1. Project of the Day—What’s up with the beach? Is it scary? Is it dark? Is it cool? The answer to all those questions can sometimes be yes (it can also be no, but that’s not the point). Surf Noir is a film that takes the general awesomeness of the beach, mixes in a creepy plot and some killer surf rock, and creates a film that is a throwback to a cool era, while simultaneously blazing a new trail.

    Project of the Day—What’s up with the beach? Is it scary? Is it dark? Is it cool? The answer to all those questions can sometimes be yes (it can also be no, but that’s not the point). Surf Noir is a film that takes the general awesomeness of the beach, mixes in a creepy plot and some killer surf rock, and creates a film that is a throwback to a cool era, while simultaneously blazing a new trail.

  2. Project of the Day—John Porcellino’s comics are about the big epiphanies that come from small moments. Characters gaze at stars or gaze at nothing and think about life, and they’re all drawn with a smooth, thin line, like they’re just barely there. Porcellino’s endlessly dedicated to self-publishing, and has become a bit of a figurehead in the comics scene because of that (and also, you know, his considerable talent), and now there’s a well-deserved documentary called Root Hog or Die about his life and work being made.

    Project of the Day—John Porcellino’s comics are about the big epiphanies that come from small moments. Characters gaze at stars or gaze at nothing and think about life, and they’re all drawn with a smooth, thin line, like they’re just barely there. Porcellino’s endlessly dedicated to self-publishing, and has become a bit of a figurehead in the comics scene because of that (and also, you know, his considerable talent), and now there’s a well-deserved documentary called Root Hog or Die about his life and work being made.

  3. A kind of literary voyeurism, in which visitors get to contemplate the reading habits of their neighbors. Who left the Brazilian travel guides, and who’s reading Camus? Who added Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, my favorite novel of the last five years? And where will my copy of The Odyssey end up when I leave it in the library for someone else? By peeking into the reading lives of fellow Little Free Library users, you get to know your block better.

    —Margaret Aldrich on the low-tech appeal of little free libraries

  4. Plympton always existed just outside the mainstream animation world anyway. His work was often darker, weirder, and more adult than what else was out there. Watching a Plympton animation feels like you’re watching the whole process, like he’s sketching the entire thing live, right in front of your eyes.

    We delved into the work of legendary animator and two-time Kickstarter project starter Bill Plympton

  5. There’s a pretty good chance that you are aware that “LP”—which is another way to describe a full album of music—stands for Long Player. Looking at today’s Project of the Day, though, makes us think we should maybe reconsider the definition of that term. Longplayer for Voices is continuing through its 1000 year long runtime, now transitioning to a 1000 minute piece for voices. Though a key part of Longplayer is how it adapts to changes in technology over time, this section of the piece will be entirely dependent on the good old fashioned human voice.

    There’s a pretty good chance that you are aware that “LP”—which is another way to describe a full album of music—stands for Long Player. Looking at today’s Project of the Day, though, makes us think we should maybe reconsider the definition of that term. Longplayer for Voices is continuing through its 1000 year long runtime, now transitioning to a 1000 minute piece for voices. Though a key part of Longplayer is how it adapts to changes in technology over time, this section of the piece will be entirely dependent on the good old fashioned human voice.

  6. alternativecandidate:

    Our Nixon (2013)

    "Perhaps there is no Richard Nixon but only the public spectacle we might call the Nixoniad. The so-called Checkers speech of 1952 gave him a larger audience than any politician in history had enjoyed up until that time. The 1970 photograph of him with Elvis remains the most requested item in the National Archive. Nixon’s trip to China occasioned an opera; his televised interviews with David Frost from 1977 were fodder for a Broadway play and a Hollywood movie. The media is his home. Our Nixon’s funniest bit catches the Leader of the Free World in private conversation with Haldeman and Ehrlichman, pondering the sitcom All in the Family and ranting about the glorification of homosexuality on the public airwaves. To watch Our Nixon is to see our thirty-seventh president as the ghost in the machine, a funny-looking gremlin who haunts the national TV set.”

    J. Hoberman

    Alternative Candidate Rating: 4/5

    A friendly reminder that Our Nixon is one of the most intriguing political documentaries in recent memory. It is also one of many Kickstarter-funded films you can watch now

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