At the Henning Mansion! (Video)

This past weekend, Maddie and I had the pleasure of attending the September Soiree at the Henning Mansion to benefit my friends at Wyoming Dance Arts. I knew it would be an awesome time so I brought the camera along!

The Mansion is a gorgeous building on the National Register of Historic places, so it was a delight to get to capture some of the moments of dance and good cheer at the event. Since I had no idea what was coming next and no tripod with me, I just started playing around handheld style. These days I’m looking for what I can do with less. To trim the fat of equipment but never the purpose nor direction. I’m eager to continue on my minimalist videographer pursuit and see where it goes. I also can’t wait to start our planned collaborations with WDA, lots of creativity on the horizon!

Food and drink was awesome (provided by our excellent Casper vendors), but of course, the highlight of the night were the performances, as a handful of duets and short works acted as interludes, a great evening of art. Congratulations to Wyoming Dance Arts on such a great event!

j

Noteworthy 9.21.19

Hi folks, how about this wonky week?! Here’s to the next one!

Recently, I heard about a group of Nigerian filmmakers making epic movies on their smartphones. There is so much hope in my heart watching these young kids doing the best with what they have. This is the definition of taking the reigns of your craft and progressing at all costs. This is talent, passion and commitment coming together. I applaud you from afar, young creatives. Keep doing your thing!

You bet your ass I watched the Raul Julia documentary this weekend. My goodness, he was astounding onstage and I would have straight up murdered to see him live. Much like any person of color who aspires or once aspired to make the theater their livelihood, watching his story unfold reminded me of the insurmountable obstacles to becoming a working and successful theater practitioner. I have learned that Raul was proud and unapologetically Puerto Rican, opened the doors for so many, and lived an incredible life. One of the great American actors of his generation and an inspiration.

Also, shout out to u/TheDeadpooliNAllofUS for sharing this gem of a cover in the Radiohead subreddit. Lots of gold there, one of my favorite communities.

Be well this weekend and make art, make haste.

OKA 25 – The Funny, The News, The Spooky Scary. (feat. Coffee & Bailey’s)

Okay here we go!

On this episode, we’d like to share our first reaction to Bill Burr’s hilarious new comedy special, Paper Tiger.

We try the Reddit News Headlines Recap under a time crunch, and Maddie gives us some immediate responses after checking out the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s IT (the first chapter). Scary spooky movies are definitely not her thing.

Come one, come all! Have a good week, folks!

J&M

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The Highlights are here! (Video)

This weekend, I got to share the first of many videos I put together for the Oyster Ridge Music Festival. The last few weeks have been intense with cataloging and syncing the footage of the six cameras I was working with. It was also my first deep dive into DaVinci Resolve, so I’ve been learning as I go and completely feel like I came out on the other side with some DaVinci assurances. It’s unbelievable the program is free to use, it’s a great tool.

So as the coming weeks unfold, I’ll be posting interviews and performances from all of the bands, in an effort to capture the spirit of this phenomenal experience. I have to take a step back and let my heart fill with gratitude: I’m fortunate to work on something that truly speaks to what I love and want to advocate for. I can’t imagine a better cause to contribute to than to a festival that brings joy, community, and the performing arts to our great state. It’s a real privilege to capture the talent on that stage and to work with such kind, wonderful people. To get to work on this festival is truly a dream.

See you next year!

j

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Hello, I’m a working class creative.

I’m currently writing, recording, and procrastinating on this blog.

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Idlewind is meant to instigate artistic projects in my community with friends/collaborators, and to encourage working class artists elsewhere to believe in their creative projects and see them through. I’d love to hear what you’re up to.

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j

Noteworthy 9.10.19

Happy Week Folks!

I had this all typed up on Saturday and forgot to hit PUBLISH. That’s never happened before. Tends to happen when life gets in the way. Loads of noteworthy content came to mind these couple of weeks, thanks to my YouTube wanderings and escapist mind frame.

  1. Working on highlights and other content for the Oyster Ridge Music Festival, so I went to one of my favorite live performance videos from the last few years: This documentary about the Largo venue in Los Angeles. To do produce a work like this, specifically for live performance arts in this segmented form, is one of my dreams. Maybe something like this is possible in Casper? We shall see! But for the time being, it serves up a fresh batch of inspiration for me to work on the videos soon to premiere online! Stay tuned…
  2. Did I mention I came to terms with my affinity for notebooks this week? I feel an eagerness to start writing when it feels immediate, rekindling my love of notebooks is to fire up that old obsession with filling a page. So much so that this week, I finally started working on a song I’ve had in mind for over three years! I have a backlog of music that need lyrics, including a collaboration with my pal Dust Jones– So I’ll need all the momentum I can get! I stumbled upon this article outlining the various types of journaling. It’s given me some ideas this week on how to start using my notebooks for something other than creative writing. I also found this one, which just gave me more notebooks to purchase. I have a problem now.
  3. Re: Working on my songs in the near future, I’ve been looking out for solid free resources to produce beats DIY style. Reddit and this guy were super helpful!
  4. And lastly, I’d like to share a track that has been the soundtrack of my daydreams and scribblings: Michael Kiwanuka’s Cold Little Heart. This song absolutely destroys and gets me to that place just beyond the horizon where I can see my characters clearly…

Enjoy and have a great week, friends.

j