Laurel Nakadate’s photography in Chelsea until June 29, 2013. See previous post for details.
I really liked these photos. Laurel is a friend of my dear friend Phoebe Robinson and she nicely invited us to her opening this past Saturday evening. Laurel has two projects at the gallery right now and I liked both equally. One portrait, with a woman holding an electric guitar has her standing against a starry-night sky with a shooting-star making its way through the frame. I liked this one best. I also likes the concept and execution of her other series called Relations. She took a DNA test to research her maternal side and found many distant relations that she subsequently photographed in their yards under the night sky. One that stood out was the portrait from Kalispell, MT, #1 as it shows a woman, enshrouded in a fur jacket standing in beautiful, fresh snow.
I asked Laurel what camera she uses and it’s a Canon 5D. She may plan on making a book someday as well as the photographs are lovely to see in large format. She is working on developing a larger exhibition too so that she can show the more than 150 photographs she has in the series. Very cool and worth a look.
We made this video for Leo’s Pre-K class because his wonderful teacher, Andrea Scott, asked for more information about the farm after trying our famous Nourse Farm Jam. We shot this during the kids’ Spring Break and it was still quite chilly with snow on the ground that eventually melted away. The audience for this video is the 4-5 year-old set so be aware, it is targeted for Leo’s class and other kids.
Recently, Zachary was on a class trip with the second graders and was amazed to overhear a discussion between some of the kids when they saw a group of horses in a meadow a little distance away. Some of the kids exclaimed, “Look at those cows!”, so we thought it was funny that these city kids sometimes got their domesticated animals confused. Oh well….
Enjoy this little video that features Leo and Natalie as well as my Dad and uncle Jon. It’s a little more than 4 minutes long. Later this summer we plan on doing a video about the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) on the farm and my Dad’s grass-fed beef operation.
It reminded me of this Nourse Farm Jam commercial we did back in 2009 as a response to a Pure Columbian Coffee with Juan Valdez ad from the 1980’s. It always makes me giggle a little when Tim comes over the hill with Dan, his trusty steed carrying the day’s haul………..
Watched this a week or so ago and liked how the final product came out. I read this article, “Everyone is Now a Steadicam Operator…”, and was interested in seeing what the footage looked like. While I was looking at it plainly for the behind the scenes images of how they accomplished these VERY smooth shots, I liked seeing it in action the best. The shots at :14 seconds in (in this last link) where you see how small it is, were impressive. I can imagine running around with this thing and still potentially getting a good shot. Wow. Watched all of these videos and while the $15,000 price tag seemed steep, I guess I would rent one if I needed it…….
White Hills just finished up their newest Irish/UK tour and will be out on the road again in the US starting May 10th. They used this footage that Zachary and I shot to promote their April dates so although I am a little late here, it’s worth a look- just for the peek at their creative brilliance. This was some behind-the-scenes footage we shot at Martin Bisi’s studio in Brooklyn and I liked how Ego Sensation put it together. Old friends, Antony Hodgkinson was in attendance for inspiration and Gerald DeCock did Ego Sensation’s hair. It was an amazing night and cool to experience Martin’s input on the record. I love their voices reverberating throughout the track and remembering how fun it was.
Here is the VERY short spot with MK and Halle Berry about working together for the Watch Hunger Stop campaign for the World Food Programme. This short bit took 1 day of set-up and 1 day of waiting around. Since we were the last crew on the line after CNN and the photographers, I think we had them both in our midst for about 17 minutes. We also did a short interview with them both about their passion for joining this campaign. Ms. Berry played up her newly announced pregnancy at 46 and how important nutrition is for mothers’ first few months of pregnancy especially. Mr. Kors spoke nicely about how if you wanted to get food to those who need it the most, he has found that it is best to utilize the channels of the WFP as they have the planes, the distribution channels and the people on the ground who are trained to do this important work. Interesting opportunity to hear these 2 powerhouses talk about their passion for giving back.
My friend Mark Turner had this on his FB stream awhile ago and I feel like it’s time I posted here because I have mentioned it to friends so much. It’s that good. I learned about Nina Paley years ago in 2008 when I saw the lovely Sita Sings the Blues.
This one just has one of those hummable songs. We see this mini-history lesson with a fresh perspective through her exceptional storytelling.
Intersection: L Train Inspiration on New York Times
I like this series on fashion that Joanna Nikas and Simone S. Oliver do as I like hearing from real people on the street. This one is particularly enjoyable because of two people that reveal what they really think about fashion, themselves and Williamsburg. The woman who is interviewed with a man at 1:11 says something interesting when she talks about maybe moving out when she is in her late 40’s after she comments on how ‘young’ the neighborhood is. I like her reflecting on her own youth there.
I also like the last woman interviewed as she gives some insight on how maybe some people try hard to look like they are wearing inexpensive clothes when maybe they aren’t. I liked her comments there and also how she tells us she is a Brooklyn native, immediately showing her street cred and lending authority to her views. Like how she describes her outfit too. I reviewed an earlier video here that I liked about Fort Greene by the same team plus Shayla Harris last May.
Planetary Collective Launches Continuum Kickstarter Campaign
I met Guy Reid, one of the directors of Continuum, the other night at their launch party in DUMBO. He and his friends, Christoph Ferstad and Steve Kennedy have made an impression on the video-sphere with their past short film, Overview that reached 1 millions hits over the weekend. I really liked this film and plan to support their new project on Kickstarter because if it’s going to be anything like their last project, I am on board and can’t wait to see it and be a part of the process. OVERVIEW is 19 minutes and worth a watch if you’re interested in seeing some amazing footage from NASA and hearing former astronauts talk about the concept of the Overview Effect which I found fascinating.
Besides its being a beautifully crafted film, Overview hit me this last week because I was also watching the NOVA documentary, Earth From Space which uses satellite footage of the planet as well but additionally explains the scientific relationship of the earth, the sun and it’s incredible climate and biosphere. It’s a 2 hour doc but worth a watch. You can see the entire film online.
My best-friend lives nearby Kalispell, MT and I have experienced what absolutely beautiful countryside this is. I liked this NY Times video because it cuts to the heart of the issue about guns and gun control. What do you do about people like this who seem to be responsible gun owners who use their weapons for sport? My father owns an old musket made in the1700’s and because it is an heirloom from the earliest days on the farm, I think it is amazing to look at for the sheer craftsmanship. The artisans in this video, especially the first gentleman, Lee Helgeland, doesn’t sound like someone who would use his weapon irresponsibly, so what can the US government do in regards to preventing mass shootings like in Newtown, CT? I think the answer is banning assault weapons.
This week PBS is running a series of documentaries called, After Newtown and one of the films, Guns in America brought up some interesting issues that we have faced as a nation since our earliest days. It was fascinating to learn that in the state of Massachusetts in the Colonial Era before the Revolution, families were required to own a musket by law. This, of course, was the beginning of the local militias that eventually helped to win our independence from the British.
But back to Montana and those gun smiths who are making hand-crafted weapons that aid in their enjoyment of the outdoors. The documentary also brings up the economics of gun ownership and mentions that gun owners fund much the current environmental protection of America’s tranquil national preserves. I have seen bald eagles while walking in Montana’s wilderness and don’t look down on those who are out there for the sport of it. I just hope that the US government can realize the difference between these kinds of gun owners and those who use the more dangerous assault weapons