Amber Yoder is working with Respect! Films on a documentary about the
life of Grant Morrison. In case I haven’t mentioned it a hundred times
already, Amber is my amazing daughter. Grant Morrison is well known as a
comic book writer. I am just learning about him, and he seems like an
interesting person. No doubt he is talented. I think there will be big interest
in this film. In July, they will be filming at a comic book convention in San
Diego, CA. If funding comes through, they may also go to Scotland to film
Morrison in his homeland.
Check out their trailer for the documentary.
By (Sequart Films) and Respect! Films
Amber also works for Paul Devlin Productions and is an Associate Producer
for Blast! The Movie. The theatrical performance of Blast! will premiere in
New York City on June 11-18. Details about the DVD and locations and times
of the screenings are HERE. In the film, Paul Devlin takes us on the journey
of a team of scientists who launch a telescope under a NASA high altitude
balloon. The aim is to study the origins of the universe. I’m a science lover,
so what they learn is fascinating to me. Their struggles with instruments and
the elements also had me on the edge of my seat.
Blast! is unique, because it also follows the personal lives of the
scientists–their questions, debates, and doubts. We don’t usually think
about the human side of scientific research, and I like this angle a lot. It
shows us the hardships caused by time the scientists spend away from their
families. The film also touches on discussions among the scientists about
belief in God or not. It shows both sides of the debate in a very even handed
manner and leaves the conclusions up to the viewer. I think it is a very
honest and exciting look into the world of science and the people who bring
science to the world.
Blast! The Movie by Paul Devlin
Paul Devlin is an excellent filmmaker. Here’s another one of his films that I
know many people who visit this site will love. SlamNation is a high energy
look at the world of the U.S. national poetry slam competition. I never
thought about the controversies or drama involved with a slam competition.
Both sides make some very valid points. Is poetry a competition to be
judged with numbers? On the other hand, it is the art of the spoken word and
performance. I love slam when it’s done with a good spirit, because it’s a
great way to bring poetry to the people. It’s also a great way to introduce
young people to poetry. Again, I like how Paul Devlin shows us the scene and
lets us make up our own minds.
I have a copy, and it is awesome. Check out the way cool trailer. Any
irregularities you may see here are only due to my lack of
embedding skills. The films are top rate.
This weekend, Amber is joining her group, the NYC Film Collective, to
participate in the 48-hour Film Project. They will draw a genre theme out
of a hat at six o’clock this evening. Each group will have 48-hours to write,
produce, shoot, and edit a film. A character, prop, and line of dialogue will
be announced and must be included in the film. I can’t wait to see the
results. You can see some more of their short films on the NYC Film
Collective link above.
This weekend, I’ll be floating in a canoe through the woods with no shoes on.
I might see a bobcat on the riverbank. Seriously. That is my creative world.
In many ways, Amber and I have similarities in personality. We both have
creative energy that never stops. But I also love the differences. I love
how Amber has shaped her own creativity in her own unique way. She has
taught me a lot.