Shot in a winter blizzard in -10 degree weather. The weather woman let the city know to prepare for the biggest winter blast of the year. I had the camera, some film, a crew and a desire to push the analog technology robustness. The story goes that a few weeks before, I was standing at this stop light and a junkie did what JAMES THE TEXAN acts out in the film. I stumbled upon the ole British term for cigarettes, "oilies," added a little contemporary commentary and put some Sonny at the end. The film camera didn't let up but the digital camera couldn't quite muster the strength to get through the arctic blast so what you see is the digital transfer for some rich S16mm colors shot with the warm Cooke S16 zoom. Greyboy plays the tunes.
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This short film, part of the Cine Archeology series, came to fruition following the Madrid terrorist attacks in 2004. On the eve of the second year of US forces fighting in Iraq, unclear messages where being sent in terms of democracy and its responses to terrorism. Having saw firsthand, the response to the crime of 911 with US democratically supported wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the response in the Spanish democracy was at the other end of the spectrum: one that did not condone a violent reaction to a violent act but instead a response that would make the Spanish democracy more secure.
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Cortlan McManus' first film, shot and edited on 16mm B&W, is his first trademark "ethno-visual narrative." A man climbs the stairs to his fifth story apartment, seeing and meditating on a visual story for each story he climbs. When Jonas Mekas viewed the piece, he immediately programmed it for a weekend at the famed Anthology Film Archives. Since this time, it has been awarded at many film festivals and played at art houses across the continents. A film print is available for screening.
Based on the Aztec mythology of the Five Suns, "Divisions" tells a tale of society at the brink of the 21st Century and the impact of our use of technology. YOUR MAN is torn in between the Fifth Sun of ultimate technology and no society and the First Sun where one can shed all forms in the hopes of being able to discover their true passion. Shot on the grounds of an Aztec ruin in addition to across the US and in New York, "Divisions" is an avant-garde film, the first of Cortlan McManus' "Cine Archeology" projects.
Shot over a year's time, this experimental documentary examines both the art of New York's most famous urban artist as well as presents the ethics of documentary. De La Vega is known as a sidewalk provocateur, a mural master and a Cornell educated painter. Born in Spanish Harlem, De La Vega is personally familiar with living the life in the urban jungle: poverty, AIDS, and violence mixed with a side of ingenious wit, good natured humor and a propensity to produce massive amounts of work. "Become Your Dream: James De La Vega" also examines and reflects on the ethics that rule all documentaries: who's economic gain; political representation of self and the other; and most importantly, the differences in vision that can result between subject and object. Captured and presented for the first time so that a broader conversation can begin about the ethics of documentary.