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Die Rebel Scum

Wednesday, December 16th 2015 by Pat

It’s almost time for a new Star Wars movie. I thought I should trot out this old slam poetry piece I did a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Performed in a dimly lit backroom theater on Coruscant, this one is dedicated to brave men and women of the Empire.

Rasmuson Distinguished Artist – Garry Kaulitz

Monday, June 1st 2015 by Pat

The Rasmuson Foundation provides direct support for individual artists and each year they select one Alaskan to receive their Distinguished Artist Award.

This year, the award went to print maker, Garry Kaulitz. Lou and I spent some time with him at his studio in Anchorage and put together the following mini-doc.

This is our fourth year putting together the Distinguished Artist profile and it’s been a great experience meeting and chatting with such incredible Alaskans.

Space Weird Thing

Tuesday, May 26th 2015 by Pat

Ground Control to Top Space Man!

We made a music video with Molly Lewis, Marian Call and Seth Boyer!

It’s a little bit of a trip… we re-wrote David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in XKCD “Up-Goer Five” style using only the 1000 most common words in the English language. The film was sweded in an afternoon (like in “Be Kind Rewind”) and many of you will recognize moments in the video from the Flight of the Conchords excellent “Bowie’s in Space“… which I now need to go watch again.

Bonus Easter Egg: Audio clip of Sally Ride (who has a birthday today) commenting on how her space trip was like a Disneyland E-Ticket.

We went wayyyyy down the rabbit hole on this one!

The Don’t Panic Session

Thursday, February 19th 2015 by Pat

Things are looking grim for Alaska this year… but Don’t Panic.

Alaska Robotics News takes a look at Governor Bill Walker’s Voices for Visions Budget Survey and talks to the artist behind the recent art installation at the Capitol Building.

Here’s an editorial by James Brooks which may have planted the seeds for the Governor’s “Don’t Panic” State of the State speech.

Tiny Desk Fest Juneau

Friday, January 23rd 2015 by Pat

NPR Music is known for hosting Tiny Desk Concerts in their studio. The shows are intimate and personal, like packing into a house concert but with artists who you would never see in that context. T-Pain performed without the his life supporting auto-tuner and Neko Case showed up on Halloween in a gorilla suit. The music is good too. Outstanding. Because, of course it is.

NPR did a great thing, they invited artists from all over to perform tiny desk concerts of their own and to record them and share them. Tiny Desk Fest writ large.

Here in Juneau, I recorded a house concert featuring The Wool Pullers, Marian Call, and George Kuhar. Check it out.

Three reasons I live here:

Stop Bath

Wednesday, January 21st 2015 by Pat

A little winter poetry.

I shot a mini-doc on Peggy Shumaker last spring and this reading didn’t quite fit into the final edit but it felt important enough to release on its own. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Peggy Shumaker

Thursday, May 29th 2014 by Pat

I was recently commissioned to create a short film about Peggy Shumaker, recipient of the 2014 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist Award.

Aaron and I flew up to Fairbanks for a few days in the spring and had a great time interviewing Peggy and getting more familiar with her work.

For more perspective, I strongly recommend reading her memoir, Just Breathe Normally. Much of what we tried to share here was drawn from the framework of that memoir.

A poetic side note, the shattered wind chimes in the documentary are the actual chimes from her story. She found them shattered on the deck just a few days before we arrived to film and I thought it would be good to include them as both an object of significance and a visual metaphor.

The completely caved-in tire is from her accident as well.

Latitude: 2014 Alaska Arts Convergence

Tuesday, May 6th 2014 by Pat

I recently attended the Alaska Arts and Culture Conference as a filmmaker in residence. It was an exciting and frantic process which involved capturing footage over the first two days of the conference and then immediately leaning into an all-night editing session so that I could present a finished film at the close of the conference.

I had no plan going into the project and I let my interactions with people guide me along the way. The resulting film is a tiny bit experimental and almost evolved into a narrative piece about reindeer sausage. Despite all that, it somehow managed to stay nicely on the rails.

The resulting mini-doc was created completely from audio and visuals captured during the event and what you see here is exactly the film I presented at the conference with the exception of a couple new title cards.

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.