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I have yet to see anything that so sublimely and elegantly shows how mankind and nature can cohabit this planet, yet we continue to lay a massive pounding on the earth, oblivious to the wreckage, as we struggle blindly through the fog of our own heads and hearts.
It has been almost 3 years since I released “The Unseen Sea” and I’m excited and proud to share with you my latest project “Adrift”.
“Adrift” is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is where “Adrift” was born.
The weather conditions have to be just right for the fog to glide over the hills and under the bridge. I developed a system for trying to guess when to make the drive out to shoot, which involved checking the weather forecast, satellite images and webcams multiple times a day. For about 2 years, if the weather looked promising, I would set my alarm to 5am, recheck the webcams, and then set off on the 45-minute drive to the Marin Headlands.
I spent many mornings hiking in the dark to only find that the fog was too high, too low, or already gone by the time I got there. Luckily, once in a while the conditions would be perfect and I was able to capture something really special. Adrift is a collection of my favorite shots from these excursions into the ridges of the Marin Headlands.
I hope with my short film I am able to convey the feeling of happiness I felt while I experienced those stunning scenes.
I am so grateful to Jimmy LaValle, from the band “The Album Leaf”, for composing a custom score for Adrift. Jimmy’s music is fantastically beautiful and captures the mood perfectly. Please check out his website. Thanks again Jimmy for your hard work.
I hope you enjoy the film and thank you for watching.
If you like this short film, please consider using the Tip Jar below, proceeds will go towards the next project…
Licensing: Adrift is copyrighted. All of my work is available for licensing under a rights-managed agreement. If you are interested in using any of my images and/or time lapse footage, please visit my website or contact me directly. Most of my clips are available up to 4K resolution! All of them support 2.8K and standard HD resolutions of 1080p/720p. Some of my favorite scenes in the film are also available as high resolution prints.
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Awesome film by Luc Bourdon that you will not be able to stop watching if you have any interest in Montreal in the 50′s and 60′s. One of the first shots is of the Turcot Roundhouse, largest roundhouse in the world.
“The Memories of Angels (Original French title: La Mémoire des anges) is a 2008 collage filmby Luc Bourdon, created entirely from stock footage from over 120 National Film Board of Canada films, as an homage to the city of Montreal in the 1950s and 1960s. Bourdon incorporates material from films by such well-known directors as Michel Brault, Claude Jutra,Gilles Groulx, Denys Arcand and Arthur Lipsett.
The idea for the film originated 15 years earlier, during a conversation between Bourdon and NFB producer Colette Loumèd about making a documentary film entirely from other movies. Poring over the vintage footage, Bourdon chose his hometown of Montreal — also the headquarters of the NFB — to be the central character of the film, since no other actor would appear throughout the film.
The film received the award for best Quebec film at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema. It was also chosen as one of the top ten Canadian films of the year by the Toronto International Film Festival.“
Released one year before the student protests in Paris in 1968 this film is still relevant in this time of the Occupy movement. Below is a description I like.
“Godard does not entirely dismiss the five radicals’ failed ideology as the product of naïveté and entrenchment in bourgeois norms, but his willingness to posit this as a possibility shows how well he tempers his own radicalism with a more holistic view of politics. “The revolution is not like a gala dinner,” says more than one character, and Véronique goes so far as to call for the destruction of France’s artistic institutions to ensure firmer commitment to the cause. Yet Godard, as ever, believes that the only true constant in life, the only invariably rewarding belief, is faith in the arts. Politics are messy, but art is pure. That underlying theme makes La Chinoise so surprisingly enchanting and viscerally entertaining in addition to its thoughtful ruminations, and the most radical element of the film is the director’s willingness to examine both sides of the coin when so many revolutionaries are scarcely better than propagandists.” From this page.
Low budget sci fi noir from Godard, you can do a lot worse.
“Lemmy Caution is a secret agent with the code number of 003 from “the Outlands”. Entering Alphaville in his Ford Mustang, he poses as a journalist named Ivan Johnson, and claims to work for the Figaro-Pravda. He wears a tan overcoat that stores various items such as aM1911A1 Colt Commander automatic pistol. He carries the then new cheap Instamatic camera with him and photographs everything he sees, particularly the things that would ordinarily be unimportant to a journalist. Despite the futuristic setting, references made in the film still set the action in the twentieth century.”
Some of you may want to check out the four minute shot that begins when Lemmy gets out of his car to enter the hotel in the clip below.
Is it still winter? Going all artsy fartsy intellectual, and maybe having a bit of fun. Been working on something from King Lear lately and thought this film might inspire. It’s after Chernobyl and a descendant of Shakespeare is trying to, uh, write No Thing? Guest appearance by Woody Allen. Glad it wasn’t a deep freeze type of winter.
If you like Bogart, then this is his greatest performance that you may have never seen. If there is an actual plot to this film it is a weak whodunit that offers little in the way of options, motivations, or clues. The story moves on the emotions of the characters carried in a blaze across Bogart’s shoulders. Excellent!
Worth it for a look at New York City in 1948 at street level where the actors seem as much a part of the crowd as they are in a film.
“Based on a story by Malvin Wald, The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, finding the girl’s killer. The Naked City producerMark Hellinger‘s voice was used for the film’s narration. Hellinger died of a sudden heart attack after a preview of the movie. The film was the inspiration for the 1958-63 TV series Naked Cityand its closing tag line, “There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them.”
According to the book Noir Style by Alain Silver and James Ursini, the visual style of The Naked City was inspired by New York photographer Weegee, who published a book of photos of New York life entitled Naked City (1945).”
“The film depicts the real-life 1954 assassination of Albert Patterson, who had just been elected Alabama Attorney General on a platform of cleaning up Phenix City, Alabama, a city controlled by organized crime. Patterson was murdered in Phenix City, and the subsequent outcry resulted in the imposition of martial law on the city by the state government. Some prints of the film include a 13-minute newsreel-style preface including newsman Clete Roberts interviewing many of the actual participants.
In reality the city was so corrupt and dangerous–so many soldiers from nearby Fort Benning, Georgia, were robbed, beaten and murdered there that at one time the post’s commander, Gen.George S. Patton, threatened to take his tanks into the city and clean it out himself if the state didn’t do something about it (Patton was shortly thereafter transferred and the city remained the haven for gambling, prostitution and drug dealing that it had been).”
Friday night there was a presentation of 20 short locally produced films shown in NDG Park. The event was put together by various groups trying to help save the Empress Theatre (Cinema V to some of you). There was 500 people who showed up and it was a fantastic showcase of local film talent. We need to have events like this in the city much more often, local art by local folks. It was a wonderful evening.
Save The Empress and do not let Michael Applebaum destroy arts and culture, sports and recreation in NDG!
Saw this Stop sign reconfigured and decided to do a little online research.
So what is Suha?
“SUHA is a short film by ROBBY REIS, which documents the life of an androgynous female graffiti artist living and producing in Montreal’s male dominated graffiti sub-culture. SUHA chronicles her life and subterranean art practice through an array of striking images and a one way narration. Her diaristic accounts are captured on film, as a soliloquy of sorts that, unbeknown to her, never reaches her recipients. SUHA’s accounts become a self realizing exploration as to why and how she came to be a graffiti writer. Our main character comes to terms with her obsession and pinpoints the exact moment when graffiti took control of her life.” More here.
I included the insert of the cat on the track who saw me and just sat on the rail watching me come until I turned on to the road and he/she scattered into the bushes. Sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, neat little things happen.