Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013


I was surprised to have been so deeply affected by this documentary, BLACKFISH. So many stories of this genre have hit the indie movie screens already, but this one truly bites hard (yes, that pun is intended). The capturing of baby orca whales and how they are used (males) as sperm banks for a marketing empire of entertainment parks is sickening (i.e. Seaworld). As highly emotionally developed mammals (scientific studies rank these particular whales as more emotionally developed than us) it should come as no big surprise that 5000 lbs of solid matter can get pretty sick and tired of a small tank prison sentence (life sentences without parole). Dawn's family chose not to speak in this film because they have chosen to place their energy into a foundation meant to honor the name and life's work of their loved one. That family's decision is an honorable one. The film is really about politics, and that is the reason it is so very hard to watch. bye.


LINK: http://www.dawnsfoundation.org/

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

LIVE INSTALLATION: 'PRO SE'

Produced by THEATRELAB. WRITTEN, PERFORMED+DIRECTED BY JOEY HUERTAS. 
Live installation.
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'PRO SE' is a live protest performance and live installation work presented byTHEATRELAB in NYC. This work exhibits contemporary forms of protest, fathers rights and the crimes of corrupt family court lawyers. 'Pro Se' was a collaboration with fellow performance artist Clare Hammoor.
The protest performance included contemporary data and information that was distributed during the performance to influence social action and reporting. A plastic room with overhead projections and information was designed.



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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ken Loach's Family Life depiction

Released in England as Wednesday's Child, this earnest socially conscious drama explores the generation-gap between a pair of overbearing, strict parents and their rebellious, pregnant daughter Sandy Ratcliff. First they force her to get an abortion. Then mom and dad further exert their power over Ratcliff by locking her out of the house until she ceases her troublesome ways. When this fails to "tame" the girl, the parents force her into psychiatric treatment. 
Subjected to shock therapy, Sandy ends up a shell of a human being, little more than a case study for those who've robbed her of her individuality. Shot in documentary fashion, Family Life won a prize at the 1972 Berlin Film Festival. Amazing piece of work (and art). bye.




p.s. Helen Thomas, a trail-blazing journalist who covered the White House for nearly five decades, has died aged 92. Rest in peace Helen.
p.s.s. The super 8mm documentary, "OUR NIXON" gets released 8/30. Very excited. 



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Archives and the Debilitating State of Film Preservation

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A lectured screening concerning the need for preservation of film as an art form, and cinema as a forum for motivating a dialogue about subjects that many facilities seem to have shelved away (i.e. so sad). bye.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

city cemeteries and dead end follicles


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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Croton, NY on the Hudson and Marian Sulzberger


Marian Sulzberger (aka Heiskell), sister of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, was a newspaper executive, conservationist, and a leader in many public and philanthropic activities. She was a member of the board of directors of The New York Times Company from 1963-1997, and also served as its director of special activities from 1963 to 1977. She is also a former trustee of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. and a former director of Ford Motor Company and Merck & Co., Inc. In addition, she is honorary chairman of the Council on the Environment of New York City; chairman of The New 42nd Street, Inc.; a member of the board of directors of Audubon New York; a member of the board of directors of the 42nd Street Development Corporation; a member of the board of managers and a member of the executive committee of The New York Botanical Garden; and a member of the board of trustees of New Yorkers for Parks. Heiskell is also an honorary life trustee of the Community Service Society of New York. 

Marian has received many awards: the Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson Annual Award, given by Keep America Beautiful, Inc.; Woman of the Year Award from the New York Chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation, Inc.; the Lizette H. Sarnoff Award for Volunteer Service by the Women’s Division of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has been honored by former Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus; New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch; the Gateway National Recreation Area; and the Council on the Environment of New York City at Gracie Mansion. She is a recipient of the Wirth Environmental Award and was honored by Mayor and Mrs. David N. Dinkins at Gracie Mansion for her work as chairman of the Council on the Environment of New York City from 1970-1992. 
She and her husband, Andrew Heiskell, retired chairman of Time Inc., were honored jointly by the following: Citizens Union Annual Distinguished Service Award; the Municipal Art Society; the Parks Council for their work on New York City’s Bryant Park and their commitment and dedication to the greening of New York City; the Citizens Committee for New York City “New Yorker for New York Award”; and the South Street Seaport Museum’s Distinguished Service Award. In October 1998, they received The New York State Governor’s Arts Award, in recognition of their significant contributions to the artistic life in the State of New York. They were honored in November 1999 as "Living Landmarks" by the New York Landmarks Conservancy for their efforts towards preserving New York City.

                                              and "bye" to this amazing garden day trip - bye.
                             
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Creative Persona and Privacy: a group debate

"later I got to see that liar powerwalking home in what appeared to be an extremely drunken zigzag"
"At one point somebody whipped out some Elvis. CEO's who are normally stony enough to freeze your blood rocked out to REM" 
"Double high fives were flowing. I witnessed one three-person double high five. Numerous man-on-man butt slappings occurred"

"Let's be glad that we are here. And not tell anybody else, anything"

The interview process was more competitive than I had expected. The lobby was a waiting room of nervous tension (for others, it seemed). The interview process felt exactly like a carbon copy live experience of that final audition scene in the 80's hit movie, "Flashdance" as this table of art on-lookers study your (the candidate's) every gesture and formulate their own untrained rendition of a DSM 4 Mental Status examination in order to determine who the winner that they will choose may be. Ultimately, those of us interviewed (and photographed with an IPAD) were winners already. Even me. The idea of becoming involved in a collective of creative dissidents, as catharsis, was the whole point of the thing don't you think? So, lucky me had heard enough about cowardly(?) Edward Snowden to regurgitate informed rhetoric to the board concerning the conflicting notion of what makes a traitor these days and what truly defines a heroic patriotic act. The answer is simple, being honest about what you are doing. and not running away. Standing tall. bye.


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Tuesday, July 9, 2013


“Nature is a haunted house–but art–is a house that tries to be haunted.”

-- Emily Dickinson

























“iTUNES technology is a haunted house–but modern technology–is a house that tries to be haunted.”

-- Jane Dickinson


Sunday, July 7, 2013

NSA RALLY

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

16mm Film Screening in Forestry



Lights. Camera. Fireflies.   Bye.  

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July Day 01010100110_01010100_?


For most Americans, the Fourth of July means barbecue and fireworks. But this year, a coalition of others are hoping to use the day, both online and offline, to highlight what it calls serious violations of the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.  An NSA spokeswoman says via e-mail that “the Fourth of July reminds us as Americans of the freedoms and rights all citizens of our country are guaranteed by our Constitution. 
Protests both digital and physical are planned against NSA surveillance programs ...
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Literacy Test


Something to think about as independent States are now legally able to restore past techniques of diverting the voter count of persons of color. bye.

LINK: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/us/supreme-court-ruling.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0