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January 31 at 1:12pm

Four In One: The History Of The Internet

These are some of my favorite things:

  1. Essay films
  2. Simple Graphics, animated
  3. Better Communication
  4. The Internet
And this has them all.


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January 26 at 11:34pm

Harvey Pekar: The Jazz Opera


Wow!  Harvey live on the internet in a jazz opera!  Joyce too!  Check out the website here.  It’s going to stream live on January 31st, at 8P EST.  Don’t miss it.  And what a great title: LEAVE ME ALONE!

Harvey is one of our top national resources.  He has been an inspiration for me for over twenty five years.  If you haven’t watched American Splendor multiple times, there’s something wrong with you.  He would have a top spot if there was a These Are Those Heroes list.
Someday I will write the post that he deserves, but meanwhile just mark your calenders.


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January 20 at 11:07am

Mingering Mike Goes Obama


Oh what a happy day!  Thanks to Black Plastic Bag.

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January 17 at 11:17am

The Creative Process, Pt. 2

Back at the end of August, we posted about the How We Work site that showed various writers’ rituals and methods.  Last month, Scott Macaulley hipped us to Daily Routines  on “how writers, artists, and other interesting people organize their day”.  From filmmakers, to drinkers & drug takers, to Ben Franklin, this one hits on many of our heroes.  After all the journey is the destination, and getting lost is half the fun.

And if you are into this sort of thing, don’t forget to check out the NYTimes’ Writers On Writing.


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January 8 at 3:58pm

New Sundance Trailer

We’ve been trying to keep track of what films are really ready for this new version of Sundance (you know, the one that no longer is a sales market).  Variety has The Greatest up (hat tip: Filmmaker):

But my favorite trailer is John Water’s advice for Obama.  Check it out over at TheseAreThoseThings.


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January 7 at 4:01pm

Why I Love John Waters

I am working on my list of heroes, and John Waters is on it.  I read his book Shock Value before I actually saw any of his films.  It opened up my mind as to what I might be able to do in film.  When I moved to New York, I pursued a job at New Line Cinema.  This was before Nightmare On Elm Street; I knew them as the home of Pink Flamingos.  I got a gig inspecting their 16mm. prints and just getting to share an elevator with John and witness that mustache live gave me enough hope to get through the next year.

I have now got to produce for him and he’s only grown in stature for me.  Here is a guy who thought he’d end up in jail and instead has a life most can only dream of.  He’s got seven great careers: filmmaker; artist; broadway show creator; actor; comedian/lecturer; music compiler; and author.  The guy is a cultural authority.  And okay, so filmmaker is not such a great career, but it’s an excellent hobby!
I hope John keeps making movies for years to come.  Until we get the next one financed though, lucky for all of us, he keeps feeding us choice bits.


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January 3 at 11:00am

I Never Want My Cable Back

It’s been about five years now since I swore off cable TV.  It all felt like the same with one or two distinctions.  I have always preferred my news in print form, and of course the WWW provides the opportunity to always find what I missed.

I have to admit that I expected there to be much more interesting programing produced for the web than I have found.  Maybe I am not looking hard enough.  I would appreciate some more tips.
I did have the pleasure of finding Doctor Steel though.  He is a wonderful whack job, blending Pee Wee Herman with a fascist mad scientist in bondage gear vibe.  He’s got quite a few episodes up on YouTube now and I recommend checking them out when you’ve decided you have some time to kill.  They are nice work all around: great performance, art direction, archive sourcing, and overall  directing.
This is episode 2 to give you a taste:


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