Wow. Thank you J. Cole.
point out Your People’s blood
Point out the blood from your community—whether it’s the targeted one, or the chosen one, or the unbeatable one, or a neutral one, whatever. Point it out. Take your time.
That picture is from Monday, September 23rd 2013, two days after the Westgate “siege” began. The week that hundreds of thousands of Kenyans miraculously forgot the excrement they’d been slinging at each other because of their last name or residence or salary or gender. We were united under the powerful, and later misused slogan, #WeAreOne , and we performed miracles.
Still mulling over which bag you “identify with”? Which one belongs to “your people”? Your “leader”? You’ve still got time.
If I’d lifted the camera up and pointed it to the right, you’d have see that huge cloud of smoke rising from the mall. Remember it? Volunteers and donors stared and stifled sobs as they worked and gave blood, because the “terrorists” were now blowing up whatever was left of the mall and the people in it. We were told later that they were “just burning mattresses” to ward off the soldiers. And you know what was revealed next. KDF wasn’t battling terrorists. The terrorists were long gone (or dead if you listened to the chef running Kenya’s security). There were no hostages either. The mall was being looted dry. Your MPs said the soldiers were innocent. Your Interior Cabinet Secretary said nothing. Neither did your Inspector General. And neither did “God’s chosen leader”.
But this isn’t about them. This is about you reacting to the terrorists’ return by making someone else the enemy. Someone with whom you were #One months ago. Meanwhile, the individuals and institutions that let Westgate happen, that let Mpeketoni happen, that let Gikomba, Eastleigh, Pangani, Thika Road and Mombasa happen, strut and jabber and monger away, untouched and untouchable.
We, the #One, may allow vitriol and misplaced anger to get to us. Again. But I choose to believe that we’ve acquired the maturity and clear-headedness to not resort to violence despite all the noise out there right now.
But if we haven’t, then I ask again, point out Your People’s blood.
Photographer Mattias Klum from National Geographic
”I think he projects such power because of his total lack of egocentricity. A lot of actors want to be sexy, cute, adorable…do anything to win an audience to their side…cater to every cheap, trendy, obvious appeal that will make them laugh. Al couldn’t care less. He’s too honest, and he loves the characters he plays too deeply to go in for that sort of thing. That’s why he can turn acting into poetry.” —Jill Clayburgh
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALFREDO JAMES PACINO! | (April 25, 1940)
Thought via Path
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible goverment owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy the invisible government , to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. - Theodore Roosevelt 1906 – Read on Path.
War Witch . Kim Nguyen . 2012
The 48 Hour Film Project has been a weekend of madness, faith, exertion and imense learning. 10 short films have been completed and submitted. You can watch them all next Tuesday and Wednesday at Century Cinemax, The Junction. #48HFP #Film
Original cloth-board bound complete revised fifth-draft script for Raiders of the Lost Ark. This incredible piece was used by Harrison Ford throughout filming, complete with color revision and daily hand-typed dialogue pages (showing folds and wear from carrying in Ford’s pocket). The majority of pages are individually rubber stamped “ROLA 103020” for security control purposes. Contains 145 pages, of which 112 sides have hand-annotations (over 1,300 words) penned by Ford in his distinctive block capital style of writing. Notes range from single words to complete pages of writing and cover all aspects of the filmmaking process, ranging from dialogue alterations and questions about the plot to suggestions and perspectives used to create the iconic character of “Indiana Jones.” Of specific interest are:
- Ford’s concern about avoiding references to “Han Solo”-like behavior
- A list of hat related superstitions
- The dialogue for the famous line: “there’s a big snake back here”
- Notes asking, “what exactly is a headpiece to a staff of ra?”
- Direction suggestions on a number of scenes (Hawaii plane sequence, Tanis dig, etc.)
- Thoughts about the depiction of drunken behavior (a side of the character that was eventually removed from the film)
- Suggestions for background reading books (such as Temple of Solomon)
The script remains in fine condition, with light wear and stains to covers, exhibiting normal signs of daily, on-set use. Arguably the greatest script in modern cinema, forging the character of “Indiana Jones” which would become one of the greatest icons in film history. In 2010, Indy stands as #2 on Time Magazine’s greatest fictional character of all time—surpassed only by “Sherlock Holmes.” Sold for $100,000.00
Raiders of the Lost Ark (also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark) is a 1981 American action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford. It is the first film in the Indiana Jones franchise; and it pits Indiana Jones (Ford) against the Nazis, who search for the Ark of the Covenant, because Adolf Hitler believes it will make their army invincible. The film originated with Lucas’ desire to create a modern version of the serials of the 1930s and 1940s.
Production was based at Elstree Studios, England; but filming also took place in La Rochelle, Tunisia, Hawaii, and California from June to September 1980. Released on June 12, 1981, Raiders of the Lost Ark became the top-grossing film of 1981; it remains one of the highest-grossing films ever made. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards in 1982, including Best Picture, and won four (Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound, Visual Effects) as well as winning a fifth Special Achievement Academy Award in Sound Effects Editing. In 1999, the film was included in the United States Library of Congress’ National Film Registry as having been deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Original Medway Productions Script for Raiders of the Lost Ark. With page changes. Signed by Vic Armstrong, Harrison Ford’s stunt double, and Jim Steranko, who created the original concept art for Indiana Jones. Medway Productions is an oblique reference to the then-home of George and Marcia Lucas.
Read, learn, and absorb: Lawrence Kasdan’s screenplay for the Raiders of the Lost Ark, revised third draft August 1979 [pdf]. (NOTE: For educational purposes only)
A holy grail of Indiana Jones artifacts: a 125-page transcript of the original story-conference meeting involving producer George Lucas, director Steven Spielberg, and writer Lawrence Kasdan. The blog, Mystery Man on Film, somehow got its hands on the alleged transcript, which features the filmmakers talking at great length in January 1978 about what would eventually become Raiders of the Lost Ark. The thing’s a pure joy to read. In it, you can find the genesis of everything from Indiana Jones’ name to his fear of snakes to his (possibly risque) romantic history with Marion Ravenwood.
Download the 125-page transcript [pdf]. (NOTE: For educational purposes only)
I feel like media does everything they can to break creatives, to break artists, to break people’s spirits — and I do everything I can to break media.
The Kanye/Kimmel interview is surprisingly not bullshitty.