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Lael’s Film Project – Collision

Friday, January 24th 2014 by Pat

Lael Rogers worked with us the past two summers. She’s a skilled writer, editor and cinematographer and I’m sure we’ll see great things from her as she ventures out into the world of filmmaking. Before that happens though, she’s trying to wrap up a big school project and seeking assistance through Indiegogo.

I hope you’ll drop a few dollars in the hat for her. Lael is talented, a hard worker and well worth the investment.

Earworm’s United State of Pop

Saturday, January 4th 2014 by Pat

I love DJ Earworm’s annual United State of Pop, this year has a weary strength and hopeful beauty. Yeah, I know it’s pop music… but this is more.

This kind of mash-up provides a unique way to absorb and experience the zeitgeist.

Remix culture is important and meaningful work in that field strengthens the case for expanding fair-use and rolling back the crummy laws and sweetheart deals that are destroying the public domain.

Last Day to Kickstart Alaska Robotics News

Thursday, November 21st 2013 by Pat

Here we go, into the final hours of the fundraiser and we’re closing in on our next goal of $8000!

We spent the last week looking back at our favorite political satire films, let’s cap it off with this one.

Scott McAdams Porno Moustache

Party Time

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 by Pat

The Kickstarter countdown clock has flipped from days to hours. We’ve raised almost enough to produce six episodes of Alaska Robotics News during the 2014 legislative session.

Tea Party Animal

Don’t bring up seagulls around Aaron’s dad. That’s my advice.

You see, there’s no such thing as a seagull, it’s a term only used by the layperson. In fact, it’s very similar to a layperson in that it has no true taxonomic distinction.

A layperson is a Homo sapien, not different from other Homo sapiens, just lacking some fundamental bit of knowledge. The seagull is a gull, same as any other gull, except it happens to live close to the sea.

Most gulls belong to the Larus genus but to further complicate the matter they’re polyphyletic.

And now you’re prepared to enjoy the following short film which we created during the 2010 elections.

The big, white bird line came from a friend who heard it at a laundromat. If you’re going to steal, steal from the best.

Living the Dream

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 by Pat

The Kickstarter countdown clock has flipped from days to hours. Help us reach our next goal of $8000 so we can create a series of six Alaska Robotics News segments during the 2014 legislative session.

Buy Back America

One of our on-the-roof films, Buy Back America, was an effort to grapple with a subject no individual can quite seem to get an arm around, the national debt.

We created the film during the financial collapse of 2009, back when the national debt was a mere 11 trillion dollars. Today the United States owes over 17 trillion, which hardly matters as it’s equally difficult to fathom. We may as well have a national debt of scevfen thousha glorpanorple.

It’s ok, we’re the United States of America, we’re too big to fail.

Dance along if you like.

Slick Willy

Monday, November 18th 2013 by Pat

We’re counting down the final few days of our fundraising efforts and revisiting some of our favorite satire films from the archives. Please help us by supporting Alaska Robotics News, our upcoming political satire series.

Oil Spill News

Our first attempt at a satire news series was shortly after the Deep Water Horizon exploded and started spewing oil into the gulf. We quickly knocked together some graphics and started reporting the news as it developed.

We learned a lot from the doing these news shorts and I’m excited to apply that to our work covering the legislative session this year.

My favorite of the four episodes was the one with the robots.

The Cost of Public Service

Sunday, November 17th 2013 by Pat

It’s the final week on our Kickstarter Campaign for Alaska Robotics News and I’ll be counting down here by revisiting some of our favorite political satire projects from over the years. I hope you’ll donate to the project so we can make more and better episodes of our upcoming series.

Buy Back Alaska

Buy Back Alaska was our response to the VECO scandal, the FBI had just raided the state capitol building and each day revealed more damning evidence of corrupt Alaskan politicians acting as industry stooges.

The biggest surprise was that no one was surprised.

I’ve never been happy with the resolution of the VECO scandal, the feds botched their case and the state didn’t lift a finger. The whole affair points to incredibly poor ethical standards and a lack of accountability that likely persists today.

I guess that’s good if you’re in the satire business.

Frank the Tank

Saturday, November 16th 2013 by Pat

It’s the final week on our Kickstarter Campaign for Alaska Robotics News and I’ll be counting down here by revisiting some of our favorite political satire projects from over the years. I hope you’ll donate to the project so we can make more and better episodes of our upcoming series.

Frank Murkowski – A Tribute

We made this video back in 2007 as a send off when Frank Murkowski left office.

Murkowski was the gubernatorial incumbent but he lost in the Republican primary to a mavericky lady from Wasilla.

Murkowski’s approval rating before the election was down around 14%. I think a lot of that had to do with appointing his daughter to the senate, screwing over senior citizens, and buying a private governor jet so he wouldn’t have to fly with people critical of his decision to use state money to buy a private governor jet.

This parody version of Leaving on a Jet Plane was performed by Collete Costa who is a completely incomparable human being. She’s like… Incomparable.

I maybe don’t agree with all his moves as governor, but after spending dozens of hours cutting through footage of the guy I have a lot more appreciation for him. He’s not a monster, he’s just misunderstood.

franken-murkowski

Snow Screen

Thursday, October 31st 2013 by Pat

The mini-doc Lou and I produced on Alaskan artist, Teri Rofkar, won an award at the Anchorage Museum’s Snow Screen Film Festival.

Very exciting for us but hardly fair considering what a fascinating and wonderful woman we were documenting. Her work is full of life and outlandishly time consuming, I only wish I had an ounce of her patience, fire and attention to detail.

The Charleston

Monday, October 28th 2013 by Pat

charlestonI’m doing the Charleston! Just so excited that our Alaska Robotics News project is going well. Already over halfway to our basement funding goal on the first day!

Check out the great article/radio interview that Lisa Phu put together at KTOO.