Saturday, May 1, 2010

Product & Process

For me Spike Jonze makes his best work when he joyously bashes through the wall between process and product or when the product is the process. Here’s his latest clip for LCD Soundsystem. Go to Tiny Vices to see a bunch of photo’s of the making of the Clip. It makes me want to tear shit up.


Danilo Parra makes films & takes photo’s. I don’t know much else about him. I must have come across his blog awhile ago but haven’t really checked back in until now. He’s got a film that’s just started screening called Closeness and after seeing the preview I’d like to watch it. What got me is a glimpse into his process, the simplicity of discovery and what can lead to a film. Here’s what he said back in December last year.

“I have been wanting to work on a personal project lately but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I have always wanted to do a documentary on this Mariachi Band that plays in the subway systems of New York City, so I decided to go hunting for them. After a whole day of searching every subway system I could, I gave up.
While getting off the 4-5-6 at 14th Street Union Square, I heard the beautiful sound of a saxophone. I walked over to the opposite platform and saw this man playing for tips. There was something about him that interested me so I talked to him a little bit and asked him if he would like to work on a project. Meanwhile I had a digital recorder in my pocket recording his music. I got his number and took off.
When I got home, I listened to his music over and over and let it haunt my thoughts as I thought about a project I could do with him and how it would be put together.
I called him the next day and arranged to meet him at Nut Roaster Studios. My friend Kevin Hayden and Dan Witrock filmed as I did the interview. All of a sudden I began to realize that this wasn’t your average street musician. This guy played with Miles Davis and had numerous albums. I even found a Wikipedia on him when I got home.
Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre is an American free jazz tenor saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. After his 1981 live album, McIntyre recorded very little, playing on the streets and in the subways of New York.”

CLOSENESS TRAILER from danilo Parra on Vimeo.