This seems like a pretty weird combination…
This seems like a pretty weird combination…
How can you save someone when every minute draws their fate closer? Defy the physical world …and stop time.
Damon Stout, an upcoming filmmaker who has been cutting his teeth on award-winning ad campaigns is trying to raise the money to put together a short that comes directly from his heart, the story of a man who tries to stop time to save the people he loves, written by Stout following a year that saw both his parents as well as his wife diagnosed with cancer. It sounds both heartbreakingly personal and a really powerful way to channel those emotions into your art. I just supported his campaign, I hope you’ll take a look/share it and maybe support it as well.
Jason Isbell is one of my favorite contemporary American songwriters, capable of both evocative abstract mood pieces and incredibly transportive narrative ballads, a master both with sparse instrumentation and a great building blend of instruments like his song “The Last Song I Will Write”. He’s got a new album called Southeastern coming out next Tuesday, and you can stream it now here: http://www.mtvhive.com/2013/06/03/jason-isbell-southeastern/, I highly recommend checking him out.
After a single listen & reading the background on the struggles he’s overcome in the past year and how he poured that directly into the lyrics contained, Southeastern makes me respect him even more, as someone who uses songwriting as almost a form of expressive therapy vapid pop songwriting or writing from a perspective that isn’t yours really grates me, so the kind of honesty and personal perspective he’s willing to share and create from here really endears him to me. Sound-wise it’s a bid more straight-forward and hews closer to rock than a lot of his output on the early tracks, but on some of its tracks I can hear the influence of his friend Ryan Adams, which is fine by me as Adams is one of my favorite musicians.
Sadly the public notice of his career mostly only extends to the contributions he made to Drive-By Truckers with songs like “Outfit”, “Goddamn Lonely Love” and “Never Gonna Change” during a turbulent few years with that seminal band of the modern South, great songs to be sure but he deserves to be noticed on his own (and it should be sad his melodic approach to vocals and personal approach to lyric writing contrasted the broken-glass throatiness & literary deconstruction and mythmaking of the south of Patterson Hood quite well and the band isn’t as strong as it was with him), here’s hoping this is his chance to break out of that rut, it seems he’s been getting a lot of press lately, including a revealing portrait in the New York Times, so the odds could be in his favor.
In this clip from the Future of Film Live series, David Gordon Green gives advice on distributing a film when you have minimal Hollywood connections.
Chris Hardwick (“The Nerdist”, “Talking Dead”) moderated this Future of Film live talk with “Prince Avalanche” director David Gordon Green) at 92YTribeca on 4/23/13 at the Tribeca Film Festival.
So great to see David Gordon Green back in the world of dramatic filmmaking & sharing his experiences on the grind of producing a groundswell for your film. Green’s a restrained director & a naturalistic writer of tragic American human stories (something that’s right up my alley for whatever reason unknown to me) somebody I’ve long admired for films like George Washington, Undertow & his adaptation of Snow Angels that sadly lost the plot for awhile there choosing to do crass Hollywood comedies of late.
These two hens seemed confused as to why this guineafowl was hanging with them instead of its own flock.
Photograph by Steve Ruark—AP
“If something’s not photographed, it’s easy to deny,” photographer Steve Ruark says. “It’s a fact that Americans are getting killed overseas. Making people look at it makes them weigh the costs.”
Since April 2009, the Associated Press has sent a still photographer to every dignified transfer of servicemen and women killed in Iraq or Afghanistan open to the media. Most often it is freelancer Steve Ruark, who has now attended almost 500 transfers since 2009.
See the photos on LightBox here.
Remember that time that the sun exploded and lit my lake on fire? (at Lake Singletary)