Two-Million Line?

In the last issue of Filmmaker Magazine, there's a section (print edition only) called "Letters To A Young Producer." I'm not a producer, exactly, nor do I want to specialize in that, but there are lots of good bits of advice and stories by several working "indie" producers. The last one, Noah Harlan, says an interesting thing:  basically, if you're producing films with budgets of at least 2 million dollars, that's enough to make a living as a producer, from your fees.  But, in today's funding/investing climate in the filmmaking world, he's unable to pull himself into that bracket.  There are no films being made in that bracket. "The mid-budgeted indie is gone."

Wow.

Is that true? If so it's probably true of directors as well. Possibly it's not true of other roles that are less involved, because they can work on several films a year - grips, camera operators, actors, etc. But producers and directors are kind of sucked into one film at a time for a year or more. Read more>>>

Sensationalist's Paradise

A letter to the editor I just sent to the Tucson Weekly:

 In your November 25th issue you allow Leo Banks to tilt at his same old windmill again. How many more times do we have to be subjected to the same old hyperbolic sob story?  Every one of Banks' articles, which you insist on putting on your cover several times a year, can be summarized quite easily and uniformly: "poor, poor, yet noble, rancher-folk, their lives made so hard and dangerous by the nasty brown people coming over the border and the feds who let them! oh let's wring our hands and shed a tear for the once-beautiful and now ruined cowboy borderlands!"  But these people aren't real cowboys (Ask Chilton, for instance, what his day job is and if he doesn't lie to you, he'll admit he's a banker), and the land has already been largely ruined by the emaciated animals that they insist on grazing there despite the unprofitability of such a hobby.  

Furthermore, ask TPD to draw a map of assaults in the Tucson city limits and you'll no doubt get a bloodier and longer list than you provide for this latest Banks tirade.  And never a mention of the root causes of the phenomenon, that the smugglers and undocumented immigrants (or "illegals" as you so hatefully call them) are out there in the deadly desert and mountains because right-wing politicians put them there with border policies that started in the mid-90s, and with trade policies that started in the 50s or earlier. 

Does it ever occur to you that the credibility of your paper drops every time you print one of Banks' one-sided rants?  The only people that take him seriously are the ignorant, right-wing nutjobs that already believe the alarmist narrative he's pedalling, and i would think that your readership is surely slanted more toward the opposite side of the spectrum.  The young and hip club-goers and artsy folk who actually use your rag (admittedly only to check movie times and read the comics) know that Leo Banks is a racist blowhard, not a real journalist. So why bother with him? I guess because he's a friend of yours, part of the TW old boys' club? And nobody else will give him a job? Oh yes, and because that's a way to get people like me to pick up a copy, get annoyed, and contribute our eyeballs to your theoretical ad impressions count. That's the name of the game, I guess: Controversy, hate, and sensationalism sells.  But take heed - I and all the smart people I know in town are less and less likely to frequent your pages, with every Banks screed we see. Read more>>>

Bike-a-stra Live at Solar Culture Nov 20 2010

For this performance the Bike-a-stra was (L to R): Scott Kerr, Glenn Weyant, and Steev Hise.

Cast: steev hise and Glenn Weyant

Tags: bikeastra, bikes, bicycles, music, live, performance and video

Meditations On The World: Esteban Caliente Interviews Steev Hise

Famed reporter Esteban Caliente ruthlessly interrogates videoactivist and filmmaker Steev Hise just after the 2007 G8 protests in Rostock, Germany. A look back at a week of marches and rallies and yelling and chanting, as well as some questioning of progressive activist tactics and strategies as well as Hise's own place in them.

Cast: steev hise

Maybe Not

I've always liked this song by Cat Power, "Maybe Not."  I first heard it when I got it from the Protest Records website 7 years ago. It seems appropriate to blog about it today, especially because it popped up on my ipod shuffle while running this morning, and i had just been listening to a bunch of Cat Power yesterday.  The song has many interpretations, and many video adaptations by fans, of varying quality, in addition to live renditions, covers, and a really mediocre "official" version. This is my favorite:

The lyrics are worth reading and thinking about:

There’s a dream that I see, I pray it can be Read more>>>

I Accepted My Mortality and All I Got Was a Stupid T-shirt.

"trashing the neighborhood"? - 3

detritus posted a photo:

"trashing the neighborhood"? - 3

the only bad thing about this is now the Journey song is stuck in my head.

Glitch Experiment 1

the other day via blog.nula.cc I discovered a Ruby software library called aviglitch.
(see ucnv.github.com/aviglitch/ )
I've been playing around with it for only a few hours but it's pretty promising. here's what the results of these initial experiments look like.

Cast: steev hise

homebrew batch #2 - 1

detritus posted a photo:

homebrew batch #2 - 1

our mexican ale "Cerveza Tucson" in the secondary fermenter, kept at a stable temp by a cooler.

One Day On Earth raw footage selects (2 of 2 parts) from the u.s./mexico borderlands

near Sasabe, Arizona, an interview with and demonstration by Glenn Weyant, a musician and sound artist who plays the u.s./mexico border wall as a musical instrument.

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Cast: steev hise and Glenn Weyant

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