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Magic and Movies – Part 1

We reward the magician that can coax our mind to suspend disbelief, providing a new “obstacle course” for our brain. Like our bodies, our spirits want to jump the ruts and get some exercise too. Anything that allows new possibilities to bubble up, leaves us satisfied and in a good mood.

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Comedy and Tragedy

Storytellers utilize comedy and tragedy to perform an ongoing autopsy on the culture. When we talk about comedy and tragedy as different things, we are talking about a singular reality we’ve pried apart for clues. They shed light on our preoccupations, conscious and unconscious.

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Comedy and Tragedy

November’s blog post will be coupled with December’s post for a year end “double issue,” and will discuss the subjects of “Comedy and Tragedy”. Thank you for visiting Open Channel Content. (click here to read entire article)

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Wake Up Call

For me, the film was an expose about what infantile fantasies secretly motivate the wealthy, power-obsessed male psyche and how nature, the feminine and all that is beautiful is shamelessly sacrificed to his insatiable appetite.

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Arab Spring

2011’s Arab Spring played in real-time on the Internet, with gloves off, like the Viet Nam War played on national television in the sixties and seventies. Not since those days has youth captured and held the attention of the world so impressively. (click here to read entire article.)

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Big Screens and the Teen Scene

My hometown did not offer teenagers much to do, so we often watched the same picture three nights in a row. We learned, from years of watching every movie that came through town, that there was occasionally something besides fleeting amusement to be found.

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Storytelling, and particularly popular film, in this modern era, have done their best to warn us of the shapes of things to come.

It took a mere two and a half weeks for the events in “The China Syndrome” to come to pass in the near meltdown of Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania, but we did not stand up then like we should have. Now, toxic nuclear byproducts have fouled the ocean and even come blowing to your hometown a result of negligence and corruption by the energy companies and the governments whom we have invested with the responsibility to watch over them. (click here to read full article)

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Hope in a Handbasket

BILLY-“You know, unbelievers liked to make fun, but I ask you, believers and unbelievers alike, what more literal proof of a bona-fide hell does anyone need? As we live and breathe, the flaming bowels of the under world, swell with fires in which you, me and Mother Nature are slowly roasting.” (click to read entire article)

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Stories Tell the Truth About Lies

Lies do not stand for truth. They do not change the facts. Lies are like gas, invisible, but among the most obvious things in the world. The air we breathe contains a variety of gases but a body requires oxygen. Truth is everywhere mingled with lies, but our survival depends on truth. We can tell pretty quickly when we’re breathing something else. (click here to read entire article)

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The Official Story – Loading the Time Capsule of History

Just as no photographic image can encompass the total picture, no official, or their story can claim to have done all the necessary listening and thinking for us. We must fill in the missing gaps with our own story and the stories of those around us, particularly those with whom we differ most. Good listening requires at least a momentary suspension of prejudice.

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Psychedelic Cinema

These days “outside the box” is a commonplace term for innovative thinking and drugs are by no means the only way to achieve it. Moviemakers keep on paving the way in popular culture. Whether or not you ever ingested hallucinogens, we have all experienced them through their influence in music, movies, fashion, advertising, games and so on. (click here to read full article)

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Point of View

If every story combines three essential elements, plot, character and point of view, we must realize that the creators of these social websites that we are supplying with our character and plot are supplying the point of view.

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Sex and the Movies

Observing the actions of dating and lovemaking in movies becomes a sort of participation in the rites themselves, in which audience members are touched by characters and receive sensual gratification from them. (click here to read entire article)

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Toward a Unified Story

Toward a Unified Story
Over eons the first stories morphed and multiplied into a myriad of stories. Now, through motion pictures and the Internet, the myths, legends, and histories of all traditions will merge back together again. Through the universal language of image and song, motion pictures are presenting the world with its unified story. Click to view entire article.

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Early Movie Theater Prototype

Gothic artisans that provided ornate alters for the great cathedrals, had offspring who adapted the same skills, in later periods, to provide scenic backdrops for opulent operas and romance plays. The legacy continues to the artists, craftsmen and tradesmen working on location and in soundstages for our limit-pushing entertainments of today. “Click” to read entire article.

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what do I want that eye to see?

I think of someone who may be illiterate, they may be deaf, mute, or all of the above. For that matter, they could have only one eye and still watch my movie. When I make films, that person is my audience. I ask myself, what do I want that eye to see? “Click” to read entire article.

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Website Launch for OCC

Open Channel Content (OCC), a boutique film production company will be opening their virtual doors in November, 2009. Producing partners Phoenix and Stryder Simms join with you to help consciously define the digital revolution.

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NM Film Expo

Screening Films from all over New Mexico for four days, the New Mexico Film Expo … Open Channel Content will have 2 films screening the weekend of September 26: “Bailout” and “Agnus Day”.

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