Friday, September 26, 2008

Sarah Silverman. She says stuff.

Sarah likes Barack Obama and hopes your Jewish grandparents, who live in Florida, do too.

Sadly my grandparents aren't Jewish or living in Florida. I feel left out.
Also my grandparents are dead, so it makes me miss them.

: (


-Mr. DNA (wonders what Jimmy Kimmel thinks. Hmmmm)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I saw this...

-Mr. DNA (Hey, at least I posted something!)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

And home again.

O'Hare Airport, the end of Chicago for another year, some laughter,
some tears and a lot of late nights. I still have a lot of the
frustrations and disappointments that I have every year after the
fest, but it's time to put those away and think about going home.

Editor's note:

The following posts are from thePrisoner. He's in Chicago helping run the Chicago International Reel Shorts Festival. This is a Film Festival that - as the name states - showcases short films from around the world.

thePrisoner sometimes forgets we have a couple of readers that don't know us (see contributor list to the right) in the real world. Sometimes he posts stuff without much explanation because maybe he assumes people will take the time to google things like "CIRSF 2008"? I'm not really sure why, but I just appreciate that he's posting something.

I figure I'll pipe in here and there with an explanation or spell checking/typo correction to help YOU, the reader, make sense of it all.

Please enjoy his many adventures in the Chicago film fest world.

-Mr. DNA (never gets to go to Chicago)

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Last Show of the Show

We finished our shows at Columbia College.  Sunday was not as dreadful as it seemed to start out.  The weather was not great but we pulled in some decent audiences for the shows.  After the 6 o'clock show at Columbia we had to pack up fast to haul across the city to Mahoney's for our "Best of the Fest" show which is a more informal screening.  Mahoney's is owned by the same people the own Mother's and they have a similar setup for playing video.  We assemble a show that's more just for us to thank the filmmaker's for showing up and give them an opportunity to buy us a beer for our efforts.

Good job we ran a tab, just in case.

So now the fest is over for another year.
I'll try to post a wrap-up and some more photos in the nex day or so, but right now I'm a little tired.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sunday: 100% Chance of Apocalypse.

Rain... Wind... Let's go into the city to see some short films.

Saturday Night: Trolley Ride!!

For the second year we are happy to offer the filmmakers an unusual
and uniquely Chicagoan experience. A trolley tour of the city, some
Chicago pizza and some beer.
Torrential rain optional.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Saturday... Not off to the best start.

Sales are down, rain is up.
Lesson learned today, heavy inclusion of local filmmakers
does not always result in big ticket sales. Or even filmmakers
showing up to support themselves...

As Milli (or was it Vanilli) once said,
"Gotta blame it something. Blame it on the rain"

Lake Shore Drive... And Rain.

A lot of rain could really hurt attendance.
This is a lot of rain.


Technically our opening night. Tonight's show was at Columbia College
on Wabash. Turnout was beyond our expectations which is exciting but
also a little nervous making.
These are our volunteers for the fest.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Riding The Bus.

Our first show is tonight at The Original Mother's on Division. Unlike
our usual A/V setup


As seen in the print version of the onion.

I Work Here!!

This Must Be The Place.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Work work work.

We have an audience award for each screening, I'm preparing the ballots.

It takes a while, the paper cutter is not sharp.

This is only one of the many glamourous jobs I do during the fest.

Presenting The Birthday Socks!!: in color

Presenting... The Birthday Socks!!

Day 3 of the Chicago Trip:

Something few people ever mention about Chicago is the lack of
adequate water pressure. Also the hard water, or the soft water I can
never get a straight answer about how that works. Anyway after not
having a lot of foam action in the shower this morning I was very
happy to put on a super comfy brand new pair of socks I got for my
birthday... Good times!!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Right Now...

People are having sex in that room.
I am not in that room.
I am outside, accidentally overhearing people having sex in that room.

Monday, September 08, 2008

I'm in charge.

Did you ever have that dream where the bartender steps outside for a
smoke with a buddy and says to you...

"You're in charge, 'till I get back".

Seriously, the place is all mine. They've been gone 15 minutes. I
hope someone comes in so I can serve them.

Welcome to Chicago... where's your umbrella?

I didn't pack for this.

My view for 2000 miles.

The movie screen is on the other side of this guy's ear.
This flight is packed.
No movie for me.

CIRSF 2008

It's 5:25 and no matter what, I'm gonna havta check my bag.
Coffee sounds good right now.

UPDATED: CIRSF is the acronym for The Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival, a film festival that I have been involved with since 2004.  Although I review films from my estate in California, I travel to Chicago for the screenings and other events.  For the next 8 days I'll be posting from Chicago.  ENJOY

Friday, September 05, 2008

The Other Side Of "Music" Vol. 1

In my effort to be a part of the site again, I've decided on contributing that which I know best - weird crap.

I spend a lot of time late night / early morning time looking for bizarre and strange "music" from around the interwebs and within the mounds of stuff I have already.

No panicking now, most will be links to other sites, not direct downloads. Let's start with this one...

Brian Joseph Davis has decided to take 10 albums that were banned somewhere at some point on Earth - burn them (yes as in fire) - then record the results he could peel off the remains.

(A word of advice - keep the lights on, they're a bit creepy)

Listen & Discuss

Monday, September 01, 2008

Not throwing in the towel yet...

We've just been slacking a little.

The second half of summer was full of so much to do in the real world, that we've neglected our internet lives. But trust me we haven't forgotten you, our 3 faithful readers. We'll be back. Hopefully sooner than later.

The Orange County Fair's theme this year was "Say Cheese". I'm still recovering.

-Mr. DNA (misses you)