Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

Enjoying the Holiday

It's so nice to go to bed when you're actually tired, and wake up when you're actually not.

BTW, I added more pictures to yesterday's post, since my computer battery went out before I could upload them all.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

What Makes an Extraordinary Film

One of the highlight's for Kristina and I at this year's SAICFF was seeing a trailer made by our filmmaking friends, Jordan Niednagel and Nathan Daher. Based on the attendees' enthusiastic response, it was clear that if the SAICFF judges gave an "Audience Choice Award" for trailers, this would have won it.

What Makes an Extraordinary Film


Last year, Jordan and Nathan produced a allegorical film (very much in the style of John Bunyan) called The Book of Being. I recently had the privilege of seeing it, and enjoyed it very much. I look forward to seeing their future work.

Also, our three year old daughter loved the trailer too. She calls it "The Alamo Movie."

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Interview


From Austin's "That Other Paper":
Before he won the Funniest Person in Austin Competition in Spring 2005, John Todd Ramsey had done stand-up comedy only one time in his life. How then, you might ask, did a third-year law student with little stand-up experience go on to not only win the Funniest Person in Austin competition but also go on to perform on season two of Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and at HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival? The answer lies in what his MySpace page describes as his “clean and quasi-intellectual comedy that has made him a favorite with high school, college, church, corporate, and club audiences.”

Headlining The Velveeta Room November 16 and 17, John Todd Ramsey sat down with budding comedian and That Other Paper writer Bradley Jackson to talk about his thoughts on the Austin comedy scene, Dane Cook, and why he doesn’t tell dirty jokes.
Click here to read the entire interview .

Monday, November 12, 2007

Recommended Reading

  1. Extremely negative film reviews.
  2. Monday's Sports sections of newspapers from cities that have terrible football teams.

They're just so much fun.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Featured

"Whiteman College Admission's Video" has landed my brother, John, as a featured comedian on the myspace comedy page, where our video is also featured for the second week in a row!

If you have not done so, please take time (3 min, 42 sec to be exact) to watch it and, if you like it, rate it favorably.

Helene Jr.

Kristina took our daughter to the library today. Our daughter walked up to an unknown boy of comparable age and in a raised voice said, "You will fight for her...all...her...life!"

To see why we find this humorous, see The Oath of Desormeau Trailer.

Friday, November 2, 2007

SAICFF: At the Park




At the San Antonio River


SAICFF: At the Waterfall




Friends Founder George Fox on Women and the Church

"Then I heard of a great meeting to be at Leicester, for a dispute, wherein Presbyterians, Independents, Baptists and Common-prayer-men[37] were said to be all concerned. The meeting was in a steeple-house; and thither I was moved by the Lord God to go, and be amongst them. I heard their discourse and reasonings, some being in pews, and the priest in the pulpit; abundance of people being gathered together.

At last one woman asked a question out of Peter, What that birth was, viz., a being born again of incorruptible seed, by the Word of God, that liveth and abideth for ever? And the priest said to her, "I permit not a woman to speak in the church"; though he had before given liberty for any to speak. Whereupon I was wrapped up, as in a rapture, in the Lord's power; and I stepped up and asked the priest, "Dost thou call this (the steeple-house) a church? Or dost thou call this mixed multitude a church?" For the woman asking a question, he ought to have answered it, having given liberty for any to speak.

But, instead of answering me, he asked me what a church was? I told him the church was the pillar and ground of truth, made up of living stones, living members, a spiritual household, which Christ was the head of; but he was not the head of a mixed multitude, or of an old house made up of lime, stones and wood.

This set them all on fire."

-From The Journal of George Fox

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Video from SAICFF

A filmmaking friend of mine, Nathaniel Bluedorn, shot this video at the SAICFF. A bunch of us got together for dinner at Denny's. FYI, at the beginning, I'm talking about my desire/reluctance to do a certain film loosely based on a certain book that I am reluctant to name. I was talking to this year's Grand Prize Jubilee Award Winner, Colin Gunn. He's a Scotsman and Waco resident. In both cases "Go Highlanders!"