Monday, May 30, 2005

Guerrilla Distribution and Brian Fleming

Grassroots distribution
Originally uploaded by blackcatmedia.
A few years back Brian Fleming made, Nothing So Strange, a clever mocumentary about the assassination of Bill Gates. The film received mixed reviews -- I liked the film myself but felt it had some weak points; it accurately portrayed activist group dynamics in a somewhat comical fashion which was only made possible because the film was a farce.

The exciting thing about the project was not the film itself, but instead it's innovative approach to distribution. Rather than trying to slug it out in the festival circuit with the hopes of acquiring distribution. Brian Fleming took a DIY approach and made the film available for sale via the internet, ala the iTunes music store, through a company called Bit Pass.

Now Brian's back with a new film exploring the existence of god, The God Who Wasn't There, and once again exploring new distribution strategies. This time, he's set up an online promotional team in which participants earn incrimental rewards for helping get his film out to a wider audience. Yet another clever idea for getting your message out from Brian Fleming.

Click on the picture to see the Trailer.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

College Not Combat: Rev. 2.0

College Not Combat
Originally uploaded by blackcatmedia.
On March 9th, recruiters from both the Army Corps of Engineers and the Air Force Officer Training School came to San Francisco State University to attend a career fair held on campus.

Students from several groups on campus worked together to organize a rally against the military's presence on campus. The school's chapter of the College Republicans held a protest against the protesters. These counter-demonstrators played a much larger role in the original edit of this piece, but the general public seemed to think they were confused members of the anti-recruitment protestors so I had to cut them out.

College Not Combat features music by emcee Lynx: Indoctrination and Truth is the Power. This version of the video was put together for a contest at

Thursday, May 19, 2005

College Not Combat -- Feedback requested

**Update: The sound has been fixed**
**Update: The next entry has the latest version of the video, click the picture to see.**

Hey, this is a piece that I'm submitting to Current TV for their contest that's due tomorrow, May 20th. I'm planning to add a voice-over at the beginning of the piece, but haven't had the chance yet. Please. Please. Give me feedback about how I can improve this piece. Thanks.

Thanks so much for any feedback you can give!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

"Basically god hates AT&T, MCI and Verizon?" -- Eugene Mirman

"Yes" -- Telemarketer.

Eugene Mirman has been receiving telemarketing calls from a Christian phone company that "is dedicated to people such as yourself who want to stop same sex marriages and to quit doing business with companies that promote and profit from a gay lifestyle."

The prime contributors to this gay lifestyle, according to the phone call -- why the three major phone companies of course...

Listen to the clip above and check out more of Eugene's conversations with the Christian telco on his website.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The US Arsenal -- A Video demonstration

Ben of Ben & Jerry's posted this video on the web page for True Majority about just how many nuclear weapons the U.S. has right now...

It's obscene... if only we really were just talking about BB's.

Have you seen today's Rocketboom?

Ok, I don't really know who's visiting my site frequently, and most of you have probably seen today's episode of Rocketboom by now -- but for those who haven't -- check it out. Intense.

Monday, May 16, 2005

San Francisco Squat (March 19 2004)

March 19th 2004
Originally uploaded by blackcatmedia.
This is a new edit of a video I shot on the one year anniversary of the Iraq war. In retrospect, the title "Squat for Peace" is kind of stupid, but I don't think I have the original footage without the title anymore. I created this new edit to enter the Current TV contest that's going on right now.

I've gone ahead and put up two version of this video. The higher-quality H264 version is about 35 megabytes and requires Quicktime 7.

Clicking on the screen-shot will bring up the lower quality file which is only about 15 Mbs and encoded with 3Ivx.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Eisenhower on Social Security

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are...Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."

-- President Dwight D. Eisenhower, November 8, 1954

For more infor check out the article on Michael Moore's website.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Making connections gives me that warm fuzzy feeling

So this guy Jeff Lebow came across my vlog and wanted to use a snippet from the reportage I had just posted and asked me to call in to his live webcast. Even if no-one happened to be tuning in, it was exciting stuff. Here's the e-mail he sent me today about the webcast with the link if you want to check it out.

Hello Josh,

Just wanted to thank you for participating in last night's show - Audio and show notes are online.

I enjoyed speaking with you and will certainly be staying tuned to 'the revolution'. Hope to speak with you again sometime once the show has developed an audience. In the meantime, if you or anyone you know is interested in experimenting with the live streaming audio medium, let me know. For now, I'm glad to share server resources with those interested in hosting this kind of show. I'd also love to have live correspondents checking in during a show (on cellphone or skype) - perhaps from some kind of meet up and other 'revolutionary media' event. It really is a very cool millennium so far...

All the best,

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Getting Heard: An Independent Voice

Talk Back
Originally uploaded by blackcatmedia.
So Our Media finally processed this file!

This is the rough draft of a segment I assembled for an episode of Talk Back which will feature ourmedia's JD Lasica and Robin Sloan from Current TV as guests. Talk Back airs on Peralta Community Television in the San Francisco East Bay area.


Interviews with: Rod Laughridge, David Liu, and Crescent Diamond

Footage from: We Are the Media by Josh Leo, Michael Verdi and Ryanne Hodson's Free Vlog, Rocketboom, and Jeremiah Alexis.

Monday, May 09, 2005

On Public Access

On Public Access
Originally uploaded by blackcatmedia.
This is part of an interview with Crescent Diamond of Berkeley Community Media talking about public access and media activism.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Tiger Launch (3ivx version)

Tiger Launch
Originally uploaded by blackcatmedia.
Aight -- so here's the same video as a 3ivx encoded Quicktime -- the file's half the size but then again so is the frame...