Saturday, June 16, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
This movie trailer is currently being funded through their indiegogo website. Titled "Dear White People", their mission statement is described as such..
Well believe it or not there was a time when "Black Art-House" was a thing. When movies like Do The Right Thing, Hollywood Shuffle, and Boyz In Da Hood were breaking box office records as well as making us laugh, cry, and think in ways movies hadn't before.
The humble producers of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a satire about being a black face in a white place, long to bring those days back. But we can't do it without you!
Here's the deal...we're looking to raise seed money that will go a tremondously long way in securing the capital we'll need to produce our million dollar indie feature. With our trailer, script and your help, we believe we can bring this exciting piece of cinema to life! Join us, won't you?
Check out DEARWHITEPEOPLE to learn more and or contribute.
I've always been interested in film and in college I took a few film classes before I got kicked out for having shitty math grades. For me, college was a let down before it even started. So college as a hotbed of self realizations and cliche coming of age milestones never happened for me. It was hard for me to even show up. One of the compelling elements of film to me is always the perspective. Forget the cinematography, brilliant lighting, the acting, the humor, whatever- without worthwhile perspective, everything else is just filler to me. I love all kinds of movies- but I am especially drawn to intelligent story telling. From "the holy mountain" to "she's gotta' have it", and "days of being wild" it's all relative.
Identity as a culture, as an individual, is something that is always changing. It is not idle, it is not guaranteed. Identity can be an observation of truths which are always in need of redefining. But without those continual observations, identity can easily become obscured, lost even to the uncertainty of time. Needless to say, without basic identity it's hard to build worthwhile perspective. That's why exploring racial identity in America is not only a complicated subject, it's also something that is ongoing and worthwhile, and should be considered when understanding ourselves and each other. When it comes to race, it's easy to obsess over our differences, while forgetting the fact it's less about our differences, and more about trying to be less of a dick, respecting others, and leaving people alone when you're being a dumbass.
This is why I totally back creative projects that inspire to question identity, culture, society and it's social cues. Although I probably wouldn't have entitled it "Dear White People", as it suggests that all white people deserve to be sent to the same cultural sensitivity workshop or something. The truth is, a lot of people from all races need to enroll in that workshop. It's hard to tip toe around racism when all some people are forced to digest are the day to day dumbass missteps of ignorant ass people who don't, won't, can't, and don't know how to afford you mutual civility. On the other hand, it's pretty incredible to live in a day in age where you can pursue larger scale projects while bypassing conventional forms of fundraising. You can also bypass the whole being born with "industry connected" family members to bring your dreams to the big screen. For a new set of young people who are driven to carry out the tradition of Black Art-House, all the more power to them. The time is always right. Makes me wonder if the world is ready for an Asian Art-House? Oh shit. One Art-House for everyone! Equal Art-Housing please.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I noticed a friend had posted on facebook this article about Aurel Schmidt talking about art and sex on a site called SLUTEVER. Suggested as a "light read" I read it, as I value the suggestions of friends. I'm down for light reads.
What I found though was actually kind of not light. It definitely led to an inner heavy discussion. The following paragraphs are snip its from the article. You should actually read the entire article because these are only the comments that stuck out to me the most. The full article can be found HERE
It depends. I’m good at making money, but I’m also really good at saying no to people and not giving them what they want, which, paradoxically, I think is a key to making money and being successful. Because if you give people what they want all the time, then what’s left for them to want?
You have to keep having goals. You can’t just hang around with people who think you’re cool; you have to constantly want to expand your peer group–to be around smart and talented people who challenge you.
I’ve always taken explicit photos. When I started getting press, I really resented that most of the press for female artists–and for females in general–was so sexualized. As a woman, even if what you do has nothing to do with what you look like, magazines and newspapers will try to create this image of you as the “cute” or “sexy” artist, because they want to sell issues. Whereas a male artist will just be photographed standing in his studio. That’s such a cheesy double standard, so I thought, “You know what might be better than trying to be cute?–just being complete slutty. You want a sexy picture of me? Well here, have a look at my vagina. I’ll just give you what you want right away. You don’t have to wonder anymore.”
Right. And sex as something you can create an atmosphere around. I find it weird when people are so set on what they think “sexy” is, as if it’s carved in stone. The standard of what society deems “sexy” is so molded by capitalism–it goes in and out of style, just like everything else. But this freaks me out, because ideally sex should almost be sacred, because it’s free, theoretically. It’s not a commodity, like clothes. Or art.
A little bit, but I’ve done that, too. For a while when I was single I just fucked under twenty-five year old skaters. Sometimes the young ones aren’t so good in bed, but they’re so energetic and excited to be fucking you that it makes up for it. Whereas some older guys are really good at eating pussy, but their energy spans are really low and they’ve had sex so many times that they’re just like, “Yawn…”