December 7, 2013
Aggressive Souvenir Grabber Arrested
That was the theft from the tow truck of one of the roof sections of the Porsche Paul Walker died in. The perpetrator calls himself Jamesonwitty, and we know that because he was kind enough to post a photo of it on Instagram along with a confession. L.A. County Sheriffs have arrested him and (how weird is this?) his name really is Jameson Witty.
December 2, 2013
"Desert Hot Springs: The Spa City" - the trailer
Just in time for the spa city's fiftieth anniversary event, a local media content creation company, BurkeMedia Productions, completed the first trailer for the documentary they're producing on Desert Hot Springs, and provided a sneak peak for attendees of the event at the company's booth. The trailer was launched online today, December 2nd, on the film's official website and its social media pages.
"Desert Hot Springs: The Spa City" started production in May 2013 after BurkeMedia Productions CEO and the film's director, Michael R. Burke, received the first $7,000 from a successful Kickstarter campaign that was supported by several members, businesses and organizations throughout the community.
"I am very excited to show everyone a glimpse of what we have so far," Mr. Burke says. "We edited this to not only feel like a trailer to gain an audience full of anticipation for our film and to learn about Desert Hot Springs history, but also to feel like a mini-version of the documentary itself."
The entire team is hoping this film will add some positive PR to the spa city. "Yes, we definitely have hard times ahead, there's no hiding that - but as a community, we have a high school marching band that just won state champions, just celebrated a fiftieth year birthday bash, and have spas that have been getting national media attention. So the government's budget has to slim down, regardless, there is no doubt a brighter future ahead. My hope is a well-made, interesting and popular film that tells the incredible story of the city from its roots will be another positive story to move the city in the right direction."
"This just the beginning." Mr. Burke states that there is still a lot of work to do and he has big plans for the film that will be announced very early next year. He will also have a surprise project launched by January 2nd, 2014. "During the production, we feel the film went in the direction of becoming a story about the city's history overall, and has grown into a much larger, more serious project. During the crowdfunding period, we advertised this would be a project that highlighted the celebrations of the city throughout fifty years of incorporation. Although that is surely a big part of the film's final chapter, that's not where this particular film seems to flow. Well, multipurposing content is always a smart idea to me," Mr. Burke continued. "Everyone will be busy this month with the holidays, we won't really have a chance to film for the big project, but we will have time to edit. On January 2nd, we'll launch a much shorter video that does just that, highlights the fifty years of celebrations of the incorporation of Desert Hot Springs, and will be available online, promote the big project, and eventually will be an extra on the final product. It will be a nice bonus for those who helped made this possible, and perhaps be a gift for the Chamber of Commerce to use for marketing materials as we head into a new year."
To watch the trailer yourself and learn more on how to keep up with the productions, visit dhsdocumentary.com.
November 19, 2013
MST3K Thanksgiving Marathon
November 7, 2013
Arthur C. Clarke
If you're in Colombo, Sri Lanka, you may be able to visit the workspace of the late Arthur C. Clarke which is left pretty much unchanged since his death five years ago.
September 22, 2013
Braveheart as originally filmed
September 19, 2013
Bryan Cranston To Play Dalton Trumbo
Dalton Trumbo whose works included the novel Johnny Got His Gun and screenplays for Spartacus, Exodus, Roman Holiday, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, The Sandpiper, and Papillon was a genuine Communist Party member who did not name names for the HUAC. Jay Roach will be directing a film about the blacklisted writer and has chosen Bryan Cranston to play Trumbo.
Bryan Cranston is currently playing LBJ in ART's All the Way in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The drama might be entirely sold out (I didn't search every date), but if you show up at the box office, which opens at noon, on the day of the performance you may be able to buy one (1) standing room only ticket. If you have to ask the price, don't even bother to show up.
Chinese Theater Re-opens Tomorrow
September 6, 2013
Spark Available For Home Viewing
Buy it at iTunes for $12.99. Spark: A Burning Man Story has been well received in theaters although it is, IMO, very weak tea compared to the event itself. Nonetheless, future Burners do seem to get excited by this documentary. Those who want to Burn should consider that the event itself is far more challenging, far more rewarding, and is 24-fucking-hours nonstop for a week. You may just want to save your $13 and put it toward your future ticket.
August 13, 2013
August 9, 2013
Spark At Camelot Theatre - August 20, 21, 22
Spark, the exciting documentary about Burning Man that you have not seen online or on TV because it's only been showing in theaters is coming to Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, August 20, 21 and 22. Just before we depart for the Black Rock Desert.