Posts Tagged ‘video’

Documentary Short: Monica

Monday, March 8th, 2010
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In early February 2009, I received an email about a woman who had contacted my church asking for help. She had lived in the same apartment for 24 years (might have been more), and was suddenly forced to move because the landlord wanted to remodel the home and put it up for sale.

Monica was still recovering from a back injury sustained when one of the rotten floor boards of the porch gave out under her, and basically lived on her own, so she needed a lot of help. Not to mention she had two greyhounds, some cats, 40+ rescued pigeons upstairs, and 24 years worth of accumulation.

It looked like World War II. Piles and piles of stuff everywhere. It was impossible to distinguish garbage from non-garbage. She was completely overwhelmed. I would have been too if it weren’t for the fact that Monica was an incredibly interesting woman.

Whenever I had the chance, I asked her about her past. She was always glad to share and told me about her catering business in the ’80s, how she got to hang out with tons of bands and entertainers, which included her touring with Heart for several years.

Toward the end of the day, Monica took my friend Alex and I upstairs where we met her 40+ pigeons and doves that she had rescued over the years. A bell went off in my head and I asked her if she minded if I ran home to get my camera. She didn’t mind at all.

This is a portrait of Monica and her birds at the time of her move.  I hope you experience it.

Tom DesLongchamp is an artist and animator based in Seattle. His work can be seen at tomthinks.com.

S.O.S. (Twilight Variation)

Friday, May 8th, 2009
Flickr Video Jonathan Dueck now lives in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. The home that he shares with his wife Heather and the wonderful Pritchard family is on a large hill from which he can see a Super Wal-Mart. Try to find him at www.intransitcentre.info

Big Movie Trailer (by Jeff Stern)

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Big Movie Trailer is Jeff Stern’s latest exploration of the deeply absurd. At first, we recognize the familiar baritone of the voice-of-God narrator setting the stage for some kind of epic Hollywood blockbuster. But, there’s something wrong with this movie trailer. The narrator seems to be making up the plot as he goes. Mysterious Kansas strip malls? Time-traveling bathtubs? Highway-side laundromats where you can play pool while you wait? Big Movie Trailer twists a familiar, comfortable format into something profoundly and hilariously bizarre. http://www.vimeo.com/3030504

Jeff Stern is a Boston-based filmmaker, screenwriter and actor whose work has screened at the Woods Hole, Olympia, New Hampshire and Boston Underground Film Festivals, among others. He is the co-producer and host of Open Screen, a monthly forum for independent, underground films held at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA. In January 2009, he finished production on the independent feature film "Good Work," in which Jeff stars as Jason. In summer 2009, Jeff co-produced and starred in the independent feature film "Party Like It’s a Verb." Both films are currently in post-production. Jeff currently plays in the band The Avon Barksdale. He is also a lifetime member of the musical baseball ensemble, The Farmhands. Jeff works at Bentley University, where he teaches Media Production. He lives in Cambridge near a bunch of baseball diamonds with his wife, Anna Goldsmith, and son, Leo Coolidge.

Master Challenge #2

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
http://www.vimeo.com/1634607 Jeff Stern is a Boston-based filmmaker, screenwriter and actor whose work has screened at the Woods Hole, Olympia, New Hampshire and Boston Underground Film Festivals, among others. He is the co-producer and host of Open Screen, a monthly forum for independent, underground films held at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA. In January 2009, he finished production on the independent feature film "Good Work," in which Jeff stars as Jason. In summer 2009, Jeff co-produced and starred in the independent feature film "Party Like It’s a Verb." Both films are currently in post-production. Jeff currently plays in the band The Avon Barksdale. He is also a lifetime member of the musical baseball ensemble, The Farmhands. Jeff works at Bentley University, where he teaches Media Production. He lives in Cambridge near a bunch of baseball diamonds with his wife, Anna Goldsmith, and son, Leo Coolidge.