May 30, 2010 / David / Comments Off on Dennis Hopper has passed away – "Now it’s dark…"
I’m shocked and saddened by the news that actor-writer-director Dennis Hopper died yesterday. He was best known for his roles in films like Apocalypse Now, Easy Rider, Blue Velvet and Hoosiers, but Dennis was also an accomplished painter and photographer. He was truly an inspiring artist. I loved many of his films and his artwork interested me, too.
Dennis Hopper in 1969 during the filming of Easy Rider. Image source: Wikipedia.com
Thank you Creator for life, and for such a beautiful day on this planet! I am thankful for the many blessings I have. May we humans become loving and responsible stewards to your creations as soon as possible. Amen.
May 20, 2010 / David / Comments Off on Andy Warhol Foundation offers writers $30,000 grants
Pop Icon Andy Warhol left behind a legacy not only of art, but of support for the arts.
If you write about the arts, then this grant may be for you. There are several categories of writing that are funded including: articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media and short-form writing.
Someone in the States can apply to this. I can’t as a Canadian, so I wanted to pass it along.
May 6, 2010 / David / Comments Off on David Lynch Dior "Lady Blue" Le Poem ad online
David Lynch is one of my favourite filmmakers, and a true artist, I think. This new short film/promo spot for Dior brings back memories of Dune (with the straight-on voice over to camera and the tone of it, too). It’s a dreamy piece, with some of Lynch’s leitmotifs: atmospheric rock n’ roll and dancing, a beautiful woman, red curtains, suspense, beautiful rooms and otherworldly visual effects.
It’s interesting to see the amount of creative input Lynch put into this. He’s the writer, director, one of the camera operators, one of the composers and the editor! A filmmaker after my own heart! What fun! What a joy to experience work like this, that shines so strongly with Lynch’s signature style!
See what he does with this ad, turning it into a piece of art:
I just finished editing this short promo for my upcoming feature-length documentary (Gothumentary) about the Goth subculture GOTH:insideOUT. This video features S.I.N.S. Gothic Punk Fashions. See http://GOTHinsideOUT.com for more.
I was able to see a live performance of Sun Ra and his Arkestra a few years back. Though he was in a wheelchair for most of the time, Sun Ra still shone (hard not to in those groovy outfits!). It was great to be able to shake his hand.
Here’s a video of him on stage in Japan…looks like a good time.