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Reverend Billy Introduces “On Coal River”

Posted by scottstead on Jun 28, 2010 in Documentary, Film, Music, Vlog
With a song, Reverend Billy and his First Church of Stop Shopping choir introduced the film “On Coal River”. Their gospel style was fitting for the film and I, as a West Virginian, truly appreciated their support of this film and this cause. As we say at karaoke, “These kids got pipes.” This was shot on the iPhone 3GS.

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On Coal River: Panel Talk

Posted by scottstead on Jun 28, 2010 in Documentary, Film, Vlog
This is the panel following the Silverdocs 2010 premier of “On Coal River” a film by Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood. Special guests were subjects of the film Bo Webb, Judy Bonds, Debbie Jarrell, and Ed Wiley. This was shot with an iPhone 3GS.

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The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan Introduction

Posted by scottstead on Jun 28, 2010 in Documentary, Film, Vlog
Executive Producer, actor and activist Danny Glover and director Henry Corra introduce their film “The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan” for its premier at AFI Silverdocs in Silver Spring, MD. This was shot with an iPhone 3GS.

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Albert Maysles: Side Notes and Anecdotes

Posted by scottstead on May 20, 2010 in Art, Documentary, Film, Vlog
I caught a little of the sideshow/hand shaking action after Albert Maysles spoke at the American Art Museum after a screening of two of his Christo films, “The Valley Curtain” and “Christo In Paris”. He touches, with humor, on the kind of projects that are (or aren’t) being funded today, some of his own new projects, and graciously absorbs adoration from folks that came all the way from Japan to see and speak with him.

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Albert Maysles On “Christo In Paris”

Posted by scottstead on May 20, 2010 in Art, Documentary, Film, Vlog
Documentary filmmaker and Guggenheim award winner Albert Maysles introduces and takes questions at the American Art Museum in Washington, DC at a screening of his film “Christo In Paris”. This was shot on the spot with my iPhone. Audio/Video quality is sub-par due to the apparatus, but the subject is priceless as always. Enjoy!

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Silverdocs Panel: A Conversation About MINE

Posted by scottstead on Feb 28, 2010 in Documentary, Film, Vlog
Amy King interviews Erin Essenmacher, producer of MINE and Scotlund Haisley, animal welfare leader at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD.

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Popculture Definitions of Documentary and Independent Film

Posted by scottstead on Oct 5, 2009 in Documentary, Film

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed two pop-culture references to indie (or independent, but we’ll get into that with a little help from Strongbad in a few) film and documentary film in the last week. The first one I saw on the NBC show Community recently where one of the characters decides he wants to follow his dreams and take a film class – despite the urging of his father to get a business degree and take over the family business. “Documentary film…they’re like real movies, but with ugly people.”

Ha! Love it. Watch the full clip here.

Ok, so that’s a pretty good take on docs. What about independent film? Ok, Strongbad. You’ve got this one? I truly have forgotten how funny Homestar Runner is. It’s a pretty brilliant shakedown of independent films that not only makes fun of the formula for such a film, but also those that make them (from the no-low budget sad sack, to the son-of-a-producer-let’s-make-a-million-dollar-film-but-make-sure-it-looks-like-we-made-it-on-a-couple-hundred-thousand-type). Click the thumbnail or here to watch.

Indie vs Independent Film

Indie vs Independent Film

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