.com
The film is available on DVD come Oct 21st.

In her radio interview, Ms. Wolf highlights how Representative Brad Sherman said in Congress that representatives were told in told in private that martial law would have to be instilled if they did not pass the bail out plan. You can see him state this below.


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October 3 at 10:10am

Unique Ways To Celebrate #1

I am glad we live in a world with Fainting Goats.  I am even more glad we live in a land where we can have a whole festival for them.  

Don’t know what you are doing next weekend?  I suggest you hop on a bus and get to Lewisburg, Tennessee, home of the 6th annual Fainting Goats Festival.  
Don’t know about Fainting Goats?  What tree have you been living in?  Better read up on them here.  Or visit the fest’s official site.  Have a goat and want to bring it?  Rules are here.
Or just watch them…


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