Thursday, October 05, 2006

Chili Fest, Beer Fest, Film Fest


I’ve gone to several festivals recently, but I don’t know why. I never used to go to festivals even though there’s always lots of random shit happening in the Denver Metro area and, despite how much shit I give this town, even Boulder has its fair share of random public screenings, concerts, and largish film festivals. However, it doesn’t have a chili fest. We had to drive 15 minutes out of town for that one. We then consumed many dixie cups of chili and 2 dollar beers. I also met a congressman (he was a dick), and I got into a fight with 3 twelve year olds. It wasn’t just me, a couple of my friends were involved, but I’m proud to say I started it (and I fucking ended it). Punk little shits. But the best part was the performance by “Colorado’s Premiere Beatles Tribute Band!” who did not look or sound like the Beatles, despite their Sgt. Pepper outfits and stupid mustaches. Plus they were all old. However, after several more $2 Fat Tires, they sounded exactly like the Beatles, and I was cheering at the top of my lungs like a British school girl. Chili Fest gets a thumbs up.

Then last weekend was the Great American Beer Fest, the biggest in the U.S. I drank mead, spilled beer all over my shoulder trying to put on a promotional eye patch, and sang most of Bohemian Rhapsody with Radial Relish on the bus ride home, until the popular mood turned against us. The GABF gets a thumbs up too.

After that was Boulder’s own Toofy Film Fest, which wasn't great, but it definatly had its moments (like Mr. Malikai Battles the Aeroplane and American Storage). Most of the stuff was pretty entertaining, but the fest overall highlighted a trend that’s been really pissing me off, the use of digital projection at screenings. Almost every public screening and festival I’ve been to in the last few years projects off DV CAM tapes, or DVD. That’s totally fine, because since most young and independent/experimental filmmakers can’t afford to make prints of their films, and a whole generation now shoots on affordable digital video, festivals that project digitally make it possible for many starving artists to get their movies shown. But in this environment where people are asserting an inevitable death of celluloid, and hailing digital production and projection as this new and technically superior medium, then why does every digital screening I got to look like shit - no hard lines, blurry motion, washed out color, poppy sound? A mushy interlaced mess. I’m not going to go into all the photographic and material reasons why, to me, the celluloid image looks more rich and detailed than digital’s, but if DV is the new festival standard, then use or make available some pro-sumer projectors that live up to all the hype or stop sucking your own dicks, shut the fuck up and project some fucking films. Sure, the digital image can be absolutly beautiful, is capable of rich and sophisticated visuals and has democratized distribution, but what’s the point if it looks like ass when you project it?

What’s even more annoying than the awful quality of most smaller screenings these days despite all the big talk, is that all these new artists who shoot only on DV call themselves “filmmakers” and all these festivals that show primarily (or solely) digital videos call themselves “film” fests. I really have nothing against digital video, I think it’s a completely valid and capable artistic medium that should be explored, respected, and exhibited. But it’s not film. That isn’t a judgment call, its an objective fact. Projected films have a different physical and sensual quality than their younger cousin, and will always remain artistically independent. Video, like film, has its own technically bound aesthetic, its own visual qualities and form which it must embrace and exploit. Since such artists and enthusiasts are always so loudly declaring the beauty and legitimacy of video over celluloid, then why do they always falsely refer to their medium as film? Are they ashamed of their art form? I doubt it. It seems more due to this attack on the part of videomakers to replace film by making works technically “as good as film”, to appropriate its title and standing and thereby legitimize itself. That’s bullshit, apples can’t become “as good” as oranges. Painting didn’t become obsolete after photography, or the radio after TV, because each medium has its own unique aesthetic properties which people still valued for their own sake. Instead of fighting this constant and impossible battle of trying to imitate in all respects an inherently separate medium, videomakers should embrace their form and title and establish their own distinct vocabulary and style. If you say film is dead, than show us something new, instead of chasing a supposed corpse.

My Art - Le Tigre


Le Tigre embraced video art back in the 90’s, making it an integral part in all their kick ass live shows, especially before 80’s video art pioneer Sadie Benning quit the band. This song is after that, but it’s about art, and stupid arguments over art, so I thought it was fitting after my pointless rant.
And here’s their awesome video for Deceptacon off their first album, a great work of video that would just suck on film.

10 Comments:

Blogger radialrelish said...

radial RELISH, dick.

October 05, 2006 9:14 PM  
Blogger Grant Miller said...

Ah. Beer.

October 07, 2006 7:05 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

prada outlet, longchamp, ray ban sunglasses, cheap oakley sunglasses, ugg boots, michael kors outlet, tiffany jewelry, replica watches, uggs on sale, louis vuitton, ugg boots, tiffany and co, polo ralph lauren outlet, louis vuitton, louis vuitton outlet, burberry, louis vuitton outlet, prada handbags, jordan shoes, burberry outlet online, longchamp outlet, nike air max, oakley sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet, christian louboutin outlet, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet, gucci outlet, oakley sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, ugg boots, nike air max, michael kors outlet, kate spade outlet, michael kors, chanel handbags, polo ralph lauren outlet, replica watches, nike outlet, louboutin outlet, nike free, louboutin shoes, michael kors outlet, tory burch outlet

October 16, 2015 4:26 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

nike air max, lacoste pas cher, timberland, vans pas cher, nike free, hollister pas cher, kate spade handbags, true religion jeans, nike roshe, michael kors, lululemon, nike free run uk, michael kors, longchamp pas cher, hogan, nike air max, coach outlet, true religion jeans, air max, coach purses, michael kors, new balance pas cher, ray ban pas cher, hollister, mulberry, air jordan pas cher, hermes, sac guess, louboutin pas cher, nike air max, true religion outlet, nike blazer, oakley pas cher, true religion jeans, north face, sac longchamp, coach factory outlet, ralph lauren uk, abercrombie and fitch, vanessa bruno, air force, ray ban uk, coach outlet, tn pas cher, michael kors, converse pas cher, nike roshe run, north face, ralph lauren pas cher, burberry

October 16, 2015 4:28 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

lululemon, nike trainers, valentino shoes, reebok shoes, mont blanc, birkin bag, iphone 6 cases, mcm handbags, new balance, louboutin, ralph lauren, p90x workout, wedding dresses, longchamp, beats by dre, soccer jerseys, nike air max, nike roshe, mac cosmetics, baseball bats, converse, oakley, nfl jerseys, herve leger, asics running shoes, nike huarache, north face outlet, soccer shoes, vans, babyliss, chi flat iron, celine handbags, instyler, hollister, hollister, ray ban, abercrombie and fitch, ghd, giuseppe zanotti, vans shoes, ferragamo shoes, nike air max, jimmy choo shoes, timberland boots, hollister, converse outlet, gucci, bottega veneta, north face outlet, insanity workout

October 16, 2015 4:29 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

barbour, louis vuitton, canada goose outlet, juicy couture outlet, moncler, juicy couture outlet, montre pas cher, swarovski, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, moncler, thomas sabo, doke gabbana outlet, supra shoes, moncler outlet, doudoune canada goose, lancel, michael kors outlet online, moncler, toms shoes, bottes ugg, sac louis vuitton pas cher, canada goose, wedding dresses, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, moncler, pandora jewelry, barbour jackets, moncler, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet, pandora jewelry, moncler, louis vuitton, pandora charms, replica watches, louis vuitton, ugg boots uk, ugg pas cher, hollister, canada goose, karen millen, coach outlet, pandora charms, moncler, canada goose outlet, marc jacobs, swarovski crystal, michael kors handbags, canada goose, canada goose uk, links of london, canada goose

October 16, 2015 4:31 AM  
Blogger mmjiaxin said...

coach outlet store
swarovski jewelry
michael kors outlet
christian louboutin shoes
michael kors uk outlet
ugg boots
nike running shoes
michael kors outlet sale
ray-ban sunglasses
cheap soccer jerseys
nike air max uk
prada sneakers
michael kors outlet online
nike roshe
swarovski crystal
oakley sunglasses
ralph lauren uk
nobis jacket
north face outlet
roshe run men
mm1128

November 28, 2015 1:40 AM  
Blogger Minko Chen said...

ray-ban sunglasses
toms outlet
fitflop sale
tiffany and co
nhl jerseys
ray ban,rayban,occhiali ray ban,ray-ban,ray ban occhiali,ray ban sunglasses
nike free
coach outlet
mulberry bags
michael kors outlet
thomas sabo outlet
fitflops clearance
cheap uggs
coach outlet online
tiffany and co
nfl jerseys
michael kors uk outlet
oakley sunglasses sale
coach factory outlet
michael kors uk outlet
1216

December 16, 2015 6:13 AM  
Blogger Xiaozhengm 520 said...

2016-4-22 xiaozhengm
polo ralph lauren
tory burch outlet
coach factory outlet
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet
coach factory outlet
ralph lauren uk
adidas originals
nike air force 1
ralph lauren outlet
louis vuitton handbags
gucci handbags
adidas originals shoes
cheap oakleys
toms shoes
louis vuitton outlet
asics outlet
coach outlet store online
louis vuitton handbags
polo ralph shirts
christian louboutin sale
true religion
ray bans
north face outlet
michael kors purses
michael kors outlet
ray ban sunglasses
louis vuitton handbags
michael kors outlet
beats headphones
gucci bags
nike trainers
toms shoes outlet online
louis vuitton
michael kors outlet
mont blanc
christian louboutin outlet
coach factory outlet
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet

April 22, 2016 11:02 AM  
Blogger jomana yusef said...

https://decor-ksa.com/
http://caravank.com/factory/
http://caravank.com/for-sale-in-riyadh/
http://caravank.com/withdrawn-for-sale/
http://caravank.com/withdrawal-rooms/

January 14, 2017 2:50 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home