I was Truely Inspired by this Film. So I was excited to have the chance to Interview both Director and Producers Steve Brown and Jessie Deeter about the making of their Documentary. So excited, that I decided to do something special at the end 😉 Check it out!
Spark: A Burning Man story.
Each year, 60,000 people from around the globe gather in a dusty windswept Nevada desert to build a temporary city, collaborating on large-scale art and partying for a week before burning a giant effigy in a ritual frenzy. Rooted in principles of self-expression, self-reliance and community effort, Burning Man has grown famous for stirring ordinary people to shed their nine-to-five existence and act on their dreams. Spark takes us behind the curtain with Burning Man organizers and participants, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and growth. When ideals of a new world based on freedom and inclusion collide with realities of the “default world,” we wonder which dreams can survive.
“The portraits here offer West Coast idealism and conviction coupled with an extravagant aesthetic vision. Since we can’t all attend Burning Man, we can be thankful for “Spark,” which is probably the next best thing.” – The New York Times
“I was completely inspired by the movie, with a deep longing to be as creative as the people who create art for Burning Man.”- The Huffington Post
“The film is gorgeous: a virtual carnival of images that reflect the spectacle that is Burning Man.” – Boise Weekly
Special Thanks to Allied-THA
Somewhere, in Afghanistan or elsewhere, in a country torn apart by a war… A beautiful woman in her thirties watches over her husband who has fallen into a coma. After ten years of living under his control, with no voice of her own, she finally has the upper hand. And with that, the safety to reveal to him her deepest desires, pains and secrets she could never share with anyone for fear of retribution. And it is an extraordinary confession, without restraint, about love and her anger against a man who never understood her, who mistreated her, who never showed her any respect or kindness.
This paralyzed man unconsciously becomes syngué sabour (the patience stone), a magical black stone that, according to Persian mythology, absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. It is believed that the day it explodes, after having received too much hardship and pain, will be the day the bearer becomes free.
The Patience Stone is adapted from the best-selling novel by Atiq Rahimi, translated in 33 languages and winner of the Goncourt Prize, the most prestigious book award in France, in 2008.
Im always interested in figuring out exactly how much improvisation is actually used in comedic movies. Imagine this; You have a script that you wrote and you think its the funniest thing ever! Then you hire two comedic masterminds to act out the role, but they switch it up.. do you just go with it? I got an answer when I spoke to Paul Feig, Creator of Freaks and Geeks, and Director of Bridesmaides. His new movie is THE HEAT, About a straitlaced FBI agent and sassy Boston cop who team up to take down a powerful drug lord in this buddy crime comedy starring Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy. Also starring: Demián Bichir, Marlon Wayans, and Michael Rapaport co-star.
About a year ago I decided to delete my Facebook. To be honest It wasn’t too difficult of a decision to make. I had been getting slightly concerned about everyone around me obsessing about their digitally maintained persona. The biggest shock was the response of friends when I mentioned I was leaving the world of social media. Everyone made such a fuss about it, as if it were a necessity of communication. I was asked to reconsider numerous times, yet once the plug was pulled a calmness rolled over all of the mindless posts from people whom I barely knew.
Real friends will always find a way to connect. As for the other 783 friends which you managed to rake up; well, your brain will be glad to know that it can forget about them and move onto future relationships. Don’t get me wrong, With Technology comes a lot of good, but some aspects of our wired world can be hazardous. There are two sides to every coin. That’s why I was excited to watch Director Henry Alex Rubens New Film Disconnect. It takes a look at all the issues that come along with our technology driven world. I got a chance to speak with Actor Max Thieriot about working on this Movie. Check it out!
I recently met up with Marlon Wayans to talk about his new spoof comedy A Haunted House. In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other “found footage” movies, A HAUNTED HOUSE features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s Malcolm’s girlfriend who is possessed by a demon. Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship… or, more importantly, his sex life… Just watch the damn interview!
“Graffiti ultimately wins out over proper art because it becomes part of your city, it’ s a tool; “I’ll meet you in that pub, you know, the one opposite that wall with a picture of a monkey holding a chainsaw”. I mean, how much more useful can a painting be than that?”-Banksy.
An amazing thought that is steadily progressing in many cities across the world is the gradual acceptance of street art. While most law enforcement agencies still view this act as a criminal offense, it is no secret that with time, more and more people are standing up to protect and even spread these roadside masterpieces. Slowly but surely different districts are starting to realize that art can actually help them by reviving alleyways and neighborhoods that would normally not be visited.
The acceptance of street Art has come so far in San Francisco that you really don’t have to walk far to see amazing pieces of Art slapped on the side of buildings and fences. The city is overflowing with creative individuals that want to leave their mark on the streets.
I think the reason street art is so appealing to many is because its so readily available for anyone to enjoy. It crosses all barriers and usually has no regard for who the Artist is. This way; devoid of the Ego it becomes something onto itself. Some will see your work and some will not and eventually it will be torn down, covered up or exposed to the elements. So keep an eye open because you really never know what will be around the next corner or for how long. Join me this week as I show you some Graffiti around two of my favorite neighborhoods. ARTSEA EP:8
If you’re a creator of things then you probably realize that where you’re from and where you have been often have a big impact on your work. Life is the culmination of experiences. Different paths will carve out who we are as we go forward. On this journey its important to have compassion and remember that no human experience is above another. It’s true that beautiful art can sometimes be born out of strange situations, but if you ever have the chance to attend one of San Francisco’s famous street events you will experience something that is unique unto itself. A celebration of culture, peace, awareness, and creativity. This week I got a taste of all that and more at the How Weird street fair! a festival dedicated to promoting the celebration of all things Weird. (How Weird is also a play on words as the location is on Howard street) Everyone is encouraged to come, throw on a costume and find out how weird you can get.
I think a lot of times in today’s world people care too much about what others think. It’s important to push past those barriers and really do what you want to do. Push past those societal norms, have conviction in your actions and don’t worry about it. Events like How Weird show us that a different reality is possible, but first we must let our guard down and start enjoying the surprises that come along with life. Soon you’ll find that everyone is just as weird as you.
ARTSEA: ep 7