By Ray Pride

OnePiece: Future musings from Braden King, Jesse Epstein, Jason Silverman (content)

Three one-minute stories of where to go next, from filmmakers Braden King, Jesse Epstein and Jason Silverman. Braden King is a contributor to Mike Plante’s Lunchfilm concept in New Frontiers, described thusly: “A filmmaker is taken out to lunch and in exchange, the filmmaker agrees to make a short film. The budget: the same cost as the lunch. A contract is drawn up on a napkin and includes both rules and ideas for inspiration.”
[Two more tales at the jump]

Filmmaker Jesse Epstein just received a completion grant from Chicken & Egg Films for her feature, Body Image.

Jason Silverman is making a documentary about African film pioneer Ousmane Sembene. He says he’s seeing more work about real heroes, not comic book heroes.

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“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch

To me, Hunter S. Thompson was a hero. His early books were great, but in many ways, his life and career post–Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is a cautionary tale for authors. People expected him to be high and drunk all the time and play that persona, and he stuck with that to the end, and I don’t think it was good for him. I always sort of feel mixed emotions when I hear that people went and hung out with Hunter and how great it was to get high with Hunter. The fact is the guy was having difficulty doing any sustained writing at all for years probably because so many quote, unquote, “friends” wanted to get high with him … There was a badly disappointed romantic there. I mean, that great line, “This is where the wave broke, the tide rolled back … ” This was a guy that was hurt and disappointed and very bitter about things, and it made his writing beautiful, and also with that came a lot of pain.
~ Anthony Bourdain