Monday, December 26, 2011
The fingers are like characters in an inscrutable, erotic drama.
Happy Holidays... I'm in Oconomowoc with the family.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
"Very Nice, Very Nice" is a 7 minute long avant-garde film made by Arthur Lipsett in 1961, and produced by the National Film Board of Canada. While working at the National Film Board, Lipsett collected pieces of audio from the waste bins and pieced them together as a hobby. When his friends head the product of this they suggested that he add images to it. This film is the result.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Hi there. Great news. The soundtrack to the Heavens is now downloadable for free. 55 minutes of kosmiche, deep space pop. That's about twice as long as all the episodes put together so there's a lot of great stuff here that didn't make it onto the show. By Peter Pearson. Here he's working with his collaborators Toshio Masuda, Derek Muro, Lorna Krier, and Ben Simon. Download here.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Have you ever seen 'Accident'? If you haven't, I have to recommend it with caution, even though I love it. It's an odd movie, and pretty darn slow. It's as awkward as it is elegant. Pauline Kael wrote something like "It's one of the best movies playing right now but that's not saying very much." There's something mesmerizing about its cadence, when you're in the right mood. And there's all these deadpan goofy moments in the film. It's directed by Joseph Losey, with a screenplay by Harold Pinter that's based on a novel by Nicholas Mosley---a great intersection of talent and a pretty great time in all their careers. Both writers make cameos in the film. I bought the Spanish poster for it a couple of years ago, and I love it, check it out here. Watch the whole film here.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Last night I saw a program of Jim Henson advertisements and short films, Commercials & Experiments, that was projected on film and looked really great, especially Time Piece. It was at SIFF's new cinema, the reopened Uptown, and screens again tonight at 9:15.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Happy Halloween. Hope your hangover isn't so bad. My weekend was spent helping shoot a PSA about taking a troubled daughter to the dentist. Then I painted a room green. Now it's Halloween on a Monday and I can hear the kids outside. Nobody in my house remembered to get candy this year, so hopefully they'll assume we're not home.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
"The Eyes" is notable for being part of the pilot episode to Rod Serlings darker follow-up to The Twight Zone, Night Gallery. It's also notable for having Joan Crawford in it and for being directed by a 23-year-old Steven Speilberg. Watch it here.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
It is the story of a couple. A couple in trouble. There is a house. Who is the weird woman? It is a music video for my cousin Jeff's band The Blinding Lights, and I have been editing it all day. Thought I'd share some of the images. They're all taken from three films, links below.
The Woodworker (1940)
Social-Sex Attitudes in Adolescence (1953)
Marriage is a Partnership (1951)
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
i first saw this on the big screen about five years ago and was glad to see it's on the internet. it's footage of his daughters leaving the house on halloween, distorted by feedback, repeated, and set to the sound of wind or waves. it's a transfixing experience. check out leighton pierce's other videos on his Vimeo channel.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I've been wanting to see this since Finders Keepers released the amazing soundtrack in 2007. The soundtrack by Stanley Myers is creepy, badass, and inventive. It's such a great soundtrack to a film that seemed so obscure to me that I guess I assumed the soundtrack outdid the film, and, like so many Italian films of the 70's, assumed it was a mediocre film with a great soundtrack. But wow -- Sitting Target is just as cinematic and brutal as the images the soundtrack inspires. It's great filmmaking; a low-budget(ish) and gritty crime movie that never loses interest.
It's become a fun recession time activity for me to look for hard-to-find bootleg movies on the internet. This one comes from a service I've never used before, and it's a little annoying because you can't watch more than 72 minutes at a time without paying for it. I ended up watching it over two days. Which I didn't really mind, but then, I also apparently don't mind watching sub-VHS quality feature films on the internet.
Watch it here. (Click "Full Movie")
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Next month I'm excited to be meeting up with Kara and John in Milwaukee to start putting together a feature-length film titled "You Poor Thing". They'll be playing two characters taken from a screenplay I wrote several years ago. Inspired by Bonnie and Clyde films. A couple of broke artists who turn to criminal activities. Also it's a monster movie. He's terrorizing the wayward youth of Milwaukee. I've just started the new script. We're shooting photos in mid-October. And we're aiming for to shoot the film next year in September or October.
Above: a mask I photographed at a grade school art competition while visiting my Grandma in Iowa. The disguises they wear while committing some of their crimes will be based on this mask.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
A friend of a friend printed these patches on canvas with ink he described as "indestructible". I went to this place in south Wallingford called Luxe Riot, tucked away at the bottom of the hill near Gas Works Park. If anybody wants a patch let me know.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I haven't seen this yet but I have to go over to Scarecrow this weekend and get it. Here's the Wikipedia entry. I think I first saw this trailer at the Broadcast forum, where some good, often music-related videos are sometimes posted by their fans.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Hi there. You probably noticed, the last episode I posted of the Heavens was the last of the series. We had been talking here and there of doing a second series about their trip back to the Milky Way, but now that we're talking about collaborating on a feature next year it seems unlikely. That and I kind of just want this little sci-fi drama made entirely in warehouses and bedrooms to stand alone. But I am finishing up this "assembly" version, a 25-minute edit of the series with some new shots and a slightly different pace. I'm in the process of arranging screenings at galleries and microcinemas in New York, Seattle, Portland, Milwaukee, Chicago, Salt Lake City and possibly Berlin. (If you don't live in these cities and want to help me put together a screening where you are, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org)
The above photo: a drawing my friend Sam Tayler did on shrink paper.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
the Heavens Episode 5: Barnaby's Comet is actually coming sooooon! It got derailed for a few months there. I've had it at picture lock since January, but Peter got busy with his album, and I went off and did a music video. But now I have all the tracks needed to complete the soundtrack! Stay tuned!