Just realized that I haven’t blogged in a few days, and given the number of project deadlines rapidly approaching, that condition isn’t likely to change anytime soon, but here’s a quick update, bullet-point style:
- Back in 2003, which now seems like ancient history, I mentioned going to see Kal Ho Naa Ho at Atlanta’s Galaxy Theater, which specialized in Bollywood films. Now, one of my colleagues, a Fulbright Fellow here, has a special screening of the film planned for Friday, December 15, here at Fayetteville State. She’s asked me to provide a short 3-4 minute introduction to Bollywood, which ought to be a lot of fun. If you’re in the Fayetteville area and interested in attending, email me and I’ll happily provide the details.
- On a related note, I’m still in the process of arranging for the creation of some sort of film series here at FSU. I have a number of ideas, so hopefully I can get the ball rolling on cultivating a livelier film community here on campus and in the community in general.
- Via the United Hollywood blog, it looks like the Writers Guild strike may be reaching its conclusion, which seems to be good news. Obviously, I’m happy that the writers will soon be back to work, but it also appears that the writers were able to ensure a share of future Internet profits, which was certainly vital given that the net will become the primary means of content creation and distribution in the near future.
- While I very much appreciate the passion and enthusiasm behind the “Yes We Can” video, Barely Political’s “Three Little Words: I Like Turtles” is a pretty amusing parody.
- Scott Kirsner has a short discussion of the potential for using YouTube and B-Side Entertainment to sell video shorts. I mention Kirsner’s comments mostly because he points to Jack Truman’s disturbingly funny short film, “Phone Sex Grandma,” available on YouTube, which features a 60-something year old southern woman working a phone sex line. Language is very not safe for most workplaces, but it’s an incredibly provocative little film.
- In other news, I’ve generally managed to keep up with my jogging routine this spring, which is nice. The unseasonably warm weather here is probably helping, so I’m still managing to squeeze in four runs of about 4-5 miles a week. Still hoping to run a couple of longer races this summer, although I may not have time to train for a full marathon.
Update: MissLaura over at DailyKos has a thorough analysis of the WGA deal as it stands right now. I’ll try to do a closer reading of these issues later, if time permits.