“It’s between frames where cinema speaks.” -Peter Kubelka, 1967

“Hollywood,” sometimes known as “the dream factory,” makes ritualistic-dramas in celebration of mass memory–very like the rituals of tribal people […] But the amateur photographs the persons, places, and objects of his love and the events of his happiness and personal importance in a gesture that can act directly and solely according to the needs of memory.[…] He is free, if he but accept the responsibility of his freedom, to work as the spirit of his god, or his memory, or his particular needs, move him. It is for this reason that I believe any art of the cinema must inevitably arise from the amateur, “home-movie” making medium.” – Stan Brakhage

Film 45 Podcast

Jeremy Wilker, a Minnesota-based cinematographer and director, read my essay in Minnesota Playlist, and invited me to discuss local filmmaking with him for an episode of his podcast, Film 45. It’s so different to be asked questions and answer them in real-time, rather than having an opportunity to reflect, draft, revise! But I think, for the most part, it coheres.

Re-Printed

(digitally) …by The Line Media! And I heard, incidentally, that the essay on Minnesota Playlist has been viewed over 1000 times, with an average page visit of 7 minutes – which is a lot of time for anyone to spend in one place on the internet. Some people have been very positive about the piece, some people have made comments…

Buying and Selling the North

More on the idea of the North, from the Wall Street Journal this time, though it’s mostly about rich people buying expensive trendy brands that happen to be Minnesota-made. I guess the immediate concern, upon establishing some kind of meaningful identity, is people trying to monetize and commodify it. But the difference between “identity” and “brand” is a topic for…

The Death of the Artist

‘When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old…

Cinema of the North

I’m very proud of my second foray as an essayist for Minnesota Playlist, a widely-read web publication for the performing arts community in Minnesota. I love using this Video Haiku blog to develop ideas about, for example, The Hinterland and the Myth of the Magical City… and then, it’s an honor and a privilege to be given a public platform where…

Nature 365

Jim Brandenburg, a big-deal nature photographer, is posting his own stunning videos of life in Northern Minnesota every day in 2015, as part of a project called Nature 365. It was only a matter of time, I guess, before a pro got involved in a web video haiku project – in my opinion he’s definitely the man for the job,…