Just got home after an awesome weekend shooting in Jacksonville, FL. We were filming a Civil War reenactment and it was super awesome. :) I’ll post better not-iPhone photos later. For now, sleep.
So I went incognito as a confederate soldier to film a documentary this weekend.
JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS… You can now purchase an organic cotton, transparent supply chain t-shirt to support COTTON ROAD! The shirt is made entirely in North Carolina by the company TS Designs.
So if anyone wants to get me a Christmas present….. *hint hint*
I’ll be heading to China this week with Flaherty former Executive Director Mary Kerr, trustee Elizabeth Delude-Dix, and Seminar filmmaker Ilisa Barbash (Sweetgrass and In and Out of Africa) for screenings, exhibits and conversations with artists, filmmakers and scholars at the Bishan Harvest…
So my professor does cool things. Like use Tumblr. And, you know, get invited to talk about documentary filmmaking in China. Check it out!
日本鬼子 (Japanese Devils)
Description from IMDB:
A documentary recording the testimony of fourteen former Japanese soldiers as they recount atrocities and war crimes committed during the Second World War, including the the infamous Unit 731 medical experimentation group. Having been trained by their country to be nothing but killers, the soldiers claim to have become morally numb and unable to see non-Japanese as even human. Perhaps feeling some remorse for what they have done, they now choose to tell their stories for the world to hear.
This documentary had a profound effect on me. I’d read about the terrible war crimes of Japan. And I’ve studied the dark side of Japanese victimization and historical erasures, but hearing these stories come out of these ex-soldiers’ mouths… it’s like nothing I’ve experienced before. I had to digest the work in bits and pieces, as I couldn’t handle the numbing effect the film was having on me. I had to take breaks so that I wouldn’t become desensitized to these atrocities like many of these men had.
Heddling. A clip from Cotton Road. Shot at a textile weaving factory in Chagzhou, China.
Yes! A clip from the upcoming documentary Cotton Road by my super awesome professor Laura Kissel.
It’s so great/strange seeing your teacher’s work. It’s like, oh man, I can see her influence in my work. And suddenly you understand the critique sessions so much better.
We now have a tumblr page— so bring on the reblogs!
[We might soon be looking for interns to help us keep up with all the sites, i.e., sourcemap, facebook, twitter, our own webpage, our defunct blog, etc. and WHEW!]
Everyone should follow this amazing documentary project! My professor tracked the production of cotton from rural South Carolina to China. It’s going to be awesome. Support and donate and get yourself an eco-friendly t-shirt!
Our final documentary project for the University of South Carolina MART 571B course. This is our showcase piece. And we had the wonderful opportunity to chat with the very well-spoken and insightful KJ Ivery.
By far the most fun I’ve had on a piece all year. :) T
Updated sound and a few clip issues: ShaoLin Throw. Check out our short documentary with the very spirited Lavell Marshall, who imparts us with some kung-fu wisdom (and of course a few moves).