“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

Myths and Lies

This article at Salon.com is one of many dozens out there right now working to dismantle the “Myth of American Exceptionalism.” I have absolutely no quarrel with any of the information or most of the opinions in it. I believe it’s absolutely necessary to come to terms with the massive systemic injustice, cruelty and extreme inequality in America right now,…

Rigidity and Fear

Yet another article about the impending doom of Hollywood Blockbuster, forwarded along by my friend John Heimbuch. Also not the first time I’ve heard this particular comparison: As with prepackaged food, exportability and shelf life are now primary virtues. The product Hollywood is selling right now keeps better if it contains as few organic ingredients as possible — whether organic…

An Avalanche of Product

At some point I’ll probably give up posting links to these articles about the utter absence of a sustainable model for independent filmmaking, or even small-scale mainstream filmmaking, let alone film art. But I’m not quite there yet. Film doesn’t make any sense anymore as a product, if it ever did – so perhaps the only reason left to be…

The Myth of Progress

Then what is the answer? Not to be deluded by dreams. To know that great civilisations have broken down into violence, and their tyrants come, many times before. When open violence appears, to avoid it with honor or choose the least ugly faction; these evils are essential. To keep one’s own integrity, be merciful and uncorrupted and not wish for…

Endarchy

endarch adjective, Botany 1. (of a primary xylem or root) developing from the periphery; having the oldest cells closest to the core.  1895-1900; end- + -arch having a point of origin (as specified)      -dictionary.com In the long-term effort to figure out how to talk about my work as a filmmaker, the idea of control comes up again and…

Hipsters of Des Moines

Apparently it’s occurring to more and more people that Iowa is actually a fine place to live, that it may not be worth upwards of $3000 rent for a small studio or one bedroom, in one of our major coastal metropolitan centers. In a time when even smaller cities have some kind of organic co-op, and when good books and movies…

Information Exchange vs Communication

I was recently talking with friends about our mutual reluctance to share big life news on facebook. People want to know this news, they sometimes feel offended if they discover that an important event has occurred and they haven’t heard – but the efficiency of communicating with everyone at once doesn’t feel appropriate for certain types of personal information. Of course there…

Hygge

… is a Danish word meaning some combination of cozy, open and welcoming, useful qualities for surviving a long winter. I think somehow relates to the idea of Boredom as a positive quality, discussed in the previous post, and makes me hopeful that Minnesota could be a pioneer in the world of slow art and film making.

On Boredom

Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away. His nesting places–the activities that are intimately associated with boredom–are already extinct in the cities and are declining in the country as well. With this the gift for listening is lost and the community of listeners disappears. For storytelling is always…