Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hearts are funny like that.

Author, filmmaker, and frequent contributor to This American Life, Davy Rothbart, is the subject of David Meiklejohn's documentary, My Heart Is An Idiot.

The film follows Davy as he searches for love, and seeks advice from a varied cast of characters (Newt Gingrich, Zooey Deschanel, Ira Glass....). There are limited screenings occurring now...and I am intrigued.

Maybe it's because my heart has been an idiot too. Aren't we all familiar with being a fool for love, at least on occasion? And, truthfully, my over-intellectualized, carefully controlled normal modus operandi, is served well by a little foolishness. Although it can sometimes bring heartache, it can also, once in a blue moon, bring a whole lot of happiness....and that makes it all worth it.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Because you love music too....

Why not enjoy some music videos on a Wednesday? Go on....


Mike Mills made a film, called Beginners. It comes out next week and I am very much looking forward to it.

He also made a book, of drawings, to accompany the film....Drawings from the Film Beginners. It is divided into 3 sections: The History of Sadness, Scenes from 1955, and The History of Love. Awesomeness. 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Common Heat

Enjoy the new No Age video, why don't you.....

The art of noise...

Swiss artist Zimoun constructs sound sculptures and installations that are truly mesmerizing....

Zimoun : Compilation Video V2.7 | Sound Sculptures & Installations from ZIMOUN VIDEO ARCHIVE on Vimeo.

I would imagine that the affect of these installations, in person, is quite awesome. They drown out the internal chatter, like active white noise. They make me feel silenced, in a good way....because truthfully, I don't always know when to shut up.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Just a reminder......

You may recall that I told you about the amazing film, Fall & Winter, that my amazing friends are making.....Here's the new trailer....

3 days left to get it funded....Do something awesome....donate and please spread the word. It might make you feel good.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Life in a Day

Have you heard about Life in a Day? Producer Ridley Scott and Director Kevin McDonald invited the world to film a moment in their life, on July 24, 2010. After editing the stories together, the result is profoundly moving. I missed the live stream on YouTube....but the film will be released in theaters this summer.

Watching the trailer and many of the vignettes, and short films this project inspired, I got to thinking about all of the varied moments in our lives, and how exceptional and amazing each one is. As an eternal optimist, it pains me to see people blindly ignore all they have in front of them. Even in moments of pain, we are faced with a uniquely human experience. We have the opportunity to affect change in our lives, and in the lives of those around us. The beauty of that is overwhelmingly astounding.

My greatest hope for the ones I love, and even for the ones I struggle to like, is that these moments, these crystallizations of this short life, are not missed, are not taken for granted. And most importantly, are not wasted by the vanity of our egos. Your life is truly beautiful. You only have to choose to live it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Things that go wump in the night....

There is a monthly goth skate night, called Wumpskate (FB) at the roller rink near my did I not know about this before?????

Krissie G. and I rolled out last night, literally.

We fueled up on Roscoe's.....

And Jameson.....

And we were ready to hit the floor....

(The mystical iPhone turned me into a quasi-succubus.)

Roller skating is pretty pretty fun....especially when you're rolling around to Siouxsie and Specimen and The Cure and KMFDM and The was like being in middle school, but with Jameson. 

(I know that you can't tell, but that dude in the center is wearing a homemade denim Unrest shirt.....epic!)

Each month they have a different theme. Last night was Ninja night.....

(Ninjas doing Ninja stuff in the inner loop)

This guy was a bit more genie than ninja......

See you all next month! 

(Mahssa was there too...but somehow she escaped the wrath of my crappy iPhone pics....)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Permanent Error

In Ghana, there is an expansive dump, comprised of technological waste, the majority of which is shipped in from Western countries. Photographer Pieter Hugo has been documenting this surreal apocalyptic landscape. It's hard to look at these images and not consider our individual culpability and participation in frenzied consumption.

"The UN Environment Program has stated that Western countries produce around 50 million tons of digital waste every year. In Europe, only 25 percent of this type of waste is collected and effectively recycled. Much of the rest is piled in containers and shipped to developing countries, supposedly to reduce the digital divide, to create jobs and help people. In reality, the inhabitants of dumps like Agbogbloshie survive largely by burning the electronic devices to extract copper and other metals out of the plastic used in their manufacture. The electronic waste contaminates rivers and lagoons with consequences that are easily imaginable. In 2008 Green Peace took samples of the burnt soil in Agbogbloshie and found high concentrations of lead, mercury, thallium, hydrogen cyanide and PVC."