Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Indiepix is offering 20% off every title through xmas! I recommend:
Tammytown (of course!)
We are The Children (um, rad!)
Red Without Blue
Any of the shorts & animated programs look awesome, too!
Just go to Indiepix' site
Monday, December 3, 2007
An astounding 30 or so folks braved the 3 inches of fluffy white snow and freezing slush last night, but many who intended to come couldn't make it. :(
So, of course, the one and last day we show the movie, it actually dumps like 3 inches of lovely snow all over Seattle! I know a bunch of you that planned on coming couldn't make it, and I'm sorry. Unfortunately, I am unable to book any more screenings any time in the near future. However, we did submit to a couple of festivals in Seattle for screenings in May. So, I'll keep you posted! ;-)
Buy the DVD and have a party!
you can buy it from indiepix and buyolympia.com, or you can buy directly from me! I am bogged down with the 70 or so copies I was supposed to sell at the last couple of screenings, but didn't. I am currently offering free shipping on any order and a free surprise gift as well! Just send me a convo with your email and I will send you a paypal invoice for $19.95.
Contact your local library and ask them to carry Tammytown! You can also request it on Netflix, too. We have a good chance of being on Netflix in the next month or so, but a lot of it is based on number of requests.
Seattle Public Library Request form
King County Public Library Request form
Pierce County Library
Puyallup Public Library
Netflix Title Request
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Hal is a really great actor- you could watch him play just about anyone and feel exactly how he intends you to. He can make you laugh with his perfect sense of comic timing (sometimes as subtle as a neck movement or cheek-twitch) or really relate to his character in serious moments. He also has great insight into the entertainment industry from all of his experience.
read more at Hal's Blog
late last night I was finally able to help restore a little, teensy bit of my sanity by getting back to my beloved crafting. I made seven lamps! I was on a roll. The one pictured is my favorite- made with slides from a road trip around the Pacific NW in the 1960's. I'm almost completely out of slides. But, that's cool because i'm getting excited to do some serious screen printing and gocco-ing soon. I'd love to make some special holiday gifts this year. New cuteness can be seen at my etsy shop.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
From a commercial perspective, it was a bust. We never got on the theater's marquis or schedule. Our distributor had a lot of complications and basically didn't promote us, printed the wrong date on the postcards and no one from their office showed up. I never met our rep, who was dealing with a family tragedy. We only sold three copies and there were no more than 40 people there. Timing was not on our side with getting the attention we needed. None of this has gone down the way you think it goes. But, it's pretty hard to be unhappy when someone pays to throw you and your friends a big ass party and everyone who wants to gets to see and/or own a copy of your movie!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Tammytown will be screening in NYC!
The Pioneer Theater on East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B (closer to A) * New York City * USA by Two Boots Pizzeria.
Friday, November 16th around 10:30pm
an after-party and DVD release celebration to follow (location tba)
Save the date!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
It's about the role of corn in the American diet and the industrial food system. It's really friendly and nice, too, following two guys who move to Iowa and follow the life of an acre of corn. It's going to premiere in NY October 12th, then screening practically everywhere!
The work, which is mostly running, is strangely satisfying. It's weird how you can enjoy running someone else's errands and brainstorming and etc. soooooooo much more than your own!
I think this movie will be a huge hit and everyone should see it. This is a good year as I get the honor of working for something I believe in!
Monday, September 17, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
PS- the novel is a quick, fun read, and available in print and audio CD at your local library!
Monday, August 6, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
has brought me heart-warming cheer for a lifetime. Not only have I grown to love batboy, but also the cat from wicked wind and the melting plastic surgery lady. We once made shrinky-dinks based on our fave WWN characters, and they are among my most treasured trinkets. sad sad times...
screens have a built in back light, so it doesn't really apply for those,
but this is pretty cool!
For those worried with energy consumption and all its downsides ... When
your screen is white, being it an empty word page, or the Google page,
your computer consumes 74 watts, and when it's black it consumes only 59
Mark Ontkush wrote an article about the energy saving that would
be achieved if Google had a black screen, taking in account the huge
number of page views, according to his calculations, 750 mega watts/hour
per year would be saved.
In a response to this article Google created a black version of its search engine, called Blackle, with the exact same functions as the
white version, but with lower energy consumption, check it out.
Monday, July 23, 2007
So really, I was heartbroken to hear that this amazing little upbeat lady lost her battle with cancer over the weekend. If you doubt how amazing she is, then all you have to do is watch The Eyes of Tammy Faye, a wonderful documentary about her adventures, struggles, triumphs, humor, and lovable personality. Seeing it just made me want to take her home in my pocket.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Melissa and I will be somewhere in the vicinity of NE Broadway and 20th in Portland on Sunday selling our crafty wares. We'll be having fun in the sun from 10am-3pm, so stop by and say "hi." If you are looking to shop, all of the shops are having big sales all weekend for the street fair/sidewalk sale. I believe it starts tonight.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
It doesn't really matter how fast you are trying to go, for you are dependent on circumstances outside of your control. The most sensible strategy is to slow yourself down before someone else does it for you. It may be frustrating trying to overcome the current resistances head-on. Instead, relax and let the events themselves dictate the speed at which you move.And dangit, I've been chomping at the bit to work on Tammytown and make things happen. I was really working myself into quite a lather, rendering myself unable to get anything else accomplished. Our latest sound guy backed out this morning, and we are high and dry, once again. Why do I have to learn to be patient over and over and over? Breathe
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Much cooler than you might initially think, as it makes you think. It really appeals to my desire to understand pattern making, costruction, design.
BEARS, the first book by Kent Rogowski, is a series of portraits of the most unusual sort: ordinary teddy bears that have been turned inside out and restuffed. Each animal’s appearance is determined by the necessities of the manufacturing process. Simple patterns and devices never meant to be seen are now prominent physical characteristics, giving each one a distinctly quirky personality: their fasteners become eyes, their seams become scars, and their stuffing creeps out in the most unexpected places. Together these images form a topology of strange yet oddly familiar creatures. They are at once hideous yet cuddly, disturbing yet endearing, absurd yet adorable, while offering a metaphor for us all to consider. These bears, which have lived and loved and lost as much as their owners, have suffered and endured through it all. It is by virtue of revealing their inner core that we might better understand our own.
BEND, Oregon (AP) -- Last weekend, Kent Couch settled down in his lawn chair with some snacks -- and a parachute. Attached to his lawn chair were 105 large helium balloons.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Trina was quite a fantastic character! She had lots of great writing tips and a lot of sass in her frass. She was very encouraging and inspired me to turn Tammytown into a comic. This inspiration grew exponentially after meeting and talking with Mike Richardson, founder of Dark Horse! Mike brought up the very good point that comics allow you greater creative control than film. Less people to collaborate with. He used Joss Whedon as an example, and I squirmed with uncomfortable excitement through all of his tales and insights.
Trina Robbins: Writer and Herstorian!
I was lucky enough to buy one of Daniel Duford's newest comics, hand letterpressed by him and his wife. It is called The Green Man of B Street and it is becoming an installation piece in the N. Portland transit mall known more as the Green Man of Portland! His comics installation pieces are wonderful, click on his name to have a look-see.
Scott was, of course, fantastic! He is currently on a 50-state tour with his whole family. His adorable daughters are making projects of their own along the journey. They seem to be a pretty fantastic family. Also worth a look.
Man, I hope these rad nerds at MIT figure out better ways to make batteries!
The movie "Who Killed the Electric Car" really was effective with me, and it made me want an electric car sooooo badly. Want!
Nancy Stauffer, MIT Energy Initiative
June 5, 2007
For the past six months a team of MIT students has spent hundreds of hours--many late at night--converting a sleek Porsche 914 into an electric vehicle. Their goal? To demonstrate the viability of advanced electric vehicle technology and to help clarify what research and development has yet to be done.
"For the 4th of July, I modified this recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. It's the Sexy Lowfat Vanilla recipe (because I sometimes need to fit into that tube-top) with added lemon zest and extract. Then I followed the instructions for the Strawberry tall cakes (that is cutting out the center of the cupcake, stuffing it with fresh berries, putting the cap back on and frosting the whole lot!)..."
I recently checked out Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World from the library, and it was one of the best cake books I have ever used in the kitchen- each recipe more of a hit than the next. The authors are also the smarties behind Vegan With a Vengeance. They are both wonderful cookbooks, even if you eat things with faces.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Things sure have changed. I'm not sure if this is real, but it smells of real. The Platform festival wound to a close this weekend, and I think it was a successful event. Unfortunately, i was waaaay to busy to see any screenings, but I did get to wander around and take in the installations, and they were just fantastic. It is so nice to see physical, experimental animation living in a space, specifically for that space. Even ten years ago, in a program of study about installation and experimental film, it was near impossible for me to imagine animating a space!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
"Suspended" is a sculptural video installation that focuses on the
dichotomy of individual and shared experiences and the connections
between the two. Consisting of two parts that must be viewed
separately, the piece explores the themes of public and private, past
and present, experience and nostalgia.
On the 'public side' of the piece, we can experience together a
replica of the St. John's Bridge and riverbank, and projected super-8
imagery of its environment reflected off of water. This
multi-dimensional 'postcard' is indicative of our attempts at
re-creating experiences post-fact in order to share them with others.
Whether through storytelling, photographs or moving images, our
experiences become simulacra of themselves once they are given form
outside their original context.
On the 'private side' we are left alone, peering inside of a box that
conceals frenetic memory fragments and dream-like abstractions.
Juxtaposing single-frames of super-8 film and digital video we get a
sense of the past moving into the present through a series of abstract
vignettes. These call to mind the ephemeral nature of an experience
which cannot be adequately conveyed through words or mechanical
reproduction and which are ultimately kept to ourselves.
Our interpretation of 'animation' is largely conceptual in this piece.
In regard to its definitions "to give life to" and "create the
illusion of motion", we have developed a surrogate experience for the
viewer through digital video and through super-8 film shot frame by
frame, using stop-motion techniques. The cut-up single frames of
super-8 film in the reflecting pool are from the actual footage we
shot; suspended animation.
INSIDE OUT: INSTALLATION PREMIERE
PNCA (Pacific Northwest College of Art) 1241 NW Johnson Street Thursday, June 28 9 pm - midnight Come view the entire Installation Competition at once. Stroll through the streets of the Pearl District surrounded by performances and animation in unusual places. All installations will be on display for three hours on one night only, with animation to be shown on buildings, in windows, in parking lots, stores and a restaurant. Begin your walking tour at PNCA and follow the map, stopping along the way to select your favorites. When you've finshed, circle back to vote for the People's Choice Award for best installation.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Much like one of her lead characters, Tammytown is graduating after five awkward years! That's right folks! We are actually putting the movie in the can, well, er, more like box! Tammytown will be coming out on DVD this fall through a wonderful and supportive indie film distribution "helper company" called indiepix.net.
Tentative release date is October 23rd. So, keep your eyes peeled for news, spread the word. And, please contact me if you would like to added to the mailing list to know about some upcoming special screenings, parties, and release news.
Thanks to everyone that's ever helped!