After a very early morning bus ride from Jeonju to Gimpo airport in Seoul it was on to Tokyo, so that Marcella might have a little taste of Japan, and to do a workshop, again, at the Tokyo Film School. While here seeing a lot, including friends, and in a few days we’ll have a meeting with Matsumoto-san, who for some years now has been dangling the prospect of coming to here to teach a class which would result in a portrait of this massive and vastly interesting city. Find out more then.
Meantime a bit of echo from Jeonju – this review posted on-line a few days ago. Makes me wonder which projection they saw, the mangled first one, or the second using H264 file. Or perhaps at the DVD library. Anyway glad it got some nice ink.
But then having sent a note to Pedro Costa to say how much I liked his film Horse Money, he replied saying his French and German supporters were no more, and it was back to the real cheap film process for the next one. Doesn’t matter how good you are, if it isn’t calculatedly “commercial,” in the present world it is deemed worthless. What an ugly world.
But it is our world. Brutal – especially if you are black-skinned in America, or poor anywhere – and dishonest, as with Obama approving arctic drilling and trying to slip the TPP “trade deal” over at midnight, or other such things. For the moment the neo-liberal-con ideology has appeared to triumph, and the world is suffocating under its grasp. Though as with all such things, seeming “victory” tends towards over-reach, and there’ll soon be a comeuppance. The current US weather gives a hint of this future….
And then yesterday, in a BIC Camera store here, I saw the new Sony 4K Handicams, the larger one costing now about $4K. Half the price of my XDcam a handful of years ago. To add to the avalanche of unneeded imagery drowning the world.