Just Before Dark

a collection of stuff for your perusal

permalink Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin are touring around with their latest documentary “Undefeated”.  It just had a run at the DOC NYC festival at the IFC Center where they won a special jury prize.  Earlier this year, they debuted at SXSW and picked up distribution through the Weinstein Company.  Since then, they’ve been going from festival to festival picking up awards.

The film follows a North Memphis high school football team through a season.  The filmmakers follow the students and coaches - each a great character and story in their own right.  It may be unfair to describe it this way, but it’s sort of “Friday Night Lights” (the documentary) meets “The Blind Side” in the best possible ways.  T.J. and Dan moved down to Memphis for 9 months to make the film and managed to blend in and captured some incredibly candid behavior from the students on film (which would seem to be a fairly impossible feat around high school kids).  The film manages to be incredibly emotional without becoming saccharine.  Coach Bill Courtney delivers a series of speeches to his team throughout the film that were so good that they could have been scripted, but weren’t.  
The wide release of the film nn February 10th is going to start in 15 major markets, which is an incredible release for a documentary, but it is well deserved.  Even if you don’t like football, this film is well worth a watch.  The filmmakers are now in Denver at the Starz film festival.
I don’t know if Undefeated is eligible for awards season this year, or if it will have to wait until next year, but I can’t imagine that they won’t pick up some nomiations (if not the awards themselves).

Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin are touring around with their latest documentary “Undefeated”.  It just had a run at the DOC NYC festival at the IFC Center where they won a special jury prize.  Earlier this year, they debuted at SXSW and picked up distribution through the Weinstein Company.  Since then, they’ve been going from festival to festival picking up awards.

The film follows a North Memphis high school football team through a season.  The filmmakers follow the students and coaches - each a great character and story in their own right.  It may be unfair to describe it this way, but it’s sort of “Friday Night Lights” (the documentary) meets “The Blind Side” in the best possible ways.  T.J. and Dan moved down to Memphis for 9 months to make the film and managed to blend in and captured some incredibly candid behavior from the students on film (which would seem to be a fairly impossible feat around high school kids).  The film manages to be incredibly emotional without becoming saccharine.  Coach Bill Courtney delivers a series of speeches to his team throughout the film that were so good that they could have been scripted, but weren’t.  

The wide release of the film nn February 10th is going to start in 15 major markets, which is an incredible release for a documentary, but it is well deserved.  Even if you don’t like football, this film is well worth a watch.  The filmmakers are now in Denver at the Starz film festival.

I don’t know if Undefeated is eligible for awards season this year, or if it will have to wait until next year, but I can’t imagine that they won’t pick up some nomiations (if not the awards themselves).

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In keeping with the “Game of Thrones” theme, here’s the video fx reel from BlueBolt for some of the effects they did for the first season of the HBO show.  BlueBolt still a relatively new facililty (even though the founding members have been at this for years now), but they’ve been picking up some big jobs, and you can see why.

permalink I only wish he had been wearing the outfit on the left when we saw him at Momofuku last week.

I only wish he had been wearing the outfit on the left when we saw him at Momofuku last week.

(via arthistoryx)

permalink Kottke posted about the NoteSlate earlier today, and I found myself getting way more excited about this than I have been about an iPad or Kindle.
The device has a 13” display, and has only 3 physical buttons (Save current screen, Show last screen, Delete current screen).  I am always using whiteboards in customer meetings and end up having to take pictures of them with my iPhone to remember what we talked about.  Having this device in my bag would save a ton of time and Dry-Erase markers.
They plan to ship a single-color version for only $99 in June, with a possible 4-color version being developed down the road.

Kottke posted about the NoteSlate earlier today, and I found myself getting way more excited about this than I have been about an iPad or Kindle.

The device has a 13” display, and has only 3 physical buttons (Save current screen, Show last screen, Delete current screen).  I am always using whiteboards in customer meetings and end up having to take pictures of them with my iPhone to remember what we talked about.  Having this device in my bag would save a ton of time and Dry-Erase markers.

They plan to ship a single-color version for only $99 in June, with a possible 4-color version being developed down the road.

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The Fab Faux is made up of 5 journeymen musicians who live to recreate live the things that the Beatles created in studio with remixing and overdubs.  You may recognize some of them from their other gigs (Jimmy Vivino is the Music Director for Conan O’Brien and Will Lee plays bass on The Late Show with David Letterman).  This video is of them at the Sirius studios faithfully covering the Side 2 suite of the Abbey Road album.  It’s 18 minutes long, but surprisingly mesmerizing, and worthy of that break you know you need from work right about now.  The Fab Faux are: Will Lee, Rich Pagano, Frank Agnello, Jimmy Vivino, and Jack Petruzzelli.

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Popbar
Genius

sweet merciful crap.  how did i not hear about this place sooner?  might have to have dinner in the west village tomorrow night just to swing by popbar.

lazysundae:

Popbar

Genius

sweet merciful crap.  how did i not hear about this place sooner?  might have to have dinner in the west village tomorrow night just to swing by popbar.

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This video is from an exhibition at the Mobile World Congress by Paris design collective Superbien.  It was made by projecting video onto plain white blocks in the room.  It starts out very simply, but they do a beautiful job with it.

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I defy you to watch this animated video that James Blagden and Chris Isenberg created and not laugh. It’s an animation to go over former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Doc Ellis retelling the story of how he pitched a no-hitter while high on LSD and greenies.

(via boingboing)

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innovations in haircuttery

  • Me: Gotta get a haircut
  • A: Just don't get a fauxhawk.
  • Me: Maybe instead I'll get a fauxmullet
  • A: Just a tiny mullet atop your head.
  • Me: Demimullet.
  • A: Sounds like something you would get at Le Bernardin
  • Me: Or perhaps I'll get a fauxbald.
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Michel Gondry DVD 2

Michel Gondry DVD 2

Michel Gondry has released a follow-up DVD to his Director’s Series with some more classics and work that he has created since the first DVD.  Included on this volume are videos he did for bands such as The White Stripes, Radiohead, The Rolling Stones and, of course, Bjork.  It also has such internet hits as “Michel Gondry Solves a RUBIK’S CUBE With His Feet” and “Michel Gondry Solves a RUBIK’s CUBE With His Nose”.  List price is $19.95, but you can get it for a few bucks cheaper if you buy it directly from the Michel Gondry store. That’s $2 you could put towards a customized toilet paper roll drawn by Michel.

Sadly, it appears I am too late to get the combo deal of the DVD and a personalized portrait of you hand-drawn by Michel, but you can always hope.