Glass Jars, Alec Soth‘s foray into multimedia.
still from The Fall, 2009
© Luis Arnias
I recently finished making a website for my friend Luis Arnias, a fantastic filmmaker, photographer, sculptor and painter. There’s a lot worth seeing, but I’d like to direct your attention to his short film titled The Fall (2009). Anyone recognize the voice of the man talking? Well, it’s none other than Mr. Bill Burke.
stills from Stranded in Canton, 1973
© William Eggleston
In 1973, William Eggleston picked up a Sony PortaPak and shot the intimate, black and white footage that would become Stranded in Canton, a 76 minute film documenting the soul of Memphis and New Orleans. The film was recently remastered in collaboration with filmmaker Robert Gordon and released by Twin Palms as a book/DVD package. For those of you who haven’t seen the film already, I highly recommend it.
And, if you’re interested, you can backorder the book/DVD here.
Ira Glass, host and producer of This American Life
Last night Ira Glass brought This American Life to the big screen for a one-night only live event. I was able to catch the broadcast at theater in Boston. From his DJ desk, Glass showed some episode previews, outtakes, and took questions from the audience in New York.
I realize the two are entirely different mediums, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, but I’m curious if the television show will eventually begin to overshadow the original radio program. Maybe it’s because I’m a photographer and spend too much of my time in a “visual” world, but there is something especially nice about just listening to the stories.
Anyway, fans, the new season looks great. Both programs are brilliant.
The other day, I was waiting for a friend in Harvard Square and found myself watching the public video art monitor located on the information booth near the T station. What’s shown is really a mixed bag, but I was happy to have timed my visit just right for the screening of a wonderful short film by Ray Tintori called Death to the Tinman. I later discovered that the film won honorable mention at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. While I couldn’t find an embeddable video of it online, I did come across another great short of Tintori’s titled Jettison Your Loved Ones (above).
If you’re interested in seeing the film that I saw in the Square, you can purchase it on iTunes for just two dollars. I highly recommend it.
If you haven’t heard of the Prelinger Archives, now is the time to familiarize yourself.
Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 “ephemeral” (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 4,000 titles on videotape and a smaller collection of film materials acquired subsequent to the Library of Congress transaction. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven’t been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions.
Online, you can view nearly 2,000 of the films from the archive. There really are some interesting things to find on the site; everything from historic material such as Duck and Cover (1951) to “vintage erotica” of a woman named Sheree dancing (first in a tiger-print outfit, then in a bikini) to the top viewed film, Pick of the Pod (1939), “a peek inside the pea processing operations that culminate in Del Monte brand canned peas… With glimpses of 1930s kitchens and images of Depression-era California agriculture.”
Not sure where to get started? Try the Tag Cloud.
Inspired by a totally cosmic conversation about inner and outer space, I give you Powers of Ten!
Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.
Indeed, this is a “Sweded” version of the actual trailer – meaning Gondry messed up the film reel and had to re-create his own trailer using whatever props he had on hand. Meta film; brilliant!
See the original “official” trailer here if you don’t get it.
Be Kind Rewind opens in theaters tomorrow.
My relationship with the internet is love/hate. Today it’s love… Dr. Strangelove.
Watch the whole film online here (1 hour, 35 minutes).