Mr. Saul film, the first time in nine years that a second voice will be featured.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
We just drove back from Saskatoon, having gone there yesterday to see the 1925 silent film "Lost World" presented at the Roxy Theatre with live musical score by the Saskatoon Symphony. Like the two we'd seen previously, "Nosferatu" in October and "Mark of Zorro" last February, this was a hugely moving experience. The venue is perfect and the entire presentation, audio and visual, was excellent. It makes me sad that we chose the bulldozing option on all of our theatres. The rest of the time we hung out with Mike, drove around, checked out a small gallery (Void, where we met Shauna Buck and bought a piece of her art, the Yellow Headed Blackbird from her Alphabetical Aviary series, both her and the art pictured below), but missed out on getting into the campus gallery due to their inaccurate hours posted on their door, on their website, and on their answering machine.
|Mike was our very courteous host, even though he didn't buy us a goat|
|Shauna Buck at the Void Gallery, Saskatoon|
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
I have some sort of infection which has caused my lymph nodes to overload and be very painful. My wait was upwards of 3 hours from beginning to having the prescription in hand. Got home to find two film festival rejections in my email. Feeling very sorry for myself. Need chocolate.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Mom gave me her symphony tickets for tonight's show. William and I went and had a pretty good time. It was supposed to be music from academy award winning movies, but it seems that having done this before, they deviated off track a bit. The Godfather section war extraordinary. I probably could have lived without two John William's scores (ET and Close Encounters) and had mixed feelings about Psycho. The Bernard Herman Psycho score is really fantastic and they played it perfectly (all string instruments) but Victor Sawa felt it necessary to stop every minute or two and describe what was happening in the story, often inaccurately. I'm wondering if William will be more willing or less willing to watch the film now that the entire plot, including each death and the ending, have been spelled out? The Star Trek tv series theme medley (culminating in "Next Generation", not "Motion Picture", as suggested) was quite nice to listen to for both William and myself (as he is familiar with each of the series through viewings this past year). Sawa made only one mistake in his verbal performance of the iconic opening narration (in the title above), but he seemed genuinely excited about doing it, so I think nerves got the better of him.
William has a big Bionicle building station in the basement now. I hung out down there with him this afternoon and he helped me to write my new "Mr. Saul" film (the first time I've ever asked for anyone else's input on one).
|William leaning on ghost leg while building Bionicles|
Friday, February 14, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
When I arrived at work today, there was a fire engine in front of the Education Building and I couldn't go in to my office. Being way too cold to stay outside, I walked next door to the Riddell Center and checked out the new gallery offering; a number of grad students all doing work which referenced philosophers. The weather continued to get worse and I ended up online with friends this evening instead of going out.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
I really love the use of overhead projectors to create live moving art, as done by such artists as Daniel Barrow, Shary Boyle, and Kara Walker. I've demonstrated it, with varying success, to undergrad classes in the past. This term I assigned the graduate film students to do a performance. It was quite delightful to watch. Of course I needed to critique them and realized only when faced with the task did I realize that I'd established no real criteria for success and wasn't sure what do say (of course I didn't let doubt actually slow me down). Pictured above, An, Xin, and Jingyi with the projector.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
|Taylor Filed, Regina (click to enlarge)|
Friday, February 7, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Two weeks ago, when William went to the Hogwarts-themed party, he came home with carefully packaged magic beans, complete with a wet sponge and enclosed single unit green house (a zip lock bag). He put them in a warm place and they sprouted! We've planted them within one of our house plants (the fuchsia) and expect to climb a beanstalk and gain vast riches any day now.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Met with Christine and Elizabeth this morning over coffee to talk about future screening. Exciting plans, but best left confidential at this time (noted here only because, as my close friends know, I have begun forgetting anything I don't blog about).
William and I went to the MacKenzie again this afternoon to see Amalie Atkins talk and tour her work. The crowd was sizable and inquisitive, which is not always the best thing. Rather than a tour, it was a very good question and answer. She expressed some interesting ideas about how the work evolves to include the tents, rather than it being a reworking or re-contextualization of the older work. Probably my favorite anecdote was that she originally wanted to market the animal masks as face warmers for the Saskatoon winter, but only sold one. The gallery room was hot and the sound echoed, so we cut out right at the end and went shopping for a piano bench (found one).
|Stitched photo of Amalie Atkins tent at MacKenzie Art Gallery|