Sunday, February 24, 2013
I love a really good family story. I've written here a bit about movies that feature patriarchy damaging or preventing positive relationships. Movies like The Descendants, Tree Of Life, The Shining, have in common with Silver Linings Playbook a family in chronic crisis by the oppression of male domination on cultures or microcosms.
When I first watched Silver Linings Playbook I was a nervous wreck, mostly that I felt something terrible was going to happen at any moment. The tension in the family and competing obsessions made me very nervous and uncomfortable. I thought someone was was going to get physically hurt, or die. I also laughed a lot as the characters are very funny. This movie had me on edge. As soon as it was over...I watched it again!
I really loved this movie and this family. And it has stayed with me for the last few weeks. One of the overwhelming feelings I got from the movie was that each family member had such intense fixated obsession and these shut out the other characters. These obsessions damaged intimacy and trust.
The movie to me is absolutely brilliant because it is when the obsessions are accepted and brought together as a whole for each part of the family...the obsessions benefit the whole community. It is a balance of allowing and tolerating these obsessions just enough...not to let one of them control or overtake the family. But when the family shares their obsessions and perspectives equally with each having a voice...magic!!!
Monday, February 18, 2013
Well, I've been working on the soundtrack for my new film "MAKING SEX".
I bartend at Old Town School Of Folk Music, so it's not unusual for me to serve to several people with instruments around their necks jamming. It's not unusual for me to serve half a dozen people with banjos on their necks ordering beer. It is weird...that I instictively asked one such customer if she would be interested in playing banjo for my film. She said yes. I didn't know anything about her and hadn't heard her play. I just had a crazy idea to ask.
Don't be afraid to ask.
Turns out Betsy Odom is a sculptor in Chicago as well as a banjo player. And her sculptures have a lot to do with gender, identity and humour. WOW! Perfect, right? So amazing we had such siilar interests in making art. Betsy came over yesterday and we recorded some stuff. I hope you enjoy the video.
Please check out Betsy Odom's website where she has all kinds of pictures of her work!!! click here...Betsy Odom
I also asked my good friend Jenny Urban to come over and play some drums for my soundtrack. Jenny is a Chicago drummer who does band work and session work all over the place and is in a couple of local bands.
Here is Jenny playng on a propane drum...
Of course...recording a soundtrack turns out to be much like working on principal photography for the film. So naturally...we needed craft service and catering...which I then made so much food it was ridiculous. I made two roast chickens. a huge dish of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, carrots, onions, brocoli cheddar bacon salad, a mammoth apple pie. Add beer and coffee and you're off!
And on top of all this...Betsy and I started to make plans to make a film together within the next couple months!!! Isn't life grand? It is such a great life when you let your imagination go wild!!!
Friday, February 15, 2013
Well, most of the film is edited together...I'm teachng myself how to record and mix some music...I basically haven't been able to find someone to work with...so I do it myself. I need to have soundtrack, credits and dvd version ready to enter film festivals by end of next week. No pressure...but it's good. Made for some tossing and turning at night but I'm getting there...above is the silent trailer which I'm posting again for visitors looking to watch my trailer so they don't have to scroll down the blog. Thanks for visiting!