Seth Kushner shot a photo series of people who live in Brooklyn for his book The Brooklynites. Apparently, if one wants to be a best selling novelist, they need to go by the name Jonathan and move to Brooklyn (Jonathan Lethem, Jonathan Ames, Jonathan Safron Foer).

A young man named Matt Harding has created the most uplifting dance in the world. He shot a 4 minute film in which he is seen dancing his little jig in different locations around the globe. Matt dances everywhere from Madrid to Mumbai, from Timbuktu to New Guinea too. The project started out as a little personal fun idea that evolved into a sponsored journey. Truth told, this web film evokes a certain kind of charm that Hollywood could never produce. With the democratization of means and distribution of projects via the web, the most personal of ideas can be conveyed and this is the heart of the magic here. Though the film has currently been viewed on youtube over 5 million times, I didn’t think anybody should miss this. More on the this surreal undertaking from the NY Times.

 

 

At a BBQ last night, a friend told me about the new website of avante-garde filmmaker and writer Jonas Mekas. Though in his 80’s, the site is testament to Mekas’ active career and passion.

Mekas has always been concerned with the preservation of cinema and the importance of bringing film to the people.  As a founder of The Anthology Film Archives, he has done just that. This is his foray into the modern world of the web. The site offers previews of work that can be downloaded for a modest fee. In addition to Mekas’ own films, works by other filmmakers including: Kenneth Anger, Marcel Duchamp, and Jim Jarmusch are available for download. The site is a wonderful example of how the web has put the power of distribution back into the hands of the creators.

Steve Albini is a musician and record producer. In the 90’s he was the go to guy for many bands seeking an honest and perfectly raw sound. His work with The Pixies and Nirvana never seems to tarnish. Here is a rather interesting interview of Albini discussing the creative nature of music, the current climate of the industry and more.

“I feel like things as they are have about as much awesomeness as they are capable of having. And you can’t imbue awesomeness into something that actually sucks.” - Steve Albini

So basically, you can polish a turd but it is still a turd. How many times have I wanted to say just that to someone? Here is more info on Albini’s recording studio called Electrical Audio.

(via Textism)

 

 

In memorandum of George Carlin, the following seems quite appropriate.

“The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A Death! What’s that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating…and you finish off as an orgasm.” —George Carlin

 

Martin Ahlgren is a friend and truly brilliant director-of-photography. He has shot visually stunning projects for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Common, and Jet. Martin has launched a new web site with an extensive collection of work that includes his collaborations with directing greats like: Jonas Akerlund, Matthew Rolston, Robert Hales, and Floria Sigismondi.