BlueNovemberCreations

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Adam and Yvette

My first film is now online at Undergroundfilm. "Adam and Yvette" joins "The Lightswitch Fades" in a unique platform for filmmakers and their work. Please support this site and the filmmakers (including me!) either by donation or by rating the films. Click here to see my first film! Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

The Unspoken Speech

For the opening night of the festival, I had written a speech that would set the event into motion. Unfortunately the words were not fluid and I stumbled, recovering with pirate savvy and improvising the introduction, which was still well received. I then planned to rewrite the speech for the closing ceremonies and awards presentation. Once again, this was not possible and, after my Father joining me on stage and offering the most amazing tribute a person could receive, I simply poured out the purest of honesty and passion regarding the core of what the festival is about. Thus, the speech had no place at the festival, and so I present it here for you to read. Thanx again, one and all!


Thank you patrons of the arts, patrons of film, and patrons of the unchained and creative spirit. I am honored to welcome each and every one of you this evening, and I am equally honored to be amongst such extraordinary films, and their makers. These are the finest moments, whereas I, and those who join me in this Circle of Artists, can let the voices ring from all over the World, and from our local community. My sincerest gratitude to the filmmakers, both present and otherwise, who have contributed their work here tonight. I offer my deepest thanks to the artists, musicians and to the individuals who have contributed time, effort and resources to make this event possible. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the Blue November MicroFilmFest!

As a creator of dreams and ideas, I am also inspired and encouraged by those who do the same. My colleagues constantly remind me, that the World is only a small place in comparison to the Universal Expanse of thought and imagination. United, we are strengthened by our commitment to the gift of bringing shadows into the light. As filmmakers, we are the wizards of our time!

I see the art of cinema in a nostalgic sense, and as a liberated artist. There are no boundaries to the individual expression, and every creation is the legacy of its creator. I have always fought for and have supported this, despite the limited perceptions of critics and peers alike. Individual thought must live and breathe naturally, and without conformist manipulation. With my films, I paint with celluloid brushstrokes upon a flickering canvas. The art must [always] flow despite its acceptance or lack thereof.

Film Festivals, in and around Tulsa, were nothing more than lackluster efforts by factions void of any true passion for cinema. The Tulsa Tradition [that] everyone praised supported nothing of the independent film world, and even less of the local filmmaking community. Other, larger festivals boasted of supporting films made with the barest of amenities, when, in reality, they focused more on films with commercial viability, or their own personal interests instead of the film community at large. Always there to take a starving artist’s money, new organizations were formed for the advancement of film, only to cloud the beautiful and fantastic world of cinema with legal and business jargon, facades of plastic society and a lifeless interpretation of a very colorful medium.

After completing my second film, “The Lightswitch Fades”, I saw a new vision reveal its virgin face. Since words are limited to the paper on which they are written, I stepped forward, and set an idea into motion. That idea would become Stage I of the Blue November MicroFilmFest.

Although small, the hearts of the many cast their voices to the wind, and in one, remote section of a Midwestern town, the song was heard. This platform opened many doors for unseen artists, and we continue this quest with Stage II.

We have expanded even further with a larger venue, a front lobby with exhibitors and artists, two after parties featuring local music talent, a forum for filmmakers and aficionados, and a viewing platform for a variety Oklahoma films! Our dedication to the community was rewarded with fifteen films from this State alone, and entries from the United States and the World. Jeanine Lim, a Boston student originally from Singapore, opens the festival with a film shot in Zurich, Switzerland. Stefan Chiarantano of Toronto, Canada returns with another experimental short film utilizing hand-processed film. Our Italian entry is based on a story written by H.P. Lovecraft, the first animation short for the Blue November MicroFilmFest originates from Gary Parish of Renton, Washington, Bill Kersey submits two award-winning works, and prolific micro cinema filmmaker, Peter John Ross, leads us through four distinct chapters in his film, entitled Tales of Demise Sonata.

We finish the evening with Waiting For Ronald, the directorial debut from Ellen Gerstein, a member of Cinewomen in Los Angeles. I have always encouraged women creating, behind the camera instead of being exploited in front of it. I am proud to announce that five directors in this year’s festival and competition are women. Ellen Gerstein’s film has won numerous awards and captures a very moving story.

Our competition is organized into ten categories, two of which are unique; a pair of specially designed awards will be given to Best Auteur and Best Local Artist. All awards have been designed and constructed by Tulsa artist, Neil Cluck.

I implore each and every one of you to view the works presented in the front lobby, and support Neil and the other artists. Please offer your patronage to the businesses that have shared their resources for this event.

We are not here to celebrate the bourgeois perceptions of art. We are committed to the filmmakers, and the artists. Over a year ago, I had a vision…and now, we complete our mission. Our dreams are laid open…thousands upon thousands, into millions of individual monuments, standing skyward. We present to you, on this November Eve, the spectacle of wizardry found only in the orchestration of flickering light. We are the Creators. We are the dreamers.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

The Winners of the Blue November MicroFilmFest

Best Production Design:

Asking Kelly by Sean Lorton of Broken Arrow, OK

Best Originality:

The Man on the Side of the Road by Bret Mix of Muskogee, OK

Best Lighting:

The Yellow Sign by Aaron Vanek of Los Angeles, CA

Best Sound:

In the Age of Winter by Dena Madole of OKC, OK

Best Editing:

Waiting for Ronald by Ellen Gerstein of Los Angeles, CA

Best Cinematography:

If the Great World Is by Lucas Rollins of Tulsa, OK

Best Director:

Bret Mix of Muskogee, OK for The Man on the Side of the Road

Best Picture:

The Man on the Side of the Road by Bret Mix of Muskogee, OK

Best Local Artist:

Lucas Rollins of Tulsa, OK for If the Great World Is

Best Auteur:

Bill Kersey of Oro Valley, AZ for 87 Topaz & Solace

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Birthday!

I had a wonderful Birthday on Friday! The night before, I spent the evening with my Mom and Dad, and we had a wonderful time! Friday morning, I was awakened to a wonderful breakfast, courtesy of Fae. I went to work with a full stomach and I began the day. Work = boredom and tension. I could have a worse job, but I like to be happy, and I sometimes think that a corpse and a rabid dog would be better company. Anyway, work doesn't matter, so I leave that behind and find my way home. I have gifts! Fae bought me Super 8 film, Greendale on DVD, Ed Wood on DVD, and an Ed Wood DVD Box Set! The dogs bought me the coolest sweatshirt, with a pirate printed on the back! Cathy and Kim bought me the coolest t-shirt and long-sleeve shirt. Fae's Mom and Dad bought me a jean jacket...I've always wanted one!!! We left, after opening presents, and went to In the Raw South. We had sushi and beer and good times. We later went to Venue 216, where I put up posters and Fae and I prepared for Tony Romanello's CD Release performance.

We missed Clovis, but the second band (I forget their name!) sucked! I was glad to see everyone, including Tony. It has been a long time. Venue 216 is different than I remember, but Tony still has the same gear, and this gave the scene a familiarity. The new album was released Tuesday the 9th, so I was ready to purchase one of my very own.

The band began to play and, as usual, the sound was off for the first few songs. This is typical; it is a tough venue. The chemistry in this band is amazing, and they never disappoint. The set was entirely new. The entire set list was the new album.

So, we said our good-byes after the show and we began the brisk walk to Caz's. At this point, I feel it necessary to say that my entire evening took place without seeing any of my annoying "past acquaintances". Naturally, we bypassed the Gypsy.

We were greeted warmly at Caz's...Corey was working the door, and he worked the "free drink for your Birthday" angle with unparalleled precision. Once again, no annoying and petty individuals were present. Nick was there. Tony appeared later on. Jesse was working. Various people, floating about, who are now and were at the time, a blur. Fae and I were riding on tandem clouds. The energy was so high, and the music was loud, the music....Al Green! "Let's Stay Together" is playing...a sly Nicky stands in his clever pose, as Beauty and I dance!

Alcohol....

I take my free drink - an Irish Car Bomb. I follow with an Elephant Malt, and a not-too-distant return visit to the Car Bomb (#2)..........a Klaster........and I'm done! My feet feel like clouds, and walking to the car was like walking up a very steep incline, backwards! It was not impossible, but it was challenging!

Nick drives us home where we escape the night, but not next morning's hangover!

The Captain was down, but not out. The sign of any good pirate!

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Tony Romanello Band (TRB) CD Release Party!!!

The new self-titled album from the TRB was released yesterday, and the official CD Release Party is scheduled for this Friday night at Venue 216 in Tulsa. The show starts at 9pm and there will be a $5 cover at the door. You can visit the TRB website for more information, and be sure to pick up your copy of the new album! See you there!

TRB Rocks!

Captain out.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Festival Update - Supplemental

The tiniest details have been taken into account. Now that most everything has fallen into place, the posters are springing up all over Tulsa and we are looking forward to the Opening Night, we finalize the minute details that will apply the final polish to the overall production.

We have secured tables and chairs for the Lobby.

Ushers and Doormen are being negotiated.

The Concession Stand and a dining venue has been established.

Campus Security will be present to provide a safe event for all festival patrons.

The artists and exhibitors are finalizing their displays.

Filmmaker's Info is under development for display at the Festival.

Programs and passes are under development.

The Blue November website is also under development.

The filmmakers are working with Blue November in regards to press materials and films.

When the night finally arrives, the hard work of all those involved and the dedication of those who have supported and contributed will enjoy a rich atmosphere of joy and good spirits. They will experience films internationally, nationally and locally. They will have the chance to see the films and their creators displayed as art and artists respectively. This night will stand as a testament to the potential of art and cinema in Tulsa.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Festival Update #6

Saturday, the 6th of November was scheduled as our Pre-Screening for the Judges. Cathy was in St. Louis and Hopper was experiencing difficulty with the Demon Mustang from Hell. So Patrick Crane from VOX Magazine in OKC was our only Judge. We arrived shortly after his arrival and we made the phone call to Dave, our technician from OSU-Tulsa's CIC Department, who allowed our entry. The day was filled with rays of Sun and good spirits. Fae was beaming, as usual, and we began the day's adventure with a smile, and coffee.

Dave allowed me to run the operation while he tended to other matters. The console and the control station are amazing. Everything operates by a simple touch screen.

I explained the judging process to Patrick, and the films began. It was great to see these films as they will be seen on the Nineteenth and Twentieth. Some modulation in the sound levels is required, but the overall translation of the films is excellent!

Shortly after the second film, Corey Cheney of the Urban Tulsa arrived. I had invited him to sit in and get a feel for the festival, and to have the opportunity to see a preview. We had also agreed on the time and place for an interview. We watched the films for two hours, pausing from time to time for breaks and the occasional visitor, such as Neil Cluck, our Awards Designer.

Neil was invited to showcase his work. He arrived about halfway through the films, carrying a simple cardboard box filled with crumpled paper. As he placed the box on the floor and began removing the paper, everyone turned, with fixated glances and curious grins, waiting for the unfinished art piece to be unveiled.

From the box was a flowing, irregularly shaped Plexiglas base, adorned with two pieces of multicolored and varnished wood. The woodgrain was alive with the many splendored colors. Each piece was tapered, curved and twisted in a musical contortion of rhythm and song. His smile was proud. Everyone stared and gasped; from Patrick's and Corey's direction, a simple "cool!" was whispered.

From there, we finished the films, ending with my second film, which will be presented as an exhibition piece. I received kind and encouraging words from the critique of both critics. Patrick made his departure, and I remained with Corey for our interview.

We began with a discussion about George Lucas and the validity of the Prequels in the General Star Wars Universe. We had many interjections of various tangents during the course of our interview. I believe the questions were greatly overshadowed by the mutual commentary. Alas, this, too, had to end. I am unsure of the exact nature of what this interview will become, but at least it is press.

Fae is my Production Assistant. While Corey and I talked, she was mapping the lobby. Placement of the exhibitors and the traffic flow is vital. She is an amazing person, and her presence is always welcome.

The exhibitors are Blue November Creations, H.O.P.E. Testing, Circle Cinema, Neil Cluck, Ali Pullen, Fae Wiedenhoeft, Lindsey McCarty and others to be announced. The filmmakers, themselves, will be displayed throughout the lobby, by means of bio and production info presented on poster boards and easels. Those in attendance will be able to walk about and read about the people behind the films! We also hope to have merchandise from our After Party bands.

Cathy and Hopper will have their chance to view the films this Wednesday.

Neil is continuing the process of constructing the ten awards that will be presented to the lucky filmmakers on the final night of the festival. The name plates, from House of Trophies in Claremore, will be ready by Tuesday.

Corey will notify me of the interview status, and Patrick will be seen, once again, on the Eve of the event.

So, we left the campus and made our way to Kilkenny's for a bite. Our day was prosperous and we were weary, but content. Our day here, is done.

A Beautiful Saturday

Aside from the wonderful adventures of creation during the day, Fae and I attended the second night of Essential Elements, a ballet presented at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. I wanted to thank her for the intensity of work she applied to the film festival poster, so I bought balcony tickets for the Saturday performance.

We arrived and, again, found ourselves lost with the multiple levels, twists and turns, and many doorways. We were early, so we discovered coffee and waited.

Neither of us had seen a show from the balcony at the PAC. It was very steep and very warm. The view was rather decent.

The ballet was in three parts: Torque, Without Words and Fingerprints.

Torque was like an appetizer; it was fun and full of color and grace. It was elegant, but not as intense. The dancers wore brilliant, neon-like costumes as they danced across an almost chalkboard surface. It reminded me of a Trompe l'oeil painting I saw at the Philbrook Museum.

Without Words was a divine example of human movement. Various numbers of dancers would intertwine with each other, creating mosaics of limbs and thoughts. Photographs were projected on the screen behind them. The stage was lit with a gradient, moving from light (front of the stage) to dark (back of the stage). The dancers would appear as silhouettes, fading in and into focus. The music was solo piano and solo cello.

Fingerprints was my favorite. Male and female dancers, adorned in unique skirts of wind-like material, created visual impressions independently and in unison. The music was almost tribal and Eastern. The dancers moved in and out of light, appearing as ghosts at first, and then emerging as butterflies! Between the light and the dark, the women's skirts would glow brilliant purple as they danced, hips swaying and back turned toward the audience. The men dancing above and around the women, with their garments flowing in time with human movement.

This was a beautiful end to a beautiful night on this beautiful day. Thank you, Fae, for sharing beauty with me once again!

Dancing Butterfly Shadows

As I am walking outside this morning, I spy a shadow. The shadow blocks the sun with a wink, and then disappears. I look up to a sky that holds a little butterfly, dancing around my head....

...I love it when she visits me!!

Fae, you are beautiful!

Wasted Little Town

I'm driving this morning, driving into nowhere, to where I work, a town known as Claremore. I grew up here. It was not a bad childhood, but I outgrew this town; there is no place in this town for me.

I am driving towards this complex of corporate logos and its minions of eager followers. All hail the Golden Arches! All hail the Supercenter! All hail our apathy! "A strip mall for every neighborhood"...the words that seem to slip from the insincere ramblings of the local politicians, or things that they might say, in between acts and words of bigotry toward those who are different.

I pass a Police Officer as I enter Claremore; a car has been pulled over in front of him. A black man, casually dressed and somewhat disheveled, stands beside his old and well worn automobile. This is the reason he was pulled over. Black man + old car + shabby dress = THREAT TO SOCIETY, according to the limited perceptions of Smalltown, Midwest, USA. In reality, the equation reads like this: Black man + old car + shabby dress = VICTIM. Is prejudice dead? It is celebrated, I think, in the heart of the Midwest.

I pass every fast food deathtrap as I navigate through traffic. In every strip mall, there is some method for "gaining quick cash", and ten other ways to spend it. I look at the faces in the passing tombs, at stop lights, the intersections, the sidestreets. They all have numb expressions. Some are talking on cell phones. Some stare at an invisible wall. No one smiles. No one cares.

People driving ridiculous automobiles that are oversized, overpowered...and no one truly needs such an automobile. The man who drives the one ton truck with the diesel engine, he never tows anything, nor does he haul anything. The overpriced SUV is nothing more than prestige. Very few actually serve a purpose. These are automobiles that take away from its environment, and people flock like brainwashed Nazis to the local dealership, ready to inflict death upon their neighbors and upon Nature. No one really needs a Hummer. These same people drive in a manner that is rude and inconsiderate of those around them. They believe that such a vehicle warrants status, and that anyone else is insignificant. Their driving behavior is reckless. The police never stop these people...only the victims.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

KJRH News Channel 2

Confirmed, as of today...

Thursday, November 11th - I will be interviewed on Channel 2, our NBC affiliate, at 5:50 a.m. CST, where I will briefly discuss the upcoming Festival!

Tune in...

Festival Update #5

As time draws near, the circle is nearing completion. Our bands are set, and are in place. The sound guy has been chosen, and we have the necessary back-up. The films are chosen, the line-up is set, the ballots complete, and we are putting the final pieces in place. This festival will be amazing!

The poster is now complete, thanx to the talented graphics designer, Fae Wiedenhoeft of Jetbutterfly. The poster will spread throughout OKC and Tulsa in the days and weeks to come. Our next task is the programs...

Pre-screening by the judges will take place this Saturday...Neil Cluck is working on the award sculptures...House of Trophies in Claremore, OK will, once again, take care of the nameplates.

The Tulsa Business Journal will feature an article on the festival, and we are soliciting other news agencies for the elusive "free press"!

Stay tuned....

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

The 2004 Blue November MicroFilmFest - Screening Schedule

OSU-TULSA

NOV 19 – 7PM-10PM

Stuck by Jeanine Lim - Singapore

Stills + Moving Pictures = Story by Stefan Chiarantano - Toronto

It’s About Time by Gary Parish - Renton, WA

Asking Kelly by Sean Lorton - Broken Arrow, OK

INTERMISSION

Pickman’s Model by Giovanni Furore - Italy

87 Topaz by Bill Kersey - Oro Valley, AZ

Tales of Demise Sonata by Peter John Ross - Columbus, OH

Let’s Start a Revolution by Kristin E. Catalano - Los Angeles, CA

Solace by Bill Kersey - Oro Valley, AZ

Waiting for Ronald by Ellen Gerstein - Los Angeles, CA


NOV 20 – 7PM-10PM

Femme Fatale by Ashton Elder - Tulsa, OK

The Paper Boy by Maggie Abel/Debbie Allen/George Oswalt/Nancy Truelove - OKC, OK

College Life by Logan Leistikow - Norman, OK

Remote Control by Maggie Abel - OKC, OK

Edgar Cruz Live by Charles Maupin - OKC, OK

Miss Understanding by Brett Bower - OKC, OK

If the Great World Is by Lucas Rollins - Tulsa, OK

INTERMISSION

Teenage Riot by Ashton Elder - Tulsa, OK

Romancing the Shoes by Charles Maupin - OKC, OK

In the Age of Winter by Dena Madole - OKC, OK

The Man on the Side of the Road by Bret Mix - Muskogee, OK

The Girl With Two Faces by Ashton Elder - Tulsa, OK

The Lightswitch Fades by Captain Chambers - Tulsa, OK


CIRCLE CINEMA

NOV 20 – 12PM-3PM

A $100 and a T-Shirt by Basil Shadid/Phil Sano/Nickey Robo/Joe Biel - Portland, OR

Liquid Wind by Charles Maupin - OKC, OK

The Yellow Sign by Aaron Vanek - Los Angeles, CA

Blue November MicroFilmFest - Event Schedule

THE BLUE NOVEMBER MICROFILMFEST STAGE II
“Completing the Circle”

November 19th & 20th, 2004 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm
at OSU-Tulsa Auditorium, 700 N. Greenwood, Tulsa, OK
918-594-8000

Awards Ceremony at 9:30pm on November 20th

Alternate Screening Venue

Saturday, November 20th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm
at Circle Cinema, 10 South Lewis, Tulsa, OK
918-592-FILM (3456)

After Parties

November 19th from 10:30pm to 1:30am
at Tsunami Sushi (2nd & Detroit) w/ DJ Jesse James

November 20th from 10:30pm to 1:30am
at Venue 216 (216 Elgin) w/ Autumn Shade/Brian Parton/VASTU

Breakfast Venue

November 20th from 10:00am -11:30am
at Route 66 Diner, 2nd near Detroit in Downtown Tulsa

Filmmakers Forum

November 20th from 3:00pm-6:00pm
at Café Cubana, 1326 E. 15th, Tulsa, OK
918-584-2233