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November was a dance month,

WATCH ::: http://vimeo.com/34694148

I saw a beautiful performance piece put together by some friends :::
A brilliant composer (and my collaborator) Alexander Berne whose music transforms, Karolien Soete a talented artist and the Stefanie Nelson Dance Group.
I was touched…here’s a little extract of it.

On the topic of dance…PINA in 3D! Yes!
Probably the first film I really enjoyed watching in 3D. Though I found some of the cuts between interviews and performances a bit awkward, the film is beautiful.
Pina's quotes are inspiring as is Wenders' imaginative direction…and the dancers leave you breathless. To paraphrase Pina's words, “sometimes you're left speechless, when words fail to evoke…then there is dance.” Indeed, watching it I remembered how to feel.

I also recently saw Bombay Beach by Alma Har’el.
Though beautifully shot, dreamy and poetic, the film left no mark. I was struggling to find any transformative purpose to the film.
It portrays impoverished America, romanticizes it and brings it to a theater near you, to watch and feel better about not being an inhabitant of Bombay Beach. The protagonist (a tough old man) opens the film to offer some “wise” insights into life but also happens to be racist.
Is there something romantic about poverty? I saw some pretty pictures but learnt nothing new.

Read "What’s Wrong With The Liberal Documentary" by Jill Godmilow to get a better sense of what we should strive for in documentary films.

Dec 26
November was a dance month,
WATCH ::: http://vimeo.com/34694148
I saw a beautiful performance piece put together by some friends :::A brilliant composer (and my collaborator) Alexander Berne whose music transforms, Karolien Soete a talented artist and the Stefanie Nelson Dance Group.I was touched…here’s a little extract of it.
On the topic of dance…PINA in 3D! Yes!Probably the first film I really enjoyed watching in 3D. Though I found some of the cuts between interviews and performances a bit awkward, the film is beautiful.Pina's quotes are inspiring as is Wenders' imaginative direction…and the dancers leave you breathless. To paraphrase Pina's words, “sometimes you're left speechless, when words fail to evoke…then there is dance.” Indeed, watching it I remembered how to feel.
I also recently saw Bombay Beach by Alma Har’el.Though beautifully shot, dreamy and poetic, the film left no mark. I was struggling to find any transformative purpose to the film.It portrays impoverished America, romanticizes it and brings it to a theater near you, to watch and feel better about not being an inhabitant of Bombay Beach. The protagonist (a tough old man) opens the film to offer some “wise” insights into life but also happens to be racist.Is there something romantic about poverty? I saw some pretty pictures but learnt nothing new.
Read "What’s Wrong With The Liberal Documentary" by Jill Godmilow to get a better sense of what we should strive for in documentary films.

On a Thursday night i ventured off to Hunts Point in the Bronx to write a story for Hunts Point Express on the Urban Word program at The Point

I was awed and inspired, maybe you’ll be too ::: http://vimeo.com/17486259

check out 13 year old activist, poet, spoken word mc Nene Ali

It’s been a marathon month, or three months…with 4 projects due in one week time is limited but…i did discover a new favorite blog with lots of brilliant film discussion, doc ideas, inspiring projects etc, check it out collabdocs .

Oh and p.s. I did switch to a 5D, from 7D…more on that next week.

Dec 05
On a Thursday night i ventured off to Hunts Point in the Bronx to write a story for Hunts Point Express on the Urban Word program at The Point…
I was awed and inspired, maybe you’ll be too ::: http://vimeo.com/17486259
check out 13 year old activist, poet, spoken word mc Nene Ali. 
It’s been a marathon month, or three months…with 4 projects due in one week time is limited but…i did discover a new favorite blog with lots of brilliant film discussion, doc ideas, inspiring projects etc, check it out collabdocs .
Oh and p.s. I did switch to a 5D, from 7D…more on that next week.

Over the weekend I went over to check in my friend Ronnie…walking into his studio in Tribeca is like walking into a rainbow…instant joy.

Here’s what Ronnie’s world feels like ::: http://vimeo.com/16841815

On a different note, I loved Omar Amiray’s film “Love Aborted” that screened as part of Experimentation in Arab Cinema program at MOMA last week… a really interesting documentary from 1985 on relationships between men and women in Egypt.

At the DOC NYC Fest, I didn’t connect much with Werner Herzog’s philosophies in his conversation with David Edelstein (film critic of New York Magazine)… though he did admit there is a possibility that he looks at (in this case) Weisman and verite film through “tunnel” vision…David, brilliantly challenged Herzog a few times with his questions…leaving a somewhat speechless Herzog….

it reminded me how important it is to provide room for openness. 

Nov 14
Over the weekend I went over to check in my friend Ronnie…walking into his studio in Tribeca is like walking into a rainbow…instant joy.
Here’s what Ronnie’s world feels like ::: http://vimeo.com/16841815
On a different note, I loved Omar Amiray’s film “Love Aborted” that screened as part of Experimentation in Arab Cinema program at MOMA last week… a really interesting documentary from 1985 on relationships between men and women in Egypt.
At the DOC NYC Fest, I didn’t connect much with Werner Herzog’s philosophies in his conversation with David Edelstein (film critic of New York Magazine)… though he did admit there is a possibility that he looks at (in this case) Weisman and verite film through “tunnel” vision…David, brilliantly challenged Herzog a few times with his questions…leaving a somewhat speechless Herzog….
it reminded me how important it is to provide room for openness. 

The boat ride lasted 3 hours…In which I, perhaps not so discreetly, stalked Helge a little bit…He wasn’t feeling too great and wasn’t much up to talking.(given the fact that he talks for 3 hrs straight on these tours, this is not surprising)…

Here’s how he spends his days ::: http://vimeo.com/16199862

Otherwise, Berlin was an interesting place…beautiful and strange.

KW had an extensive film exhibit that screened Doug Aiken’s Migration…what a brilliant piece. Dor Guez’s Al-Lydd exhibit was interesting, particularly the documentary video portraits. At Berlinische Galerie I discovered Julian Rosefeldt’s film works…captivating.

Oct 10
The boat ride lasted 3 hours…In which I, perhaps not so discreetly, stalked Helge a little bit…He wasn’t feeling too great and wasn’t much up to talking.(given the fact that he talks for 3 hrs straight on these tours, this is not surprising)…
Here’s how he spends his days ::: http://vimeo.com/16199862
Otherwise, Berlin was an interesting place…beautiful and strange.
KW had an extensive film exhibit that screened Doug Aiken’s Migration…what a brilliant piece. Dor Guez’s Al-Lydd exhibit was interesting, particularly the documentary video portraits. At Berlinische Galerie I discovered Julian Rosefeldt’s film works…captivating.

WATCH ::: http://www.vimeo.com/13845778

Rushing by, on my way to meet a friend, I came across Blady’s concoction…he was mobbed by people and questions…and enjoyed it…quick and dirty, the Swaggertist…

Aug 01
WATCH ::: http://www.vimeo.com/13845778
Rushing by, on my way to meet a friend, I came across Blady’s concoction…he was mobbed by people and questions…and enjoyed it…quick and dirty, the Swaggertist…
November was a dance month,
WATCH ::: http://vimeo.com/34694148
I saw a beautiful performance piece put together by some friends :::A brilliant composer (and my collaborator) Alexander Berne whose music transforms, Karolien Soete a talented artist and the Stefanie Nelson Dance Group.I was touched…here’s a little extract of it.
On the topic of dance…PINA in 3D! Yes!Probably the first film I really enjoyed watching in 3D. Though I found some of the cuts between interviews and performances a bit awkward, the film is beautiful.Pina's quotes are inspiring as is Wenders' imaginative direction…and the dancers leave you breathless. To paraphrase Pina's words, “sometimes you're left speechless, when words fail to evoke…then there is dance.” Indeed, watching it I remembered how to feel.
I also recently saw Bombay Beach by Alma Har’el.Though beautifully shot, dreamy and poetic, the film left no mark. I was struggling to find any transformative purpose to the film.It portrays impoverished America, romanticizes it and brings it to a theater near you, to watch and feel better about not being an inhabitant of Bombay Beach. The protagonist (a tough old man) opens the film to offer some “wise” insights into life but also happens to be racist.Is there something romantic about poverty? I saw some pretty pictures but learnt nothing new.
Read "What’s Wrong With The Liberal Documentary" by Jill Godmilow to get a better sense of what we should strive for in documentary films.
November was a dance month,
WATCH ::: http://vimeo.com/34694148
I saw a beautiful performance piece put together by some friends :::A brilliant composer (and my collaborator) Alexander Berne whose music transforms, Karolien Soete a talented artist and the Stefanie Nelson Dance Group.I was touched…here’s a little extract of it.
On the topic of dance…PINA in 3D! Yes!Probably the first film I really enjoyed watching in 3D. Though I found some of the cuts between interviews and performances a bit awkward, the film is beautiful.Pina's quotes are inspiring as is Wenders' imaginative direction…and the dancers leave you breathless. To paraphrase Pina's words, “sometimes you're left speechless, when words fail to evoke…then there is dance.” Indeed, watching it I remembered how to feel.
I also recently saw Bombay Beach by Alma Har’el.Though beautifully shot, dreamy and poetic, the film left no mark. I was struggling to find any transformative purpose to the film.It portrays impoverished America, romanticizes it and brings it to a theater near you, to watch and feel better about not being an inhabitant of Bombay Beach. The protagonist (a tough old man) opens the film to offer some “wise” insights into life but also happens to be racist.Is there something romantic about poverty? I saw some pretty pictures but learnt nothing new.
Read "What’s Wrong With The Liberal Documentary" by Jill Godmilow to get a better sense of what we should strive for in documentary films.

November was a dance month,

WATCH ::: http://vimeo.com/34694148

I saw a beautiful performance piece put together by some friends :::
A brilliant composer (and my collaborator) Alexander Berne whose music transforms, Karolien Soete a talented artist and the Stefanie Nelson Dance Group.
I was touched…here’s a little extract of it.

On the topic of dance…PINA in 3D! Yes!
Probably the first film I really enjoyed watching in 3D. Though I found some of the cuts between interviews and performances a bit awkward, the film is beautiful.
Pina's quotes are inspiring as is Wenders' imaginative direction…and the dancers leave you breathless. To paraphrase Pina's words, “sometimes you're left speechless, when words fail to evoke…then there is dance.” Indeed, watching it I remembered how to feel.

I also recently saw Bombay Beach by Alma Har’el.
Though beautifully shot, dreamy and poetic, the film left no mark. I was struggling to find any transformative purpose to the film.
It portrays impoverished America, romanticizes it and brings it to a theater near you, to watch and feel better about not being an inhabitant of Bombay Beach. The protagonist (a tough old man) opens the film to offer some “wise” insights into life but also happens to be racist.
Is there something romantic about poverty? I saw some pretty pictures but learnt nothing new.

Read "What’s Wrong With The Liberal Documentary" by Jill Godmilow to get a better sense of what we should strive for in documentary films.

On a Thursday night i ventured off to Hunts Point in the Bronx to write a story for Hunts Point Express on the Urban Word program at The Point…
I was awed and inspired, maybe you’ll be too ::: http://vimeo.com/17486259
check out 13 year old activist, poet, spoken word mc Nene Ali. 
It’s been a marathon month, or three months…with 4 projects due in one week time is limited but…i did discover a new favorite blog with lots of brilliant film discussion, doc ideas, inspiring projects etc, check it out collabdocs .
Oh and p.s. I did switch to a 5D, from 7D…more on that next week.
On a Thursday night i ventured off to Hunts Point in the Bronx to write a story for Hunts Point Express on the Urban Word program at The Point…
I was awed and inspired, maybe you’ll be too ::: http://vimeo.com/17486259
check out 13 year old activist, poet, spoken word mc Nene Ali. 
It’s been a marathon month, or three months…with 4 projects due in one week time is limited but…i did discover a new favorite blog with lots of brilliant film discussion, doc ideas, inspiring projects etc, check it out collabdocs .
Oh and p.s. I did switch to a 5D, from 7D…more on that next week.

On a Thursday night i ventured off to Hunts Point in the Bronx to write a story for Hunts Point Express on the Urban Word program at The Point

I was awed and inspired, maybe you’ll be too ::: http://vimeo.com/17486259

check out 13 year old activist, poet, spoken word mc Nene Ali

It’s been a marathon month, or three months…with 4 projects due in one week time is limited but…i did discover a new favorite blog with lots of brilliant film discussion, doc ideas, inspiring projects etc, check it out collabdocs .

Oh and p.s. I did switch to a 5D, from 7D…more on that next week.

Over the weekend I went over to check in my friend Ronnie…walking into his studio in Tribeca is like walking into a rainbow…instant joy.
Here’s what Ronnie’s world feels like ::: http://vimeo.com/16841815
On a different note, I loved Omar Amiray’s film “Love Aborted” that screened as part of Experimentation in Arab Cinema program at MOMA last week… a really interesting documentary from 1985 on relationships between men and women in Egypt.
At the DOC NYC Fest, I didn’t connect much with Werner Herzog’s philosophies in his conversation with David Edelstein (film critic of New York Magazine)… though he did admit there is a possibility that he looks at (in this case) Weisman and verite film through “tunnel” vision…David, brilliantly challenged Herzog a few times with his questions…leaving a somewhat speechless Herzog….
it reminded me how important it is to provide room for openness. 
Over the weekend I went over to check in my friend Ronnie…walking into his studio in Tribeca is like walking into a rainbow…instant joy.
Here’s what Ronnie’s world feels like ::: http://vimeo.com/16841815
On a different note, I loved Omar Amiray’s film “Love Aborted” that screened as part of Experimentation in Arab Cinema program at MOMA last week… a really interesting documentary from 1985 on relationships between men and women in Egypt.
At the DOC NYC Fest, I didn’t connect much with Werner Herzog’s philosophies in his conversation with David Edelstein (film critic of New York Magazine)… though he did admit there is a possibility that he looks at (in this case) Weisman and verite film through “tunnel” vision…David, brilliantly challenged Herzog a few times with his questions…leaving a somewhat speechless Herzog….
it reminded me how important it is to provide room for openness. 

Over the weekend I went over to check in my friend Ronnie…walking into his studio in Tribeca is like walking into a rainbow…instant joy.

Here’s what Ronnie’s world feels like ::: http://vimeo.com/16841815

On a different note, I loved Omar Amiray’s film “Love Aborted” that screened as part of Experimentation in Arab Cinema program at MOMA last week… a really interesting documentary from 1985 on relationships between men and women in Egypt.

At the DOC NYC Fest, I didn’t connect much with Werner Herzog’s philosophies in his conversation with David Edelstein (film critic of New York Magazine)… though he did admit there is a possibility that he looks at (in this case) Weisman and verite film through “tunnel” vision…David, brilliantly challenged Herzog a few times with his questions…leaving a somewhat speechless Herzog….

it reminded me how important it is to provide room for openness. 

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Posted on Sunday October 10th 2010 at 04:25pm. Its tags are listed below.

The boat ride lasted 3 hours…In which I, perhaps not so discreetly, stalked Helge a little bit…He wasn’t feeling too great and wasn’t much up to talking.(given the fact that he talks for 3 hrs straight on these tours, this is not surprising)…
Here’s how he spends his days ::: http://vimeo.com/16199862
Otherwise, Berlin was an interesting place…beautiful and strange.
KW had an extensive film exhibit that screened Doug Aiken’s Migration…what a brilliant piece. Dor Guez’s Al-Lydd exhibit was interesting, particularly the documentary video portraits. At Berlinische Galerie I discovered Julian Rosefeldt’s film works…captivating.
The boat ride lasted 3 hours…In which I, perhaps not so discreetly, stalked Helge a little bit…He wasn’t feeling too great and wasn’t much up to talking.(given the fact that he talks for 3 hrs straight on these tours, this is not surprising)…
Here’s how he spends his days ::: http://vimeo.com/16199862
Otherwise, Berlin was an interesting place…beautiful and strange.
KW had an extensive film exhibit that screened Doug Aiken’s Migration…what a brilliant piece. Dor Guez’s Al-Lydd exhibit was interesting, particularly the documentary video portraits. At Berlinische Galerie I discovered Julian Rosefeldt’s film works…captivating.

The boat ride lasted 3 hours…In which I, perhaps not so discreetly, stalked Helge a little bit…He wasn’t feeling too great and wasn’t much up to talking.(given the fact that he talks for 3 hrs straight on these tours, this is not surprising)…

Here’s how he spends his days ::: http://vimeo.com/16199862

Otherwise, Berlin was an interesting place…beautiful and strange.

KW had an extensive film exhibit that screened Doug Aiken’s Migration…what a brilliant piece. Dor Guez’s Al-Lydd exhibit was interesting, particularly the documentary video portraits. At Berlinische Galerie I discovered Julian Rosefeldt’s film works…captivating.

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Posted on Sunday August 1st 2010 at 03:51pm. Its tags are listed below.

WATCH ::: http://www.vimeo.com/13845778
Rushing by, on my way to meet a friend, I came across Blady’s concoction…he was mobbed by people and questions…and enjoyed it…quick and dirty, the Swaggertist…
WATCH ::: http://www.vimeo.com/13845778
Rushing by, on my way to meet a friend, I came across Blady’s concoction…he was mobbed by people and questions…and enjoyed it…quick and dirty, the Swaggertist…

WATCH ::: http://www.vimeo.com/13845778

Rushing by, on my way to meet a friend, I came across Blady’s concoction…he was mobbed by people and questions…and enjoyed it…quick and dirty, the Swaggertist…