This year, Kate and I attended the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, KS. It was great to spend a weekend wrapped up in the film world and discussing the craft, story line, production, subject matter, etc. While there were too many films for me to see in one weekend (especially with an 8 month old running around at home) I saw a plethora that I knew I could not miss. There are 2 I would like to highlight and encourage you to seek out as they travel around to other festivals and get distributed:
| 2011 | USA | 92 mins. | Domestic | Narrative
Director: Emily Lou
Languages: English | Genre: Comedy
A too-honest-for-his-own-good real estate agent buys a property to flip for a profit … only to discover the house is haunted.
MY REVIEW: I was extremely excited to see this movie because it combines my two favorite genres of comedy and horror. Traditionally, campy is the vessel for comedy in horror which belittles the art form – this in not the case in “The Selling.” An awesome cast of mostly newcomers to the big screen deliver performances true to their characters that allow us to immerse ourselves into the experience of the film. The comedic delivery is spot on and matched with well timed editing that both plays to the suspense of the horror and the cadence of comedy. Most impressive is that this was Emily Lou’s first feature film, a credit that usually results in a product that feels like a work in progress. This is a well polished product ready for the big screen in a town near you! This film delivers on exactly what it is, 92 minutes of pure fun you will be recommending to your family and friends. Spooky enough to give you a jump, but docile enough for the whole family. Run (screaming in horror) – don’t walk (laughing hysterically) – to see “The Selling!”
The Clean Bin Project
| 2011 | Canada, USA | 67 mins. | Foreign | Documentary
In Competition, Greengrass
Director: Grant Baldwin
Languages: English | Genre: Documentary
The Clean Bin Project is about a regular couple and their quest to answer the question ‘is it possible to live completely waste free?’ Partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a comedic battle to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least amount of garbage in an entire year.
MY REVIEW: This documentary reminded me (style-wise) of the project I am working on currently and therefore was great to watch and judge technically. The subject matter is also very close to me as Kate and I have become overwhelmingly taken by the idea of weaning ourselves off of many major systems and trying to live cleaner lives. This film had so much potential to be preachy and lecture people about their habits and our use of single-use products. Having lived in San Francisco there is nothing I hate more than having someone’s lifestyle thrust upon me and mine being judged as stupid. This film gorgeously documents this couple’s experience without thrusting judgement onto their viewers. Instead of hammering facts into our brains, Grant and Jen allow us into their lives as the competition to produce less weight becomes the vessel that changes their lives in a revelation they may not have expected. The competition was their catalyst into cleaner living. Grant’s asides to camera and our ability to relate to him as the guy next door brings comedy to the piece driving what I feel is the element that sets this film above the rest; living without waste can be fun. There are no glaring fights. Grant and Jen are not torn apart by the competition and changes to their lives. Nope, they remain the same people who go through an enlightening experience and they take us laughing the whole way. I highly encourage you to go see this film as it is a wealth of information on cleaner living, an enderaing story of a couple, and inspirational to see how easy it is to make a few changes to your life style that will benefit yourself and those around you.
CreativeRHINO’s Ryan W. Gates has been writing an open diary of his transition into Corporate America, his 30′s, and fatherhood in a tell-all blog called “So Long Freedom.” Nominated for a 2011 Bloggers Choice Award as “Best Parenting Blog,” it is a great read for any new parent (especially dads-to-be). Follow along online, by email, or Facebook.
The one-two punch of Ryan and Kate have been on paternal/maternal leave with the arrival of the tiniest rhino…Max. Now, two months later we are returning to the world of creativity with a number of great projects on the horizon.
Kate has been painting and Ryan has been writing in the interim. There is a proposed combining of their work for a show/installation this year as well as more gallery appearances. In the meantime, check out Ryan’s writing on the So Long Freedom blog where he writes short stories about moving to Kansas, working for corporate America, and becoming a father.
Directing on the set of "The Cage"
Today Ryan Gates spoke at the Wichita American Marketing Association monthly meeting and gave a presentation on the evolution of online video production, its impact on viral marketing, and how his career has led him through that evolution. The talk was filled with videos and stories from the late 90′s through today and observations about the interactive marketing industry and consumer trends.
“I was honored to be invited to speak, I am still getting used to referring to myself as a marketer and not a filmmaker. I was humbled to be given the opportunity to talk with the Wichita marketing community.”
Gates imparted the advice of showing customers the vulnerable side of your brand. Truth, honesty, and reality. The idea of presenting a brand without being overly commercial is imperative as “consumers want more interactive pieces…they want more stuff!” Ryan also talked about the idea of telling a story, which was exactly what his presentation was…a compelling story that hopefully captivated people for a snippet of time and provided a momentary escape from reality. The idea of being “Digital Nomads” struck a chord with the group as Ryan discussed moving his business and life into a 20′ camper because he didn’t need to have a public business space.
“If there was anything I wish I could have spent more time talking about today it would have been the camper, being digitally nomadic, and how technology has redefined the small business. However, this was a talk on marketing trends…not small business. It does lend itself to the idea that consumers are accessing your brand via new avenues and the need for companies to have a larger presence online than on the street is becoming greater every day.”
For more information on Ryan and his work please email us at info@CreativeRHINO.com or subscribe to the So Long Freedom blog as he chronicles his evolution from freelance to corporate, coastal to midwestern, and an individual to a father.
Creative Rhino loves all things Squirrelly!
Supercellica is a group exhibition including CR’s own Kathryn Van Steenhuyse!
Opening Tonight at the Walnut Street Gallery, 7-10 pm
112 S. Walnut, Wichita KS (1 block south of Douglas, 1 block east of Seneca)
Including live art performance, as well as music by The Tom Page Trio.
*Join us Saturday as well for the Art Pride Parade.
SUPERCELLICA is the evolution of Supercell, a Squirrelly Girls exhibition inspired by summer storms, first exhibited at ADA Gallery in Richmond, VA and then at the Couchfire Collective in Columbus, OH. The Squirrelly Girls are an irreverent and improvisational arts group that feed on glitter, and all other manner of squirrelly things. This squirrelly attitude has allowed Supercell(ica) to permeate each new community, much like the glitter we ride in on, adopting new members to our Squirrelly Girl tribe. The exhibition will feature both local and national artists.