Thursday, April 27, 2006

The Dignity of the Nobodies


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I had an opportunity to see two films at the San Francisco International Film Festival last night. The first film I saw was The Dignity of the Nobodies, a cinema verite documentary by Fernando E. Solonas. The film captures the untold stories of the everyday people in Argentina: a man who was shot in the head during a protest and the man who saved him, a poor priest railing against police mafias and operating a soup kitchen out of his home, and an unfortunate picketeer who was shot and killed while trying to help a fellow comrade who had been shot by the police. The Dignity of the Nobodies is a beautiful film and achieves an intimacy rarely achieved by cinema. It is both a tragedy of the rampant poverty that rages through Argentina and the horror stories of these people's oppression, but it is also a dark fairy-tale of sorts illustrating that everyday people can and do change the world we live in for the better every day. After the film, Fernando Solonas was able to sit down for some Q & A about his wonderful film; an excerpt of this Q & A session is at the bottom of this post. The film airs tonight, Thursday April, 27th at 8:30PM at the Kabuki Theatre; Saturday, April 29th 1:00PM at the PFA and on May 1st at 7:00PM at the Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Grand Jury Hits the SF Weekly


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Ryan Blitsein's article about me was just published on SF Weekly's website.
To Wolf, the government subpoena of his tape represents a threat to his ability to gather news as an independent reporter. He believes it's yet another reel cast in a Justice Department fishing expedition that will stop at nothing to put his activist compatriots behind bars.

All & all, I think Ryan did a pretty good job with the article, as can be expected there are a few things I'd disagree with and the legal help line for the NLG is 285-1011 (not 205-1011), but all in all pretty good.

I would like to point out one inaccurate fact which I think is very important to note, Ryan writes: "When he realized his July protest video was worth something, he sold an edited version to local TV stations."

I did not sell my footage when I realized my footage was worth something. I sold my footage whn I realized it was being used without my permission. It is true that I sold the rights to Brian Shields beforehand, but I did not do so after finding out there was a "market" for the footage.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

SFIFF Pre-Party: Street Fight

Street Fight

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Last night, Min Jung Kim hosted a San Francisco International Film Festival pre-festival party for the SFIFF Citizen's Press Corps. The event was part of a new initiative called SF360, and as part of a partnership with Ironweed Films, people throughout the city gathered to watch the documentary Street Fight, a film about the 2002 mayoral race in Newark.

Quite a few of us from the SFIFF Citizen's Press Corps were able to attend including our coordinator Kevin Smokler along with Ted Rheingold, Jason Schultz, Steve Rhodes, Nicole Lee and fellow videoblogger Enric.

It was fun; looking forwards to checking out more films at the festival...

Thursday, April 06, 2006

SFIFF Press Kick-Off Q & A (Day 4 of Videoblogging Week2006)


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Yesterday I posted a video from the San Francisco International Film Festival Press Conference kick-off.

Today, for the 4th installment of videoblogging week, I've uploaded the second part of the press conference, the question and answer section. All of the questions asked in the conference have been included although some questions and resposnes have been shortened in the sake of time.

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San Francisco International Film Festival Press Kick-Off (Videoblogging Week - Day 3)

Videoblogging Week 2006 - Day 3


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Ok, so I'm almost three hours late -- but here's my third installment for videoblogging week.

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to join the citizen press corps for the San Francisco International Film Festival. This video are a few of the highlights from the conference.

The Q&A from the press conference will be tomorrow's video...

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Vlogging Goes Meta: A Visit to a Medical Cannibus Club (Day 2 of Videoblogging Week)

Videoblogging Week 2006 (day 2)


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I shot this a while ago, but have been uber busy and just haven't had the opportunity to edit this down. The French cable television station Canal Plus, decided to shoot a documentary for their station on Citizen Journalism.

They flew out to San Francisco to talk to me! Well, and Dan Gillmor and the camera man actually lives in LA; but still! It's French TV and they wanted to talk to me. How cool is that?

Anyhow they wanted to shoot me producing a videoblog, after telling them that my main beat is shooting protests and as luck would have it, there wasn't a protest on that particular day at that particular time in SF, I wasn't sure what to do...

Then I thought about how strange medical marijuana must seem outside of SF and especially in another country, and that was the genesis for this video. Unfortunately I wasn't able to shoot the dispensary or interview anyone at the club... but it was still fun... er... dangerous. Yes, DANGER - is the theme here at Videobloggingweek2006.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Judge Announces Ruling

On March 31st, Judge James announced her ruling on the March 30th hearing. The Judge "ordered the US Attorney to produce the subject of the investigation in camera by April 5, essentially asking the government to be more specific in the scope of the investigation." --FBI Witch Hunt

Videoblogging Week 2006 (Day 1): What's in an Edit? (Part 1 of 2)

What's in an edit? (Part 1 of 2)


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So it's videoblogging week, which means I will be uploading at least one video every day this week starting today, April 3rd and continuing through April 9th. The theme is vlogging dangerously and since this video isn't dangerous per say, I thought I'd treat you all to a double feature.

This sequence of two videos reveals how one can manipulate a single speech into having two very different messages. As part of this experiment, I did not rearrange the order of the excerpts I used, merely the in and out points of the edit.

If you like this video, be sure to check out part 2

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Videoblogging Week 2006 (Day 1): What's in an Edit? (Part 2 of 2)

What's in an edit? (Part 2 of 2)


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Don't watch this video until you see Part 1. So it's videoblogging week, which means I will be uploading at least one video every day this week starting today, April 3rd and continuing through April 9th. The theme is vlogging dangerously and since this video isn't dangerous per say, I thought I'd treat you all to a double feature. This sequence of two videos reveals how one can manipulate a single speech into having two very different messages. As part of this experiment, I did not rearrange the order of the excerpts I used, merely the in and out points of the edit. Technorati tags: videobloggingweek2006 SanFrancisco protest abortion vlogdangerously