I’m exhausted after two long days of benefits orientation seminars here at my new gig, but I came across a few links I don’t want to lose.
First, Steve Rosenbaum points to a discussion of Current TV, Al Gore and Joel Hyatt’s San Francisco-based cable and satellite channel featuring three- to seven-minute video clips produced by amateur filmmakers and other citizen journalists. As Joe Garofoli’s article points out, early reviews of Current TV were relatively tepid, but in a post-YouTube universe, Current TV has become just a little more timely. I’m hoping to have a little more to say about Current TV later (I just realized this afternoon that my local Time Warner sevice carries it).
Matt Dentler discusses a Boston Herald article on this weekend’s premiere of Snakes on a Plane, noting that the film’s success as a “user-generated movie” may not be measured on its much-anticipated opening weekend, but the following week when word gets around about the film’s quality.
And via Green Cine, a link to Anthony Kaufman’s review of Nice Bombs, Usama Alshaibi’s Iraq documentary, which draws from Alshabi’s perspective as both Iraqi and American. Worth noting: filmmaker Alshaibi has a blog.
Update: I forgot to mention that I caught Jeff Tweedy in concert last night in Raleigh with George (pics). Maybe that’s one of the reasons I’m so exhausted this afternoon. Not that I’m complaining–it was a great show.