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Aug 11

Tiny Feature Saturday’s – Lower East Side

This week on TFS I am posting a video that reminds me in more ways than one that the more things change, the more they stay the same. This video is a montage of images set to a psychedelic track that is reminiscent of the slice of life videos that are so prevalent in DSLR films today. There is a common thread that links the Beatnik and Hippie culture of yesterday to the Hipster culture of today and the sometimes tense juxtaposition with the local indigenous population that they both share. This video resonated with me partly because I rarely see slice of life videos of Downtown NYC from this era.

But there was something more personal that connected me with this video which highlights the common thread between different generations. You see one of the directors of this video is Tom Hurwitz. As a young Production Assistant working on film sets in the late 90′s I worked on a TV documentary in which Tom was a cinematographer. To me he was this old guy who I assumed had little if anything in common with me. Then today totally by accident I came across this video. It illustrates a common thread linking our generations that made me see Tom in a different light so many years later. Now almost 15 years after working with Tom on that gig, I am creating films like Tom with the prevailing social movement as it’s subtext. A poetic illustration that “The more things change the more they stay the same.”

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Aug 11

Wayback Thursday’s – URB Next 100

This week we take the Wayback Machine to March of 2008 and what was one of the more memorable days at The New Pop.  URB magazine one of the more respected voices on independent culture at the time put The New Pop in their URB Next 100 issue.  This is their list of artists and organizations that they think are the most relevant in indie culture.  It was the Fortune 500 for the indie set who’s alumni include folks like Bloc Party, M.I.A. TV On The Radio, and in our issue right above us an unknown rapper with a funny name, Kid Cudi. I had been a huge fan of this list since the 90′s,  so when on an early Sunday morning out of the blue and without any warning I received a text from a colleague congratulating me on making the list I couldn’t believe it. That morning I had a shoot with my partner Tone and we decided to scavenger the city for the magazine later joined by our third partner Texas.

What I find intriguing about this video is that it captures that old school fascination with print that is rapidly fading away.  The same thing is happening with TV today.  A few years ago it was something special to see yourself on TV, today kids place more value on getting 1,000,000 hits on youtube or trending on twitter.

Wayback History: A couple of years after we made this list, URB magazine fell victim to the wave of misfortune that was hitting the print industry shutting down their monthly and moving their operations online.  New Media outlets like Pitchfork and The Hype Machine replaced Old Media established voices like URB as the authoritative voice on the indie music scene.  Ironically our online magazine model was the writing on the wall for many print publications to follow.  

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Aug 11

Sarah Illenberger: She Speaks in Images

This film courtesy of the folks at Gestalten.tv profiles the Berlin-based artist Sarah Illenberger who transforms even the most abstract and complex content into vivid, humorous, and concise visual forms without ever forcing a meaning on them.

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09
Aug 11

Handmade Portraits – Domestikate

This video by Tara Young for the folks at Etsy profiles Kate Fix otherwise known as Domistikate. Kate is a secondhand collector who lives in Graham North Carolina. Like my mom I love to collect useless items that I won’t ever throw away. My mom drives my dad crazy with her stuff. In my apartment among other things I have a taxi roof ad, a street parking sign, a pay phone full of quarters and a big blue Teddy bear. Not much but it’s a start. My dream is to buy a little home upstate NY one day, and when I do the collector within me will be unleashed. Is this video a glimpse into my future? I hope so : )

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Aug 11

Movie Review: Page One – Inside The New York Times

Page One Inside The New York Times directed by Andrew Rossi brings to light more than any other work in recent memory the volatile relationship between old and new media. Told mostly through the eloquent narration of The Times media and cultural columnist David Carr, this film documents a year in which lay-offs, bankruptcies, and closures were a daily reality in the world of print. Carr who is a former crack addict acts as the heroic figure for the old guard as he seeks to find his place in a world where social media sites like Twitter, organizations like Wiki Leaks and video channels like Vice TV have drastically reshaped the media landscape. In one memorable scene where Mr. Carr visits Vice Magazine to do a story on the young upstart, while being interviewed one of it’s founders Shane Smith boasts to Mr Carr; “We know how to speak to young people,” referring to some shocking video footage obtained in Africa by the Vice crew dealing with cannibalism and public defecation. ‘The New York Times isn’t cool enough to publish stories about cannibalism. Mr Carr interrupts: “Before you ever went there, we had reporters there reporting genocide after genocide. So just because you put on a fucking safari helmet and look at some poop, that doesn’t give you the right to insult what we do.” then Mr. Carr says, “So continue.”’  As it was framed in this edit (The New York times being the David against the Vice’s Goliath), I couldn’t help but cheer for Mr Carr.  There seems to be a disconnect and growing divide between old and new media that I think is to the detriment of the whole.  This film explores and in some ways attempts to traverse that gap using The New York times as it’s case study.   I strongly recommend anyone who is involved in new and old media to put this film on your to view list.

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Aug 11

Tiny Feature Saturday: Deiter Rams – Cold War Modern

This week on Tiny Feature Saturday I bring you a portrait on Deiter Rams who is considered one of the godfathers of 20th century Design and almost single-handedly revolutionized the look and functionality of Braun’s electronics. Until I found this piece on Hypebeast yesterday I had no idea who Dieter Rams was. As a huge fan of all things design orientated I am almost ashamed to admit this.

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Aug 11

The Palms : Long Island City – Video Teaser

I have been dying to create a video that utilizes the portrait orientation in a way that justifies it’s form. So when the folks at Artists Wanted asked me to do a promo for what looks like a very cool event and they sent me the flyer I knew this was it. So I took the flyer made the movie to match its dimensions grabbed some vintage clips and went to town. I hope that I can find more practical uses for editing in the Portrait orientation, just because it is so much fun!

Oh yeah and here is a brief description about the event.

“The Palms is a collaboration between several arts organizations and party producers, building an oasis resembling the pool of a 1950’s Boca Raton hotel…”

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Aug 11

Wayback Thursday’s 2007 – Korrupt

This week we take the Wayback machine to sometime around December 2007 and the Korrupt 4 party at Club 205. The level of interactivity and engagement in our old party videos was something to behold. The fact that I went through the trouble of buying a whiteboard and approaching people to write their thoughts on it throughout the night gives you an idea of my commitment to making our videos unique and fun. The very idea of me doing something as interactive today mortifies me… Well actually it mortified me back then too.

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Wayback Trivia:  This video gives us some interesting insight into what was happening in the world at the time with references to the World Cup, immigration, and the race for the Democratic nominee between Obama and Clinton among other things that includes a prediction from photographer Kareem Black that Obama Will Win!    


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Aug 11

Inventor Portrait: Ernest Nussbaum

This latest in a series of videos by David Friedman profiling inventors features 83 year old inventor Ernest Nussbaum.  His invention called the Prakticello is a wonderful example of solution oriented thinking and elegant design.  As Nussbaum puts it…

“If you want to take a regular cello on a flight, you have two options: one is to check it into baggage or buy it a seat. So the idea is to have a practice instrument which is carry on luggage and fits into an overhead compartment… it would be good if something like that existed.”

Elegance in simplicity.

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01
Aug 11

Paper Planes by Studio Glithero

This short video by Studio Glithero and presented by the folks at Wallpaper Magazine documents London-based letterpress printers Baddeley Brothers and the process behind their paper planes idea. This is one of the better “making of” videos that I have seen in a long time.

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