I can’t wait to see this tomorrow@!@@!
I can’t wait to see this tomorrow@!@@!
—bell hooks on Beasts of the Southern Wild
Thanks Judy for sending me this link—I’ve been struggling with that movie.
It was someone’s birthday, and we had fallen apart but it was this movie and his birthday, at the Director’s Guild theater. I miss my friend. I don’t think about it much, but I feel sick when I think about how other people get to be his friend and I don’t. This movie gives me a stomach ache, a familiar and horrible one.
We went to a midnight showing on Sunset and by the time it was over, almost everyone had left. Tom was going to see it a few years ago and I was like, I want you to see it so we can discuss it but it will change you. I went to see this with the man who almost destroyed me, so it makes sense now I guess. I could cry for years.
Got a Girl Crush On: The work of Angeline Gragasin
Director Angeline Gragasin created The Animals with an all female executive level production team: something that is oddly and sadly a rarity in the industry. Along with Gargasin (also lead actress) was Caitlin Doughty (writer) Rachel Wolther (producer), Meredith Zielke (DP), Meredith Ries (Production designer) and Abby Walton (Costume designer). Together they have successfully and triumphantly created a short film that I so yearn for; cinematically surreal yet not unsatisfyingly short, a well written script, engaging concept complimented with this mystifying, elongated and [hypnotizing] question mark that underlies the whole film and draws you in and challenges you to keep watching and figure out this perfectly quirky narrative. I want to tell you what this film is about in one of those fantastically well rounded sentences that sums up its style and intent, but for the life of me: describing The Animals would be like trying to describe the depth and beauty of a Rothko to someone totally unfamiliar with his work. Gragasin’s film is visceral and strangely moving in this uncomfortable, jarring kind of way, it’s absurdly beautiful in its execution and it’s the best short film you will see all week (or month, or year). Undeniably, though, after watching this film you may feel a little inquisitive, a little lost. Luckily we picked the brains and spoke to this wonder director cum actress cum total badass, Angeline Gragasin. Enjoy.
There are some really strange and lovely moments in this just-released short film from Angeline - I don’t know how much of this tale is a dream or an overdose or something else entirely; but there’s a lot of choices in mood and direction here that are very charming and very different.
Cristien is a co-founder of Home Alive, as well as former Executive Director, a spoken word performer, a writer, a therapist, and an all around activist. She helped the organization transition through various phases. Cristien broke down the work they were doing:
Like what do you do when shit happens and how do you respond in a way that allows us to honor that, heal, move through it , and grow in a way that just deepens resiliency.
For more on the work she is doing now, check out her blog !
|Mike:||After teasing you about talking to the screen, I realized that I was one of the people talking to the screen!|
|Me:||I felt bad that Suzanne and Anne were crying. I mean, I feel bad that I laughed when they cried.|
|Mike:||I was upset about little Rue, and I sort of loved Elizabeth Banks’ outfits. I also want the train wallpaper for my apartment.|
|Me:||I feel we were cheated in not getting to see Peeta whip out his makeup quiver and create his rock face.|
|Mike:||YES! He was so arty. I loved how everyone laughed when they cut back to the dude she left in the coal mine to take care of her sister.|
|Me:||Was that entire character a blind date video for Taylor Swift?|
|Mike:||Was the whole movie basically about gay sophisticates making straight kids do things to each other? If so, where was Larry Clark?|
|Me:||Also was the wardrobe concept for the townies “Tall Munchkin”?|
|Mike:||Meets Louis XIV|
|Mikki:||This is all going on tumblr btw.|