January 10th, 2009


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Smile, smile, smile

I'm smiling less as the financial statements continue to come in. In 2008 my investments shrunk by about one-third, which was not the intention!

The grueling schedule of Spirit Awards screenings continues, but it's a fun sort of grueling. They've often had unannounced Q&A's. I saw:

"Sleep Dealer" (Q&A with Alex Rivera - who says he tracks mentions, so "Hi, I was an anonymous person in the audience!" - and Anthony Bregman) - In the near future, Mexican factories employ workers implanted with "nodes" that connect them to their distant jobs, water is severely rationed, and Big Brother is watching. The director said the production design was influenced by Edward Burtynsky, whose haunting images of Chinese factories were seen in "Manufactured Landscapes." I'm not a sci-fi fan, but this story was intriguing and well done.

"The Order of Myths" (Q&A with Margaret Brown) - Fascinating, thought-provoking documentary about Mobile, Alabama's Mardi Gras, where celebrations are still segregated by race.