Thursday, November 30, 2006

Fleapit Three's first festival rejection!

Dear Feature Filmmaker,

I regret to inform you that your feature film was not selected for the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival.

This year Slamdance received a record number of feature film submissions. The Slamdance narrative features committee were continually impressed by the high standard of filmmaking. Our programmers watched every submission multiple times, and were taken by the incredible achievements from the independent filmmaking community. We regret that Slamdance cannot screen more films. This was an incredibly difficult decision for our narrative features committee.

We greatly respect the tireless effort that went into creating your film. Please keep in mind that all film festival programming is entirely subjective, and not being selected by a festival should not be considered an indication of whether or not your film will succeed.

Thank you so much for sharing your film with us. I wish you all the best with your future festival applications, and ongoing filmmaking career.

Warm regards,
Sarah
Somehow, I knew this was going to happen, but you have to go through the process anyway. I thought we had a shot at SlamDance, but apparently not. I'd be interested to hear why we didn't make it, but, then again, every filmmaker would be.

We are definitely screening the rough cut of the film on Sunday, so I want everyone that reads this that can be there, be there.

Email me for more details if you need them, or at the very least to let me know that you're coming.

Gifts that will stop Jesus from destroying your village


The good General JC Christian over at Jesus' General has seen fit once again to bestow praise upon our film as a gift that would stop Jesus from destroying your village.

Also, I wanted to share with everyone a quote, about Jesus, from one of my favorite Woody Allen films. Max Von Sydow's character, Frederick, said this:
You missed a very dull TV show on Auschwitz. More gruesome film clips, and more puzzled intellectuals declaring their mystification over the systematic murder of millions. The reason they can never answer the question "How could it possibly happen?" is that it's the wrong question. Given what people are, the question is "Why doesn't it happen more often?"

You see the whole culture. Nazis, deodorant salesmen, wrestlers, beauty contests, a talk show. Can you imagine the level of a mind that watches wrestling? But the worst are the fundamentalist preachers. Third grade con men telling the poor suckers that watch them that they speak with Jesus, and to please send in money. Money, money, money! If Jesus came back and saw what's going on in his name, he'd never stop throwing up.
I think about that image now and again, Jesus coming down and seeing what George Bush has done in the name of morality, and him just doubling over and ceaselessly throwing up...

I have to say, it helps put things in perspective.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Washington Monument

This is me filming Super 8 at the Washington Monument during our recent trip to D.C.

Which reminds me, we need to get that film developed....

Screening


It looks like we're going to do a rough cut screening of "The Fleapit Three" on Sunday. I'll have more details as they arise, but tentatively, clear off 7:00 pm on Sunday if you want to come.

We'll be doing it at the University Mall Cinemas, where we shot the majority of the film.

I just have to finish editing the footage we've been shooting over the last month and rough in some more sound and we should be good to go.

I have a bunch of festival deadlines to make for December 1st, so that's probably the cut we'll watch.

Check back later for some type of official announcement. Or check my Myspace profile. Or the Saturday Shorts one.

Or something.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Kay Anderson in the News

I was flipping through the Salt Lake City Weekly and saw an article about the CD release party for the Utah County Swillers. It was on Friday. I wanted to go but was unable to procure a ride. It was to my dismay as well, to hear Elias say that he's, "not going to lie to you, it was probably the best Swillers show I've ever been to."

Any how, in describing Utah County for the Salt Lake based reader of the weekly, this is what they had to say about it:
“Utah County’s just kind of a strange place, especially if you’re not part of the predominant culture,” says Willis. That’s the obvious part: with residents like Stephen Covey, Kay Anderson and the Osmond family—not to mention a sea of Stepfordian housewives and cherubs, all just a little too happy in Happy Valley, well … it’s ripe for the pickin’ (on).
So, there you have it.

Kay Anderson, in the news once again. And in good company, too.

Friday, November 24, 2006

IMDb

Good news!

The IMDb has posted up that film we have in production. You know, that documentary one.

So, click this link and check out the info for it.


We're also going to be launching a new website in the next week or so with a big press release. So, look for that in the coming days. Things are getting very busy and exciting with our current film projects, so check back more frequently for more updates.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving


This year, I'm thankful for Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain."

I had the opportunity to see it twice yesterday and I have to say I liked it alot. Steve and I watched it yesterday on our lunch break and it hit me really hard. On the other hand, Steve said that it was pretentious, but I told him that anyone who liked David Lynch films as much as he did wasn't allowed to call any film pretentious. Except maybe the Matrix. Fuck those movies.

Anyhow, the film was powerful on pretty much every level. There were small pieces of cinematography that actually thrilled me, knowing how hard they would be to pull off and how much harder they would be to pull off right. For instance, there's an amazing tracking shot up Rachel Weisz' arm early in the movie that plays with the focus and it's just really cool. A dozen other shots stood out in my mind, but I'd be hard pressed to describe them here.

The film really explores issues of Death and Love of Life and Loss and coming to terms with all of those issues.

Parts of the film hit me really hard emotionally, like some type of emotional kick to the groin. Sometimes, it hit so hard I found myself shedding tears involuntarily.

The imagery in the film is breathtaking. I was quite impressed and awe-struck. Others I saw it with seemed to think they'd seen it all before, but clearly, they are crazy. The acting in the film was also top notch across the board, there wasn't a moment I didn't believe anyone and Hugh Jackman is probably the greatest living male actor at crying, perhaps tied only with Ewan McGregor.

The music and sound design is once again of particular note. The Kronos Quartet returns to score another Aronofsky score and it is both haunting and wonderful. Also, his use of sound, both overuse in places and underuse in places adds to the atmosphere in ways that other filmmakers should pay more attention to.

And this film is also very much like 2001, where you must come to an understanding about the ending each time you view the film. Your perceptions of it will change depending on what sort of mood and state of mind you're in, I'm sure.

At the end of the day, I'm guessing most people won't like this film as much as I did and it'll be one of those movies that you either love or hate. I don't see many people able to sit the fence on this one. But I would highly recommend that everyone who reads this check it out.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

In Memoriam

Robert Altman
1925 - 2006

Even though I've never been the biggest Altman nerd, I've respected a lot of his work (most recently I've really enjoyed the Criterion set of Tanner '88) but I've always had this really weird connection to him as a person. Even, almost, before I knew who he was, he came to me in a dream. It was the night before Elias and I rolled camera for the first day of our first film (Missy) and I was literally throwing up in nervous anticipation for it. I mean, we were just out of High School for god-sakes and had spent the last 6 months and every spare penny we had into that goddamn spaceship set. But he came to me in this dream (not an image of him so much, just his name) and just sort of walked me through a calming conversation about filmmaking and the inevitability of my career. I awoke the next day feeling a little bit better, but I was wondering who the hell Robert Altman was. The name sounded familiar but I'd never seen any of his work. I made it a point to check things out after that and I discovered an amazing and tremendous filmmaker.

That's a true story.

You can read my musings about Short Cuts and Prairie Home Companion here.

Mitt Romney Hates Gods Creatures


Mitt Romney is a homophobe and everything that can be done to prevent him from seeking higher office should be done.

It seems as though Mitt Romney is so bent out of shape about homosexuals, despite the fact that it's none of his business, that he's threatening to throw it up on a ballot for the state of Massachusetts to vote on like it was a popularity contest.
"One of the tenets of the Constitution is that you do not put the rights of a minority up for a popularity contest," said Marc Solomon, campaign director for Mass Equality, which supports same-sex marriage. "It is one of the very principles this country was founded upon."
Didn't Republicans used to stand for the idea that the government should be smaller and staying out of peoples lives? Wasn't Barry Goldwater Pro-Choice? Aren't a number of prominent Republican and Conservative leaders closet homosexuals?

The answer to all three is yes.

And yet, we have these spend-happy, big government Republicans in office in places all over the country.

I'm glad Mitt Romney is leaving a governership position. And I hope he runs for President and loses miserably. And not because he's Mormon, either. It's because issues like this prove that he's an intolerant bigot. And does anybody else remember the intense coverage of bribery issues dealing with his heading of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee?

Although his stance on Health care a while back was in the right direction, it was only because he was in an extremely liberal state that he supported it. I doubt he cares one whit about people without health care. I'm sure he'd feed them to the wolves as quickly as he is committed same-sex couples who want the simple legal status of marriage.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Wii Console #

For all of you people cool enough to have gotten a Wii, here's my Wii #

2418 8511 0381 7720

Comment with your Wii number.

I'll send you the Mii I made of Hitler.

The Democrats

I read this article in the post and it makes me wonder.

It makes me wonder if the Democrats have the balls to seize the day and balance what they want to do and what the people will be okay with.

Fine, they can't be popular and raise taxes. What they can do is close tax loopholes and end subsidies to industries that turn huge profits. Really, why do we have to give McDonalds and Exxon and Nike and Big Sugar and Big Beverage cash to do things when they have the money for themselves. Some might argue that we aren't giving them cash just because we give them loopholes you could drive a semi-truck through. We could support health care and education for everyone if we started closing these tax loopholes and making profit-earning business pay their share of taxes.

We reduce the tax burden on small business, increase it on giant business and do the same thing with income taxes. Reduce the burden on the middle class, enforce the burden on the filthy stinking rich and things are going to balance out in our government.

Let's just hope the Democrats are honest enough to tackle these big campaign donors and do what's best for the American people.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Where's Harry Reid?

Can someone tell me why Harry Reid wasn't in Utah at least a couple of times stumping for Pete Ashdown?

Wouldn't have that provided a boost to his campaign? It would have provided headlines and news stories and really boosted his visibility. Harry Reid is a prominent Democrat and a Mormon. Wouldn't his presence on this campaign field forced people around here to challenge their zealous, religous ideals and think about their candidates?

I mean, let's be honest, I think there were plenty of people who voted for Orrin Hatch even though they didn't like him because they were forced into beleiving that Republican = Mormon Values. Could one appearance from Harry Reid where he talked, however briefly, about the intersection of his faith and his politics swayed things just a little bit for the Ashdown camp?

Now, I'm not accusing the Pete Ashdown camp of not trying. I don't know if they tried to get him or not. I would like to beleive they did.

But if they did, why didn't Harry Reid make a trip to Utah?

Friday, November 17, 2006

An Awesome Day

I've been so busy today it kills me.

It's three a.m. and I just walked in.

My car broke down in Salt Lake City and I had to take the Trax to the office.

But, on the plus side, I went and saw Casino Royale.

It was good. As far as James Bond pictures go, it's a cut above. I'll write more about it tomorrow when it's not three in the morning and I'm not so goddamn tired.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Update

Just an update for anyone who cares, we're still working hard in principal photography on our next documentary project, our yet-to be titled Obesity project.

We're culling archive footage and have another big shoot in Texas we're heading for tentatively on the 27th and we've also gotten to work on securing a couple of celebrities, so we're horribly busy.

"The Fleapit Three" is also coming along quite nicely, despite having to cancel last weeks shoot. We should be having a test screening hopefully before Christmas.

So.

Nice.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Spider-man and Captain America, traitors?

I thought Spider-man and Captain America fought super villains. Why are they posing with one? This makes little sense. I mean, really. Could you imagine them stopping to snap a photo-op with Doctor Doom or the Red Skull?

I didn't think so.

So what gives?

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints


I went and saw "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" tonight and I would recommend it to people interested in good movies.

The acting from Shia Labeouf and Chazz Palminteri is stand out. The story is interesting and engaging and the filmmaking technique was fascinating coming from a first time director.

On a scale of 1-10, I would rate it a 7 or an 8. That may not seem terribly impressive, but when you consider the fact that the highest score a typical Hollywood studio picture can attain is a 5, you see very quickly that it's generally a cut above the norm. It's better than most of the films on the top 10 at the Box Office this weekend and more films like this should be made. It's not great, but it's above average for Hollywood.

I really liked it. I thought it was really solid. There were moments in the film that completely had me. And some of the quirks of the filmmaking actually surprised me. (There was a great PT Anderson-esque moment where all the character face the camera and introduce themeselves and what defines them, what makes it more interesting is that you've already spent three reels watching them, so it's not new information. What makes it apt is because the way you see them and the way the describe themselves doesn't always match.)

It was really good.

People compare it a lot to Scorsese's "Mean Streets" and I suppose the comparisons are apt and fair, although "Mean Streets" is better, "A Guide to Recognizing Your Stands" is an amazing first time effort.

I want to see if Dito Montiel can direct anything beyond his life story, because he seemed to do at least that pretty well.

I also went to go see "The Prestige" for the third time and I can't sing its praises enough. It's just an amazing film and the brilliance of it becomes ever more apparent with each subsequent viewing. The first time you watch it, you don't realize how clever the cutting is, in fact, because you don't exactly know what happens the first time, you can't appreciate the choices in the editing until the second or third time around. Pay close attention to the choice of shots presented to you immediately following lines of voice-over from the diaries. Each cut speaks volumes to the subtext that, upon first viewing, you didn't even know was there.

I've also had the chance to see in the last week "The Departed" for a fourth time.

It's bloody amazing. Anybody who says otherwise should probably be boiled in their own pudding.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

BORAT


I saw this movie last night and it was so funny that I literally crapped my pants.

OK, I didn't actually make brown in my loins, but that would have just added to the hilarity of the film in question. BORAT is a mind-boggling observation of the USA as the main character drives coast to coast experiencing some of the most jaw-dropping examples of Americana.

Highlights for me are when Borat is at the rodeo in Texas and one of the main cowboys (an older gent) talks about how Borat should shave his mustache because he looks like a terrorist and then how all gays in the country should be lined up and executed by hanging. This conversation ends in laughter and high-fives. I shit you not.

The now infamous scene with Borat being picked up by an RV full of college frat boys is a real zinger. Four southern, Republican, "good ole boys" wearing sports hats and polos talk about how all women should be fucked and then dumped and how much women are inferior to the power of the penis. Then they ragged on and on about how much minorities suck and so on. It was a harshly candid observation of the attitudes of conservative young closet cases. Much like Kay Anderson in THIS DIVIDED STATE, they expose themselves for what they really are, mysoginistic, testicle driven, racist, ass clowns.

And let's not forget about Borat bringing a baggy of his shit to the dinner table of a high-class southern family and asking the hostess, "what should I do with this?"

And there was plenty of fat, hairy male nudity to jiggle the funny bone for hours. Maybe that says something about my sexuality. Maybe it doesn't. A naked fat man's balls is funny, though. Isn't it?

A Wii and other things

I've had a really busy week trying to put stuff together for this documentary and "The Fleapit Three." We're trying to shoot today, hopefully our last day, and we're submitting to two more festivals this week.

I also pre-ordered a Wii today.

So, that should be awesome. But, in case you were wondering why we were light on the posts in the last few days, it's just been because we're really busy.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Rumsfeld!


I was glad to hear the Rumsfeld resigned today. In fact, Steve and I took a break from work to celebrate over a beer when we heard the news.

But am I the only one who seems to think that this is just a political cover?

This is how I see it: The Bush Administration realizes they got their asses handed to them on a platter on election day, but they don't want things to change. So, what they do is, they fabricate the appearance of change, even though nothing substantial is going to happen. I mean, there's nothing that suggests that Bob Gates is going to have any significant change on the status quo. This really does seem to be a cover to help Republicans out in the 2008 elections. They'll be able to point to today and say, "See?! We can adapt to shifting public opinion and not play partisan politics!"

But I'm just not buying it at this point.

I don't think political defeat is enough to get Bush to change course. I don't think he is changing course. If Bush were truly interested in changing course, he'd have called for Rummy's resignation a week ago when it could have actually changed the course of the election. The more I think about it, the more I think Bush should have been asking for it on November 6th. What better way to distance yourself and your handling of the war than to fire the man who, aside from yourself, was largely responsible for the gaffe?

I don't know...

What do you guys think?

Man, oh man...

It seems as though today was a good day for Democracy for America, but it illuminated how willing Utah voters are to cut off their noses to spite their faces. I'm not surprised that everyone I voted for lost but I am disappointed.

I'm not disappointed because I'm a partisan shill or because I hate all Republicans. I'm disappointed because Utahns care more about people and this country than their voting tendencies would otherwise lead me to believe. If I were to look at this election today, I would imagine that 62% of Utahns thought torture was an acceptable tactic, despite their religious persuasion that dictates otherwise. I would imagine that 62% of Utahns don't want to help out their fellow Americans with things like Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and other vital social programs that are rooted deep in Christianity. I would imagine that 62% of Utahns believed that violence was an acceptable solution to problems. I would imagine that 62% of Utahns don't believe in fiscal responsibility or balanced budgets. I would guess that 62% of Utahns cared more about the best interests of corporations than in the souls of individuals. I would guess that 62% of Utahns felt that flag-burning was the most pervasive issue facing this country today.

But I don't think that's so.

My disappointment stems from the fact that I had more faith in Utahns to realize where their values really were. I'm disappointed that my fellow Utahns are so used to voting against their values that it has become an instinct. I'm so disappointed that my fellow Utahns would vote for a man like Orrin Hatch, a man who used scare tactics, doing his best to convince his defeat would mean a win for the terrorists.

It's not just disappointing. The more I think about it, I think it's disgusting.

But let's not forget that the country made major strides toward sanity and sensibility overall, despite Utah's lunacy.

The House is now deeply in control of the Democrats and that is a good thing. We'll finally have a legislative body that can stand up to the preposterous and damaging attitudes and policies of the Bush regime.

The Senate is still up in the air, right before I go to sleep. According to most credible news sources at the moment, two seats are left and the Democrats are leading in both races. I'm hoping and predicting that Democrats will take them. Not because I like Democrats, per se, but because Democrats are not the party of George Bush.

At the very least, they deserve a chance.

They couldn't do any worse than the Republicans.

(p.s. I sincerely regret not being able to make it to the Ashdown party tonight. I had to work and it made me genuinely sad when I realized I wasn't going to be done in time to make it. So, I suppose, I was there in spirit.)

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Voting Today

I voted today.

I had a weird experience though and I had the election judge baffled. I'm not sure anything wrong happened, or that my ballot was cast repeatedly, although I have no way of being sure. I voted, printed my paper ballot and was chided to cast my ballot. I hit cast ballot and then it said my card was inserted upside down, so I had to revote.

I asked the election judge about it, he was as baffled as I was because we verified that the card was in right. He said my card shouldn't work again, that it needed to be re-encoded. That wasn't the case, the card allowed me to vote again.

The same thing happened once more.

Third time was a charm though and it finally accepted my ballot.

God, I wish these things were reliable.

Diebold, who makes the voting machines I used today, also makes ATM machines. What do you think would happen if they turned over ATM technology to a bank that couldn't be sure that they were tracking all the money? Banks wouldn't use their technology. Unless they can ensure 100% accuracy in voting, we shouldn't use their machines either.

I heard on NPR as well a complaint from someone saying that it's onl;y 1 or 2% that are having problems voting and that it's not that big of a deal but in a day and age where elections are decided with margins of less than 2% that seems to me to be a huge deal.

We need reliability and accountability in our election systems once again, otherwise, what's the point?

(P.S. Go vote for Pete Ashdown and Christian Burridge.)

Monday, November 06, 2006

Yikes.

Read this. It's horrifying.

This is about a soldier that shot herself in Iraq because she objected to the interogation techniques.

Read about it here, too...

Vote Tomorrow.


Please.

Voter apathy is killing America. Even if you're completely fed up with the system, the candidates, the Republicans, the Russians or whomeever, just go and vote.

Particularly if you live in Utah.

If you live in Utah, take extra special care to vote for Pete Ashdown and in turn, you vote against Orrin Hatch.

Hatch is pro-torture, pro-war, pro-big business, pro-patriot act and for extending Bush's idiotic tax cuts. And that's just the short list.

If you're a Christian or a Budhist or a Mormon any other mainstream religion, it's up to you to vote out people that don't hold to your ideals.

I mean, really, who would Jesus vote for? A candidate that supports torture and war? Or a candidate that supports peaceful solutions to problems and helping the poor and the meek? Would Jesus support a candidate who stood more often with the money-changers than with the people?

Then why would you vote for a guy like Orrin Hatch, who lines himself up with the money-changers and the corporations more than you.

The same could be said of Chris Cannon. While you're voting, be sure to register your vote for Christian Burridge as well.

They need all the help they can get.

And if you don't live in Utah, vote for candidates that aren't Republicans. It's undeniable that the country is in the worst shape it's been for a while and they are the party in power. It's time to give Democrats, Greens, the Socialists and anyone other than the Republicans a chance to bring things back on track.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Vigilante Justice



Tonight I thwarted a band of ne'er-do-wells.

It was fun and awesome.

So, I come to my mom's house with some groceries and a group of kids in big puffy jackets, bandanas and backwards hats and pants hanging down to their knees walks by me. They clearly aren't very smart and I can tell they're up to no good when they stop talking and stop in the middle of the road in front of my mom's house. You can tell they were up to something for sure.

So, I bring the groceries into the house, close the door behind me and look out the window.

Not five seconds later, one of them is racing toward my yard and punts my "Pete Ashdown for Senate" sign the length of the yard.

Instantly, I open the door and shout, "What the fuck do you kids think you're doing?!"

And they scatter.

And I pursue.

There were four of them, but I had the upperhand, I've been doing this type of thing in my mom's neighborhood far longer than they have, so I know all the short cuts and dead ends and which fences I would have jumped, etc. I called the cops en route and kept up the pursuit for a solid fifteen minutes. I lost two of them in the pursuit, they did the smart thing and split up, but I still had two of them in my sights. After hiding in various other yards, they finally come upon their own house, where thier father was waiting for them, cooly smoking a cigarette. I approached him, he asks what's up and I explained to him what happened.

The father told me, "I bet they were with that punk kid who knocked over my mailbox. They are in so much trouble, they know they aren't supposed to be hanging out with that punk. Tell the cops I'd be happy to talk to 'em. I made that kid mow my lawn six times, you can see, my mailbox still isn't straight. Damn punk... That stupid punk kid..."

One of the other kids whom I'd lost showed up at the house a few minutes after that. His dad had a few words for him and started demanding who the fourth kid was, "It was that punk Joey, wasn't it? I told you guys you shouldn't be hangin' around with that punk kid..."

Not two seconds after that, the cops showed up.

He pulled me aside for my side of the story, gave me his card and sent me on my way.

But to be sure, those kids will think twice before kicking over an election sign. Although, if it was me I'd caught I'd be back tonight with eggs, jars of feces and toilet paper...

Jeez...

True story. I know a while ago, the Ashdown campaign wanted pictures or video of people taking signs, but I think I've got something better: a case number.

American Values

I lifted this from the Jesus' General website.

I want to print some out and pass them around before election day.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Salt Lake Tribune = Bad Times

So, I saw that the Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Orrin Hatch. I figured they were a bunch of misled tools, but, whatever. Then when I heard they wouldn't print Pete Ashdown's rebuttal, I realized that they were just downright stupid.

Here's Pete's rebuttal.

Seniority does not serve America. Seniority serves the interests of senior politicians. While public education is crumbling, our ports and borders are no more secure than they were on 9/11, our veterans ignored, and millions suffer and die without regular health care, I am ashamed that pork takes priority over fundamental need. It is with pleasure that I pledge to destroy the seniority system to return a balance of government interest to the people and help level the playing field for fair elections.

Orrin Hatch claims you should vote for him because of seniority. He states the Democrats are weak on security, that he is fiscally conservative and committed to small government. That in spite of obstructionist Democrats, only he displays the leadership which can serve Utah.

Where is Senator Hatch’s concern for national security when he displayed more self-promotion than national protection by spilling the details of secret intelligence monitoring of Osama bin Laden within hours of the attacks on September 11th? I do not believe the Republican nor the Democratic party has a desire for weak security, but Senator Hatch has demonstrated he is a security risk all on his own.

Where is the fiscal responsibility when Senator Hatch does not show restraint in securing a lavish $100 million for an expansion to the Utah Federal Courthouse? This is a project which will literally move a building across a street, raze a popular nightspot “Port o’ Call”, and replace a characteristic portion of Salt Lake’s downtown with an enormous “Justice Cube” eyesore. Expensive, out of place, and useless, this will be an appropriate tribute to pork and the Senator who secured it.

Where is Senator Hatch’s leadership when he begs Utahns to petition the Bureau of Land Management to keep nuclear waste out of Utah? True leadership does not require thousands of citizen letters to communicate the obvious. Last I checked, Congress was in charge of the BLM and not the other way around.

I do not require 30 years to get traction in Washington. In Orrin Hatch’s first term, this country grappled with many of the same problems we confront today. Energy prices, Mid-East turmoil, terrorism, child predators, and education were all primary concerns in 1976 as they are today in 2006. Why has Hatch’s mantra of “18 years is long enough” been extended to a need for 36? Who, but those elected representatives who have legislated through the past five administrations, should take responsibility for today’s crushing debt, imbalanced budgets and global instability?

According to Senator Hatch, the Democrats are to shoulder all of the blame for his inability to resolve America’s problems. I reach out to all Utahns, regardless of their political beliefs, and it is in the spirit of bringing our country together, that I set about to solve this nation’s gravest problems. Blaming his ineffectiveness on Democratic obstructionism does nothing except highlight his continual demonization of anyone who does not hold the same philosophy as he.

For every failure, there is opportunity. I have a plan for a better America and I have been executing it throughout this campaign. I have demonstrated how I will hold myself and the government accountable to the people. I have displayed the ability and the commitment to secure consensus and advice. I am committed to fiscal conservatism, limited government, and constitutional respect.

I have a vision for the future of our nation. Senator Hatch questioned me on the need for rapid rail throughout rural America in a recent debate. According to his opinion, it is too hard and too expensive. Thank goodness this man wasn’t in charge when we built the intercontinental railway, dammed the Colorado river, split the atom, established highways, and went to the moon. America desperately needs new vision and the leadership to execute it.

Barack Obama has been heralded as a new star in the Senate and is already under consideration for the presidency. All this in his FIRST term. Utah has an opportunity with this race that no amount of seniority can justify passing up. I pray the electorate will give careful consideration to what I stand for, my character, and what I have already done for Utah.

Strong stuff.

Orrin Hatch is Pro-Torture

This is a repost from about this time last year, but it's still apt. I wanted to remind people to remind people that this guy who purports to represent good Christian values supports the use of torture. I can't be sure, but I'm pretty sure Jesus never advocated the use of torture. He also never advocated the rape of the poor that Neo-Cons like Orrin Hatch thinks is awesome.

Here's one more reason this man has to go. I would like to thank his political rival Pete Ashdown for bringing this to my attention.

Orrin Hatch is Pro-Torture.

That would make a helluva campaign slogan against him. And a pretty damning one at that. I can't beleive there are people out there who pretend to have American ideals and purport to be for torturing other human beings.

I posted about Cheney being for it and Bush against it earlier today. It seems as though things are just getting worse and it hasn't even been a full day later.

It scares me how much some of these Neo-Cons beleive that it's okay to torture and kill people. My sister-in-law, an ardent neo-conservative, told me today that we should just shoot Hugo Chavez because he's bad for the country and Anti-American. She said that he led a protest and said that he hates the American people. When I corrected her (because this was wrong) she stood by the fact that we should still kill him because he was "anti-American." Then I said that he was a democratically elected leader and a popular one at that and she said it didn't matter because he was bad for America.

Lordy. These are bad times.

The Fleapit Three


I'm in the process of finishing up "The Fleapit Three." We've got this Sunday left insofar as reshoots (there might be a few other odds and ends to film, but that's a different story) and we'll have a fairly complete rough cut. I have to say, I'm very happy with it. In the context of knowing our shooting schedule and budget/time constraints, I'm very proud of what we've got. And above all, I think it's funny, which is really all that matters.

I'm also submitting to film festivals as the deadlines occur. So far, we've hit SlamDance and The World of Comedy International Film Festival. If anybody knows anybody at these festivals, put in a good word for us.

Also, if anybody knows of any other film festivals that would be receptive to low/no-budget, feature-length comedy films, let me know.

I'd be very interested in that.

I'll keep you posted, but we might do a pre-screening of the rough cut some time in the next few weeks...