Saturday, December 30, 2006

Digital Filmmaking Workshops at NOVAC

Digital Filmmaking Workshops through NOVAC's newly formed Digital Filmmaking Institute

Introduction to Final Cut Pro – Intensive
Saturday and Sunday, January 13th and 14th

Digital Filmmaking Production Intensive
Saturday and Sunday, January 27th and 28th

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

People of New Orleans

During my family’s evacuation from Hurricane Katrina I was shocked at how the press handled the catastrophe. Like the government the press was not prepared for such an event. On top of that they did not have an idea of what New Orleans was really like before the storm. It takes people living in New Orleans to talk about New Orleans. Simon Dorfman took on the challenge of documenting the event from the perspective of the people who lived it. His project is appropriately called “People of New Orleans”.

“People of New Orleans” is a collection of video interviews of people from all over the New Orleans area. Simon began his project with these parameters: the interviews would be five minutes in length with very little questions and posted to his website unedited. The interview would be lead by the interviewee with only a few questions at the beginning to get the ball rolling. These parameters evolved as the project went on and the interviews became longer. However, Simon stayed true to the other rules and did not edit or manipulate the interviews. In addition, visitors to the website can make comments about their reactions to the videos and the Katrina event as a whole. The comments add an interesting aspect that reveals the perspective of those outside of New Orleans within the affected areas and from other parts of the country.

I came away from Simon’s website refreshed to hear the thoughts of New Orleanians about their evacuation, their return home, and their rebuilding efforts. Since the storm passed the state and local governments have not been able to bring the resources together to bring the city as a whole into a rebuilding mode. As this process occurs or does not occur, the people of New Orleans are left to rebuilding the city themselves. Like so many things in New Orleans, rebuilding is a grass roots effort. Simon’s work to reveal this to the rest of the world is indeed needed.

You can find Simon’s website at, browse the many videos and feel free to leave your comments. You can also subscribe to the RSS feeds available on the site as well.

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-Tim Best

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Art in Action

One of Elizabeth Underwood's many visions - a web portal for presenting and encouraging New Orleans-based site-specific work that addresses devastation and healing. Maps lead you to sites and artists write about their motivations. Read her manifesto at the website. A summary of Elizabeth's motives: "action creates connection and connection heals, encourages dialogue, and fertilizes "the environment" with the seeds of change." Elizabeth is right on--is there a better place to try out the social function of your art than here? Shown here is the Hurricane Free Zone project by G.A.S., which addresses how people who live in conditions beyond their control often have very little to comfort them other than "collective positivity" - a brilliant rip on "Drug Free Zone" signs.
-Courtney Egan

Artspot's "Artistic Ancestry" Festival gets some press

This is what I'm talking about folks, right here. Artspot received little press before and during the festival. Of course, you can't review something before you see it. But when artists like these grace your humble city, a little research into their impressive reputations and a preview is just the ticket to promoting an event that may not ever happen again.
That's what this site's for. Before and after the fact. You think someone's stuff is good, go ahead and preview their upcoming show here with an interview, some writing, some links, etc.
Is the audience for performance art "finite"? as stated in the review? What is it that limits that audience?

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