The term "microcinema" was first coined in 1994 by Rebecca Barten and David Sherman founders of San Francisco's Total Mobile Home microCINEMA, where all the films are "underground" because they're shown in the basement. The founders say they envisioned an alternative movement, a sort of cinematic microbrewery. And now, the word has come to describe an intimate, low-budget style of movie shot on relatively cheap formats like Hi-8 video, DV, and (less often) older do-it-yourself stock like 16mm film.
As of late, a large growing subculture of film makers has risen in the wake of technological advancements that have made low-budget film making more affordable and pleasing to the eye. One camera in particular, that has made a large impact, is the Panasonic DVX100 followed recently by the Panasonic HVX200 High Definition camcorder (many other cameras are used as well but DVX and HVX are arguably the favorites).
Many experimental art enthusiasts, film festivals and websites have hosted films made from the microcinema subculture and screen works by carrying them around in found Xtra size shopping carts all and looking for places to plug things into routinely. bye.
The documentary 'Eva Hesse',about the artist, is now uploaded to NETFLIX. Highly recommend. Eva is one of the greatest female artists ever and died (from the toxins of her art) leaving behind a legacy of revolutionary work. bye.
The head of the Australian wool industry, who recently told an ABC reporter to f*** off, has express-posted a letter of apology to farmers over the event that sparked the scandal.
The express posted letter addressed the so-called 'Man in the Mirror' incident, where Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chairman Wal Merriman secretly watched and listened to growers in an anonymous focus group.
The apology comes after Mr Merriman told an ABC journalist to "f*** off" when he was approached for a comment on the matter.
Farmers have been outraged for months about being observed without their consent.
The letter was sent late last week, ahead of AWI's expected grilling at Senate Estimates at Parliament House in Canberra tomorrow.
Mr Merriman earns almost $160,000 per year and that salary is covered by farmers and taxpayers.
In the letter, he said watching from behind a mirror was a "poor decision" and guaranteed it would "never happen again" under his leadership.
"It was my mistake to not insist to be in the room with you and I apologise for this," the letter stated.
The farmers Mr Merriman watched through the mirror were participants in a focus group session in June who believed their comments would be anonymous.
There has been mounting pressure on Mr Merriman to step aside since the story broke last month. https://www.wool.com bye.
When exciting new innovations in media technology emerge, two things tend to happen: practitioners use them to a) capture people in various states of undress, and b) attempt communication with the dead. This program derives from the latter impulse, from the commingling of progress and superstition, exploring the overlap between the early days of cinema and the Spiritualism craze of the late-19th and early-20th centuries.
Spiritualism began in our own backyard, so to speak, in Western and Central New York’s “burned-over-district,” long a hotbed of fringe practices during the Second Great Awakening of the mid-19th century. Like many religious movements, it spread by word of mouth, through traveling mediums, demonstrations, and hearsay. As the Industrial Revolution slowly widened the chasm between body and soul, mediumship and mesmerism achieved widespread popularity. In the more prosperous corners of Europe and the United States, Spiritualism reached its peak around 1897, when an estimated 8 million devotees counted themselves among the faithful. The increase in self-identifying Spiritualists dovetailed perfectly with a dramatic proliferation of media: photography evolved from a chemical science into an indispensable form of image recreation, small publications bloomed like ergot, and seances became the parlor game du jour, affording everyday people an opportunity to engage with the liminal spaces between life and death, flesh and figment.
Arriving in the mid-1890s, cinema proved to be the ideal medium for both depicting supernatural phenomena and debunking Spiritualism. Whereas still photography provided ghost-hunters with the means to “catch” their elusive subjects on film, the invention of moving pictures opened up a new avenue into the realm of the phantoms. The mere idea of interacting with another, previously unseen world was enough to inspire countless artists and thinkers: if evidence of the hereafter could not be obtained, there was certainly no harm in ruminating on its look, feel, and aura, often to comic effect. The then-nascent art of trick cinematography augmented established practices like sleight-of-hand, effectively replicating—and later, replacing—turn-of-the-century audiences’ visual definition of the afterlife.
"bye," spooked Jane.
1932.My Dear Jane Public, Did you ever meet, or was he before your day, that old gentleman — I forget his name — who used to enliven conversation, especially at breakfast when the post came in, by saying that the art of letter-writing is dead? The penny post, the old gentleman used to say, has killed the art of letter-writing. Nobody, he continued, examining an envelope through his eye-glasses, has the time even to cross their t’s. We rush, he went on, spreading his toast with marmalade and film strips, to the telephone. We commit our half-formed thoughts in ungrammatical phrases to the post card. Gray is dead as is film, he continued; Horace Walpole is dead; Madame de Sévigné— she is dead too, I suppose he was about to add, but a fit of choking cut him short, and he had to leave the make-shift editing room before he had time to condemn all the arts, as his pleasure was, to the cemetery. But when the post came in this morning and I opened your letter stuffed with little blue sheets written all over in a cramped but not illegible hand — I regret to say, however, that several t’s were uncrossed and the grammar of one sentence seems to me dubious — I replied after all these years to that elderly necrophilist — Nonsense. The art of letter-writing and personal intimate filmmaking has only just come into existence. It is the child of the penny post. And there is some truth in that remark, I think. It is absolute and truest DIY, by example. Naturally when a letter cost half a crown to send, it had to prove itself a document of some importance; it was read aloud; it was tied up with green silk; after a certain number of years it was published for the infinite delectation of posterity. But your letter, on the contrary, will have to be burnt. It only cost three-halfpence to send. Therefore you could afford to be intimate, irreticent, indiscreet in the extreme. Bye (stay well).
Adam Sandler almost single-handedly saved, and made, The Meyerowitz Stories work, as a movie. Sandler gives one hell of a performance and fingers-all-crossed that he continues to work in this area of serious acting. Noah B is losing his edge, Adam S has gained his (I predict Noah will regain his edge once actress Greta Gerwig leaves him, as her new directing career is blossoming). I understand now why Dustin Hoffman didn't want to make this movie, as his character operates mostly as a 'device' and the family foil than a person (he turned this movie down multiple times and only agreed to act in it because his son wanted him to do it). Ben Stiller IS Ben Stiller, as usual. Grace Van Patten (Timothy Van Patten's daughter!) did prove to be as gifted an actor as her father. And finally, Judd Hirsch was as spectacular as Sandler in this movie despite only appearing in a cameo-type role similar to Winona Ryder's screen-stealing bit part as an aging ballerina alchie in that crazy movie Black Swan). In the future, if there is ever a sequel and another 'story' added to this unnecessary ensemble cast that is The Meyerowitz Stories, all Noah would need to do next time is to cast ONLY JuddHirsch and AdamSandler sitting in a room somewhere in the East Village chatting off-script, and unshaven, and he'd have a smash hit. bye. p.s.I didn't bring up Emma Thompson in the above review because I like her too much as a person and as an actress and watching her make a caricature out of herself with a goofy rendition of Cate Blanchett's drunk in Blue Jasmine mixed up in Kathy Bates' Misery wardrobe kinda hurt a lot. That said, if anyone wants to see why clothes are priced so cheap at the Salvation Army, watch this movie on NETFLIX and shop like Thompson did for her part. bye again.
'The Meyerowitz Stories' available to stream this Friday October 13th on NETFLIX (purchased by Netflix from Noah during post-production editing).
Directed by Noah Baumbach and Starring Dustin Hoffman.
p.s. Legendary film director Mike Nichols said after watching 'The Squid and the Whale' regarding to overt family matters presented using characters, story and dialogue - "This reminds me of the reason that I started making movies - revenge."
The Armenian Genocide (Armenian: Հայոց ցեղասպանություն, Hayots tseghaspanutyun), also known as the Armenian Holocaust, was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, mostly Ottoman citizens within the Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the Republic of Turkey. The starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders from Constantinople to the region of Ankara, the majority of whom were eventually murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases—the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian Desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre. Other indigenous and Christian ethnic groups, such as the Assyrians and the Ottoman Greeks, were similarly targeted for extermination by the Ottoman government in the Assyrian genocide and the Greek genocide, and their treatment is considered by some historians to be part of the same genocidal policy. Most Armenian diaspora communities around the world came into being as a direct result of the genocide. Raphael Lemkin was explicitly moved by the annihilation of Armenians to define systematic and premeditated exterminations within legal parameters and to coin the word genocide in 1943. The Armenian Genocide is acknowledged to have been one of the first modern genocides, because scholars point to the organized manner in which the killings were carried out in order to eliminate the Armenians, and it is the second most-studied case of genocide after the Holocaust. Turkey, the successor state of the Ottoman Empire, repudiates the word genocide as an accurate term for the mass killings of Armenians that began under Ottoman rule in 1915. In recent years it has been faced with repeated calls to recognize them as genocide. To date, 29 countries and 47 U.S. states have officially recognized the mass killings as genocide, as have most genocide scholars and historians. bye.