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Look at what the Light Did Now

This documentary about the making of Feist’s The Reminder looks pretty cool. I’ve always wondered about the collaborations that went into that record.

Hope it comes to Netflix so I can see it.

Find out more on her site.

Idiot with a Tripod

Roger Ebert says this short film shot & cut during the blizzard in NYC a couple weeks ago should win the Academy Award. I don’t know if that’s a real possibility, but it would definitely be more-than groundbreaking for a youtube video to be considered among the top industry films of the year. It should be so, though… and could inspire millions of solo filmakers to consider creating beautiful films just because they should be created. Here’s Ebert’s 3 reasons Idiot with a Tripod should win the award: Read more

Odorifous: Charlyne Yi

I’d like to say that I first discovered Charlyne Yi performing at some underground club or something.

But I didn’t.

I (like most everyone else who’s been lucky enough) first saw her in her own movie

(trailer).

I remember looking forward to it for a while, and when we finally got to watch it we weren’t disappointed. I don’t know how many people I’ve recommended it to since, but probably to just about everyone I know (which is like 5 people).

I’m not exactly sure what to say about Charlyne.

She seems to represent a new generation of comics who blend art/music/comedy/film in a Andy Kaufman kind of way, but wheras his work seemed an attempt to keep the world out, hers has (at least from what I can tell) a transparency that allows the rest of us to know the real her (which takes a lot of guts).

While many of the best comics’ work is a defense reflex (developed in adolescence), Charlyne’s work seems to be a reflection/extension of herself.

And her artistic bent is apparent as it spills outside of traditional film into YouTube videos, visual art, poetry and music.

The stuff she’s recording with her band Old Lumps is reminiscent of early-nineties so-cal lo-fi geek rock and reminds me of when Napster first came out and I was finally able to hear Weezer’s pre-blue “Kitchen Tape” demos for the first time.

So needless to say, I’m trying to act all cool but actually super excited to share her Strong Odors interview today:
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Is Capitalism a Sin?

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My sister shared today’s note from Michael Moore.

I like Michael Moore.

  • He is a Traverse City neighbor
  • He is funny
  • He cares enough to say something
  • He challenges people
  • He respects others who earnestly seek justice (even if they disagree)

Of course the question he raises in the note (and apparently at some point in his newest film) is a provocative one (what else?):

Is Capitalism a sin?

Now at this point, people are already writing their blog post comments in their head (just as he hoped) quick to point out how Mike might be using certain particulars of his faith only when they happen to support his agenda du jour

But that’s not really what he’s doing at all.

Michael Moore knows that question can’t be answered.

His films are never about black and white, I’m right-you’re wrong…

They are intended to make you doubt… to start asking yourself questions… to consider…

Because without doubt… where would I be?

If I just follow someone or some system… economic, political, religious, relational…

Then I’m merely a cog… a tool being used by that particular system and those that run it.

If I doubt however… If I question the system… If is say “Is this right?” or “Is this wrong?” even if those questions can’t be answered with a simple “yes” or “no” then I’m no longer being used by the system…

Instead of a cog, I’m a compass… or a refining fire… or a strong ingredient that somehow makes the whole thing smell less toxic and more intoxicating…

Salt, perhaps.

P.S. If the trailer doesn’t make you want to see his movie today… you must have some sort of super-power resistance to fantastic and effective advertising… and M.I.A.