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"The Street Thief"

Weeks do have a tendency to feel more like days in these moments. I wish for more hours in a day, but then again I don’t…okay maybe just more hours to sleep and dream.

Ryan and I watched “The street thief” as our independent for the week. It was immediately engaging and I felt like I was watching footage from a surveillance tape. I was intrigued. “The Street Thief” is a ‘fictional’ documentary, I did not know this at the time, since we stumbled upon it while going through our Netflix collection(how great is the direct streaming on Roku!?!) It kept feeling as if someone was trying to fool me, this made me pay attention though. I wonder if the struggle to believe came from the actors improvisation, something that is much harder when there is a camera around. The camera never lies which means we have to be very clear, accurate and authentic if doing improv for camera. Anyway the film was very good and had wonderful cinematography and action.
How interesting that documentary has now become a style of storytelling, you can’t assume any more that when someone says documentary, its a life event or person being documented. Nothing is necessarily true anymore.
I remember very early on in my acting career, when I was definitely still a novice surrounded by great mentors, one of those mentors mentioned in passing how actors are some of the most truthful people you will ever encounter. This statement off course contradict what most people’s perception is of an actor. Hmmm… did he mean we’re truth seekers, or that we’re believers, because when you speak with complete faith and belief in the moment, its not a lie, at least it doesn’t seem so.
So telling a story as if its the truth is fictional documentary? I’m confused now.
Basically; I enjoyed “The Street Thief” and even the though the actors were not absolutely convincing and their performances made me aware of the fiction/lie. The film in its entirety was engaging enough and I will look up Malik Bader’s other work.
And that is my 2 cents about this film. I also watched “Up”, that same night and I loved the storytelling and animation, it took me on a journey, I was very sad when it was over. It was a really satisfying experience and inspired me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEC0NmiTuSY

(Street Thief is a 2006 documentary-style fictional film that follows the life of putative Chicago burglar Kaspar Karr (alternatively Kaspar Carr), played by Malik Bader. The movie was directed by Malik Bader, Miles Harrison and Ishai Setton.
The movie was met with favorable reception at the Tribeca Film Festival. Although filmed as though it were a documentary, the movie and story line are fictional.)

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An Idea…

Wondering what I could blog about. The question really is; what would I commit to and actually do? It has to be something that I can share on a weekly basis, something that I love and have passion for, or I just won’t do it, that much I have figured out. Oh what a life! Obviously I love film, I work in film, I love story, I have opinions about how they are told and…so…

…the idea: i will watch an independent film every week and give my opinion and experience of it in this blog. Maybe you find this interesting, or maybe I only get to have an outlet for some of my opinions (the beauty of blogging). Movies and stories can set of incredible inner journeys, they can spark ideas and make us dream. Hopefully I will be able to share this with you and who knows you might relate and that could be cool:)

SO stay tuned for next weeks utterance about independent film.

It was my birthday last week and I have to say it was a great day and I am excited about what each new year holds out to me. “Work I love” seems to be the gift this year, and that makes my heart sing!

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QUIXOTIC NOTIONS

This has been a great year so far! 2010 a year of abundance, fertility and growth, that’s what the cards said, so I’m just saying…

Recently I worked with Dave Brown the author of “I Swear To Good You Are God At This”(isn’t that the greatest title), it’s 72-pages of pure creativity. holidaymatinee.com/book. Worth checking out, don’t hesitate!
Only two weeks after an epic fun four days of filming “This is Charlotte King” we had the preview at the AMC in Fashion Valley, San Diego. Watch it now at http://www.vimeo.com/11982223
I am inspired and motivated to stay a part of the force that we as a creative collective are in this moment. We are busy with some important and groundbreaking work…aah just kidding its really all in the name of fun and learning, isn’t it? Just saying…I’m excited to work and do what I set out to do, mostly cause it feels good. I’m excited to celebrate what I have accomplished and worked on. Most of all I’m always energized and provoked(in a good sense of the word) when there is great people to conspire with giving me the freedom to be a quisling;) A project that started this year of on the right track is “Tacos De Pescado (Fish Tacos)“, a collaboration between me and Annette Bohl who’s wonderful creative mind set this project off. Together with the stunning and awesome energy of all the CiA(chix in action) women this project came to life and we celebrated the completion with a screening at the MakeOut Room, March 2nd, 2010. We’ve just rolled on from there so watch the web for “action” from the chix.
It’s June and I celebrate my birthday this week…keep an eye out for more quixotic notions!

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