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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.

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Downtown Juneau is Full of Whores

Friday, November 15th 2013 by Pat

We’re into 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.

Downtown vs. The Valley

My first foray into political satire was back in high school when my friends and I would con our teachers into letting us make videos instead of writing an essays.

In retrospect, it probably took ten times the effort. Sneaky teachers.

I kept making goofy short films through college and eventually came back around to political satire in 2004. It was a particularly bruising year for political attack ads and I was definitely inspired by all the ominous voices and brinksmanship.

Downtown vs. The Valley was my first stab at that creature, the beast of partisanship.

It’s no technical miracle by today’s standards but it holds up surprisingly well and people still catch me in the grocery store to tell me they shared it with a friend or were told to see it themselves before they moved here.

As far as Juneau goes, not much has changed. The valley did get their high school and a lot of the great people I worked with on this have sadly moved away but I do still see Leif cruising town with a big grin on his face and that always makes me happy.

“They’re not drunks. They like to drink. There’s a difference.”

– Leif Saya

Nipple Fire

Thursday, September 12th 2013 by Pat

I know nothing about how this came to be but it appears that someone has taken up the mantle of our band, Nipple Fire, and will be playing tonight at the Alaskan Hotel.

I’m honored.. but reserve the right to be appalled.

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Here’s the original sketch…

Update: Aaron received a report that it is “going to be sick.”

Teri Rofkar

Wednesday, May 15th 2013 by Pat

Congratulations to Sitka weaver Teri Rofkar, recipient of the 2013 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist Award!

I was commissioned to create a mini-documentary about Teri for the awards ceremony so Lou and I hopped over to Sitka and spent a few days with her. She was a charming ball of raw energy and talent, very much a woman of infinite youth.

Teri has been called a “living treasure” by the National Endowment for the Arts and has received numerous awards for her work. She creates beautiful, contemporary Tlingit art using traditional methods and lives her life with gusto.

When I found out Teri listened to metal while she spun her wool I had to include that, it was just too much fun. I like using local music on these kinds of films and this time around, the tunes were provided by Alaska metal bands Robert Landis and 36Crazyfists. Thanks to Charlie Green and Jessica Eller for getting me pointed in the right direction.

The Rasmuson Foundation provides herculean support for the arts in Alaska and, if you live here, you really should apply for one of their individual artist grants.

P.S. – This is the second year I’ve been lucky enough to produce one of these profiles, here’s the one from last year on Kes Woodward.

Spaceship Party!! – 5/03/2013

Friday, May 3rd 2013 by Pat

For those who missed the transition, I’ve stopped calling the Alaska Robotics Gallery Newsletter a “Newsletter.” We now have Spaceship Parties. They aren’t tied to any specific release date and we try to put some good news in there for everyone.

In this edition, Quilts!? – Puppets!! – Our One Year Birthday Party!!!

Get Excited for Puppets!

Friday, April 26th 2013 by Pat

Scott C. and Kate Beaton were so awesome!! If you missed them, you missed biiiiiig. But no worries, we have more events planned this spring!

On May 10th & 11th, we’re partnering with the Friends of the Library to bring another group of amazingly talented guest artists to do workshops in Juneau.

Georgina Hayns, the head of puppets at Laika will be visiting along with Jeremy Spake, head of armatures.

We’ll also be hosting Laika story artist, Vera Brosgol. Brosgol is one of my very favorite comic illustrators and has won both an Eisner and Harvey for her latest book, Anya’s Ghost.

Here’s a little pump-up video I found about Laika. Get pumped-up.

Hey Juneau, Don’t Miss This!!!

Thursday, April 18th 2013 by Pat

Woooooooooooo!!!!
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Help Wanted

Thursday, April 11th 2013 by Pat

We’re looking for a couple part-time employees who want to work at the gallery this summer. We’d like to find people who can work 10-25hrs/week on a semi-flexible schedule.

Resumes due to Aaron by 4/19.

We’re also casting for an upcoming television commercial. The shoot is around April 21-24. Actors will be needed for about 3 hours during that time and production assistants will need to be ready to rock throughout the shoot. Call the office or gallery for more info – 586-3440 or 523-0303.

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Oil Tax Debate

Wednesday, April 10th 2013 by Pat

The oil tax debate continues. Thanks to Senator Bill Wielechowski for being such a good sport. I’m still waiting for my phone call from Parnell’s office.