I’m Digging This Book

Enjoying this collection of memoir essays by Sarah Polley, Run Towards The Danger. Sarah Polley is a film director and actress around my age, been doing this since she was a teenager (and before!!)— I am loving her perspective on her past work as well as unremitting honesty and  acceptance of self. boop! Save to drafts.

Land of Sleep.

Land of Sleep from Ransom Riggs on Vimeo.

I live in a city that doesn’t sleep, but I grew up in a town that never wakes. I visit the strange, somnambulant place I used to call home, and examine the way my feelings about it have changed over the years.

See also Skinny Leg Blues.

Remembering Gian (1986 – 2016) VIDEO

Gian Molina
September 18, 1986 – December 20, 2016

Gian was my friend and teammate. Saying goodbye to him is hard. His service is tomorrow, and tonight we remember him with a show at iO WEST. Proceeds to go to his family.

Gianfest at iO West: http://ioimprov.com/west/show/gianfest-a-hilarious-tribute-to-gian-molina/

Most of the shows we did were spontaneous affairs, the nature of improv. Fleeting, no record. But I did get him in front of the camera as part of our Herzog series. He was fantastic, with much of his dialogue improvised over our script, which was always inferior to what he added. Here’s an edit of his scenes:

Also on VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/198417440

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Gian on my Flickr

Babes “Life Come Into Me” Music Video

 

BABES - "Life Come Into Me" Music Video

BABES – “Life Come Into Me” Music Video

I filmed this music video a while back, it was released via Stereogum last week. Directed by Sarah Hamblin for the fine LA band Babes (who are playing tonight at the Echo with my friends Hi Ho Silver Oh, incidentally).  You’ll first see me at around 00:50 getting off a motorcycle flanked by two delightful young male assistants, who may just be members of the band themselves. You’ll see more of me & a load of other talented male Angelenos throughout the clip (note: the video’s imagery may disturb the sensibilities of certain viewers, not least of which those of my wife). 🙂 A fun time with a lot of glitter. Thanks to Sarah and the band et al.

Babes – “Life Come Into Me” video:

Stereogum story: http://www.stereogum.com/1821784/babes-life-come-into-me-video-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/

Link to tonight’s show at the Echo: http://www.theecho.com/event/866789-sales-los-angeles/

From the “Forgotten Attempts” Department . . .

Mike Postalakis recently cut together a video I thought I’d never see, from Super 8 footage shot 5 years ago the same day we recorded this Guided By Voices cover. It was swell to see it, as I thought the film was overexposed.

Here’s what Mike had to say:

“Found some Super 8 footage I shot five years ago of William running around Echo Park.
And that’s us covering a GBV song.
Our band was called The Children’s Garden of Yeses.
It lasted a whole afternoon.
Anyway.
Shot on Kodak Ektachrome super 8.”

Super 8 Archives – Awful Bliss from mike postalakis on Vimeo.

Echo Park, CA
2010

Shot on Kodak Ektachrome Super 8 film.

On one particularly boring afternoon, my friend Will Maier and I drank a couple beers and recorded a cover of the Guided By Voices song, Awful Bliss.
Then, with my Technicolor Super 8 camera, we ran around the neighborhood and shot a music video for the song. Without the ability to sync sound.
I think it turned out fine.
Or good enough.

https://vimeo.com/mikepostalakis
http://mikepostalakis.com/films

You can hear the rough mix Mike made of that recording on this Soundcloud: