Tuesday, September 29, 2009

BUSCON is an official selection at the Milan Film Festival in Italy!

I'm proud to announce that BUSCON, a documentary directed by Anthony Alcalde that I helped produce is an official selection at the 27th Annual Milan International Ficts Festival in Italy (http://www.sportmoviestv.com/home.asp?l=0). 

This is a project that has gone through many stages and it's great to see it in it's prime form. Cogratulations to everyone involved!

Here's a link to the film's website and synopsis:

Web: http://busconthemovie.com/


BUSCÓN - n. 1. searcher 2. swindler 3. baseball scout

Buscón shows us the faces of Major League Baseball's search for young talent in Latin America.  As impoverished children with few resources, young latino players are left vulnerable to identity and birth certificate fraud, bonus skimming and child abuse at the hands of a system that can offer great opportunity, but at a considerable cost.

Carlos Perez is a buscón who takes us into the world of Major League Baseball hopefuls in Nicaragua.  Cheslor Cuthbert is the top 16 year old prospect from Corn Island, Nicaragua and is expected to be signed by a Major League team in July 2009.  Carlos provides us an inside look at how buscónes seek out kids and then hold on to them until they are ready to be signed.  Dwight Britton is a prospect whom Carlos trained until a rival buscón moved in and signed Dwight to the Seattle Mariners.

Carlos wants to see the system improve by establishing standards and practices for baseball in Nicaragua, both to protect the kids who dream of playing in the big leagues as well as the informal infrastructure of amateur coaches, trainers and buscóns who help young players compete with players from wealthier Latin American countries.  He sees a corrupt system that is in need of change.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Roman Polanski Arrested

After about 30 years on the run from U.S. authorities, legendary director Roman Polanski ("Rosemary's Baby," "Chinatown," "The Pianist") has finally been arrested in Zurich, Switzerland by authorities there, who decided to take matters into their own hands, with the possibility of being extradited to the U.S. It's been that long since Polanski was accused of having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl. After being arrested at the time, Roman Polanski, out on bail, bounced to his secret hide-out in France never to return.

This is a pretty sticky situation for the 72-year-old maker of films who has been ditching this matter while living it up lavishly making movies and drinking wine. But now we're left with a dilemma: does our justice system brush this under the carpet? Would it be right for this man to not pay his dues to society? The bottom line is that he drugged and raped a 13-year-old, who is now in her mid-forties and has actually forgiven him.

I dunno. In one hand, there are way worst things happening in this world. But on the other hand, the man has been on the run and the only reason why he's getting any sympathy is because he's a famous director of films. We'll have to wait and see just what happens. Will his case of "hey, it happened over 30 years ago" hold any water? Isn't there a statue of limitation law or something?

I dunno. All I know is that he's in a bad spot and it's just a weird situation in general. While the answer is moralistically obvious (the man raped a 13-year-old child) how will his stardom weigh in on this? And should it?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are character posters

I'm loving how this is looking!

New Technology Aimed at Stopping Movie Piracy

Dear bootleg DVD lady,

Your solicitation of unlawfulness material is not welcomed. We don't want you around! You may look like a nice old lady on the outside but I can see through that devilish smile. You're a criminal! A low life criminal.

Maybe this little bit of Japanese news will have you thinking twice about the next movie you decide to rip off into your digital camera. A new technology has been introduced where pulses of infrared light gets emitted through the little wholes on the movie screen, which will turn your crooked video recording into a mesh of blurry imagery that will form the face of Sloth laughing at you saying "HAHAHA! You can't see me!"

Don't believe me? Read it all yourself by copy and pasting the link below to your web browser. It's all there:



The Unemployed Robot

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Udachi and Jubilee - Smoke Rings

Udachi (aka my good friend Greg from college) and Jubilee get techno-funky with this one. This song is also featured in my short film LOVEBUG, which is ALMOST DONE! WHOOO!

Anyway, here's the vid:

Monday, September 7, 2009