Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Announcing the Tale of Don Giovanni Premiere

It's time to screen this bad boy!
Anyone who's been following this blog knows how long this film has been in the making, it's incredible, really. So now, more or less, I'm done. More words after the jump, but first I'd rather let the work do the talking. I give you the Trailer! (full screen that sucker):

Vimeo not working? Here's a REALLY crappy youtube version.

So, quickly, to recap: The Tale of Don Giovanni: That Indomitable Hipster is my first narrative film and a romping bike adventure. It's around 24 minutes long and has more scenes than a drunken prom date.

It is the story of Don Giovanni as told in Mozart’s opera, adapted into a hyper-exaggerated bike hipster vs. anarcho-punk world on the streets of Salt Lake City with updated sexual politics. Wackiness ensues. There are fixie riders, mountain bikers, flashy hipsters, smelly punks, a transvestite or two, many instances of the word f**k, a sex scene, a rape scene, and lots and LOTS of bikes. There's a dumpsterdoven BMX called the monarch and a man getting hit by a bus. The soundtrack is completely local and completely inspired and I weep to think of what I would have done without talented friends.

It took a tremendous effort to make and the work of many, many people, all of whom deserve way more credit than I'm able to give them. This project rallied people from all aspects of my life, and I was horrified I'd let them down. I don't think I did. I hope you'll come ride in the alleycat (which won't be nearly as hard as the one we shot for the film) and attend the premiere with your fam and friends. Please distribute this flier far and wide, I want to fill the post and possibly overflow to do multiple screenings. This community rocks and I'm happy to be a part of it.

See you on the 24th. Read More......

Featuring: Bygones of the Dada Factory

Austin McBride, the optimistic scam-artist, used to live with us in an unusual way, if you remember. Austin converted our closet into a quite impressive minimal monk's hidaway with the help of interior designer Ryan Manning. He's since moved to San Fran, but the room remains. Greg came in to take some photos for Ryan's Portfolio:

Felt panel slides away to reveal collapsible closet. Note golf tee.

Muted sci-art and tunes center.

Good use of crates.

Simple futon would be rolled out here and double as a chill space for rhapsodic psychological discussion.

We miss Austin sometimes. Read More......

Friday, March 12, 2010

Life Evolving, Movin' right along.

Wow, so I've been busy.
Finished the Don Giovanni film, have submitted it to the Bicycle Film Festival, finger's crossed! In other news I've booked the Post theater for it in Salt Lake, April 24th, for an premiere local screening! Mark your calenders for a bike extravaganza, More to come there soon.

got a great new job teaching art from the unlikely platform of a 40 foot vegetable truck, rumbling up to all the schools in the valley and giving lessons on graffiti and impermanence to 5 through 50-year-olds. Yes, I'm the #1 driver/docent of the 337 Project's Art Truck!. More on that soon too, but needless to say it's been fulfilling and challenging and makes me feel more like an adult.

Spring is here and riding's been great. I've gone on some long fun ones recently, including an 80 mile day with Ryan and some other local bikers all around the valley then out to the great salt lake. Ryan and I got to swap philosophies while bombing down hills at 90th south, some serious Calvin and Hobbsian shit. I mean that in the out-of-control kid-in-wagon sense, not to reference the level of discourse. A ride's been meeting at noon at the gallivan on sundays, come out and go fast.

I've been volunteering at the Bike Collective again, which is fun, and reminds me why I like mechanics and teaching and logic problems rolled into one. A bike mural is in the works, too, which could be neat.

Speaking of murals, we had a painting night down at the Dada Factory, Luke, Al, and Jessica made some really cool stuff. My painting was atrocious, but I like it. Check al's out over on his blog!

But never let me fool you into thinking I don't have spare time. Really, I'm usually doing this:

Jessica and I have been planning on moving out of state for grad school next summer. To this end I've been working on all my bikes, trying to streamline them, and my material posessions in general, into just the essentials. It's been neat and challenging, getting rid of stuff and being efficient.

Life, man, it's alright. Now I just need to learn to eat better. Read More......