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Essential Shelf update: FACES intro

After posting the FACES book last week, I re-read the intro by Cassavetes, which is an epic. And then the following intro by Al Ruban, a Cassavetes collaborator who is never credited enough. He was there the whole way.











Always get the copyright:






Essential Shelf #1




As I spring-clean into the summer, trying to get some space and sanity, I allow myself to be fooled by the internet in that almost everything I have on the shelf is easy to get online and my copy can therefore be given away. Of course, this is only true if you like immensely popular things or are old and rich.

It is especially untrue when dealing with art films, as you get screwed by movie websites who have no interest in taste or style and now they've killed all the video stores in your town.* However I have successfully goodwilled many great but easy to find films from the 60s and 70s, posters that I realized don't really look that great, and some comics and books in favor of PDFs.

You find yourself making special rules for stuff to keep. Sentimental reasons. Things that remind you why you try to be creative. Things that make you laugh. Or things that you are certain you have the very last copy in the universe of, and you are the greatest self-taught librarian ever. This is what my essential shelf is, all those things that are actually special to me, with some very select new things.

The FACES book meets all the criteria - funny, sentimental, inspiring, timeless. I haven't come across another film adaptation/script book like it. If you can find it (and its probably only a dollar) - grab it quick.





A book of the original screenplay on one side, compared with the final film on the other side, considering shots and dialogue. I love how even the equipment is listed.



Cinemad DVD back in stock


DVD for sale


A Short Film collection from 2009, so it's ah...five year anniversary. Basically I found some copies in the closet while cleaning, now available again! New and old shorts from great filmmakers:

"Edge-TV with Animal Charm"
ANIMAL CHARM

"above below"
CAM ARCHER
(made for this comp)

"letters, notes"
STEPHANIE BARBER

"Valse Triste"
BRUCE CONNER

"Pictures from Dorothy"
KEVIN JEROME EVERSON

"The Sun"
JAMES FOTOPOULOS

"lot 63, grave c"
SAM GREEN

"Motion Studies 3: Gravity"
JAKE MAHAFFY

"Light is Calling"
BILL MORRISON

"Viscera"
LEIGHTON PIERCE

excerpt from "The Time We Killed"
JENNIFER REEVES

"The Paranormal Trilogy"
DEBORAH STRATMAN

$20 includes USPS priority shipping


 60 page booklet inside with highlights from Cinemad interviews with all of the filmmakers. So big that it usually breaks the little plastic holders inside the DVD case. But the disc stays strong.




and goes to fund new podcasts - thanks! We've been finishing a feature doc over the past year and podcasts have been on hold. But I've recorded three new ones and have a lot more in the planning. Your dough helps pay to take trips to record new ones and the cost of hosting them on Soundcloud.

Additionally I pulled out some of the original cassettes with interviews from the zine days and will "remaster" a few of the good ones to podcast form.

But most of all - this is a fun DVD with hard-to-find short films.
To buy a copy just send me an email: cinemadpresents at gmail



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podcast #17: Kevin Jerome Everson


: Kevin Everson by Cinemad

Kevin Everson makes a film a day. Not really, but his intense work ethic has resulted in tons of shorts and six feature films. Working in his own way with 16mm, video and long takes, he films African-American culture through daily family life. Creating a portraiture of people and their surroundings, Everson concentrates on the formal design of image and sound. But he also adds in sports, love and gambling - he's got insight to people. Instead of focusing on giant events and melodrama, he looks at what makes the seconds and minutes of our lives go by, with a subtle humanist touch and with some humor. When you watch his films you might get stuck on what's on the surface. To hear him speak shows you the other layers you don't want to miss. His new feature is THE ISLAND OF ST. MATTHEWS and will show at the Los Angeles Film Festival this June, 2013.

Kevin's website

more info and to book his films:
www.picturepalacepictures.com

I forgot to do music bookends. Kevin suggests EPMD's So Wat Cha Sayin'.

photo by Pamela Pecchio
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