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ZINGDEED: A Dance Film featuring The Pin-Down Girls
Produced by Devin Fulton & Jamila Glass
Director & Writer: Jamila Glass
Choreographer & Creative Director: Devin Fulton
Soundtrack: AWOLNATION - "Sail" & "Burn It Down" (InnerPartySystem Remix)
Premiered at the Sweat Spot in Los Angeles, CA on January 14, 2012
SYNOPSIS: The Palashakopians are the native, estrogen-powered people of ZINGDEED, a mystical land of otherworldly deer-like super beings. Their world is dramatically altered when their leader sends the pack to a planet called Earth to rescue a lost soul.
The Palashakopians: Charlene Bittinger, Genevieve Carson, Devin Fulton, Jamila Glass, Chereese Mackey, Amanda Meyer, Jaime Randall
The Earthling: Estefano Suazo
Featured Artist: Choreographer & Creative Director, Devin Fulton
Q&A by Desiree East
One word: Phenomenal
That is what comes to mind while watching Zingdeed.
And you might say that I am a teenie-bit biased solely because I personally know the mind-blowing talented Choreographer, Devin Fulton. (Or, perhaps it's because I became a fan of Awolnation's music after I had learned that my brother, Kalae Gam, worked as an Art Director for Awol's production of 'It's Not Your Fault' and 'Sail'...)
So yes, I am proud of my family and friends. I am always inspired by Influencers in society, and yes, even though I am a little biased toward (absolutely loving) the work of the people closest to me, here's the reality: the world is filled with pure, creative geniuses. And their creative intelligence is quite contagious. The dance film, Zingdeed is proof of that. It is evident in everything - from how the dancers interpret the storyline through their movement and emotions to how the allure of post-modern costumes fit the mood of the narrative.
They say if you share your love and talents with the world, then good karma will come back to you ten-fold. Well, Devin has been a huge influence in my (dancing) life for several years, and I feel very grateful and humbled to have the opportunity of being showered with her ingenious bits of choreography in the studio. I am pretty sure she has shared the same drive and inspiration with other dance students, as well as company members at LACDC (Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company) and in her own company, The Pin-Down Girls. Devin has been blessed with a successful career as a professional dancer and choreographer for many years, and her generous spirit and passion for dance is contagious. And now, after partnering with talented dancer and filmmaker, Jamila Glass of The Cutting Room, it will only open the door to bigger, spectacular opportunities for these truly gifted artists...
Desiree East: What was your inspiration for Zingdeed and how did you come up with the concept?
Devin Fulton: The choreography from ZINGDEED was something I originally created for a live fashion show called Urban Odyssey. One of my company members in the Pin-Down Girls, Jamila Glass was part of the cast, and when we exited stage that night she said, "I think we should turn this piece into a dance film, whadya say?" She is a USC film school graduate and an incredible talent, and I trusted her whole heartedly with my work and my vision. I simply answered, "Lets do it" and we immediately started the pre-production process. We wanted this to be more than just shooting dance for the sake of shooting dance, but with a storyline and concept. We locked ourselves in my house for 4 days, until we had a cohesive idea. She wrote the treatment and we sent it off to our dream team. We got all yes replies and were shooting two weeks later.
DE: From Costumes to Photography, Choreography to Production, and everything in between, it sounds like you had an amazing group of artists to collaborate with...is it safe to say you are hooked on the process of combining Dance Performance with Filmmaking?
DF: Jamila and I are still completely overwhelmed by the 42 person cast and crew who donated their time and skills to make this thing come together in the incredible way that it did. This was so humbling and inspiring and we are absolutely thrilled about keeping the ball rolling! There is not enough dance film making happening in the U.S. and we are excited about being pioneers, if you will, in getting people thinking and producing more in this way. We have started pre-production for the next project, and have about 3 more concepts in mind to follow. It is indeed fair to say, that we are totally hooked :-)
DE: As a professional dancer/performing artist, what do you think is the biggest challenge in the industry?
DF: I think that there are two main challenges in pursuing dance as a career. 1) Figuring out a way to pay your bills and survive. 2) Being respected in the same way that artists in other forums are. These two things go hand in hand really. I will fight to my death about dance being by far the hardest art form to go after. I am still trying to figure out why we are so under appreciated and how to help in making changes in the right direction.
DE: As a choreographer, what is your creative process like? How do you get motivated and where do you draw your inspiration?
DF: My inspiration first and for most, comes from the 9 insanely talented dancers in my company. I work with the most unique and versatile women, which makes it so easy to create dances and shows that have many layers, and different tonality that is constantly changing and evolving. I believe in hiring dancers who can do a whole lot of everything, which keeps it fun for me because I am then able to apply all of my background and training, and also keep trying new things and pushing in new directions. When doing these things, I believe as an Artistic-Director that you must create a safe environment for your dancers. Also, a balance between a fun and productive work space. Second to all that, music of course is a huge part of where my motivation comes from.
DE: Do you have any advice for young, aspiring dancers for overcoming any of the challenges they may face?
DF: No matter what path you pursue in your life, there will always be challenges that come along with it. It is so important to do and go after what YOU love, not your mother, father, or Sally Joe down the street. I am scared to death every time I try something new. That is never a valid reason not to try it out though. In the brilliant words of those Nike ads..."Just Do It!" Trying not to give a shit what others think about you is a perfectly normal battle that I think most people face. I am still learning how to not give a shit, and Just Do it. The result in doing so, is usually incredibly fulfilling.
Producers: Devin Fulton & Jamila Glass Director & Writer: Jamila Glass Choreographer & Creative Director: Devin Fulton
The Palashakopians: Charlene Bittinger, Genevieve Carson, Devin Fulton, Jamila Glass, Chereese Mackey, Amanda Meyer, Jaime Randall
The Earthling: Estefano Suazo
Music: AWOLNATION - "Sail" & "Burn It Down" (InnerPartySystem Remix) **We own the rights to the choreography, not the music. This falls under "Fair Use" as no revenue is being generated from this film. Purely for entertainment.
Associate Producer: Jessica Bodner Cinematographers: Brad Haskell & Ben Clarke Costume Designer: Kellsy Mackilligan Headdress & Harness Designer: Kittinhawk Sculptor & Boot Designer: Jessica Bodner Set Designer: Kathi Leineke 1st ADs - Connor Casavan & Tiffany Sweat 2nd AD - Estefano Suazo Editor - Jamila Glass Camera Operators: John Kennedy & Raymond Demeritt Makeup & Hair - Michael Kelley Salon Sound - Taylor Quinn Set Wardrobe - Sara Duarte Set Photography - Abby Darby & James Scolari Catering - Duke Gervais
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/21108946 w=400&h=225]
MANUFACTURING STOKE - Official Trailer
Directed by Pierce Michael Kavanagh
Written by Geoffrey Smart
Produced by Misfit Pictures:
(Pierce Micheal Kavanagh, Petra Kavanagh, Geoffrey Smart, Maximillian Schmige)
WORLD PREMIERE: Bird's Surf Shed
1091 W. Morena Blvd · San Diego, CA
Saturday, May 21st at 7pm
No other sport is so intrinsically linked to nature. Some call it a spiritual experience, most call it indescribable. And yet, in becoming the multi-billion dollar industry it is today, a great paradox has risen. Surfers are indeed directly connected to the earth’s pulse and yet a majority of the materials used are environmentally toxic. The story begins in the 1960’s, the golden era of surfing, a time of innocence and discovery. Surf culture erupted onto the collective consciousness and became the epitome of cool. Fast forward to December 5th, 2005 and the closing of Clark Foam for environmental reasons, the largest surf blanks manufacturer in the world. Not only was the event a wake-up call for many to shift from petroleum-base products to more eco-friendly materials, it also reframed the foundation of a stagnant culture.
Enter surfing’s renaissance, an era where the new generation is completely changing what it means to be a surfer. And amid timid efforts from the industry’s biggies, a plethora of grassroots up-and-comers is redefining what a surfer is supposed to ride. From wooden surfboards, handplanes and alaias to recycled blanks and organic clothing, wave riding is taking on a new soul.Manufacturing Stoke is an introspective look into the surfing culture’s struggle to be beneficial unto itself, a tapestry of both influential and eclectic members of the surfing community that are constantly striving for positive change.
Click below to read interview by Justin Cote :
"When I first looked closely into the industry, I was really inspired by certain individuals who are striving to make the future of surfing more sustainable. Getting to meet people that are reconstructing what the surf industry means to them was really refreshing. Those are the real stories that I wanted to highlight in this documentary."
- PMK, Pierce Michael Kavanagh
FEATURING: Anthony Circosta- LocalClothes, Bird Huffman- Bird's Surf Shed, Carl Ekstrom- Hydrodynamica, Chad Jackson - Local Cloths, Clay Peterson - Marko Foam, Damian X Fulton- Aritst/Surfer, Dan Beauchene - Local Clothes, Danny Hess- Hess Surfboards, Dennis Murphy- Murphy Sufboards, Dennis Kavanagh- Womper, Derek Sabori- Volcom, Ed Lewis- Enjoy Handplanes, Gary Seagraves- Seagraves Surfboards, Glenn Hening-Groundswell Society, Jeff Wilson- Quicksilver, Jim Moriarty- Surfrider Foundation, Joey Santley- Greenfoam, John Baker Dahl- Wax Research, Jon Wegener- Wegener Surfboards, Kipp Denslow- Enjoy Handplanes, Lucas Dirkse- Surfer, Mark Stavron- O'Fish'L, Matt Biolos- Lost Enterprises, Matt Mattoon- Matunas Wax, Mikko Flemming- Surfer, Ned McMahon- Malama Composites, Niko Traubman- Surfer, Richard Kenvin- Hydrodynamica, Rob B. Woods- Surfer, Roian Atawood- Sole Technologies, Sean Smith- Sima, Tiare Thompson- Surfer, Tyler Callaway- FCS
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoqSYOCA3Eg?rel=0&w=500&h=311] One of my 10-year-old art students recently asked a question in class the other day, "Is it true that you only become famous after you die???"
To be quite honest, I wasn't quite sure how to answer that question. As I was trying to think of a sincere answer, my thoughts were interrupted by another young student who innocently added, "Yeah...I heard that you're only famous if your artwork is really, really old..."
(Ahem)...where in the world do kids learn these things???
The idea that artists are 'ahead of their time' and not fully recognized or appreciated for their art during their era, until much later after their death --- for instance, 'posthumously' famous artists such as, Vincent Van Gogh and Emily Dickinson --- is one that is widely accepted.
(However, this idea is debatable - and a whole-nother story - because the definition of fame and success have very different meanings from one artist to another. Not all artists create art for the sake of being famous. Also, many great artists' talents have been and are recognized and appreciated while still alive...just like my young, beautiful, and wonderfully talented art students!)
This brings us to my latest obsession, the late (posthumously famous) photographer, VIVIAN MAIER (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009). As we approach the 2nd anniversary of her passing, it is just absolutely astonishing how her images have almost instantly revealed a culture from the past - more like a time machine, if you will - and one that the world will learn from in the days, months, and years to come.
(Alright, so let me back up)...I don't know if any of you have been following the story of Vivian Marier, but the more it unfolds, the more intrigued I am.
FIRST, let's talk about photography (I'm kind of working backwards, here, so please bear with me). The fascinating thing about capturing images, is that you get a glimpse of what the person behind the lens is viewing. It's how they interpret the world as they see it.
Now, I'm not talking about specific assignments that professional photographers are hired for, and I'm not talking about a project that was assigned to you as homework in Beginning Photography 101. I'm talking about raw, candid shots. Shooting from the hip. Street photography. Urban photography. Whatever you want to call it.
WHEN YOU LOOK AT AN IMAGE, ask yourself:
What was it that motivated the photographer behind the lens to take that shot?
Is there a compelling story on the other side of the lens?
Perhaps the lighting had casted the perfect hue on the subject...
Or maybe the objects presented a strong composition in relation to each other...
It might have simply been the quirky expression on a child's face or the crow's feet extending from the sparkling eyes of an eldery person.
"Okay, so what's your point?" you ask?
Most artists have an opportunity to express what their intent is. Reading an Artist's Statement along with their work is the norm. It invites the viewers into their world in a compelling way, explaining the style of their work, or perhaps, the intent or message of the series of artwork that they are featuring.
Then we have the late Vivian Maier. Not a world-renowned artist (at least not, yet). Just a nanny. No artist statement. No nothing.
Except for the astounding images, of course. Oh, and the mystery audio tapes and documentaries captured on endless reels of film.
No one knew who Ms. Maier was until the random bulk of prints, negatives, and undeveloped rolls of film was acquired at an antique auction by historian, John Maloof, in 2007.
Since then, the story of her mysterious past have been unraveling before our eyes. Hundreds of thousands (literally) of negatives and rolls of film have been carefully dodged and burned onto photo paper. As each print is currently being rustled through, we are slowly starting to learn about this amazingly gifted artist.
As an educator and art lover, I am very excited and very thankful that John Maloof and Jeff Goldstein and their amazing network of support have decided to share this process of this project with the rest of the world. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU...
This is ART HISTORY, people. It is unfolding in front of our eyes, and WE are part of it. This is the moment to appreciate the unveiling of a great artist --- the Emily Dickinson and Vincent van Gogh of photography, the hidden world of VIVIAN MAIER.
2013 UPDATE! 'FINDING VIVIAN MAIER' HAS BEEN SELECTED BY THE TORONTO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL FOR ITS WORLD PREMIERE IN SEPT 2013:
HOW DO YOU THINK THE DISCOVERY OF THIS ARTIST WILL INFLUENCE SOCIETY IN THE YEARS TO COME? ANY THOUGHTS? FEEL FREE TO SHARE BELOW!
To learn more about this fascinating project, please visit the official site of Vivian Maier.
bob marley is an easy fix. his music makes my heart smile... [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O9UHZFQGQA&w=480&h=390]
...usually if i need motivation to get out of a slump, i'll listen to sad, melancholy music...i don't know why, but somehow it works out. but, the more i think of it, i guess it really depends on what kind of mood i am in, and of course, what kind of mood i need to be transformed into in order to complete the task at hand. usually what works the best is music that i know very well that i can belt out (with no one around, of course). it may be something as simple as folksy-time happy, hippy music, like "home" from edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros. or maybe even a little old-school punk, like fugazi's "waiting room"...or even (the extreme opposite), some hard-core gangsta rap (that's right, dr. dre, anyone?). seriously. it's funny i've got different playlists for different situations on my itunes.
design motivator road trip music mellow mix background bbq acoustic mix cleaning house mix (not really, just kidding...but i should have one) etc, etc...the list goes on.
from blues-y, jazzy, sultry tunes that quench your soul to hard-core rock to survive road rage on the 101 fwy - boooyah! - i've got it covered...and you? what fave tunes do you like to listen to motivate? is music a significant influential factor for your creativity?
DESTINATION 3 DEGREES - Official Trailer
a film by Chris Aguilar
produced by Soul Surf Media Productions
Metro 4 Theatre: Sunday, January 30th at 11am
Lobero Theatre: Monday, January 31st at 10pm
Metro 4 Theatre: Tuesday, February 1st at 10am
(Please note the schedule is subject to change)
SYNOPSIS: 300 miles, 3 degrees of latitude, an adventure of a lifetime.
In April 2010, two elite stand up paddlers, Jenny Kalmbach and Morgan Hoesterey, left the Big Island of Hawaii determined to paddle from there to the northern most island in the chain, Ni'ihau.
The CAUSE: They did this to raise awareness and support for the Algalita Marine Research Foundation - an organization dedicated to studying the effects of plastics in the ocean. After months of preparing and training, they would not just be tested physically but mentally.
The CHALLENGE: The phrase "don't give up" means something different in the midst of a night time 16-hour, 70-mile paddle from Oahu to Kauai. Through broken equipment, broken relationships and the heartache of secluded beaches littered with plastics Jenny and Morgan encounter every challenge imaginable from weather to equipment.
Click to see interactive map with related photo/video clips:
- 'Alenuihaha Channel: "Of very large, trough-like waves" (Hawaii-Maui)
- 'Alalakeiki Channel: "Screaming or crying child" (Maui-Kaho'olawe)
- Auau Channel: "To take a bath" (Maui-Lanai)
- Pailolo Channel: "To urge or rouse expertise and skill" (Maui-Molokai)
- Kaiwi Channel: "The bones" or "Long surf line" (Molokai-Oahu)
- Ka'ie'iewaho Channel: "The 'ie 'ie vine" (Oahu-Kauai)
- Kaulakahi Channel: "The red place" (Kauai-Ni'ihau)
Filmed on HD and on Super 8, Destination 3 Degrees follows each step of the journey from camping on Lanai to free diving off the forbidden island of Ni'ihau. This is the story of two women striking out across three degrees of latitude on the adventure of a lifetime.
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/12666679 w=400&h=300]
The STILL POINT - Official Trailer
A film by Taki Bibelas
Produced by Pixi Fish Films
WORLD PREMIERE: Metro 4 Theatre, Tuesday, February 1st at 5pm.
2nd SCREENING: Metro 4 Theatre, Wednesday, February 2nd at 10am.
(Please note the schedule is subject to change)
SYNOPSIS: A T.S. Eliot Poem inspires a film about water and the ocean that is told by worlds legendary pioneer surfers.
‘At the still point of the turning world .... Where past and future are gathered .... Neither movement from nor towards .... Except for the point, the still point, There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.’
The images from these words bring us to a place where there is everything and nothing, an image found in eastern thought and a concept found in quantum physics. Surf is a metaphor.
We hear about all life being made of waves, from the waves on our planet to the waves of light. Wave and Particle theory deals with mater on a sub atomic level, but being in the ocean is the only place we can tangibly feel a wave like motion. Is that why it feels good in the water?
Does time change in the ocean, can one become water, what is mana, why does it feel good to jump in the ocean, is all life made of waves. Does it offer a rite of passage? Is all life made of waves? How does science fit in? Where is the art form, what is the dance? Is the ocean alive, does it have a consciousness? If we believed it, we might be more respectful of it. The curl of the wave is a Fibonacci spiral, the golden ratio, a mathematical form found everywhere in nature from the shape of the galaxy, to patterns in plants, to the double-helix spiral of our own DNA.
What we learn from the ocean must surely apply to all of nature: plants, animals, people. Being in tune with life, understanding the concept of nothingness, having respect having respect for everything, will in the end lead us down the path of seeing all things in a simpler way. A film about waves, surf and the connection of all things.
Cast: Simon Anderson, Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew, Peter Cole, Mark Cunningham, Jeff Divine, Mike Doyle, George Downing, Skip Frye, Leroy Grannis, Ricky Grigg, Glenn Henning, Kimo Hollinger, Joey Cabell, Buffalo Keaulana, Brian Keaulana, Tom Morey, Mickey Munoz, Dorian (Doc) Paskowitz, Claudia Parmenter, Michael Peterson, Steve Pezman, Jericho Popler, Tom Stone, Paul Strauch, Jock Sutherland, Tom Wegener.
................................................................................................................................................. Paris, France - A few months before Miki Dora passed away he was at a dinner at the Madrid Hotel in Guéthary, France with Stacy Peralta and Agi Orsi to discus a follow up ﬁlm to their movie Dog Town and Z boys to be based on Miki's life. Photographer and ﬁlm maker, Taki Bibelas, was at that dinner, the next day he told Miki that if he ever made a ﬁlm about surﬁng there would be almost no surﬁng in it, you would just have to feel it. It is touching and ﬁtting that Miki's father, Mikos, agreed to narrate the ﬁlm.
Taki wanted to understand how he or anybody else could be so attracted to the ocean's waves. The Still Point is a documentary about the ocean and waves as seen through the eyes and thoughts of some of the worlds most legendary water-men.
A DEEPER SHADE of BLUE - Official Trailer
a film by Jack McCoy
Tuesday, February 1st at 8:00pm
(Please note the schedule is subject to change)
SYNOPSIS: Master surf filmmaker, Jack McCoy ventures into a new realm with his latest feature, A Deeper Shade of Blue. This is not a surf movie, it's a film about surfing's deepest roots: in the subconscious; in ancient lore; in the craft of surfboard building; in man's perpetual quest for a joyful relationship with the natural world.
"In eleven interwoven chapters, today's leading surfers are linked to those who came before, for a deeper appreciation of what it means to be a surfer and the soulful underlying power of modern surf culture. This is a big picture of a memorable story, beautifully told. It is a film about feeling good to be alive...and it will make you feel good." Aloha ~ Jack
Words of Wisdom by filmmaker Jack McCoy
Q&A by Desiree East
Legendary surf photographer/filmmaker, Jack McCoy, has twenty-plus films under his belt, including surf classic "Tubular Swells" (1977, co-directed with Dick Hoole). The film featured the likes of Gerry Lopez, Rabbit Bartholomew, Sean and Michael Tomson, Peter McGabe and more, exploring surf in Australia and Hawaii and untouched waves in Indonesia.
My husband and I - I'm sure, like many other surfers - have a stack of Jack McCoy's films stashed in our library, that includes Bunyip Dreaming, The Green Iguana, Occy the Occumentary (...well, pretty much anything with Mark Occhilupo, as my husband is a huge fan - and a goofy foot, for that matter) and Blue Horizon, featuring the late Andy Irons.
McCoy's latest film, A Deeper Shade of Blue, encompasses good company from surfers that we have all loved and been inspired by, including: shapers, Rabbit Kekai, Gerry Lopez, David Nuuhiwa, Joe Quigg, Barry Kanaiapuni, Phil Edwards, the Marshall Brothers, and Miki Dora; Australian legends, George Greenough, Wayne Lynch, and Michael Peterson; some of modern's surfing's best talent, Jamie O'Brien, Manoa Drollet, Jordy Smith, and 10 times world champ Kelly Slater; and influential women such as Hawaii's beloved Princess Victoria Ka'iulani Cleghorn , television's legendary Gidget, and today's current champ, Stephanie Gilmore.
I feel very fortunate to ask Jack if he had a moment to share some sage advice with us in regards to his long career as a cinematographer, and here is what he had to say. (And thanks again, Jack, a million times over, for your never-ending generosity and embodiment of the Aloha Spirit. I know that we, as people - filmmakers or not - can learn something valuable from the experiences you share).
DE: There have been a growing number of aspiring and talented film students...what advice would you give to the next generation of up and coming filmmakers?
JM: Nothing comes easy. It's all about commitment, hard work, and passion. Set yourself some goals and challenges at the start of each production, usually something you really want to understand or learn. That way, at the end of each production, you will have grown as a filmmaker. I also believe you get a better education by going out and doing it, learn along the way...we used to call it the school of hard knocks.
Also, Jim Freeman, the legendary partner of Greg MacGillivray told me before he passed away, that I should make the people around me, the people you bought your film from, the lab you worked with, the people who ran the editing facilities, thru to all of the people you met when you distributed your films, right down to the guy who you bought your lunch from, to make them feel like they are a part of your production and include them in as much of the experience as possible with you. Take them on the journey and of course the credits section in your film doesn't cost you anything and do your best to try and not forget anyone. They were the ones who are the pieces of the puzzle that make the whole. Then, when you go make your next film, people will know you and put that extra bit of effort in to make your next film even better. Jim taught me that before I even picked up a camera and I'm still working with the people that are still around 35 years later.
Jim would sleep at CFI (the big Hollywood Lab where you'd process, work print, and create your release prints) during his entire production of lab work and got to know everyone from the prez to the janitor, and when I went there years later to make my own film, when they knew I was making something on surfing, everyone there would ask me if I knew Jim and I was always proud to tell them he and Greg got me going and were my inspiration and friends.
DE: Travel, Travel, Travel...If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what is one piece of travel advice you would give yourself regarding the challenges of traveling and working with your gear?
JM: Hummmmm The challenge for me in 1975 when I started to make my films was that my 16mm film and 35mm camera gear was so big and heavy and so much of it. We were making our first films and also publishing a surfing magazine that we'd write and shoot stills for, as well as other magazines around the world. You could say we had a few balls in the air at one time.
I carried with me two 16mm Bolex camera bodies, an Angeneaux 12-120mm Zoom lens, a 230, 385, 500mm Century lenses, and metal lens brace. About 4/5ths fit in one big Pelican Case. The 2nd Bolex, wrapped into a T-shirt, a Kernn 10mm, 25mm and 75mm, 17-85mm lenses fit in a little carboard box, wrapped in a T-shirt, assorted pieces and parts, all wrapped in T-shirts fit in another big Pelican. This Pelican also held two Nikon 35mm camera bodies with motor drives, one for Color slides and the other for B & W, in T-shirts.
(As a note, after a big days of shooting, I would not go to sleep until every bit of gear was wiped down, lens spit cleaned and locked and loaded for then next day so I could wake up and immediately start shooting).
For a tripod, I had a big heavy Miller fluid head, with big, heavy wooden legs that fit in a canvas Army surplus bag, that was wrapped up in clothes and wetsuits. A large backpack for 35mm lenses and tons of 16mm film stock and 35mm Kodak slide film. Back in the day you had security screenings at gates that were X-Ray machines that could zap your stock and turn it into a foggy mush if it went through. That was always hand carried. I also hand carried a 650mm Century telephoto still photo lens in a secure tube with shoulder strap, and a large plexi glass waterhousing for the Bolex that fit in a canvas custom made bage with rubber padding.
I guess you could call me the human pack mule when I'd turn up at the ticket counter. It always gave me a stomach ache when approaching the lady in uniform as to what her reaction would be. My partner - who had just as much gear as me - and I tried to put on my "meekish sheepish dumb American traveling film maker" look and then wait for the reaction. Most of the time we'd pull it off, a few times we were sent into major debt to cover the overweight we'd get slugged for. Even though I travel today with about 1/3 less gear, I still have to go through the stomach aches at check in since the weight limits are about 1/4 of what they used to be.
The one piece of advice I'd give myself then, and to some extent now......save up and hire an assistant!
DE: As artists, we tend to fall 'in and out' of creative mode, kind of like writer's block. When you feel like you have a creative block, what do you usually do to get motivated...what is your biggest source of inspiration?
Nature. Tom Blake had a motto, "Nature=God". Everywhere I look, the land, the sea and the sky, I see pictures and movies that bubble the juices. The challenge is 'how do I tell the story' and for me, the hardest part is starting. Once you start to lay the images, music and words down on your timeline, the rest follows. You can always go back and change it if it's not working later, but for me, getting started really gets the ball rolling. The other source of inspiration is to not make the same film twice. Once you've made that sort of film, move onto a new challenge, keep the faith and hang on for one crazy ride.
A Deeper Shade of Blue was inspired by Blue Horizon. My objective was to show where surfing was at the turn of the century. For this film, I wanted to go deeper, pardon the pun, and share what I lived as a kid growing up in Hawaii. About surfing roots, about being a waterman, how surfboards evolved, about the loving and giving creed of Aloha. As I've gotten older, I've really focused on living Aloha and I'm humbled to be able to share what I've lived with other through this film.
I keep rewinding in my mind's vision library the day I met the Duke, his giant hand, and his big smile as I finally had the nerve to look at him and into his eyes. I've had that moment with a lot of my indigenous brothers all over the world.
My good friends, Derek Hynd and Garth Murphy have the same spirit within them and this film has kept us all super excited and stoked through all the ups and downs of this almost 5 year effort. Some days we'd discover something and jump and go nuts and tell each other how much we enjoy what we are doing. Even though a lot of you will know the story of ADSOB, there are millions of surfers out there that don't and everyone comes away saying they were entertained and had learned something.
A friend told me early that if you and get just one person to take away some sort of feeling from watching your film, then you've been successful. I really feel blessed having made 25 films, each one a period of time that I return to when I watch them years later. For those who have seen them and taken something from them, I thank you for watching and sharing a part of my life, I'm very grateful and humbled. Aloha to you.
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/14476330 w=400&h=225]
STOKED & BROKE - Official Trailer
Metro 4: Friday, February 4th at 1pm
Santa Barbara Museum of Art: Sunday, February 6th at 1pm
(Please note the schedule is subject to change)
SYNOPSIS: From brains behind KORDUROY.tv comes a staycation surfari epic on zero dollars. Making their own boards, bamboo rickshaws, solar cookers, and hobo stoves, surfers Ryan Burch and Cyrus Sutton sett of on a thirty mile, eight day walk through San Diego, CA. What begins as a guide to taking a minimalist surfing journey quickly becomes an examination of freedom vs. alienation.
STARRING: Ryan Burch, Cyrus Sutton, Richard Kenvin, Lucas Dirkse, Glen Horn, Kneeboard Steve
Between deadlines, interviews, and screenings, it looks like Emmy-Award Winning (2005 Fuel TV Documentary "Tsunami Relief Story") Cyrus Sutton has been busy, busy, busy. Whether it is working on multiple creative projects with the crew at Korduroy.tv or shaping custom handplaners and alaias, he is the epitome of creative awesomeness that comes with our surf culture. I had a chance to contact Cyrus, and as he is taking off - to the big time, that is - here is what he had to say:
"I'm honored to be a part of this year's SBIFF. The creation of the film was such a serendipidous process; starting out as just a webseries on our website, Korduroy.tv, it quickly became apparent during production that this was a film with a greater message. I'm just psyched to share it with the awesome people of Santa Barbara."
Well, we are very lucky to have an artist, such as yourself, sharing the the stoke and the creative spirit of art and surfing around the world. Thanks Cy, props to you, and looking forward to seeing future projects unfold!
THE WESTSIDERS - official trailer
directed by Josh Pomer
narrated by Rosana Arquette
Friday, February 4th at 7:30 pm
(Please note the schedule is subject to change)
SYNOPSIS: From surfing innovations to gritty localism, follow the rise and fall of The Westsiders surf tribe through the eyes of three best friends from the original 'Surf City': Santa Cruz, California. Best friends Daryl "Flea" Virostko, Shawn "Barney" Barron, and Jason "Ratboy" Collins bonded by common tragedy and their love of surfing. They live through shattered homes, drug addiction, other psychological issues and hard-core localism to achieve their dream of becoming professional surfers before the age of 24. To surf the notorious Steamer Lane, they had to join 'The Westsiders' Surf Tribe and go face to face with Vince Collier, aka "The Godfather of The Westside". Vince, a massive brute force, ran Steamer Lane with his own version of street justice. This film explores The Westsiders as the latest chapter in the fascinating history of Santa Cruz, California.
Words of Wisdom by filmmaker Joshua Pomer
Q&A by Desiree East
I had an opportunity to ask Joshua some questions in regards to his award winning film, and he was kind enough to share some insights of his approach as an artist and the issues that one has to contend with behind the scenes and as a filmmaker and fellow waterman. Here is what he had to say.
JP: Start making movies, reading scripts. Take classes and go to film festivals! Eat it all up like a starving kid at an all you can eat buffett.
DE: Interviews, Appointments, Communication...If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started (as a filmmaker), what is one piece of advice you would give yourself regarding the challenges of approaching people to be featured in your films?
JP: Get to know them, spend time with them, feel comfortable around them, so the exchange of ideas just flows. It makes it easier to understand each other. And that's important because your going to be spending a lot of time together.
DE: As surfers, we all know that - just like life - there is always a dark side of the surfing culture, whether it be localism, substance abuse, or violence. While many filmmakers choose to inspire viewers with story-telling in the positive light, sometimes we get a glimpse of the raw honesty portrayed in documentaries that aren't so sugar-coated, and we have a chance to appreciate it in a different light. What was the inspiration behind your film?
JP: Life is pain. Pain can be beautiful. I was inspired by "Labri di Biciclette," also known as "The Bicycle Thief," a 1948 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. Great movies explore bad situations and hardships that must be overcome in real life.
DE: ...indeed, pain can be beautiful. Couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks, Joshua for sharing your insights as an artist and filmmaker, and again, congrats on having your film selected for the Santa Barbra Int'l Film Festival. The trailer looks pretty dynamic and moving...can't wait to see it.
GIVEAWAY: participate for a chance to win a year's subscription to SURFER'S JOURNAL or an iTunes gift card
One good deed deserves another, and while we are all trying to start 2011 off with a positive start, I'd like to start by giving praise to a certain group of talented artists that inspire me in more ways than one. In celebration of the upcoming 26th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), I'd like to honor the filmmakers that bring the culture of surfing to the world. Their creativity and hard work behind the camera translates into entertaining story-telling that both surfers and non-surfers can appreciate.
"BUT, wait a minute...how do I win one of those cool gifts?" you ask?
You see, this is how I bribe my young art students to say positive things about their fellow artists when we do our little mini art show/critique at the end of the day.
As we gather around to look at each other's art from different angles, we learn end up learning valuable things from one another, and everyone goes home a little more inspired and enlightened with a new perspective on things.
Sometimes, my students receive a little reward for doing such a fantastic job. The only difference is that, instead of going home with a pencil, eraser and scratch 'n sniff stickers, YOU have a chance to be rewarded with one of these (way more awesome) gifts:
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
In the next few days, I will be featuring the surf films that have been officially selected for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. If I have an opportunity to chat with any of the filmmakers, I will definitely pass on any words of wisdom they have to share that might be of value for other surfers, artists and aspiring filmmakers.
1. VIEW the FEATURED ARTISTS' movie trailers (listed below).
2. LEAVE A COMMENT under related featured article and provide feedback, some love, kudos, whatever you want to call it, to show support for our wonderful filmmakers.
Between now and the end of the competition every post that you make will be an ‘ENTRY’ into the competition. If you post 1 time, that's 1 entry, if you post 10 times, that’s 10 entries.
Your posts need to be genuine. Spam will not be tolerated and comments will be moderated, so please stay on topic, and be polite. Be sure check the box "Subscribe to this site by email" below the comment box to receive notices of updated articles by me.
Desi's FEATURED ARTISTS (click below to view trailer and leave comment):
- Contest will run for one week starting on Sunday, January 16th, 2011.
- Contest closes on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at midnite (Pacific Standard Time).
- Winner will be selected at random.
- Winner will be announced after Tuesday, January 25th and notified through the email you leave on the comment.
- Remember every post you make before now and January 23, 2011 will put you in the running to win.
GOOD LUCK everyone, have fun, and see you out in the water or at the cinema! xo-desi
It's amazing what we can learn from other photographers and how they influence us to look at things from a different perspective. Thanks to photographer Chase Jarvis for sharing this inspiring short documentary on Scott Schumann of The Sartorialist.
I've come across so many perfect, random 'moments' when I am out and about, camera in hand, and I see people from all walks of life, doing their everyday thing. That perfect moment is visually stunning for some reason or another: the available light is just right, the composition and lines are strong, and the subject is usually doing something that just moves me emotionally.
And I think to myself, "What a beautiful moment..." or "Wow, that would be a cool shot..." or "He/She is an interesting character, I'd love to get them on film..."
But...being as shy as I am, I don't always get those marvelous shots. Why? Rejection? Liability?
It's kind of ironic, that as a teacher, I have no problem standing in front of an entire class of students. I lead them through lessons and activities, and answer questions (that I don't always have the answer to). And as a designer, I have no problem meeting clients for the first time. Inspiring them and sparking 'thousand-dollar' creative ideas for their beautiful homes is like second nature to me. But when it comes to snapping a simple photo of a stranger, I freeze up. So what gives? Is the element of the unknown?
I hope that as I grow as a photographer, I can learn how to overcome these little hurdles. It'll take some time, and a little more effort than just using my telephoto lens to get that great shot. (And yes, I will be sure to have model/release forms handy in my hot little hands).
So how do you do you do it? Any photographers out there have any simple tips they can share?
new year's resolution tip #5: how to hang out with celebrities without totally looking like a stalker...
Just kidding (about the stalking part) and I'm not sure what happened to tips #1 through 4...I must have lost my notes somewhere. No but seriously, you can rub elbows with the big wigs, as well as up and coming aspiring film makers, at the 26th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. You might have an opportunity to see some celebs on the Red Carpet, at the ever engaging and revealing Industry Panel events and at special screenings or tributes.
My Mom and I volunteered in 2010, and it was very exciting supporting artists in the culture we like to call 'the cinema'. The intimate setting of Santa Barbara combined with its quaint historical theaters made it even more memorable. We are volunteering again in 2011 and hope you can make it......TOTALLY worth it, rain or shine!
:)Oh, and just a friendly reminder: please say no to pirated movies, because (on a more personal level) the end result trickles down and affects artists that work tremendously long hours behind the scenes like my brother, Kalae Gam, an incredibly gifted and hard-working Artistic Director (I've got your back, little bro!)
This here, is my very first blog post. December 1st, 2010 just seemed like a well-rounded place in time to start my creative journey, in art and in life. I have been yearning – YEARNING for months on end, I tell ya – for a creative outlet to share with others. Nothing too formal. It’s more for personal growth as an artist and a freelance creative. It’s just that, lately, I’ve had an enormous amount of creative energy bundled up inside of me, and it just simply needs to be -oh, I don’t know – unleashed and nurtured…embraced and sustained. And in the process, I’d like to inspire others to nurture their creativity as well, and encourage them to pass the goodness along to the next person.
The source of this creative energy is different for everyone, whether it comes from their mind, heart, or soul, and the source of inspiration may come from an endless array of possibilities, such as music, nature, or people. These are the kinds of things that I’d like to start sharing. My goal is to inspire others artistically. I’d like to help spark their creative processes by sharing some of my personal work and also share the inspiration and talent of other artists (and non-artists) who are tapping into their creativity and influencing the world in a positive light.
Great (here come the inner demons), “What are you getting yourself into???? You hardly have enough time to write articles in your other blog. You don’t have time for this nonsense. You already have multiple creative outlets. You’re too busy…blah, blah, blah…” True. I do have a lot going on, and I am sure you do, too. Life whizzes by a million miles per second. But I have been compelled to share this creative passion with others that are like-minded, and as of late, it seems that I have been surrounded by people in my life who are on the same journey. Call it crazy, call it ambitious. Call it what you want. My mission is simple: step it up, create more, influence others creatively, and share it with the world.
To celebrate, here is a little inspiration and something to contemplate:
“INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.
The film attempts to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.
Written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today’s pop culture.
INFLUENCERS belongs to the new generation of short films, webdocs, which combine the documentary style and the online experience.”