This one is not for the faint of heart.  It’s based on a tasteless and inane joke that was beloved by my Father.  Who I miss.

I miss him because he tells jokes like this and I have trouble tolerating him.

Anyway, the visual part of the ‘joke’ before it gets to the ‘punchline’ intrigued me.

It seemed like a great excuse to pretend I was a young Alexander Sokurov and lug an old Russian wind-up film camera into incredibly remote and beautiful locales like Sequoia National Park, the Columbia River Gorge, and even Bear Camp Road in the Klamath Mountains - a rugged and remote area made famous by the misfortune that befell James Kim and his family.  I’d recommend driving up that road about as eagerly as I’d recommend you sit through this film.

I just learned this piece will screen in Baltimore at Artspace 2012, the largest free arts festival in the country.  I am happy it is a free arts festival.

I’ll feel considerably less guilty.

Although I’d still like to apologize.


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The ending goes to a green chroma key background.  A brilliant suggestion from one of our favorite collaborators, BJ Bartlett.  The speaker came out on stage with a camera fed to the crew rolling the video, and the attendees became part of the video in real time.  Incredible effect for an energetic welcome and kick-off.

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