Outing & Craft Festival!

Hey Everyone!

We had a very productive, fun, and chilly weekend!

Saturday we had our combined company outing/picnic. We were out on the water by 10am kayaking from the dam down to the park. there were over 100 people signed up, and quite a few came. It took my wife and I about three and a half hours to make our way down. Here is my wife ad mom up in front:

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About half way down there are some pretty mean rapids. We made it through ok, others were not so lucky. I helped a couple in a canoe that flipped right in front of us, ans when I got back in my kayak I saw another guy behind me flip right over as well. Everyone was safe just a bit wet and maybe a bit cold. It wasn’t raining but the sun never did come out.

Later we had catered pulled pork and chicken, from a place a few miles away. It was delicious. We had six corn hole boards up and running as well as a few for washer toss, and disc golf. Before we left I won a $25 gift card to Olive Garden, so my wife and I will have to make a trip out there soon!

Sunday we woke up and got ready to go to the local craft festival. It is once a year and we always make it a point to go. This year was really fun but it was raining. Here is the guy that was making balloon animals:

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There were vendors from all over. Exhibiting things from art, to soups, and to guitars.

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Oh and they had a tiny petting zoo!

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On our way out we picked up 10 pounds of grass fed beef from a farm no more than 30 miles away from us, and some sugar coated almonds.

Once we got home I got my favorite purchase out!

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It is a CAO cigar box turned into a 3 string guitar. It is tuned to G D G. There are pickups in it so you can plug it in to an amplifier, and sounds ok if played acoustically. There is a neat story behind the one that I picked. The guy who makes these was asked to make a small Ukulele from a different CAO box, for the Master Blender of the CAO company. I guess the lady knew him personally and wanted it as a gift. For payment he was given two large boxes of cigar boxes. In one of those two boxes was this cigar box. He said he has never seen one like it before and it was the only one like it that he had made. He told me that the small Uke he made was in the Master Blenders office to this day. That is a neat backstory for  the guitar. 😀

I finished Sunday off watching my beloved Cowboys do absolutely nothing against the Panthers. At least I had a beer to enjoy with it!

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I hope you have all had a great weekend, I know I did! I’ll be back again tomorrow, hope to see you then! 😀 😀

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The Story of 90 Coins (2015)

Title: The Story of 90 Coins MV5BZTNhNTlmMGMtZWU5Yy00ZTkzLWIxZjktNTcyYmRjNjM2NGE1L2ltYWdlL2ltYWdlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyODE0NTE2OA@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,706,1000_AL_.jpg

Director: Michael Wong

Genre: Short, Drama, Romance

Rating: Not Rated

Leads: Jose Acosta, Dongjun Han, Zhuang Zhiqi

Ok, this will be my first time doing something of this nature. I was contacted by the director of this short film, Michael Wong, to watch and review his film. I graciously have accepted.

On to the specifics! The short film is 10 minutes in duration. It is a Chinese film directed by Michael Wong. This is seemingly his first film, made for entertainment. This film in particular has picked up over 30 different recognition’s, at film festivals world wide. I will have them listed at the end if you care to browse through them. 😀

Short films are created differently than full length films for many reasons. They have to be able to grab the audience quickly all while presenting as much information as they can to build up the story. I personally feel like short films never can do any justice, because you can clearly tell there is a full story inside waiting to come alive. That being said, for many reasons, most short films never get made in to feature films, and you are left wondering what if.

In this short film Wan Yuyang (Han Dongjun) is in love with Chen Wen (Zhuang Zhiqi). Her feelings aren’t mutual, but he wants her to give him a chance. He proposes a 90 day period for him to change her mind. He will give her a coin each day for 90 days, totaling $9.00. If at the end of the 90 days she does not feel the same way about him they will buy drinks where they first met and say goodbye. They see each other everyday except one, and each day she receives a coin in a folded paper container. Along the way Chen Wen is advancing in her career as a fashion designer, and seemingly has to choose her career or possible love. The whole film is based on the motto “Don’t let a promise become just a beautiful memory.” What will she decide? Go see for yourself in the link below!

In the short 10 minutes of this film you are presented with a ton on information. You don’t have enough time to really build any relationship with the characters but you do have time to engulf yourself in the beautiful story. At times it seems a bit scattered and confusing, but I’ll chalk that up to a complex story being compressed. The story is mostly narrated by what seems to be both characters own conscience’s so you don’t see the actors speaking through out. There are English subtitles, and that is what I had to go off of. I watched this film three times over to make sure I captured the story, the lines, and the video.

The cinematography and photo editing in this film is stunning. I mean wonderful! The shots are tasteful, and classy. The cuts and transitions are as smooth as can be. Everything in that regard is top notch.

Since this was a requested review I want to give you, my readers the option to watch this film yourself to see what I mean. You can watch the film on Vimeo here!

Does this short film have what it takes to be a full length movie? I would say yes. Will it ever become one? Probably not, based on many factors. Who should watch this short? Everyone! If it were a full length movie who would want to see it? Adult couples on date night. What would you rate this short film? I would rate this short film a 7/10. 

As promised here is a list of accolades for this short. I hope you have enjoyed my review.

  • ACCOLADES
    Official Selection – Nassau Film Festival 2017
    Silver Remi: Shorts Dramatic Original – WorldFest Houston Int’l Film & Video Festival 2017
    Nominee: Best Director of a Short Foreign Language Film – Nice Int’l Filmmaker Festival 2017
    Nominee: Best Lead Actor in a Foreign Language Film – Nice Int’l Filmmaker Festival 2017
    Nominee: Best Original Score – Nice Int’l Filmmaker Festival 2017
    Winner: Best Editing – SHORT to the Point (Feb) 2017
    Official Selection – UK Screen One International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – Sacramento International Film Festival 2016
    Winner: Best Cinematography – Top Indie Film Awards 2016
    Nominee: Best Romantic Comedy – Top Indie Film Awards 2016
    Awards of Excellence – Accolade global Film Competition 2016
    Best Drama – Los Angeles Film Awards 2016
    Best Cinematography – Los Angeles Film Awards 2016
    Best Foreign Short – Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2016
    Best Actress – Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2016
    Audience Choice Award: Drama – Festigious International Film Festival 2016
    Best Couple – Festigious International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – Singapore World International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – New York Film Week 2016
    Official Selection – Vasteras Film Festival 2016
    1st prize: Best Cinematography – Open Art Short Film Festival 2016
    2nd prize: Best Director – Open Art Short Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection: Narrative Short Film – Open Art Short Film Festival 2016
    Winner: Best Short Film – Universal Film Festival 2016
    Nominee: Best Foreign Film – Universal Film Festival 2016
    Nominee: Best Actor – Universal Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – Shnit International Short Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – Bridge Film Fest 2016
    Official Selection – Ipsos Short Film Breaks 2016
    Winner: Best Narrative Short – The World’s Independent Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – Swedish International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – Vienna Independent Film Festival 2016
    Best Film: Hope – Top Shorts Online Film Festival 2016
    Best Cinematography – Top Shorts Online Film Festival 2016
    Honorable Mention: Original Score – Top Shorts Online Film Festival 2016
    Official Cinebalu Screening Selection – Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival 2016
    Merit Award – International New York Film Festival 2016
    Best Foreign Short Film – Ukrainian International Short Film Festival 2016
    Winner: Best Director – Whatashort India International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection: Best Film – Whatashort India International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection: Best Cinematography – Whatashort India International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection: Best Actor – Whatashort India International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection: Best Story – Whatashort India International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – Toronto Film Week 2016
    Official Selection – DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival 2016
    Rising Star Awards (Foreign Film) – Canada International Film Festival 2016
    Special Jury Mention – Promofest Short of the Year 2016
    Official Selection – Venice Film Week 2016
    Official Selection – Sydney World Film Festival 2015
    Finalist – Canada Shorts Film Festival 2015
    Official Selection – Kiwi International Film Festival 2015
    Official Finalist – London Film Awards 2015
    Official Selection – #TOFF The Online Film Festival 2015
    Official Selection – SPFW Indie Film Festival 2015
    Official Selection – Los Angeles CineFest 2015
    Official Selection – US Hollywood International Film Festival (USHIFF) 2015
    Official Selection – The Monthly Film Festival (TMFF) 2015
    Official Selection – Barcelona Planet Film Festival 2015

Lets Get Artsy!

Hey Everyone!

Today I’m doing something different yet again. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite painters and want to showcase some of their work and leave short descriptions about the artist. Why not right?! I’m not a huge collector of art, but would like to be someday. I was able to attend an art auction while on our honeymoon a few years back and it was spectacular. So without further ado, lets get into it.

**Disclaimer, I don’t have deep ties with the paintings or messages I just like the imagery (Again, not much of an art guy)**

Lets start out with a couple everyone will have heard of. One of my all time favorite painters is Salvador Dali. Something about the way he saw the world, got me hooked. I mean c’mon look at these works below!

Dali was a Spanish, surrealist artist. This can clearly be seen in his paintings. They are meant to show the creative potential of the unconscious mind, hence why most everything is melty haha. If you want to know a few random facts about Dali follow this link here! Quick side note, when I was in high school I did a really nice rendition of one of his works of art. The sad thing is that once I turned it in, it got lost and I never saw it again! 😦

Next up another well known artist, Vincent van Gogh! Everyone has heard of and see his ,arguably, most famous painting, The Starry Night. His other works are just as beautiful.

van Gogh was a Dutch artist, known for his Post-Impressionist form. That and we all remember that he cut his dang ear off for a girl! Poor guy. To learn more about him check this link here! He had only painted for ten years before committing suicide, but had created over 2,000 works of art! That is impressive.

Changing gears here we have Blek le Rat. He was one of the very first graffiti artists in Paris. He has also been described as the ‘Father of Stencil Graffiti’ Check out some of his work below:

He began painting in 1981 painting stencils of rats on the walls of Paris streets, claiming that they were the only free animals in the city. Most graffiti artists paint with a message, and he was no different.  Each person should interpret it for themselves though. I think the same art will mean something different to each person who views it. For more on Blek le Rat check this link out!

His works heavily influenced this next guy. Banksy is his name and anonymity is his game. You may have heard of him, through his political graffiti art. He incorporates a bit of dark humor and satire into his paintings.

Much like Blek le Rat he does some stencil art on the streets. When he started out, in 1990, he did freehand graffiti. In the early 2000’s he switched to stencils because they were faster, and allowed him to get away easier with out sacrificing his messages. I just like the simplicity of the paintings, that have a much more powerful meaning. I don’t think we see eye to eye on the message but the respect is still there. For a few more facts about Banksy check out this link!

We are switching gears, one more time for the final artist. He was a Japanese artist names Katsushika Hokusai. He was a painter and a print maker. He had an obsession with Mount Fuji, as you can see in his art. He is also well known for The Great Wave print. Which I love.

 

Hokusai was influenced by the styling of Chinese painting. His actually date of birth is a mystery, but is stated as the 23rd day of the 9th month of the 10th year. During his life he went by over 30 different names. For more interesting facts on Katsushika Hokusai follow the link provided riiiiiiiiiight…..HERE!

So there you have it! Just a few of the artists that I think of when asked. Not that I was asked, but you know, when I am. 😀

I hope you have enjoyed this post, I’ll be back again tomorrow. I hope to see you then! 😀 😀