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Self-Reliant Film Contest: Deadline Today

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

Today’s the deadline for the contest. Send an email to contest AT selfreliantfilm DOT com with your answers by midnight. Winner gets a DVD of his/her choice.

Self-Reliant Film Contest!

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

Since I put up this site, a few people have sent me emails asking “What would be in the self-reliant film canon?” I’ve thought about writing a post in response, but have resisted because a) I’m not the Pope of self-reliant film, defining what does and doesn’t fit the label, and b) it’s more fun for people to set their own canons. Or maybe it’s because c) I fear that I could spend days writing such a post and never be satisfied with it.

Anyway, I want to do some reconfiguring of the SRF website over the next month or so and this morning I was toying around with a new banner. While it’s not exactly a “canon” of self-reliant films, it’s, well, something.

After finishing it and putting it up on the site I’ve immediately decided it’s far too busy. I’ll take it down soon, but I thought it would be fun to keep the thing up, at least for a week or so, to see if anyone can name all the movies it contains.

The first person to successfully name all 33 images will receive a DVD, on me, of any one film from the banner. (Note: Not all images are from films currently available on DVD.) I don’t have a ton of time to spend on this, so this “contest” runs for one week only… if no one names them all, then there won’t be a winner the person with the most correct answers (20 minimum) wins.

Good luck!

ADDENDUM: Click here if you want to see the banner without the text.

Comments! (And Christopher Alexander)

Friday, February 10th, 2006

I’m out of town right now and I’ve got limited access to the internet. This morning I checked my email and it looks like there are a lot of new, great comments on several different posts. No time right now to reply to all of them, but a quick thanks to everyone out there for supporting the blog by reading and by posting such thoughtful, um, thoughts. One reason I set up this blog was to build community with the other like-minded individuals out there. If you’ve posted recently, it’s great to hear from you — and if you’ve been bashful about posting so far, consider yourself formally invited.

On a completely unrelated note, while I’m traveling, for your enjoyment I thought I’d share an introduction (via Merlin) to the great architect/philosopher Christopher Alexander whose A Pattern Language is one of my three or four favorite books of all time. Part II of the article is an interview. Discussion of how his ideas relate to film to follow. In fact, hey, how about you get it started?

We’ll resume our regularly scheduled programming early next week.

Diana King on DVDs for Libraries

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

My friend Diana King, who is a media librarian at University of California-Davis, has an interesting blog post concerning the headscratching that can occur when surveying the prices that libraries must pay for DVDs.


Oscar-inspired miscellanea

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

In case you didn’t hear, the Oscar nominations were announced today. I always like nosing around the documentary and short film category nominations after they’re posted. They’re usually the only films that haven’t been over-hyped.

My award for “Best [and only] nominated film that I’ve never heard of that sounds interesting, which I will now seek out because of its Oscar nomination” goes to…