Black Hat Anime
Desperate to get to an anime convention halfway across the country to meet her favorite anime director Shinichiro Watanabe, a quirky teen artist “borrows” her sister’s car, kidnaps her wily, black sheep grandfather and together they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.
Happy New Year from Creative District!
As our team rings in the new year, we have much to celebrate as we are just days away from inviting film and media makers to sign up for a first look at creativedistrict.com.
Creative District is a collaboration platform that will help film and media…
We’re so excited about what you’re doing. We need better tools for creatives to work remotely! (There are PLENTY for tech teams to work remotely - we use many of them.)
Seed&Spark is a new crowdfunding platform for independent film. Oh, there are plenty of crowdfunding platforms but none seem to be quite so geared towards independent film and community building within independent film. It’s a combined crowdfunding platform and online distribution platform. You can watch films or contribute to films. They’re trying to build their community internally with the inclusion of an internal currency (“sparks”) which can be earned by participating in the community and contributing to campaigns (one of the things they have that sets them apart from Kickstarter is you can make in-kind contributions and if you have say a piece of equipment, location, or even yourself, you can pledge that and it counts towards the monetary goal of the project). Sparks can then be spent on watching films available through their distribution platform or on deals they have with certain other companies, getting you some percentage off a membership here or there.
It’s still growing but I think Seed&Spark could be the new best option for independent filmmakers to raise funds and build interest in their projects, particularly as established talent flocks to Kickstarter and changes that ecosystem.
Speak Up: Satire and Dr. Horrible
At Seed&Spark there’s very little that interests us more than art which has something of relevance to say about the world we live in, and one of the great and hallowed venues through which to do that is satire. Satire, while so very potent, is a slippery realm to dwell in. A good example of satire that seems like it may very well be slipping about in all sorts of directions is 2008’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog.”
In the famous (and in some circles, infamous) hall of Joss Whedon’s “strong female protagonists” one stumbles upon a peculiar outlier: Penny. Passive, precious, pristine Penny. The immediate reaction to a character so lacking in agency is to dismiss her as a the product of a writer so focused on his male hero/villain/anti-hero/anti-villain/NPH-in-adorable-goggles that he never bothered to develop his lead female character into much more than an object for the protagonist to react to. This is a valid interpretation, but not necessarily the only valid interpretation.
Joss Whedon is a gifted deconstructionist, and nearly every facet of “Dr. Horrible” is thoroughly committed to the dismantling of superhero conventions. Penny’s bottomless well of empathy, all her saccharine perfection, it renders her functionally a caricature of the comic book love interest and idealized target of geeky “nice-guy” affection. One wonders though, is satire and meta-commentary a suitable justification for her lack of depth? Is this a clever way of exploring a certain male attitude towards women, or just rationalizations for problematic representation? Though “problematic representation” must be getting a wee bit tired now as far as phrases go, so let’s give the fellow a break: a certain male attitude towards women, or… wankery?
There is a noticeable trend when it comes to satire, in which the audience is liable to either proclaim it some unassailable force field against all potential criticism, to find it in places where it arguably does not exist, or to simply ignore it completely, taking the subject matter at face value. We’d love to facilitate a more nuanced discussion on the form. We’re curious as to what people think of the role, limitations, and possibilities of satire, and if anybody has any interesting points to raise, we’d gladly host their thoughts on our blog. So c’mon, let’s TALK AAAARRRRT!
NRITYAGRAM: For the Love of Dance by Nanette Melville
After seeing a guru performing Odissi Indian dance, Flamboyant Bombay socialite Protima Bedi gave up everything to became a dancer. In 1988, she built the groundbreaking Nrityagram Dance Village near Bangalore, a place where nothing exists, except dance.” These beautiful dancers are her legacy.
The Sound of Small Things by Peter McLarnan
Sam, a hobby musician and copywriter, and Cara, a survivor of a mysterious accident resulting in a loss of hearing, are navigating a fragile young marriage. A series of secrets and interlopers begin to blur the borders of truthful communication between them, upsetting the delicate balance.
Percival’s Big Night by William Sullivan.
The idiot’s guide to getting your life back on track when the only tools at your disposal are a half-assed BA in Fine Arts, a part time job as a bartender, some really dank weed, a bow tie, and the love of your life who has never noticed you. Until now.