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Werner Herzog’s ROGUE FILM SCHOOL

Posted in Educational, Film by peterchunmaowu on September 23, 2009

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Oh shit! Herzog is starting his own film school… but it looks like it’ll be pretty different than the rest (which are all mostly scams by the way.) SIGN ME UP!

Check out the contents of the ABOUT Page below. Fantastic.

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1. The Rogue Film School will be in the form of weekend seminars held by Werner Herzog in person at varying locations and at infrequent intervals.

2. The number of participants will be limited.

3. Locations and dates will be announced on this website and Werner Herzog’s website: http://www.wernerherzog.com approximately 12 weeks in advance.

4. The Rogue Film School will not teach anything technical related to film-making. For this purpose, please enroll at your local film school.

5. The Rogue Film School is about a way of life. It is about a climate, the excitement that makes film possible. It will be about poetry, films, music, images, literature.

6. The focus of the seminars will be a dialogue with Werner Herzog, in which the participants will have their voice with their projects, their questions, their aspirations.

7. Excerpts of films will be discussed, which could include your submitted films; they may be shown and discussed as well. Depending on the materials, the attention will revolve around essential questions: how does music function in film? How do you narrate a story? (This will certainly depart from the brainless teachings of three-act-screenplays). How do you sensitize an audience? How is space created and understood by an audience? How do you produce and edit a film? How do you create illumination and an ecstasy of truth?

8. Related, but more practical subjects, will be the art of lockpicking. Traveling on foot. The exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully. The athletic side of filmmaking. The creation of your own shooting permits. The neutralization of bureaucracy. Guerrilla tactics. Self reliance.

9. Censorship will be enforced. There will be no talk of shamans, of yoga classes, nutritional values, herbal teas, discovering your Boundaries, and Inner Growth.

10. Related, but more reflective, will be a reading list: if possible, read Virgil’s “Georgics”, read “Hemingway’s “The short happy life of Francis Macomber”, The Poetic Edda, translated by Lee M. Hollander (in particular the Prophecy of the Seeress), Bernal Diaz del Castillo “True History of the Conquest of New Spain”.

11. Follow your vision. Form secretive Rogue Cells everywhere. At the same time, be not afraid of solitude.

http://www.roguefilmschool.com/

Please Vote For Me

Posted in Educational, Film, Inspiring by peterchunmaowu on September 17, 2009

I saw this on one of the WHOLPHIN DVD’s last year and enjoyed it tremendously. Its cute, funny, enlightening, and moving. CHECK IT OUT.

Here is a better written post about the film via www.weloveyouso.com/

Published August 31, 2009 by Graham

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Capturing an intimate look at China’s first ever elementary school class election, Weijun Chen’s 2007 documentary Please Vote For Me is a surprisingly enthralling and emotional little film. Thankfully avoiding the easy route of superfluous historical exposition and grandiose politicizing, the film focuses not on the nation of China but on three very different children who have been thrust into an unfamiliar political framework.

While each candidate struggles for power, they exhibit familiar dark human impulses that are somehow rendered shocking in their tangibility. These are children old enough to think complex, sometimes manipulative thoughts, and yet too young to be covert about them. As a result, we’re treated to a brutally honest peek at the mechanics behind human relationships, and a portrait of childhood that’s at once adorable and disheartening.

If you have a Netflix account, Please Vote For Me is available to stream instantly for free.

Transcendent Man – Trailer

Posted in Educational, Film, Sexy by peterchunmaowu on September 16, 2009

Y’all who know me know that I’ve been obsessed with this guy’s work forever. Movie looks interesting, but the trailer seems to be lacking something…

on a side note, this video below is the first one listed under “related videos” from youtube. so random. however, I approve.

Did you know? The Singularity is near.

Posted in Educational, Neat Video by peterchunmaowu on August 10, 2009