Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dublab Labrat Matinee VI: Selections From An Astral Projectionist

5/1 @ 8:00pm

This matinee has transcended the afternoon and traveled to nighttime. Leave your body behind and join us for rarely seen music videos (Animal Collective, Daedelus, Flying Lotus, Lucky Dragons, Nite Jewel, Rainbow Arabia...), new dublab VisionVersion films (Adventure, Busdriver, Rio en Medio, Erlend Oye...), comedy clips (Bob Odenkirk, Tim & Eric, Zach Galifianakis...), out-there animation and other eye melting magic. After the films, stick around for a Friday night party featuring a live performance from one of dublab's favorite bands, plus Labrat DJs playing soundtrack selections on the Cinefamily Spanish patio. Oh yeah, there will be some free beer too! Don't miss these visions burning bright!!!

Tickets - $14

Orphans West Symposium

throughout 5/2 & 5/3

This early May, The Cinefamily is the proud host of a best-of presentation of orphaned films, co-curated by L.A.'s own Filmforum! “Orphan” works are those which are outside of the mainstream and often have no known origin or copyright, or were at one point considered “lost” and without a formal repository to preserve it. These include home movies, amateur and educational films, industrial and sponsored films, experimental films, and newsreels. The Orphan Film Symposium has had six incarnations since its start in 1999 at the University of South Carolina, and founder Dan Streible has since developed it into a favorite of AMIA members, filmmakers, and historians. The event is now held at NYU as a project of their Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program, and draws sold out crowds from around the world (18 nations were represented at the last symposium). Our Cinefamily presentation will consist of films hand-picked from all six symposiums!

Tickets - $13, Symposium festival pass - $65

Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits

Barney Hoskyns/Tom Waits

Booksigning: May 15, 7 - 10 pm.

On Friday, May 15th Barny Hoskyns will be flying in from London to sign copies of his new book "Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits". On display will be 12 images by 6 different photographers chronicling Tom Waits' carreer. Exhibit runs through May 31st.

Trippin' The Art Fantastic: Alan Aldridge

Alan Aldridge

Trippin' The Art Fantastic

April 29th - May 13th

Join us April 29th to celebrate legendary psychedelic illustrator Alan Aldridge's newly released autobiography. Mr Aldridge will sign copies of his book in the gallery, where we will be hosting his US Premiere Exhibit of original and printed works.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Ojai Krishnamurti Film Festival

May 22 - 24

Krishnamurti Education Center, 1098 McAndrew Road, Ojai, California

The Krishnamurti Foundation of America is opening its archives to show rare and historic films about the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti. The Festival, to be held at the Krishnamurti Education Center in Ojai, California, features a program of eight feature-length showings during Memorial Day weekend (May 22-24, 2009), and includes films by George Lucas/Deepa Mehta, the noted Indian filmmaker G. Aravindan (with cinematographer Shaji Karun), Evelyne Blau, and Michael Mendizza. The program also features showings of Krishnamurti’s dialogues with the Nobel prize-winning biologist Jonas Salk, and the British theoretical physicist David Bohm.

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986), known for coining the phrase “Truth is a pathless land,” spent his life living equally between Ojai, California; Saanen, Switzerland; and India. Originally a part of Mme. Annie Besant’s theosophists, he broke with organized religion and was counted as one of the 20th century’s great philosophers/spiritual teachers. His independent voice and clear original thought attracted a following of thinkers, artists, scientists, and leaders that included John Barrymore, Kahlil Gibran, Van Morrison, Aldous Huxley, Federico Fellini and Cecile B. De Mille. He counted Greta Garbo, Charles Lindbergh, Mary Zimbalist and the Dalai Lama among his friends. The FBI (which briefly held him in house arrest during the Second World War, calling him an “Undesirable Alien”) was among those alienated by his iconoclastic but very sensible ideas. The films, some of which have never been seen before, are thus a ringside seat to the history of art, philosophy and spirituality in the 20th century.

The Film Festival dates are May 22nd through May 24th, Memorial Day weekend. The Festival is a ticketed event (Day Pass: $35, Season Pass $75). Tickets are limited. Space is limited. Please reserve online or call (805) 646-2390. Accommodations at the Oak Grove Retreat may also be available.


Friday, May 22nd
With A Silent Mind: Michael Mendizza/Evelyne Blau 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
J. Krishnamurti/Jonas Salk: Dialog 3:00 - 4:30 PM
BBC: Bernard Levin Interviews J. Krishnamurti 4:30 - 6:00 PM
G. Aravindan: The Seer Who Walks Alone 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday, May 23rd
Iris Murdoch/J. Krishnamurti 10:00 - 11:30 AM
G. Aravindan: The Seer Who Walks Alone 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
George Lucas/Deepa Mehta “Young Indiana Jones” 3:00 - 4:30 PM
David Bohm/J. Krishnamurti 4:30 - 6:00 PM
J. Krishnamurti: The Challenge of Change 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Sunday, May 24th
David Bohm/J. Krishnamurti 10:00 - 11:30 AM
George Lucas “ Young Indiana Jones” 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Original Archival Footage 3:00 - 5:30 PM

Day Pass: $35, Season Pass $75

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

FLOW: For Love of Water

Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.

Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"

Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

Tessa Laird: On the Revolutionary Power of Color

Tessa Laird is all about the smart art...

According to The Big Idea:

Artist Tessa Laird is so intrigued by colour she is doing a doctoral study at Elam next year looking at the "revolutionary power of colour".

This year she has curated The Rainbow Reels, an installation of films from the New Zealand Film Archive themed in the colours of the rainbow, from a Mao Tse Tung wearing a Maori korowai to a violet squid in coastal waters.Although the method of finding images was random, certain patterns emerge. Above all, footage of flowers and gardens reflect New Zealand as a self-styled agrarian paradise, through official show reels and home movies by proud amateurs.

The Rainbow Reels is at the Film Archive in Wellington and Auckland until February.

During what hours of the day do you feel most inspired?
I'm neither an early bird nor a night owl, so I'd have to say that the half hour before sunset is my favourite time of day. Sometimes you get that magical rosy glow over everything, and anything seems possible!

How would a good friend describe your aesthetic or style?
A good friend would call me a hippie and know that I wouldn't be offended. A shameless orientalist, a diehard greenie, interested in just about anything with "ethnic" or "environmental" overtones.

What aspect of your creative practice gives you the biggest thrill?
Making things, after years of just writing about other people making things, is an enormous thrill, particularly messing around with clay.

How does your environment affect your work?
I find the biggest problem is also the biggest pleasure - the fact that the art world is so damn social! There are openings, talks and events on every night of the week (and attendant compulsory imbibing of alcohol, dinners, etc...). How anyone is actually supposed to make artwork under these conditions I'll never know!

Do you like to look at the big picture or focus on the details?
Definitely the details - I'm a real ground-looker. In gardens or on bushwalks 'm always curious to know what's going on in the undergrowth, and at beaches I'll inevitably get sidetracked by rockpools, shells, crabs and seaweed, and forget to pay attention to the waves and the horizon.

Your exhibition at the Film Archive in Wellington and Auckland deals with some very interesting footage. How did you tackle the giant task of wading through the collection?
I used the seven colours of the rainbow as a system to structure my searches. I used the Archive's on-line catalogue and simply entered the key terms "red", "orange", "yellow", "green", "blue", "indigo", and "violet". Some colours yielded huge numbers of results and I had to be selective. Others were scant and so I had to enter other colour terms, like mauve, purple, lilac, and so on. In the end, I came up with seven separate reels of footage which responds - rather loosely, to these coloured categories.

What was your favourite find?
That is a tough one! But I think it would have to be the footage taken by Hare Krishnas at Sweetwaters in 1982. On the one hand, it's a great blast from the past, but on the other hand, the crowd isn't much different from, say, the crowd at SPLORE today. The Hare Krishnas are generally very well received, and there's a real sense of sweet naivety and optimism that pervades the tape, particularly in the interviews with recent converts.

Would you encourage others to use the Film Archive?
I only know what it's like at the Auckland office, and it can be quiet sometimes, but at other times, it's a real hotbed of activity. I see a lot of people engaging in independent research, and a lot of people simply enjoying the entertainment value of being able to watch classic New Zealand footage. A lot of young artists I talked to, though, have expressed that they still haven't gotten around to fully exploring the potential of the Archive. Hopefully more shows like mine will inspire artists to use the Archive as a research tool. It's amazing what you can find - there really is something for everyone.

What's your number one business tip for surviving (and thriving) in the creative industries?
Personally I've always found that working on the things that interest you is the best way to attract attention and opportunities. I constantly see people trying to "package" or "taylor" themselves for a success which remains elusive. I think if you're true to yourself, you're more likely to be rewarded.

Which of your projects to date has given you the most satisfaction?
Probably my Masters show at the end of 2006, which was a museumy installation in the display cases of Auckland University's Anthropology Department. It featured paintings and ceramics, mostly on the theme of bats as they are presented by various cultures. I managed to combine almost all of my obsessions: ethnography, botany, ceramics, small furry animals, in one fell swoop. Talk about satisfying!

Who or what has inspired you recently?
Susi Newborn, the activist writer, one of the founders of the Rainbow Warrior, who lives on Waiheke, has just started a blog which I love: . It combines art, activism and spirituality and is written with such an honest, down-to-earth voice. I also just bought the recently released collected essays of Denys Trussell called "The Expressive Forest". The essays date from 1977 to 2008, and they are all written around themes of art and ecology.

Though the artists he's interested in are of a different generation to my personal favourites, Trussell's ideas and scholarship are just bang on and incredibly applicable to contemporary practice.

If you could go back and choose a completely different career path to the one you've chosen, what would it be?
An international aid worker. But who am I kidding? I like comfort, and
I'm a coward.

What place is always with you, wherever you go?
The Auckland War Memorial Museum, Wintergardens, and Domain. I truly do see it as a cultural heartland for Aucklanders. I had a dream that it was the end of the world and I was meeting my Grandma at the museum - it was the natural place to head when Armageddon hit. I think that says something about its centrality to the Tamaki Makaurau imaginary.

What's the best way to listen to music, and why?
While dancing, and with eyes closed. Because otherwise I get self-conscious and side tracked by people watching! It is best to open them periodically, however, to make sure you're not about to crash into anyone or anything.

You are given a piece of string, a stick and some fabric. What do you make?
A chopper flag for my bicycle.

What's the best stress relief advice you've ever been given?
Breathe, breathe and breathe. It's good general advice, as well.

What's great about today?
Working with the wonderful gals at Film Archive Auckland, who have indulged my whim to have sparkling feijoa and sparkling boysenberry wine at the opening, a rainbow of fruit juices, and popsicles!

What's your big idea for 2009?
I'm going to commence doctoral study at Elam, looking at the "revolutionary power of colour". It will be 50-50 writing and making artwork. I can't wait!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Plagiarism and Free Information

This is my last word on the issue of plagiarism and 'Free' Information...

Free information and plagiarism are two separate issues...Here's why:

I rarely purchase books based on reviews or recommendations from people I know. For the most part, I buy books or research articles based on the sources of reference provided within the pages of the books that are sitting on my shelves. Plagiarism robs me of the right to reference. If one doesn't know that what one is reading has been plagiarized then one is left without options. How is that 'Free' information? I can't count how many times I have been introduced to a new author based on a current or past read. What's worse is a fragment of information that has been 'borrowed' without proper attribution usually comes from a source that is very interesting on its own and deserves attention or, at the very least, an opportunity for attention. So you know...Don't steal ideas or words, it's just bad form.

Michelle Obama's Organic Garden: A Fresh Beginning

Alright, Michelle Obama is droppin' the right kind of bombs on me right now. Organic Gardens! I knew there was a reason I voted for her husband...What's his name?

Please sing this petition if you appreciate chemical-free foods...

The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) has a bone to pick with Michelle Obama.

MACA represents chemical companies that produce pesticides, and they are angry that - wait for it - Michelle Obama isn't using chemicals in her organic garden at the White House.

We are not making this up.

In an email they forwarded to their supporters, a MACA spokesman wrote, "While a garden is a great idea, the thought of it being organic made [us] shudder." MACA went on to publish a letter it had sent to the First Lady asking her to consider using chemicals -- or what they call "crop protection products" -- in her garden.

Michelle Obama has done America a great service by publicizing the importance of nutritious food for kids (she's growing the garden in partnership with a local elementary school class) as well as locally grown produce as an important, environmentally sustainable food source.

MACA's letter is part of a larger propaganda effort to convince people that chemicals are a necessary part of produce growth - when we know that's not true.

Sign this petition today to tell the board members of MACA (virtually all of them big chemical executives) that we don't appreciate their telling Michelle Obama (or any of us) to use pesticides in our gardens. We support Michelle Obama's organic garden, and we'll thank them to keep their propaganda out of it.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

G20 Pledges $1 Trillion in Funds

According to Al Jazeera...
World leaders at the G20 summit in London have announced they are to triple the finances of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help fight the worst economic crisis since the 1930s and will impose new curbs on financial markets.

In a closing speech at the meeting, Gordon Brown, Britain's prime minister, also pledged enhanced supervision for large hedge funds and a crackdown on tax havens.

"The old Washington consensus is over, today we have reached a new consensus that we will do what is necessary to restore growth and jobs and prevent a crisis such as this from happening again," Brown said.

"We have... agreed additional resources of $1 trillion that are available to the world economy to the IMF and other institutions."

'Tough sanctions'

Barack Obama, the US president, said that the G20 members had rejected the protectionism that could have deepened the economic crisis and that the summit had agreed "unprecedented steps to restore growth" and to prevent future crises.

Brown said the G20 would publish a list of tax havens that were non compliant with current regulations and would bring in "tough sanctions" for those who do not comply with any new changes.

In depth

"The banking secrecy of the past must come to an end," he said.

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, said that the conclusions of the summit were "more than we could have hoped for".

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, called the agreement an "almost historic" compromise.

Shares in Europe and the United States rose following the announcement on hopes that the agreement would add to some signs that the downturn may begin to bottom out.

Samah El-Shahat, Al Jazeera's economic analyst, said: "To hear that the Washington consensus, which places all decisions in the hands of the market, is over is incredible.

"The Washington consensus has hurt so many people in developing countries. But what will replace it?"

'Impressive figures'

G20 agreements, $1 trillion for international bodies, including $750bn for International Monetary Fund $250bn for trade finance Blacklisted tax havens will be named and shamed New rules on pay and bonuses for corporate bosses IMF to sell billions of dollars of gold reserves Urgent actions of Doha trade talks Another G20 summit to be held later this year. Brown said that the summit's final communique provided for a $500bn boost to the IMF's resources, raising to $750bn the funds it can make available to countries worst hit by the global crisis.

Mark Malloch-Brown, a UK minister, described the amounts as "pretty impressive figures".

The G20 also agreed a trade finance package worth $250bn to support global trade flows and agreed to kick start stalled Doha trade liberalisation talks at the next G8 meeting in Italy in July.

Brown had opened the summit, renewing calls for a common global strategy to fight the economic crisis.

The meetings, which were seen as make-or-break, were held behind closed doors and included leaders from the US, China, Russia, Britain and Saudi Arabia, among others.

Differing approaches

There had been indications before the summit that G20 members were divided on how best to pull the global economy out of recession.

The US and Britain were in favour of pumping more money into the financial system, seeing the strategy as a way to encourage banks to lend to consumers and thus entice them to spend money on goods and services.

The US has so far spent, lent or guaranteed $12.8 trillion - almost as much as the value of everything produced in the country in 2008.

But France and Germany had signalled their opposition to further fiscal stimulus packages, calling instead for an emphasis to be placed on increasing regulation of the international financial system.

Protesters are holding demonstrations to coincide with the summit, a day after thousands of people filled central London to speak out against governments' management of the financial crisis.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Liela Moss


Dear ONE Member,

Incredible news: at 4:12 this afternoon, the Kerry-Lugar Amendment to restore the $4 billion previously cut from the International Affairs Budget—the source of almost all U.S. international anti-poverty funding—passed the Senate in a unanimous voice vote.

Thousands of ONE members called their senators over the past 48 hours, helping convince the entire U.S. Senate to back President Obama’s record-breaking request for funding to fight global poverty. Here at ONE, we particularly want to thank poverty-fighting champions Senators John Kerry and Richard Lugar, who leaped into action with this critical amendment as soon as the part of the budget funding global anti-poverty programs came under fire.

Join other ONE members on the ONE Blog to celebrate this big win, and find out what else is going on in anti-poverty activism:

This isn’t just a victory for us; it’s a victory for the millions of people who will lead healthier, more productive lives because of U.S.-supported AIDS medicine, schools, infrastructure projects, clinics, and other smart, efficient development projects funded by the International Affairs Budget.

Fifteen other senators joined Senators Kerry and Lugar as co-sponsors, building momentum for this life-saving amendment: Bernie Sanders, Ted Kennedy, Joe Lieberman, Jeff Bingaman, Barbara Boxer, Sherrod Brown, Bob Casey, Bob Corker, Chris Dodd, Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Ted Kaufman, Patrick Leahy, Robert Menendez, and George Voinovich.
Their leadership, combined with your voices, was a formula for victory in our ongoing partnership with the developing world to end poverty and disease.

Thank you for your voice,
Josh Peck,

What the Budget Means for California...

Dear MoveOn member,

In the next 48 hours, both the House and Senate are set to take a crucial vote on President Obama's budget. It's a boldly progressive plan that closes tax loopholes for oil companies and banks while cutting taxes for 95% of working Americans.

In California, that means 12 million families will get tax cuts if the budget passes.1 (I know it's April Fools' Day, but that number's no joke—12 million families!)

And closing those loopholes will save California taxpayers $4.3 billion that would otherwise go into the oil companies' pockets—money that can be used on investments in health care and energy.2

Republicans will probably oppose the budget en masse, so we need every last Democrat—like Sens. Feinstein and Boxer—to stand tall and make sure it passes. Even Democrats who've pledged support need to hear that this is a top priority—and that voters want them to oppose any and all efforts to water it down.

Can you call Sens. Feinstein and Boxer right now and ask them to pass Obama's budget without any last-minute amendments that weaken it?

Here's where to call:

Senator Dianne Feinstein
Phone: 202-224-3841

Senator Barbara Boxer
Phone: 202-224-3553

Then, please report your call by clicking here:

Thanks for all you do.

–-Daniel, Carrie, Ilyse, Patrick S. and the rest of the team


1. "Obama's Tax Cuts for American Families," Center for American Progress Action Fund

2. "President Obama's Budget Eliminates Federal Giveaways to Big Oil and Gas," Center for American Progress Action Fund, March 12, 2009

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