Category — Documentary
Our friend Scoe Betsill had his behind-the-scenes part
in this Grey Goose Cherry Noir ad…
Check it out. It’s hot.
Grey Goose Cherry Noir … Making of an ad
“Three 12-hour days yielded one 30-second spot.
“You won’t see me, but any time you see a glass or ice bucket filled with perfect cubes, vodka being poured, or that quintessential cherry noir being dropped into a cocktail —
“I assure you I was no more that 3 feet away. And that frosty smoke (smoky frost?) coming out of the uncorked bottle is Real. Cheers!”
A reminder the good old days are with us still.
April 27, 2012 Comments Off on Grey Goose Cherry Noir
Biograph: The Southern Tier
Andrei Guruianu, Poetry
John Brunelli, Photography
Artist-Photographer John Brunelli and poet Andrei Guruianu recently teamed up to produce a book documenting with poems and photos the present state of being of the upstate New York area around Binghamton, known collectively as The Southern Tier. In a forward to their book, “How We Are Now,” Guruianu writes of engaging “in artistic dialogue that benefits both artists and audience,” in other words, a collaborative effort in which one and one make three.
Many of the depictions, in both word and image, characterize changes taking place not only in the aging rust belt cities of the northeast, but also in communities around the world. Here, the new has become old. but there is also the moment of silence or longing captured that in and of itself becomes monumental.
The Last Man Standing
I am tired of living in a dying village
counting what hasn’t been lost yet
until I am withered and I fall asleep
… tired of looking outside the window
at dust of the past and plow of the future
kicking up choking on even more dust.
I am tired of always opening
my two swollen eyes in an empty white room
from which I am conspicuously absent.
… tired of my inflated non-being
standing there taking up too much space
like a reflection in a hall of carnival mirrors.
I am tired of distorting the truth
to satisfy an-already-come-to conclusion
writhing in the strangle hold of consequence
… tired of sweeping the trail day and night
Eternity complicit in the crumbs I find
between the guilty pages of a red carnet.
Perfect Blue Houses
This could be the poster town of uncorruptable good.
The old scent of coffee chasing a distant memory.
This could be the river screwed into a time and place,
the lights unharvested and steady covering the rust.
This is silence housed in layers of paint and clapboard,
falling leaves that muscle in on the turf.
This is the formula for hiding what is empty.
Nights of many matches burning down to your fingertips.
Where I Lay My Head…
When I say girl I am referring to an ideal.
It crumbles like a weakness in the face of standards.
Impossibly perfect alignments—
flesh and stars
steel and patent leather
hair the color of your own perspective
When I say girl I mean the roundness of blue,
the soft angle of shoulders.
Two arcs of light folded over the edge of darkness.
When I say girl I wish to seal a forgotten promise,
begin telling the story whose ending is yet to be written.
Under a requisite black sky; everything veiled and out in the open.
“How We Are Now” was published by Split Oak Press, Vestal, New York, with financial assistance from the Chenango County Council on the Arts. Copies are available for $10.00 each from the press, and from Brunelli or Guruianu. See also, www.johnbrunelli.com and www.andreiguruianu.com.
April 21, 2010 Comments Off on Guruianu-Brunelli
Giving a Hand, Not a Handout
From “The Iraqi Seed Project” Newsletter, Vol. 1
Background: Iraq and the Fertile Crescent are often referred to as the birthplace of agriculture. Crops such as wheat, barley, lentils and chickpeas were first cultivated there over 7,000 years ago. After years of war, sanctions and environmental degradation many Iraqi farmers are now struggling to feed their families. Today Iraq imports much of its food supply. Wheat, which originated in the region, is now imported from the United States and Australia, and Iraq is now one of the fastest growing markets for US agricultural exports.
The Iraqi Seed Project seeks to document the daily reality of farmers on the ground and to honor the rich history of farming in the Fertile Crescent. The hope is to connect Iraqi farmers and agricultural policy makers to counterparts abroad who are working to promote crop diversity and environmentally sustainable growing practices.
The Iraqi Seed Project will consist of a short film, interactive website and real life exchange; it is intended as a creative work as well as useful resource to those working in the field. The project currently is in pre-production, with plans to begin filming early this spring.
• The film explores daily life on an Iraqi farm • The website shares research in the form of video interviews, essays, articles, and discussions related to the history and current realities of farming in Iraq • The exchange – part of The Iraqi Seed Project’s mission is to facilitate a real life exchange between farmers in Iraq and farmers abroad. Seed swaps, workshops and correspondence are just some of the intended ways to accomplish this.
February 20, 2010 Comments Off on Iraqi Seed Project