The daily getTRIO.com newsletter brings this:
Brent Hoff received an unmarked package in the mail from Istanbul. Inside was a tape. He popped it in, pressed play and watched his first episode of “Tatli Hayat,” a.k.a. “The Sweet Life,” a.k.a. the Turkish “Jeffersons.”
It was fantastic television, even if Brent didn’t understand a word — so he asked a handful of writers to pen a few sets of subtitles for the show, creating a series of different plots and dialogue that turned it into a new experience with each viewing. It’s this kind of “found” art that Wholphin is all about: the self-dubbed “DVD Magazine of Unseen Films” (which gets its name from a compound of whale and dolphin — in Hoff’s words, “a new species of hybrid cetacean that no-one ever thought existed”) from the McSweeney’s folks brings together films with no binding theme other than their unavailability up until now, and no agenda other than to make sure lost treasures reach the audience they deserve.
Now in its fourth issue, Wholphin has featured works by Steven Soderbergh, Alexander Payne, Dennis Hopper, David O. Russell, Spike Jonze, David Byrne, Miranda July and John C. Reilly, among others (including the abovementioned Turkish sitcom exercise). One year of Wholphin, published quarterly, costs $40; back issues are available for purchase.
So I go to the site and sample a few films. Yeesh, it’s the type of arty stuff that makes me flee the very thought of attending anything that has the word “experimental” in the proximity of “film.” However, several movies stood out that I highly recommend.
David and Mamet
Directed by ALEX ROSE
Two David Mamets at a bar.
Alex Rose grew up in Providence, RI and graduated from Hampshire College where he studied film and creative writing. He has written and directed many short films, videos and animations which have played on HBO, MTV, the BBC and Comedy Central, have screened in over two dozen festivals worldwide, and have won nine prestigious awards, including “Best Music Video of 2005” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Currently, he is currently working on a graphic novel about trains, ear-ringing, secret passageways, maps, and neuroscience.
If you loved Dark Star, you’ll love this one too:
Directed by DYLAN HAGGERTY
“From the beginning of human space colonization, the question of waste disposal has been a matter of great concern for scientists and astronauts. Because of the carefully controlled hermetic environments required for sustained artificial life support systems, treatment and recycling of human feces and urine is of paramount importance in the development of environmental suits (EV) and permanent base facilities.
It is estimated that the adult human body produces approximately 1500 grams of urine, 200 grams of feces, and an average of 1 kg of carbon dioxide per day. In domains where renewable sources of bio-matter and oxygen are unavailable (such as on the Moon or Mars), the creation of what is known as a Controlled Ecological Life Support System (CELSS) is essential.
A CELSS is a closed environment wherein 100 percent of the food, water, and breathable atmosphere are harvested from the waste generated by the inhabitants of the support system. The first experiments in the field of CELSS were undertaken by the great Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in the 1920’s, culminating in the early 1960’s with the creation of the manned Bios-3 habitat located at the Institute of Biophysics in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. The Bios-3 habitat became the model for the more famous Biospheres 1 and 2 in Arizona, USA.
On Earth, the preferred method for waste disposal is the use of bacteria to break down organic waste into more useful forms such as water and carbon dioxide. However, because the use of bacteria on a non-terrestrial base could lead to the potentially lethal contamination of the entire system, the use of alternative forms waste recycling are required. Generally, Lunar and Martian bases have utilized various forms of SCWO
(Supercritical Water Oxidation) for their waste recycling. SCWO uses intense pressure and temperatures to break down solid wastes to create sterile water, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen — all of which can then be re-used in the growth of edible biomass and recycled into the breathable atmosphere.
On excursions outside of an enclosed base where the use of an EV Suit is required, the saving of feces and urine is a vital component to the long-term viability of a sustainable CELSS. Storage and maintenance of human waste is a responsibility that generally falls to the individual astronaut. It has been found that over time, intimate bonds between an astronaut and their waste can form, as the waste becomes an integral link in the chain of life.”
Dylan Haggerty (director, co-writer) is an actor and screenwriter living in Los Angeles, CA.
Kent Osborne is a writer and storyboard director at cartoon network. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
I also recommend:
Glinder and Glinder
Directed by KASPER HAUSER
The lawyer video was shot entirely with video camaras in Oakland, California. It was produced, directed and edited by Kasper Hauser, Julie Caskey, and Jeremy Solterbeck (www.CanopusProjects.com).
Kasper Hauser’s James Reichmuth: “What I remember was this intense feeling that we had done something great; there was this excitement around the set. No one had ever done a video of a lawyer who sues old people pissing his pants HARD. But he does in the video, and we had it in the can. Next stop, the Guiness Book of World Records. I was only thirty-five. Everyone was just glowing. We weren’t even tired. It was 4 p.m. We stumbled out onto the streets of Oakland and grabbed a Tribune. I flipped to the review page: it wasn’t there yet because we had just shot it.”
Kasper Hauser is the four-man comedy group from San Francisco that pioneered the use of using language on stage as a comical use. They have offspring galore. They have performed extensively throughout the U.S. and completed a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, where they won the Herald Angel (?). The group’s members wrote and starred in the indie film “Fishing with Gandhi” and have appeared on Comedy Central’s “Crossballs.” Their catalog parody, SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy from a Plane, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in Autumn, 2006.
And then finish with this one:
Directed by MIKE MITCHELL
Mike Mitchell does not own a computer and therefore did not submit anything in writing.
You. Will. Laugh!
Note: Movies play in a QuickTime popup window.