Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Same River Twice (1978, 2003)

a beautiful documentary...borrowed from chelsea...
The Same River Twice, 2003 by Rob Moss.

rob moss filmed the original footage on a river trip in 1978. his group of friends took a 35 day journey down the colorado river in boats; a big naked wily free spirited community.

he then revisits some of his friends twenty years later, at their disparate homes and lives in the late nineties. 
you get to peek back and forth in time to glimpse moments in these very different parts of life.  wild naked river, skin and sky and rock. office, medicine cabinet, cars and kids.
i love it because it is never judgmental; moss doesn't tell us what to think about either the youthful time of carefree adventure nor the responsible time of partnership and family life, nor any of the varied responses the characters have to the span of these years. we just watch with open hearts. it is a moving experience.

it is a particularly poignant experience for me, watching, because some of the characters end up locals here in my neighborhood. barry wasserman, on the right above, is mayor of placerville in the 90s. riverdude jim is living in coloma by the river. he still comes in the bakery where joey and chelsea work all the time. the river community reflects here vividly and i see streets and landmarks from my town that makes them seem endearing to me. i see my friend rachel and her sister lauren as little girls in the late 90s drawing pictures and cards in support of the election. frozen moments of placerville's past captured making you wonder what might have been if the politicians had stopped rampant growth, if fathers had not gotten sick, if Intel had never moved to folsom, if WalMart never moved in on the westside of town, if couples never got divorced.

and always, always, the water. the rivers. in arizona, in utah, through canyons, deserts, and here in the mountains and forests. for us to give our troubles to, to send them off down to wide oceans that can hold all, big as our earth, twice as deep as the mountains, full of the rumblings and roarings of our souls.

it's a good summer journey you can get on netflix.
whenever i write about a film here, it makes me wish we could gather in real life and have a movie night. make some popcorn and have follow up discussions!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

good medicine

times are weird (as my friend chelsea wrote in her blog post tonight) and hard things seem to be happening all over the place.  a violence unspeakable in norway, under some blind guise of rhetoric and revolution. young men and women who should be strong and vibrant dying of drug overdoses and there are days in my town where everywhere i look my eyes fall upon a toothless tweaked out druggie or a homeless couple with their scraggly dogs or the crazy dude in reflector vest stomping along the street and yelling, shaking fists at cars going by. or a bumper sticker of a crosshairs with the words "this is my peace sign." someone called the bookstore looking for a copy of the anarchist cookbook. i don't want to feel nervous or tired, or sad. i don't want all this to turn my stomach or put knots in my muscles or frowns on our faces.

i want to be bright with july's generous sun. i want to learn all day long and to make up games and skip and play with kids and swim.

and so by way of antidote, here are things that save:

babysitting friends' babies:

kittens (joey and emily's new girl fern):

making movies with our friends:

swimming pool photo shoot with the girls:

Nancy's new bookstore dog, the sweetest rescue lab on earth, Abbie:

zack and rebecca moved back to town! and zack has a new art studio on main street:


riotous flowers and colorful paper lanterns:

rescuing baby quails:

"nothin left to do but smile smile smile."

carry jars of yarrow. love your loved ones with a fierceness and a joy that splits the body. be sure-footed and adept. give your cheeks the sun's blessing. eat coconut gelato. tell your secrets, bare your skin and soul at once. pet cats. clamber on rocks. "dip him in the river who loves water."

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sunbean Bella, Adventure Vintage Delights

I am so excited to announce the opening of a brand new vintage Etsy shop!

it is my brother Matt and his wife Amy's adorable vintage shop:
(so named by their 7-year-old daughter Bella)

matt and amy have been collecting vintage clothes, shoes, art, books, and knick knacks for years at the wonderfully jam-packed thrift stores, rummage sales and flea markets in Utah, and finally they are ready to share. The best and most inspiring  thing about their Etsy shop is that they shoot their photos on location at the many beautiful places where they travel with their 3 kids in the West. So far, each time they list something new it gives me a little thrill to go check out the photos and see where they were taken.

their choices of vintage pieces are as eclectic, joyful, natural and bright as their sweet personalities. please check out their shop and show them some love :)

and watch for our joint photo shoot in the utah red canyon wilds...coming soon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Old West Brothel Theatre Night

Last week a bunch of the girls came over to my house, home of the Epic Dust Theatre, got gussied up and prepared to film the much-anticipated brothel scene. The next episode of Epic Dust is called The Garden of Love; I am directing, and it is being filmed like a play on a theater set.

 Addie plays the Belle Cora, infamous San Francisco madame of the 1850s. She is haughty, naughty and elegant, at once playful and regal, self-contained and free. She personifies love and beauty, and Ade is perfect for the role.

the girls had so much fun getting ready in my living room. rachel brought pink corsets and vintage garter belts and slips in an old-fashioned suitcase. cassie brought antique nighties and brasieres and household knick knacks for props. the girls were enthusiastic and warm and frolicsom, perfect little old west chippies!

amber made her own glorious fancy headpiece.

even the boys got fancied up.

a look around the stage:

i was in love with all the antique goodies the girls brought...trying on a little square velvet hat.

and the whole shebang, with me in the middle taking close ups of whiskey and props.

places everyone!


mikie was a superstar to have on set, having lots of acting and film experience. in fact, this spring he worked on a crew that did lights for the oscars and he got to play ping pong with james franco. but that's beside the point. he was a stellar one-man-band for us...operating both lights and sound for darin with attentive concern.

darin had a lot of fun with cinematography that night, wink wink!

hope you enjoyed the peek into our bawdy-house. although we all had a fabulously rowdy time, i shudder to know what our neighbors think ;)