Sundance and Macintosh – Thirty Years of Independence

It’s not a wonder that two brands of independent artistry have become iconic when the structure of their entire business model has been to put power into the hands of the people.Apple

Apple’s Macintosh turns 30-years young this week. That’s a meaningful milestone, and it represents three decades of developing self-reliant artisanal endeavors in the realm of digital media.

Sundance Film Festival also turns 30-years young this week, with its world-changing cinematic celebration becoming the grandaddy of all DIY digital filmmaking.

Sundance30These two brands are indicative of something in the world of digital storytelling, transmedia to use the catch phrase, that has been building for three decades.

What current brands will be the next dimension in DIY artistry and independent filmmaking?

Today, smartphones and Vine or YouTube are the realm of the independent filmmaker/storyteller, but these seem to leave a lot off the table for the audience.

Native Primitive – Simple and Sublime

Trends in the arts point to societal hot points. Picasso saw primitive art as a means to discuss our African commonality. Cormac McCarthy writes of a return to tribalism and rugged frontier life.

Navajo Rug Art
Navajo Rug Art

Something that makes me think of  the why and the what we’re doing is how it seems we’re seeking the simplicity of our ancestors.

No tweets or twerks.

What does good art, poetry, literature, film,  and music seek?

The essence of who we are. And who we can be. What really matters?

Keep it simple. Appreciate the sublime.

Man Is the Cruelest Animal

Louisiana lunacy…

Nic Pizzolatto might be the hottest writer in Hollywood at the moment.

His new HBO series, True Detective, will be the talked about serial for 2014. Emphasis on “serial,” because the show follows the diabolical exploits of a serial killer in and  around the swamps and bayous of Louisiana.

Matthew McConaughey will be as lauded for his role as Rust Cohle as any other, including his Dallas Buyer’s Club gig. His character slowly unravels while investigating murders that defile any sense of rational perception.

Thusly, the tagline: “Man Is the Cruelest Animal.”

Into the Great Unknown

Foggy daze...
Foggy daze…

There’s something to a new year that’s both full of promise and strangely empty.

As the new year offers a figurative blank slate of twelve months to plan and plot new pathways, the passing of the previous year rings as a dull pang in the conscious of regret or disappointment.

What could be done has been done, and what will be done will be.

The key is to launch the ship and journey into the unknown, charting a course with the information gained from previous launches.

That’s the truth of the past mixed with the story of the future.