Friday, December 31, 2010
Q: Dear Jane, how would you describe the film, "FANNY AND ALEXANDER" ?
A: That film (F & Alexander) is very dense. It has a lot (and even a lot of humor). The film is really about "breaking free". Even the Bishop breaks free in his terrible burning anguish & death. He was also asking to die, in so many ways.
He wanted to be terminated, I feel. He knew that by severely punishing the childen, and also shaming the Jewish man, would bring definitive black karma his way.
The characters are all plagued by this quiet conservative ambience that dominates their lives, yet behind closed doors/red curtains (although the maids are always privvy), they have their fun and flings with one another, and indulge themselves in taboos beyond the imaginable. When doors are closed, they permit themselves to be human.
The mother screaming like a banshee, and pacing back and forth in the background while the children endured was so horrifying. I am glad you made me pay extra attention to that part, with all of its cultural meanings. She was completely lost in a trance of primal screaming.
The marriage of the bishop and his young bride captured the heart of the film. At first, this choice for marriage seemed perfect. Lovey. Responsible. Possible. Then, as their relationship becomes comfortable (I mean as HE becomes comfortable) the devastation of his need to dominate and restrict take course. He drained her without even meaning to. His behaviour toward her children was despicable, but it was not that behaviour that compelled her to take action and leave him. It was her realization that if she stayed there, she would end up just as inanimate as all of those puppets in the film. If she stayed inside of that world, she would be wooden.
* * * I especially liked some of Bergman's casting choices. Like the casting of Ismael (a woman Bergman cast as a male), that weird strange evil person, who basically ignites the horrors that everyone is keeping steadily within by a simple and isolated conversation with Alexander in a room.
In conclusion- The film summarized Bergman's lifelong crisis that he had with his priest father.
For others (us, the public audience), I feel the film explained just how dangerous keeping unexpressed intense family emotions can be. Especially if there is some kerosene hiding somewhere around the house.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
My last 2 films (Nice People + Homewrecka) could not have been as visually beautiful without my use of Kodachrome.
The only lab left in the world (Kansas) that was developing the film stock for artists like myself has now declared its discontinuance. Its unfortunate demise. A very sad day for artists. The Kodachrome stock was known to have a "color" archival rate of over 100 years when stored inside a freezer :(
Link to another important article, citing the famous "Afghan Girl" photo captured on Kodachrome.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
i cannot wait to use this lamp for the host/shoot of GIRLSTORIES which will imitate the Warhol stage design and minimalism of his infamous bolex camera Screenshots.
i will use an old stone basement as the location. a giant film projection screen as a backdrop and a giant movie lamp as prop (and shaft lighting tool)
This person/guy sold me my Canon D60 HD camera, gave me his professional info (he's a photographer), and i have now been turned on to his incredible BLOG as a further learning tool for this kind of still-photography cinema i am now pursuing ...
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Bale went through a rough time (period) when he was recorded going ballistic on a film crew member during that horrific TERMINATOR film. Despite the mass criticism and temporary public humiliation of that day, Bale kept at his craft. He stayed low key, he kept a low profile, and sustained himself. He basically kept his cool. His latest film performance, as a crack addicted Irish neighborhood loser pushing his brother hard towards a successful boxing career will be an eye opener (no pun intended to DICKIE, his character in the movie). I "fought" my way through a blizzard to see this character performance, and left feeling so happy for Bale. Listen, bottom line is that Christian Bale knows for sure deep inside that he is a bonafide rage-filled manic depressive NUTJOB. But Bale has class, and persistence in his craft. He never gave up. And now, with the DICKIE performance that has critics raving, Bale has a second chance to scream even louder at those who temporarily F&*#))^ up his career. With or without crack, Christian Bale rules.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
NEW Still Photography that uses a 16mm loop device. This completely Blew Me Away !
This made a lot of sense to me. so nice to see something that does not have a USB connection on its belly.
link to a surprise performance ...click here...
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Actress/Musician/Poet Veronica Charnley gets the part after a cafe/cupcake meeting in SOHO, Village. She speaks broken French, and will educate the public to the issues/matters of my film trilogy . I am shooting on HIDEF and her part will blow people away (it will include a murderous feral cougar)
p.s. and wait till you see what actually happens with the feral cougar ! ummm, this excitement is WHY I love making films !!! This final shoot will be utter Perfection, and the Ultimate climax for the Girlstories Trilogy .
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Honestly, there is a lot of hype about this movie. The trailer is great, but the film is so so. What DOES stand out in this movie, and is worth every single penny and popcorn kernel is WINONA RYDER. She IS amazing in this film. Small bit part, but she IS remarkable. I don't know how i feel about her throwing herself in front of the car and getting her body completely destroyed, but visually seeing her reaction to the failed attempt to scream FU$^& YOU at the dance culture that she had submerged her life into, and the full contempt for the "ballet" as an art of Politics, and then her bolted-back-up-hospital-EMERGENCY-ROOM body, i left praying that someone will cast her again! After Jolie destroyed her career with Girl Interrupted, the time has come for her to come back from the dead (and her reported kleptomania problems). Now, after throwing herself in front of a vehicle, WINONA LIVES AGAIN !!!!!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
pic with my GIRLSTORIES official movie poster, and with Howard Guttenplan (Director of Millennium Experimental film Workshop) @ my solo film exhibition 2010
Hope you and cassie are well. I'm spending christmas at my brothers in Killaloe, clare- it's lovely. December has been a weird month here -
'extreme weather' electricity going off in my studio/office so no
heating -10 temperatures- or broadband then I fell on black ice and
bruised my ribs...kind of unfortunate, very behind in work now. Going to have a nice day tomorrow with my family.
Was great to hear you speak about your work at the Q and A session, very
Anne Maree xx
35a Barrow Street
- Lili White (filmmaker) Saw the most amazing films by JOEY HUERTAS!
An evening of "Joey Huertas" movies...but wait... what about Jane? where is she/OR HE?
are these stories "real" ??? was the first question they (audience/crowd) asked him during the Q and a session after the films screened. but they never asked him(ME) why is it that Joey and not Jane tonight. He (meaning ME, meaning Janey. DO YOU GOT IT YET?) decided to spill them beans. You shoulda been there.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
WHAT THOUGHT PROCESS THIS DOCUMENT DABBLES WITH:
- what i am doing as an artist
- familiar voices and the ultimate direction
-mission for "making my things"
- mission for why i am "telling these stories that i tell to the public"
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
i (meaning me, joey, jane, all three of us you IDIOT) am/are learning how to successfully communicate via Evolutionary Theory= Darwinism. i am, uhhhhhh, how do i say, "adapting" for you (screw it let me be selfish = I AM ADAPTING FOR MYSELF. DUH). i have gotten myself (via a surprise international gift) an SLR camera (CANON 60D)! and i will begin to shoot my film works in Hi Definition using memory cards and telephoto optic lenses. Janey's NEW toy! My first film will be a SITE/LAND study film of the New England cliffwalks. My second film will be a feature-length film about a party of witches & frogs from children's stories enduring the aftermath of a slumber party gone mad (i.e. BAD). The first film will be "pretty" and the second film "heavy". The second will be the joke that will make me finally filthy f &%^# rich.
Stay Tuned. I am now in a position of having to learn how to shoot with this digital thing. Lessons begin tonight. 8pm. Let's pray i don't throw up. Why... gosh i miss shooting on something that you can "touch". Oh well, FILM IS DEAD. But ideas run rampant, despite the ice cold snowy weather.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
A "Jane Brain" my-brain-at-the-moment- SYNOPSIS:
Roberto Rossellini is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. Jane Public (this writer) is the same exact thing (yet still undiscovered by Hollywood standards). Rossellini made a trilogy of films during and after World War II— Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero—that left his first transformative mark on cinema. With their stripped-down aesthetic, largely nonprofessional casts, and unorthodox approaches to storytelling, these intensely emotional works were international sensations and came to define the neo-realist movement (MY BIGGEST INFLUENCE AS AN ARTIST). Shot in battle-ravaged Italy and Germany (hey, why didn't he just shoot in the Bronx, SAME THING??!), these three films are some of our most lasting, humane documents of devastated postwar Europe, containing universal images of both tragedy and hope.
So what does that have to do with YOU Janey (YOU meaning ME)?
It means that as I begin to sew my GIRLSTORIES trilogy of films, MISSING GREEN, NICE PEOPLE and HOMEWRECKA all together for the Cannes Film Festival 2011, and shoot the French Narrator's "missing link" footage, I want to (meaning "wanna") keep the "neo-realistic" frame of my current mind spinning away inside of me head. I want to think Anna Magnani. I want to think no direct scripting. I want to think shoot with an actual non-professional French person. I want to think that I should think about not telling YOU anymore of my brilliant ideas. You may be a thief. Assume everyone is corrupt, and start from there. Right? Right.
Does that make sense to you?
p.s. and they ain't talking Bugs Bunny here.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The story is set after the hospitalization of one of the parties, and is narrated in a coldly, almost contemptuous manner supposedly by the victim's sister, but possibly by the assailant herself.
It is a very effective manner of expressing the emotional impact - the feeling of futility and fatalism - of these self destructive interactions and the psychological problems that can be the underlying cause.
This is an important social issue, and Mr. Huertas has handled it in a way that addresses the clinical side as well as the side most of us never see - the emotional human side of the people actually involved.
link to purchase this book online: