Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Pariah (USA: Dee Rees, 2011)

Pariah (USA: Dee Rees, 2011: 86 mins)

Archer, Ina Diane. "Pariah." Film Comment (November/December 2011)

Barber-Plentie, Grace. "Why Dee Rees Pariah is More than the Female Moonlight." BFI (June 13, 2017)

"Dee Rees delivers moving, powerful acceptance speech for the 2017 Sundance Institute Vanguard Award." Shadow and Act (August 15, 2017)

Dolan, Jill. "Pariah." The Feminist Spectator (February 3, 2012)

Ebert, Roger. "Pariah." Chicago Sun-Times (January 4, 2012)

Holden, Stephen. "A Brooklyn Girl Who's Just Not Frilly." The New York Times (December 27, 2011)

Leonard, David. "Refusing Invisibility: Pariah Challenges Social and Religious Norms." Urban Cusp (January 9, 2012)

Mumin, Nilja. "The Visual Aesthetic of Pariah – An Interview w/ Cinematographer Bradford Young." IndieWire (August 17, 2015)

"Pariah." Cinemacked (August 22, 2015)

Serwer, Adam. "Pariah and the Untold Stories in Black Cinema." Mother Jones (December 28, 2011)

Taylor, Ella. "A Good Daughter, but a Pariah Among Her Own." NPR (December 29, 2011)

Thomas, Dori. "The Defiance and Optimism of Dee Ree's Pariah." Words on Film (October 13, 2014)

Young, Bradford. "The Philosophy of Cinematography." The Film Stage (November 5, 2015) [Cinematographer for the films Selma (2014); A Most Violent Year (2014); Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013); Middle of Nowhere (2012); Pariah (2011)]

Friday, August 11, 2017

Slurring Bee 4

Also need 15 absurd/quirky warm up questions

1st Round: warm-up question followed by a word
2nd Round: 3 words in succession for each contestant
3rd Round: Round-robin until we have a winner (keep track of last three - the order they come in)
3 mispelled words and a contestant is out

Pronouncer Information 1. Read carefully the Judges, Recorders, Spellers and Audiences information that is included in the Scripps pronouncers’ guide. 2. Familiarize yourself with all words on the confidential word list. Pronunciation is important. A meeting with the judges to insure pronunciation of words and procedures will be scheduled prior to the Bee beginning. 3. Speak clearly for contestants, judges and audience alike. Grant all requests to repeat a word until the judges agree that the word has been made reasonably clear to the speller. You may request the speller to speak more clearly or louder. 4. “Pace” yourself. You need time to focus attention on the pronunciation of the new word and the judges need a few moments between each contestant to do their tasks.

Speller’s Information 1. Each speller needs to focus on the Pronouncer, to aid his or her hearing and understanding of the context of the word. A speller may ask for the word to be repeated, for its use in a sentence, for a definition, for the part of speech, and for the language of origin. 2. Each speller should pronounce the word before and after spelling it. If the speller fails to pronounce the word after spelling it, the judge may ask if they are finished. If they say yes, the judge will remind the speller to remember to repeat the word the next time. (No speller will be eliminated for failing to pronounce a word.) 3. When a speller is at the podium spelling, the next speller should be standing at a marked location ready to proceed to the podium.

128) grommet

129) abysmal

130) munificent

131) scurrilous

132) animus

133) luscious

134) epicurean

135) duende

136) epigenetics

137) microbiome

138) perspicuous

139) bilious

140) lachrymal

141) kakistocracy

142) calumny

143) poltroon

144) dithyramb

145) indigenous

146) genuflect

147) onerous

148) mumpsimus

149) celluloid

150) copacetic

151) luscious

152) edacious

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Short Films and Videos (Ongoing Archive)

A Juice Box Afternoon (USA: Lily Baldwin, 2014: 8 mins)

Animals by Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger (USA: Rich Ragsdale, 2014: 5 mins)

Formation by Beyonce (USA: Melina Matsoukas, 2016: 3 mins and 26 secs)

House of Cards by Radiohead (Directed by James Frost, 2007: 4 mins and 32 seconds) ["These ephemeral bursts emanate from the 2008 music video for Radiohead’s “House of Cards” by director James Frost and technology director Aaron Koblin. The ethereal video holds a special place in music video history as the first to be created using high-tech scanning and laser systems to capture and then visualize chunks of 3-D information. Scanners, including the Lidar scanner used by Frost and Koblin, work by sending light pulses across a surface area and then measuring the time it takes for the light to return to the scanner. Each pulse of light that is emitted and then returned is placed within a representation known as a point cloud. Together, the points create a trace of the surface that they have measured. Frost and Koblin worked with scientists and technology experts from UCLA to make the video, inaugurating, whether they intended to or not, a shift in cinematic practice. The video’s point-cloud aesthetic eschews human perception and photographic representation as its foundation, turning instead to processes of scanning, tracing, and layering that relinquish the human body as their measure, and that forgo light as their foundation." - source Holly Willis (August 13, 2017)]

Just by Radiohead (Directed by Jamie Thraves, 1995: 4 mins and 15 seconds)

La jetée (France: Chris Marker, 1962: 28 mins)

Meshes of the Afternoon (USA: Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, 1943: 14 mins)

Un Chien Andalou (France: Luis Buñuel, 1929: 16 mins)

The Suburbs (USA: Spike Jonze, 2010: 5 mins and 47 secs)