Money for Movie

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‘Tis the season and money is sure to be flowing during the holidays so I ask you to take a few moments and consider a plea from a film maker asking for funding. It’s coming from film director Bryan Hiltner who is raising money for a short film called Elena Vance. Bryan has impressed me with his past work on short films so it’s eye opening and educational to be able to follow the progress of this film from its early stages. The money Hiltner collects will up the ante for the film’s production values. In an intro video on the Indie GoGo site, he does a great job of summarizing the film and makes a persuasive case for the many ways donations will benefit the movie. Hopefully this will sway you to donate what you can.

Here’s a link for the Facebook page for the movie. I have a feeling Bryan will offer up lot’s of details about the production of the movie. So, like it.

This is one of my favorite films written and directed by Bryan:

Scribbles Speak

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I usually eschew graffiti writing it off as noisy scribbles marring the neighborhoods but one sunny Friday afternoon I caught this image and between the shadows, sunlight and even the spray bottle in the window I recognized art! This appeared in the window of The Office on Interstate Ave, a strip club that never seemed to open or operate for long.

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Breaking Art Show News!

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The Nisus Gallery and Disjecta are a source of inspiration even when it’s something simple like walking past the building as part of my nightly dog walk routine. Sometimes I think about what’s going on inside, big ideas, ideas I’m not sure I understand but I appreciate or just the thought of having the opportunity to see the improvements to the building and the Disjecta mission evolve and grow over the last five years. As the Executive Director of Disjecta Bryan Suereth said recently while welcoming people to a free event, “you won’t see art anywhere like it in Portland.”

I’m used to checking out the goings on in the Nisus Gallery which shares space with Disjecta. I’ve seen artists hanging shows but this week I was surprised to see the artist creating art for the show on one of the walls. My dog Max stop to  sniff long enough to let me snap a photo. The preparation was being done for a show called Gotta Make Money to Make Money which will be on display at Nisus Gallery from November 21, 2014 to January 16, 2015. There is an opening reception Friday, November 21 from 6pm to 9pm. The Nisus Gallery is located at 8371 N Interstate, Studio 1, Portland, OR 97217. The Gallery is open Friday through Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 pm and by appointment.


More on the show:

State of Wow!

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The OPB arts radio show State of Wonder took a look at the Portland music scene as it existed almost twenty years ago on an episode curated by Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker. Tucker proved to be humble and down to earth in her observations on now closed venues describing the ones with high stages as being good for stage moves and pointing out that in the past more people were drunk or high downtown as she and show host April Baer hung out around the Paris Theatre.

The show weaves together stories, opinions and ideas about what Portland was like and what it may continue to be like. Great music clips are mixed in to illustrate the interviews making it easy to get a feel for the music and the days when Portland was a grittier and less populated place. It was a simpler time when you had to track people down on the streets or at the coffee shop to organize the next show or art project and the X-Ray Cafe guys were conducting business by pay phone. For someone who only briefly visited Portland back in 1993, the show provided a perspective that made me feel like I was there.

You can download this episode for free from iTunes. Look up OPB’s State of Wonder.

Will seems to think this is a better link:

Or use sound cloud. Scroll down to find the episode and listen, listen, listen!

Read up on State of Wonder:

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In the Streets #2

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I don’t know what was stranger, seeing a tote full of plastic, doll baby arms in the back of a pick up truck or realizing that they were sitting out in the open for anyone to make a mad grab and dash off with them. I guess there’s security in knowing that there are few plastic, doll baby arm thieves in the world and it might be a rare occurrence to park on a street where such a person who fits that description might happen by.

A close up of the plastic, doll baby arms:

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Inspired Maturity Sign Says #4

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I went to an art show at a tea shop across the street from the Oregon Theater so the I, Anonymous column that appeared in the Portland Mercury last week made much more sense. I’d heard about the Oregon Theater and I’d always look for it when I drove down Division Street, but I had not considered what to me is a humorous sign.  It reads “Films for Mature Adults.” It made me wonder if they test maturity levels at the door before people are allowed to enter, or if the movie audience is made up of Senior Citizens. It’s a safe bet that they are a mature bunch. That sign had me pondering what a theater for immature adults would show, Adam Sandler movie marathons, maybe?

I know the Oregon Theater is a porn theater, but I love any old theater building and I’m happy it’s an active business. I could see where a few more upscale places have crept in and that it may not be the greatest neighbor, but the building looks cool. When I lived in Alexandria, Virginia I used to go to a theater that showed Adult films but that was because one of the four screens in the theater was dedicated to art movies. Eventually it was torn down to make improvements to the shopping center. I’m hoping this isn’t the fate of the Oregon Theater.  I’ll probably never go to there, not even to fulfill an inkling of curiosity or even to provide content for another blog post. I’m afraid I might not be mature enough.

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Here’s the link for I, Anonymous. Please click on the illustration by one of my heroes Kallah Allen

Speaking of Division Street, I never miss an opportunity to post a link to this song:

Rocket 3 Blasts Off!

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I met Ramune Nagisetty through a contact at what was then called Suck My Flix, a monthly film screening series that later changed it’s name to Attack of the Flix.  She was looking for a video director. The name was mysterious to me so I asked my neighbor, who played in a band, if she knew anything about this band Ramune. It turns out Ramune, at that time, was more of a solo act who was playing under her first name. She was forming a band and wanted a video to promote the ep she had recorded. After sending her links to previous videos I’d made, I was hired.  With equipment loans and post production assistance from Jeff Dodge, I was able to produce a video. Ramune pitched in with production assistance borrowing a house for the main location, wrangling extras, including her dog, and driving us around downtown Portland for other locations. The song for the video, Shiny Suburban Day, had a booming arena mix, full of crunchy, distorted chords that’s so catchy that I never got tired of the song no matter how many times I heard it during the editing process. The song’s theme of suburban malaise was right up my alley.

I’ve been impressed with what Ramune has accomplished with her music. This is someone who picked up the guitar years after playing a bit when she was younger and then getting serious, writing songs, recruiting bandmates, suffering through a challenging early show that featured a disappearing sound man, recording and other rock and roll stuff like the band’s drummer getting in motorcycle accident. He’s fine now. The band’s name was changed to Rocket 3 and they’ve played over 100 shows since the video was produced. Rocket 3 is throwing a release party for Burn, their new CD, at Secret Society, 116 NE Russell St, Portland, OR on Saturday, November 15. They’re set to perform at 10pm. $8 admission.

See the video for Shiny Suburban Day:

Hear music by Rocket 3:

See another video directed by David Craig:

City of Roses Motel Salute

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Last week the City of Roses Motel sign was unceremoniously removed from the site where it spent years in a state of slow decay. Nothing of the motel remained except the sign and as time passed the letters fell off one by one. Here’s how the sign looked in 2010. I know little about the hey day of the City of Roses Motel,  which was located on Interstate Ave near the Kenton/Denver Ave. Max stop, but here’s a found image.

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With some ambivalence my wife and I are watching new life being breathed into what has been an empty lot for a long time. The mixed emotions have something to do with living in close proximity to what has turned out to be a bigger than expected apartment complex.

See a brief description and drawing of the new Kenton Apartments on the old City of Roses Motel site.

Link here:

Residents of Kenton may have noticed that the remnants of the old Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant sign on Lombard Street were also removed recently making way for a construction project to go in that spot.

I can’t resist posting one more photo of one of the other motel signs on Interstate.


Yard Art

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The things I get excited about are out of the ordinary decorations people have in their yards.  It doesn’t take much, just throw a pinwheel on top of your bamboo pole that you’re using as a frame for the netting that supports your pole bean plants. Then maybe top one off with a hand and hang an inviting sign.  These photos were taken on N. Concord.

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I’m always on the look out for yard art and would love to talk to people decorating the outside of their houses with a creative flair if anyone has neighbors or friends who are doing this let me know.