Apache Sacred Run 2014: Rough Selects Assembly

In August 2014 the San Carlos Apache did their annual Sacred Run, this time starting on Mount Graham and ending at Oak Flat recreation area. I was asked to document the whole process, starting a couple of days before the run. This is a very quickly assembled assortment of clips of raw footage just to give a sampling of the kind of material that was shot. I have not done any audio adjustments or even spent much time find ingthe very best moments - it's purely a very fast attempt to scan through the 15 hours or so of footage and give people a general understanding of what's there. If you're a filmmaker or journalist working on documenting the Oak Flat issue and are interesting in using any of this footage, please contact me.

Cast: steev hise

Tags: in-progress, rough, mt graham, arizona, sacred run, oakflat, apache and nativeamerican

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again:  Essays and Arguments

author: David Foster Wallace

name: Steev

average rating: 4.29

book published: 1996

rating: 5

read at: 2014/07/25

date added: 2014/07/28

shelves: fun, own-it, spirit-self

Like all the DFW works I've read, this is, overall, excellent. Some of the pieces in this collection are better than others, but they're all worth reading. Of course the real standout is the title essay, about his week on a cruise ship, which comes at the end of the book and which is probably the most well-known and talked-about piece of non-fiction Wallace ever wrote, and for good reason. It's pure genius and also pure vulnerable and personal truth-telling, in the Herzogian, ecstatic truth sense of truth-telling - because I don't care if he made up parts of the essay or fudged some facts, as some have attested. The point is that it is a porthole (ahem) into how David Foster Wallace thought and lived, how his brain worked and the intricate inner gears of a very smart but disturbed and depressed writer. Furthermore, it's a valuable commentary on the state of the American psyche and how the American psyche deals with need, desire, luxury, consumerism, and marketing. It was written at, I think, about the same time he was finishing up his masterpiece novel Infinite Jest, which deals in a fanciful, fictional, and more extended way with many of these same issues. In short, they both ask the questions: Is constant, in-the-moment pleasure the pursuit that life is about? And what if we supposedly found that, then what? It's also interesting to see that this essay shows DFW using the phrasal tics like "And so but" and the generous use of footnotes and footnotes-within-footnotes that are so integral to the style and feel of Infinite Jest. He had arrived at a formal structure that fit perfectly the way his chattering grey matter operated.

Other stand-out essays in the volume for me are "Getting Away From Already Being Pretty Much Away From It All," about visiting the Illinois State Fair, and his brilliant examination of a great filmmaker, "David Lynch Keeps His Head."

Father • Sun • Eternal Return

This is my edit of the documentation footage of a live performance by myself and Adam Cooper-Teran in April 2014 at Exploded View in Tucson. The piece is dedicated to the memories of our fathers, who both passed away in the last couple of years.

Cast: steev hise and Adam Cooper-Terán

Tags: fathers, fatherhood, childhood, death, live cinema, expanded cinema and performance

Mystery Grandma by Stop Motion Orchestra

music video for the song "Mystery Grandma" by Stop Motion Orchestra, from their soon-to-be-released CD.

video by Steev Hise

improvisationally live-cut using Resolume Arena.

Cast: steev hise

Tags: music and timelapse

timelapse of Negativland setup/check at Red 7 in Austin

shot with a GoPro at 1 frame every 2 seconds conformed to 15fps with MPEGStreamclip.

Cast: steev hise

Tags: Negativland, band, timelapse, noise and live cinema

The Baffler No. 24

The Baffler No. 24

author: John Summers

name: Steev

average rating: 4.00

book published: 2014

rating: 5

read at: 2014/06/07

date added: 2014/06/08

shelves: politics, fun, own-it

Took me awhile this time, but the issue does not disappoint. Highlights are the piece by David Graeber about play, the Susan Faludi article on feminism, and the excellent take-down of Vice magazine.

Timelapse of a Creatista Shoot

on the set at Red Star Studio May 13, 2014

Cast: steev hise and Scott Griessel

Tags: creatista, timelapse, filmmaking and behind-the-scenes

Negativland Shows in Texas Coming Up

I'm getting ready for another round of shows with Negativland, this time four in Texas:

June 18 at Aurora Picture Show in Houston.

June 19 at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz Theater in Austin

June 20 at Red7 in Austin

June 21 at the Texas Theater in Dallas.

It will be hot and sticky, especially in those flannel plaid shirts we wear.  But it will be fun and if you live anywhere near those places, please endeavor to come, and if you know me, please do say hi (preferably after our set when i'm not worrying about something show-related).

I've posted this before but here's a little sampler/trailer of what the shows are like if you haven't seen it already:

Negativland 2013 Trailer 4-minute cut from steev hise on Vimeo.

In California With Negativland

I have no explanations for why I've taken so long to blog about this, other than the super boring and tired excuse that I've been super busy, and the slightly more interesting fact that Facebook has thoroughly trained me to not blog much, which is sad.

Anyway, it's been over 6 weeks since this happened, but as February turned to March I was in California to perform with Negativland. We played in Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, and Oakland. It was extremely rewarding, fun, and largely, it seems a success, artistically.

Here is some media about the shows, written/recorded both before and after:  

Santa Cruz Weekly 2-part piece (one week and then the next) about the show there.

Vice Noisy piece written after the LA show. (this is probably the best one to read)

East Bay Express article about Negativland and the Oakland show.

episode of Jake Fogelnest's podcast in which Peter of Negativland is the guest, the day after the LA show.

episode of Jonathan Ray's podcast, Beating A Pale Horse, in which he interviews me (mostly about other things, but toward the end we talk about Negativland and my involvement).

 In short, it was a great time. And we now have 2 other little "mini-tours" booked:  June in Texas (Houston, Austin, and Dallas), and end of August in the Northwest (Seattle's Bumbershoot, Portland, and Vancouver, BC)

Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security

Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security

author: Todd Miller

name: Steev

average rating: 0.0

book published: 2014

rating: 0

read at:

date added: 2014/04/10

shelves: border