Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Making films with the responsibility of a photojournalist

by definition ya'll: Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism (the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that creates images in order to tell a news story. It is now usually understood to refer only to still images, but in some cases the term also refers to video used in broadcast journalism. Photojournalism is distinguished from other close branches of photography (such as documentary photography, social documentary photography, street photography or celebrity photography) by the qualities of:

•Timeliness — the images have meaning in the context of a recently published record of events.
•Objectivity — the situation implied by the images is a fair and accurate representation of the events they depict in both content and tone.
•Narrative — the images combine with other news elements to make facts relatable to the viewer or reader on a cultural level.

Like a writer, a photojournalist like Janey (i.e. ME) is a reporter but he or she or Jane or Joey must often make decisions instantly and carry photographic equipment, often while exposed to significant obstacles (physical danger, weather, crowds).

Sunday, September 26, 2010

“it was the best thing I did for myself Saturday”

he forced himself (i.e. I-self) to go to a museum on National Museum Day ! = FREE DAY at 6000 museums nationwide motivated him!?
Henri Matisse was the-HIS destination.
HE (i.e. the STAR of this blog) entered into a curated wonderland of colour & black and white sketches. Charcoals. Oils (on canvass-duh). Drypoint on vellum. Monotype on chine colle. Plaster cast onto monumental bronze.

SO what’s ur point? This is my point!:
In essence, there was just SO MUCH STUFF Wahoo

Who was this Matisse character??? (you wonder in a whisper)…
ANSWER: a totally prolific artist with a need to just keep making perfect beautiful things. Works, that were utterly important for others to gain joy and inspiration, learn from technique and craft, and enhance my no-idea-what-to-do-Saturday.

As an artist (utilizing FILM as my primary form of expression at the moment), my desire is to continue to mix the Fine Arts into ( directly into) the cinematic realm.

Titles like “Flowers and a Ceramic Plate” stuck with me. And STRUCK me. I want to move into this kind of a direction. It may be hard to explain in a blog, but I am working towards this direction already.

p.s. I am happy with my books, still photography collections, and recent performance art pieces. My upcoming FM PUBLIC RADIO interview will be interesting this Thursday.

p.s.s. Matisse documented the various stages of some of his works (i.e. the Bathers). I want to begin to catalogue the various stages/renditions/primitive stages of my works prior to their final screening moment. To show the numerous stages deeply connected with my process.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Interesting documentary and "minimalist" style

{Winner! Best Documentary, European Film Awards 2003}
In 1975-79, almost two million Cambodians lost their lives to murder and famine when the Khmer Rouge forced the urban population into the countryside to fulfill their ideal of an agrarian utopia. The notorious detention center code-named 'S21' was the schoolhouse-turned prison where 17,000 men, women and children were tortured, interrogated and executed, their "crimes" meticulously documented to justify their execution. In this award-winning documentary and astonishing historical document, Rithy Panh and his team undertook a three year investigation involving not only the survivors, but also their former torturers. They persuaded both groups to return to the actual site of what was formerly S21, now converted into a Genocide Museum, to face their past. One survivor, Vann Nath confronts his captors, some of whom were as young as 12 years old when they committed their atrocities.Human Rights Watch, widely regarded as one of the most influential and important human rights organizations in the world, and First Run Features, which for 25 years has distributed films that confront human rights issues, formed a collaboration to bring awareness to films that shed light on human rights abuses throughout the world.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Courtney, River and Claire

Weird. weird. weird wierd nite (last nite, that is).
I finished up final sound touches on new film before sending out to Europe (Claire whispering sound fx) , and as i leave (i.e. walked out of) the internet facility there is/was Courtney (love). on a bench. hiding under her mane and hat. inviting me for a chitchat. weird why exactly??? (you asked). because C.Love kinda embodies everything Claire IS. anywaBoldys, she was upset. i made her laff by confessing that i took her off TWITTER due to her 80 Tweets at 3am, daily. her commentary on that was "YEAH JOEY. I STOPPED DOING TWITTER NOW TOO".

i left her with a friend and went to see Joaquin Pheonix (Rivers' brutha) in "IM STILL HERE". It was AWESOME! It was SO great! I laughed loud many times. overall, it's just a good spirited movie with an eccentric talent that wanted to have an "Andy Kaufman moment" (moment=YEAR).

Just woke up.
i blabbed enuff for now.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Email from old filmschool classmate

September 14 at 11:36pm

Heya Joey,

We watched the films tonight (the Girlstories trilogy), FINALLY! Good stuff... great stuff. Classic Joey. You don't let down. PJ said the order of the films was great and after much discussion he decided Homewrecka was his favorite. I was blown away by the accuracy and detailed descriptions of the subjects. Of course I had a million questions. I was shocked to see Renee Peperone's photo credit. What is she up to these days? Of course, I'd love to talk more about the films but I probably need to watch them again. Also, I am sure I will think of other thoughts. But all in all, damn intriguing stuff. PJ said they got under his skin... the second one reminded him eerily of a girl he used to date. What your doing with the films now?

Give me some background, if you will, on the films.

ok, it's late and I am still brain-fried from all of my traveling last week. I just wanted you to know we finally sat down and watched them... and thought they were amazing.

talk soon,
heather and pj

Sunday, September 12, 2010

ME (i.e. I) under supermarket surveillance !

Gotta Love being on PRIMETIME.
Especially after having free samples of bread and dip.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

ART School reunion 2010.

Class Union with Art School "family". One of the best days in a long time.
God Bless FILM.

Monday, September 6, 2010

45 inch vinyl "AUDIOBOOK" releases

I am truly considering releasing some of my new spoken word pieces/books onto 45 inch Vinyl records. I am researching the possibilities out there currently. YES, this can get a bit pricey, but I may be able to pull this off for at lease one book release.

Will keep ya'll posted ...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Killer Fish

I grew up on this stuff. "PIRANAH" type of movies...etc...(notice i use the term MOVIE and not FILM. Duh. there's a difference). Well, i totally did it and saw this movie to kill (no pun intended) off my boring Saturday. i am still congratulating myself for going. The movie was awesome, and maybe partly because i expected it to be heinous. the sound design was SUPERB. the cinematography was GORGEOUS. the gore was NOT computer generated and not ridiuously silly either, very realistic. Casting was perfect, and it was way cool to see that Elizabeth Shue is still around and getting work (I love Shue).
Thumbs up for this"movie". It was fun. 3-D didn't bug me. In general, the director (who did it with his French debut HIGH TENSION) created a place and atmosphere of an Arizona desert and blue water paradise that felt so good to be in, despite the bloody waters.

Go see it if your into rocks, blue water, and tough blonde female sheriffs.


p.s. jane (i,e, ME, took the image above with my cellphone. Hence the quality. No, i was not getting my left hand devoured while taking the shot).

Friday, September 3, 2010

Self-Publishing my Writing

I am excited to self-publish my books now that I have begun writing and completing some major works. Researching avenues, and possibilities, that I have to get my writing "out there" has been really interesting. Getting random strangers to have the interest enuff to buy my stuff is 2 kool.

Problem Now is PRICING.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Lincoln Center landscape is getting visually redone.



Postcards from the Future- says Hersh.

Pretty Scary hearing Kristin Hersh describe the power of art last night.
A talk about art in general (is what it was).
It's great power.
It's grand ability.

"Work" of any creative art (particularly film and music) contains an inexplicable power to predict & describe the Future. "Postcards from the Future" is how she, and Rosanne Cash, described this thing. I have experienced this too many times. Not a nice thing to go through, as its spooky to know that all true creative makings, when sincere, avails the power of witch doctors.

At least these witch docs we speak of don't charge the high rates$$$$$ of those clowns down in the Delta, sucking away on crawfish. Helllllll No (i.e. HELL in the nicest sense of that word)

p.s. i have absolutely NO interest in reading her "Rat Girl" memoir book, but she WAS a great speaker (in my opinion).