Brooklyn Film Festival 2013

May 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

The sixteenth Brooklyn Film Festival opens tomorrow, May 31st! Check out Basil Tsiokos‘ blog entry for more info on the documentaries.

Saturday, June 8th, Juan Vallejo and I will be taking part in the 2013 BFF Exchange, where we’ll be pitching our documentary Amazonia to a “panel of  industry insiders” (including Basil Tsiokos) to get some feedback on our ideas.  I’m hoping we’ll get some ideas on marketing and distribution.  Like Ted Hope writes, the problem these days isn’t how to get your film made, it’s how to get your film seen.

Amazonia depicts four distinct communities in the Amazon River Basin, and through the lives of the people living there, the fisherman, the loggers, the children, the film explores the clash between preservation and development in the South American rainforest.

Below are some rough cut scenes from the film.

Wish us luck!

Hitler Teapot!

May 30, 2013 § 2 Comments

This is kind of amazing.  How do you accidentally make a teapot that looks like Adolph Hitler?  How does J.C. Penney put it on a billboard without realizing their photo really makes the teapot look like Adolph Hitler?  How does this become national news?

Poor, poor JC Penney.  They just can’t catch a break these days.

MetaMorphosis Option!

May 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’m optioning a screenplay based on my zombie webcomic MetaMorphosis to j.j. splice films!

j.j. splice films is currently in post-production on the drama Drown.  Their first feature film Road Kill, starring Sophie Lowe (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) is currently available streaming on Netflix and streaming and DVD on Amazon.  Check it out!

And catch up with my comic, posting today!

Hurricane Sandy Babies

May 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Holy cow.  We took the kids to Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City today, and the park was FULL of mommies who are REALLY, REALLY PREGNANT.  I was freaked-out until I remembered a little news story that’s back in the headlines, nearly EIGHT MONTHS after Hurrcane Sandy.

Hospitals and clinics in the areas impacted by Sandy are seeing an increase in women with due dates in late July and early August, according to The New York Post. In some cases, it’s even as high as a 30 percent spike.

“We started noticing a couple of weeks ago that we were getting really busy with phone calls and lab results and charts. We were like, what is going on here?” Linda Roberts, a nurse manager at an OB/GYN office in Westchester, told The Post.

I guess Long Island City got hit with a blackout during Sandy last October…

Friday Night Links – 24 May 2013

May 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Your weekly round-up from around the interweb.

Indiewire has stills from Jim Jarmusch’s vampire flick, Only Lovers Left Alive, in competition at Cannes!

The Atlantic laments the fall of charm, as if it was that commonplace in the good ol’ days.

Only the self-aware can have charm: It’s bound up with a sensibility that at best approaches wisdom, or at least worldliness, and at worst goes well beyond cynicism. It can’t exist in the undeveloped personality. It’s an attribute foreign to many men because most are, for better and for worse, childlike. These days, it’s far more common among men over 70—probably owing to the era in which they reached maturity rather than to the mere fact of their advanced years.

I just discovered Blake and Mortimer, a sci-fi comic book (and later cartoon) cousin to The Adventures of Tintin.  Check out the opening credits of the TV show:

What I’m Reading: Occupy Comics #1

May 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Occupy Comics #1 is the kind of self congratulatory work that’s great for celebrating something you already believe in, but terrible for sharing ideas, much less convincing nonbelievers.

The art and craft is as great as what you’d expect from the lauded creators in this anthology. Though it often feels like Occupiers trying to tell their own story, the book doesn’t bring anything new to the conversation. Many pieces in the anthology are nostalgic in tone,

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Wrapping Up MetaMorphosis #2

May 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

© 2013 Lewis Manalo

© 2013 Lewis Manalo

I just finished the inking on my horror comic MetaMorphosis #2!  I make no secret about my mediocre illustration skills, but I have to say that my art’s been getting better.  And issue #2 features more gore! more sex! and more… politics.

Catch up with the web version here, and the digital version of issue #1 is forthcoming via Comixology!

Your Imagination is Banned!

May 21, 2013 § 1 Comment

Bleeding Cool posted this link regarding a school (pre-school?) where make-believe has effectively been banned.

I find this really depressing.  As a parent of two small boys, I think people need to remember that though “safety and well being” should be a concern, it’s not the only concern.  It probably shouldn’t even be the primary concern.  Hell, not swimming is the safest way to learn to swim, but you bet your ass my kids are getting into that pool.

The kids at this school are getting an early lesson on censorship.  At least by the time they get to the public school system they’ll be ready for an institution that stymies any hope of personal development.

New Riddick Trailer!

May 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

 

Riddick looks like a bit of a return to Pitch Black with the nice addition of Katee Sackhoff in the Radha Mitchell spot.  Ideally, with less of the epic scale of Chronicles of RiddickRiddick 3  with have more of the mystery and character development of the first film. Will I see it in IMAX?

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Friday Night Links 17 May 2013

May 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Okay, most of my posts this week were links to other stuff, but here are a few more…

On Monday, some 20-somethings got b*tt-hurt about Meg Jay’s talk on 20-somethings.  Apparently, some 20-somethings think you’re still a “youth” in your 20s, and the motto “Life is short” no longer applies. (Blogger Thu-Huong Ha does have some sensible things to say, but they’re mostly Meg Jay quotes.)

If my father’s house had a mantra, it would be “Life is long.” I was infused with the belief that I could do anything I wanted, at any age. No one likes thinking about life as a series of limitations, and certainly no woman likes to think of herself as a ticking time bomb.

From NY Post: there’s a new way to jump the line at Disney World.  I think it’s a great idea.

Some wealthy Manhattan moms have figured out a way to cut the long lines at Disney World — by hiring disabled people to pose as family members so they and their kids can jump to the front… The “black-market Disney guides” run $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day.

Stoya, on the political influence of art:

If it takes giant, gorgeous paintings with curlicues and gold leaf to get me interested in the global financial crisis, then those pretty images are an important step on the path to awareness. If a fashion-news article on Casey Legler’s career modeling menswear inspires people to examine their views on gender, then I see it as visually appealing and good. We’ve had very different experiences and I disagree with many of Aurora Snow’s opinions, but I’m glad she’s out there writing things that make people think and using her popularity as an adult star to put her articles in front of more eyeballs.

And if Pacific Rim isn’t enough for you, there’s also Atlantic Rim:

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