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May 28 at 11:01am

A Communal Work: The Johnny Cash Project

Director Chris Milk has found a perfect way to memorialize one of Johnny Cash’s last songs “Ain’t No  Grave”.  Through this interactive website, participants may drawn their own portrait of Johnny Cash to be integrated to a collective whole.  As people all over the world contribute, the project will continue to evolve and grow, one frame at a time

Check out the website.  It’s a beautiful idea, a beautiful video, and a beautiful song.  Thank you Chris.

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May 25 at 8:03am

From A Crank To True Inspiration

Today’s guest post is from David Brendel.

I was walking down 6th avenue Saturday morning past the IFC Theater and overheard some guy bitching about the ticket price: “$12.50?!? Are you fucking kidding me? Whatever happened to matinees? They got matinees at the AMC.” Whether or not he was right, it wasn’t the cashier’s fault, who was taking the brunt of the rant.

I paused to eavesdrop, and to read the blown-up review of “Daddy Long Legs,” the story of an irresponsible, abrasive father who sounded a lot like the guy grumbling at the cashier. The crank proceeded to buy a ticket to “Daddy Long Legs,” and I followed suit.


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May 22 at 8:50am

Cancelled Dreams

Banksy in Boston…
Thanks to James Lilly for spotting & FBg this!

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May 21 at 11:23am

Tattered Palaces

The NYTimes has a beautiful series on abandoned movie theaters.  They are heartbreaking and packed with emotional metaphor.

Thanks to Phillip Lefesi for making sure I checked it out.

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May 19 at 11:35am

“That Was A Good Trailer”

Film Forum showed this trailer before the restored print of METROPOLIS. When it was done, the nine year old young man next to me turned to me and said “That was a good trailer”. He knows of what he speaks. And thus how little we have traveled. Fifty years is the age of Godard’s BREATHLESS and it still feels fresh even to an innocent’s eyes. And for that matter, METROPOLIS totally stood up and got the approved stamp of “exciting” from both my son and his friend.

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May 17 at 8:04am

A Favorite Film Website: Neither The Veil Nor The Four Walls

For a film not yet shot, Neither The Veil Nor The Four Walls, is a beautiful website, and one that we can be expected to be an inspiration for many other websites. It’s got a great crowdfunding mechanism, clean simple design, easy navigation, and all the critical information you want.

Somebody sent me a nice note Marian Evans sent me a nice note about it, but I forget who, but truly, thanks!

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May 12 at 12:58pm

so you want to be a writer?

by Charles Bukowski

if it doesn't come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don't do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don't do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don't do it.
if you're doing it for money or
don't do it.
if you're doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don't do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don't do it.
if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,
don't do it.
if you're trying to write like somebody
forget about it.

if you have to wait for it to roar out of
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you're not ready.

don't be like so many writers,
don't be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don't be dull and boring and
pretentious, don't be consumed with self-
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
over your kind.
don't add to that.
don't do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don't do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.
Thanks to Dan McGuire and Poets.org

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