We Make Movies.
Impressed. Involved. Proud. These were the things I felt while watching--you know, as opposed to This is too loud. I wish those people in the next row would shut up. I have to pee.
Impressed: the feature, Ruby Booby, was made for somewhere around $7,000 and was more engaging than a number of $70 million behemoths I've seen lumbering across the screen. There was some fine acting, too, and if I were a casting director I'd be on the phone trying to book these people right now.
Involved: the short, Carefully Descending, takes you to the heights and depths of love with a story so piercing, sad and beautiful that I'm still hearing the superb music days later, and the casting director in me is still on the phone.
In fact I'd like to manage the careers of all the writers, directors, cinematographers, producers, etc. whose work I saw at the screening. Even the trailers made me want to see the films they teased, which is exactly what trailers are supposed to do.
This We Make Movies group -- watch for them. Unless, of course, you're the kind of person who sits through an indie film thinking, There should be more blood/sex/blood. Where are the explosions? They should be more abusive to the women.
Proud: my husband's a member.
Uppity Uppity Update:
There will be a free screening of Ruby Booby Tuesday, October 18th for cast, crew and industry folk (and readers of Pasadena Daily Photo!). The screening will be held at the Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 617-1033. Doors open at 6:30pm, the screening begins at 7:00 and Ruby Booby starts at 7:30.
RSVP to rubyboobythemovie (at) gmail (dot) com to assure yourself a seat.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
What: This is the dome of Pasadena's City Hall reflected in a window of the Central Library.
When: During the month of September, you can renew a lost library card for free. Usually it's $10.
Where: 285 E. Walnut St, Pasadena.
Why: Because I like it. Not the library card. I mean yes, I like the library card (or I will when I get it). But the picture. I like the picture. And the library. City Hall, too.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Looking north from the Devil's Gate Dam you see the Jet Propulsion Lab, affectionately known as JPL, with the lights of La Canada Flintridge off to the left and a couple of Altadena's gleams on the right.
JPL anchors the north end of the park and the Dam, where we're standing, marks the south end. In between are coyotes, dirt, rabbits and trees--wildlife doing its thing. There are also water catch basins, telephone poles and paved roads. It's not wilderness. It's a symbiosis of humans and the wild, and it's working pretty well for the nonce.
If you care about protecting Hahamongna and places like it you might check out the Urbanwild Network. They're having a potluck at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center Saturday, September 10th. Gather at 5:30pm, dinner at 6, program at 7.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
John, Bellis and I walked Hahamongna with our friends Karen and David and our various dogs. The sky changed and changed and changed again, and we couldn't stop taking pictures. The dogs didn't notice the sky, but they may have been aware of our stopping to say "ooh" and "ah," like at a fireworks celebration.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
It's not the whole project by a long shot. There will be an environmental impact report before the rest of the work is done. I don't know how long that'll take or what the end result will look like, but it will be a much larger project.
Here's how Johnson Field looked last Saturday at dusk. Not nearly as bad as I'd feared. I took the photo from my usual spot, so those of you familiar with PDP's Last Day Project could make comparisons even if you've never seen Johnson Field in person.
A pan to the left:
I have a list of disappointments related to this work, but those disappointments are (mostly) not with LA County. There's plenty of time for it to get worse but so far, the work they've done has been more sensitive than I expected. We even saw a few toads at the fountain. With a little rain we'll soon have some nice weeds growing in the silt. Maybe wildflowers.
We were treated to spectacular skies that night. More pictures to come.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Today's a holiday, but Zen Monday isn't taking the day off.
In Zen, one learns through experience rather than books or lectures. Zen Monday is the day you experience the photo and tells us what you've learned, rather than me lecturing you about it.
Please leave your thoughts in the comments box and enjoy.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
But we didn't find out for sure last night, as we had to postpone our hike. We'll find out later today, though, and bring you a report.
Fun news for the meantime: the September issue of Pasadena Magazine features the Dena's daily photo bloggers. For her article, "Daily Affirmations," Kelly Shimabukuro interviewed me, Laurie Allee (Glimpses of South Pasadena), Kat Likkel (Pasadena, 91105 and Beyond) and our already sorely missed Ben Wideman (The Sky is Big in Pasadena and wherever else he goes). Thank you, Kelly!
It was Ben who turned me on to our newest daily photo blogger. She's a bit anonymous, but she's got style. Check out All Over Pasadena.