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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.


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.

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.

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.

Oil Taxes

Tuesday, March 26th 2013 by Pat

I guess this is my public testimony. I write and read and make things and I hope those things will float out into the world and help nudge our collective consciousness towards a better place.

I felt like this video was heavy handed and not as funny as some of the other political stuff I’ve done in the past but I’m also feeling the weight of a lot of frustration and futility. It was just a few years ago that we trudged through the VECO scandal and my faith in our state government never really recovered.

Ethics are as lax as ever, we have lawmakers who work for oil companies voting on issues that will directly affect their careers and pocketbooks. It’s a mess.

The amount of money Governor Parnell’s proposed tax structure costs Alaska over the next few years is estimated to be in the 5-6 billion dollar range.

To put that in perspective, for that amount, Alaska could own the New York Yankees, Manchester United, and the Dallas Cowboys.

According to the Forbes Global 2000 we could use that money to pick up Tesoro, US Steel, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, Goodyear, Safeway, or even bigger fish if we just wanted a controlling interest.

Or we could start our own oil drilling company.

The argument I usually hear against a state owned oil company is corruption and inefficiency. Well, the corruption is already there and a state owned oil company could only be more transparent to the public and lawmakers. Right now, people are trying to make important decisions based on speculation rather than information.

Inefficient? Yes, it would probably be massively inefficient but all those jobs and all that leaky money would stay right here in Alaska. It’s the Ted Stevens model of trickle down economics, corruption and inefficiency filling the pockets of locals and spilling out into the regional economy.

Whatever happens, oil is a finite resource and we should be preparing for decline and transition in the long game.

Also, I’m really tired of hearing about North Dakota. Let’s come up with a plan that works for Alaska.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thursday, February 14th 2013 by Pat

I made this little video greeting a few years ago, send it to someone you love!

Little Mikey

Wednesday, November 21st 2012 by Pat

“There’s the famous cook coming down the street!”

I recently completed a mini-doc on Little Mikey, a former resident at the Glory Hole Shelter in Juneau who now works there as a cook.

The Glory Hole Shelter is a grungy, heartbreaking window into a reality we often ignore. There are alcohol problems, crazies, and a lot of hard luck. I’d been led to believe that I would find a bunch of sneaky communists milking the system but that wasn’t my experience. These were genuine people with genuine needs helping each other and helping themselves in the process.

I tried to fit as much as I could into this two minutes and may do an extended cut if that’s something people are interested in seeing, let me know.

This was a project commissioned by the Rasmuson Foundation, the same organization that hired me to create a mini-doc on Kes Woodward last spring.

If you’d like to make a donation to the Glory Hole Shelter, just stop by and drop off some food. Better to do it later in the winter when all the holiday goodwill is buried in three feet of snow. They had plenty of mustard when I was there, I don’t think they’ll need mustard for a while.

.. and for those outside Juneau, the Glory Hole shelter is named for a mining term meaning a surface depression (or big hole) caused by underground mining. Not the other thing.

Shark Week

Friday, August 3rd 2012 by Pat

Ahhh yes, Shark Week, that nostalgic time of year when the people of the world set aside their differences. When families gather around the warm glow of a television to watch cartilaginous predators snack on nature.

If only there were more holidays based around marine biology, I think the world would be a better place.

I wrote this song with Marian Call and I have very little musical talent so allowing me to contribute a few words was a big thing. A bit like translating my clumsy sentiment into a new language… probably more similar to lending me wings.

I have great appreciation. Even if it is a silly song.

If you want to support us making more songs and movies you can pick up this track for a dollar at bandcamp. You’d be surprised at how many people contributed to this tiny song and Marian has a nice detailed list of the recording credits posted there.

The music video was shot at my cousin’s house and features Marian Call, Lael Rogers, Izzy Christensen, the Keltner family and a number of fierce and salty pirates.

The excellent shark fin hats, aprons, and oven mitt were made by Carol Race & Carol White.

Thank you everyone who helped with the singing and dancing and filming!!

Chomp! Chomp!

Happy Batman Day!

Thursday, July 19th 2012 by Pat

A new Batman movie comes out tonight. I like Batman.

Alaska Filmmakers Interview

Tuesday, June 19th 2012 by Pat

So… These dudes have a TV show where they interview Alaska filmmakers. As it turns out, I’m a filmmaker in Alaska. Behold.

Thanks to D.K. Johnston, Josh Lowman and the rest of the gang at Tri-Seven Pictures for editing out all the tantrums I threw during the shoot.

Also, I discovered that I have an IMDB page. I’m apparently in the sound department.