august 11, 2008

A burst of autumn-like weather has sent us running for the digital archives. Currently, I'm working on a Wikepedia entry for Thaw, but, for now, all we have is an assortment of cached pages courtesy of the Wayback Machine. Please write me me if you'd like to become involved in this project.


august 6, 2008

Hiroshima after Little

Sixty three years ago today, the United States detonated "Little Boy" in Hiroshima, Japan, killing 100,000 citizens. The late Erik Barnouw, documentary scholar and long-time Flaherty Seminar comrade, produced a powerful 16 minute film about the event, Hiroshima-Nagasaki 1945. There's quite a story behind the footage. Originally shot by Japanese filmmaker Akira Iwasaki, the footage was suppressed by the US Government for over 20 years.





toot toot!


july 16, 2008


Bruce Conner, 1978

Bruce Conner, Will Shatter: Negative Trend, 1978


july 4, 2008

Back to an altered reality after the Flaherty, truly one of my favorite things in the whole world. Mid-flaherty blogging was new this year, and people chimed in. And the Russians danced every night!

june 20, 2008

Off to the Flaherty Seminar!


may 30, 2008

Summer turns out to be catch-up time for movies, especially when the temperature drops to 37 degrees at night. The big highlight so far is Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor. If you haven't seen this gem, please do so post haste!


may 20, 2008

Soon I'll be heading to Brodsky&Treadway for a transfer of some old(ish) Super 8 film I shot many years ago. I recall a good deal of it -- the Adirondacks, documentation of apartments in New York, Ithaca, Iowa City -- but who knows what other gems are in there! Kind of like a found footage film. Er, though I never lost it. Anyway, they host a site called Little Film, which covers many and all aspects of small gauge filmmaking. Good stuff.


may 17, 2008

"And you should not let yourself be confused in your solitude by the fact that there is something in you that wants to move out of it. This very wish, if you use it calmly and prudently and like a tool, will help you spread out your solitude over a great distance. Most people have (with the help of conventions) turned their solutions toward what is easy and toward the easiest side of the easy; but it is clear that we must trust in what is difficult; everything alive trusts in it, everything in Nature grows and defends itself any way it can and is spontaneously itself, tries to be itself at all costs and against all opposition. We know little, but that we must trust in what is difficult is a certainty that will never abandon us; it is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be one more reason for us to do it." - Rainer Maria Rilke


april 22, 2008

Good news! Steve Kurtz has been cleared of bogus charges in Buffalo, ending a nasty case that has dragged on for several years. Finally.

Also, coming up soon is the PDX Film Fest, out in Portland, Ore. Lake Affect will play in the Playing Alive: Revisions on Reality program. Please check it out, Pacific Northwesterners!


april 11, 2008

A few weeks back, I attended the Orphans Film Symposium at NYU. It was an incredible event with rare screenings and serious (and friendly!) film scholars. I was especially struck by the presentaton on the Los Angeles Paulist television show, Insight. Not to mention the restored print of Sam Fuller's "first film," his documentation of the liberation of Falkenau at the close of WWII. You can find more here on the Orphans blog.


march 10, 2008

The 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival begins Tuesday, March 25th. They've been through a lot in the last few years (censorship, personnel changes) and it's good to see them still standing, and standing strong! Among other exciting events there at the fest, you can see - ahem - my new little charmer, Lake Affect, on Wednesday night. Wish I could go.

On another note, the arts department at RPI is going through some really serious business right now. The school has shut down Virtual Jihadi, an installation/game by Wafaa Bilal that criticizes war, racism and imperialist image-making. If you're in the Capital District, please show support by attending a counter-protest tonight at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. A longer analysis, including an interview with Bilal, can be found here.

There was a grand time had by many at the SCMS conference in Philadelphia this past weekend. While I can't exactly vouch for the bland eateries and thuggish bars in the downtown neighborhood, I can fully endorse Dirty Frank's, an old-time crusty neighborhoold establishment. Most of all, it was fantastic to catch up with old pals and colleagues from Iowa City days. A big shout out goes to Jennifer Wild for curating a great film show on the University of Iowa's film legacy with regard to landscape and place.


march 3, 2008

Coming up soon is the Orphan Film Symposium. I'll be presenting on the very curious case of an old Ithaca-based work called Onondagas vs. NY State, made by the Ithaca Video Project in 1971. Hope to see some of you there.


august 26, 2007

Welcome. Here is the new site. Mike Wechsler really went all at it in helping me put this together, so a big ol' ice cream cone goes to Mr. Mike.

Please watch for updates on screenings, notions and more. See ya!

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