Monday, August 29, 2011

A Very Happy Happy Birthday Party

celebrated its 11th birthday on sat evening in a hotbox on Maple Ave, downtown. This event pioneered the model of taking chances, introducing, and supporting new artists trying to reach professional levels in the art community of LA while simultaneously including a variety of wildly entertaining live performances. One piece of this particular show almost made me sick (for about 5 secs) when one of the performance groups attached large chains to back piercings and pulled. Thank god the art was pleasing and the DJ sets were good because it never came to fruition.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Once There Was Clerks With Jay and Silent Bob, Now There's

a new show in the works hosted by Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman, partners in crime in the podcast Hollywood Babble-On. Is it possible that Jay may be jealous? While Garman goes on about their guest host, who's ass barks, Smith used Matt Damon and Ben Affleck instead of a normal scale system in determining rates of good vs bad; good=Damon and bad=Affleck. When asked which one of his favorite movies he'd remake and with which actors, he said he'd remake Jaws with Affleck as the shark. Ouch! He wasn't interested in taking prisoners.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Another Film Festival With 2 Sets of Wheels And A Taste For Speed

There is nothing truly more attractive then a hot man on a vintage bike, the kind with an engine and an exhaust system. But there has to be more than just attraction: an intoxicating rush of adrenaline. I'm sure bike-lovers Tom Laughlin, Ewan McGregor, David Beckham understand this or, at least, have experienced it. They join many others in the world including the attendees of the LA Moto Film Fest in sharing a huge appreciation and respect for what these 2 wheel vehicles can do and trust me they can do a lot! I have a few scars to prove it.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Mad Lighting Skills At Play In LA

lighting scientist and photographer spent the weekend in Los Angeles teaching others how to recreate Hollywood style lighting. Here is a man who knows what he is talking about because of his up-close-and-personal babysitter: the film industry ala noir. He grew up watching films like Chinatown while his father made a living as a still photographer on sets where as a child he would frequently play. His interpretation of photography is a sexy vintage Stradivarius mixed with a 1960's sense of freedom. The whole time, he makes it look painless; absolutely painless.