It has been a great year. With the holiday season and the new year just around the corner I’ve decided to make “Left” available for viewing on Vimeo.com. Feel free to pass it on to friends and those who might be interested.
I wish you well. Happy viewing!
Great news! The trailer for “Left on Lockett Lane” has offically gone global. To date we’ve received hits from: Canada, Australia (thanks Derek!), the Philippines, Great Britian, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil and Norway!
Can’t wait to see what’s next. Thanks for checking us out!
After a short hiatus, we are back online to share some very exciting news. These past few weeks have been quite a whirlwind.
On November 6th I was fortunate enough to share a stage with four wonderful artists and people, Laura Kina [laurakina.com], Tina Ramirez, Maya Escobar [mayaescobar.com] and the always entertaining Alejandro T. Acierto [ alejandroacierto.net]. Our panel was titled “Creating Resistance: Using the Arts in Challenging Racial Ideologies.”
Alejandro opened up the discussion with a rousing presentation on the politics of listening as a means to subvert established hierarchies of U.S. cultural hegemony. In close, Alejandro shared several digital pieces and surprised us all with a remarkable impromptu performance on his clarinet.
Internet curator and performance artist Maya Escobar took the stage next and raised eyebrows as she proclaimed, “I am Freda Kahlo! I am Freda Kahlo! I am Freda Kahlo.” Over a week later, I am still reeling in her verbose presentation. Community Youth Organizer Tina Ramirez dropped invaluable wisdom, extolling the need for youth based leadership and creative spaces for young people in Chicago. In fashion with Acierto and Escobar, Tina ended her presentation with an inspiring and soulful poem that nearly brought me to tears.
During my presentation, I felt very natural. Having graduate from DePaul years ago, it was both bizarre and uplifting to be on the other side of the table sharing my adventures as a documentary film maker.
Overall, I had a marvelous time reconnecting with old friends, hashing out new and innovative ideas and sharing my story with open minded individuals. I am indebted to professors Laura Kina, Camilla Fojas and Wei Ming Dariotis for their leadership and dedication to the conference project. On to CMRS conference 2012!
The Renaissance Hollywood Hotel is the last place I thought I’d find myself talking about my childhood in Kirkwood. Despite traffic up and down Highland Blvd, I made it to my panel this morning with ten minutes to spare. Upon arrival, I immediately spotted the wonderful Ms. Leezel Tanglao (AAJA Board member and Journalist) and proceeded to familiarize myself with other panel members–including the always enjoyable Mr. Abe Ferrer, who I’ve seen at four events in the last 7 days. Also, the panel moderator, season journalist Emil Guillermo, actually lived in St. Louis for a couple of years. Small, small world.
The first half of the panel was spent introducing the panel. The closing half was predominantly dedicated to budgetary inquires and other financial stipulations. As the sole recent grad, I had little financial wisdom to share.
After the panel I was approached by a variety of curious, supportive and generally enthused audience members. I met an aspiring filmmaker from a tiny town in Oregon (we had a lot to talk about), the director of the popular Asian Am. doc “Vincent Who?” and got interviewed for an online Filipino newspaper.
All in all, its been a good day. Its always nice to meet people with similar interests that also appreciate and enjoy my work.
Thanks Emil Guillermo, Leezel Tanglao and Annabelle Udo-O’Malley for setting up such a great event!
Hello! The AAJA Conference is just around the corner.
Last night while chillin at the amazing Tuesday Night Project (tuesdaynightproject.org) I ran into film extraodinaire and fellow AAJA panelist Abe Ferrer. It didn’t take long for me to realize that the panel is gonna intense. Other panelist include Karin Chien, established East coast Film Maker and producer and Christopher Wong, director of the award winning doc film “Whatever It Takes.”
Although they can’t show every panelists’ work, they will screen trailers. I’ll have the stage for a little bit, too. So, if you’re free and in the area, you should come out. I think its gonna be trip.
See you there! -Jon
Saturday, August 7
10:30 to noon
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, 1755 N. Highland Avenue
Meeting space: Echo Park, 3rd Floor
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