April 21, 2012

New Photos: Bear In Heaven (Chicago - April 18th, 2012)

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I was lucky enough to see Bear In Heaven at one of my favorite Chicago venues (Schuba's). They have a huge sound for such an intimate space, and both the band and the crowd were awesome.

I took as many pictures as I could, but I wasn't there in any official capacity so I couldn't afford to be too pushy. Seeing these all together definitely gives me an itch to try out more live band photography, though.

April 16, 2012

The Pulitzer.

Huge, huge, huge congrats to Matt Bors, friend of oneonetwothree and finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning. It seems like only last week I was trying to spread the good word about this relatively unknown cartoonist...

Matt, along with folks like Brian McFadden, Jen Sorensen, Ted Rall, Ruben Bolling, and Tom Tomorrow, have made huge inroads over the years towards the mainstream acceptance  of "alternative" style cartooning as a voice in journalism. Substantive questions, criticism, and satire are woefully absent in most of the media's output these days, and it's been a huge relief to see that vacuum filled with progressive cartoonists.

Rather than focusing on hackneyed visual metaphors and topical mash-ups found in the editorial cartoons of yore, it seems editorial cartooning has (thankfully) started to shift towards ideas that have as much depth, breadth, and thought as any 1,000 word editorial. All this has occurred while TV news is moving in the opposite direction, trading journalistic integrity with corporate profit, sensationalism, mediocrity, and pundit-culture.

Matt's work can be found here. Also, for those that missed it, here is Matt discussing his work while visiting Chicago in May of 2011:

April 12, 2012

Found Object: "Blow Out Sale"

This is a great short film. Besides being funny (and not in that smarmy, trying-too-hard, yuckity-yuck way that most internet shorts employ), it earns every beat, doesn't overstay it's welcome, and still communicates a plot with subtext.

April 9, 2012

New Work: Dialogues - Matt Bors, Editorial Cartoonist

Last May, Matt visited Chicago to speak at a conference called "Art in War," through Columbia College Chicago. We had already worked together on the poster for my short movie Forget Me Not, and I thought I'd seize the chance to get him on camera, in person, while he was here. We filmed the whole piece in my living room and kitchen.

Fast forward 11 months, and that conversation is finally edited and assembled. Weirdly, our meeting coincided with the day that Osama Bin Laden was killed, which meant seeing an editorial cartoonist process a major news event in real time. The comic we see him completing in the video is one that had already been slated for completion before Bin Laden's death, but it serves as a rare glimpse into the creative process of someone who typically works alone.

April 6, 2012

The Hungriest Games.

According to reports, Gary Ross will not be returning to direct the sequels.


I hate to dump on the guy who gave birth to Pleasantville, but Ross was easily the weakest link in The Hunger Games (look at the chariot scene: If that didn't have swelling music behind it, would you have even known to think of it as a "powerful" moment for the characters or the story? It was awwwwwwkward).

He now joins the pantheon of filmmakers like Chris Columbus: Those whose softball, mediocre bullshit helped launch a franchise for more interesting directors to shine.

April 2, 2012

Peter Dinklage.

I have a list of actors in the back of my mind that I would stop at nothing to work with (or more specifically, to direct). Usually what puts them there, besides being really talented, is that they're criminally underrated. They're people I want to see more from, and while I'd certainly love to be the person to make that happen, I also just like to watch them work.

Some were at least in a big film or TV show for awhile (like Lauren Ambrose or Bradley Whitford), but then that's about it. For all the work they're surely doing, they just don't seem to penetrate the white noise generated by entertainment media. I think that's a damn shame.

When I saw The Station Agent, I was a projectionist and I was paid to watch it. I honestly never would have made a point to see it otherwise, and yet now it's one of my favorite movies. I've now spent years mulling over how terrible it is that an actor like Peter Dinklage isn't handed awesome roles on a silver platter. Then Game of Thrones happened, and I felt much better about the state of the world where he's concerned.

All this is just lead-up to an awesome interview with Mr. Dinklage, which you should read. He's starting to get his due, which by my estimation means the world is this much closer to making sense.