My aunt Susie ( Susan Nelson copy editor on LinkedIn) made this. It was weirdly prophetic, minus the vodka.
Bend Broadband – What We Share (commercial)
Duran Duran – Runway Runaway (music video)
Role: writer, director
Selected as one of the best music videos shot in Portland, OR in 2011 via OPB and shown on Duran Duran’s 2011 tour.
Otis – Jay Z and Kanye West (parody / viral)
Role: creative, editor
Coraline – Doll Hair (branded content, shown on IFC and YouTube)
Role: Editor (Joint Editorial)
The Blow – Knowing the Things That I Know (music video)
Voted one of the best music videos of the year by RES Magazine, and featured on the magazine’s monthly DVD.
Electric Six – Psychic Visions (music video)
Role: writer, director
Above: still from a recent assignment, recreating the ending of The Hangover with an all female cast to promote a new app
Is it just me, or have Blizzards gotten really expensive?
Portland, OR may be a utopia of amazing parks, craft food and beverage, progressive politics, affordable movie theaters, mostly nice people, and an overall pioneering DIY spirit…but apparently Portland also has some pretty terrible air.
Maybe we should do something about that.
And it’s not just an issue in Portland, but the rest of Oregon as well.
According to EPA’s National Air Toxics Assessment, Oregon has the third largest population at risk of excess cancer due to air pollution behind only California & New York. (Learned this via http://www.whatsinourair.org )
And across Oregon, 117 schools fall in the worst 10% nationally for exposure to industrial pollution.
Look, Oregon is amazing. So many beautiful places – the beaches, the desert, the mountains, the forests, rivers, lakes. But California has way stricter standards for air quality.
In fact, The Oregonian has reported that Oregon has become a dumping ground for California’s older big diesel rigs which pollute the air. See article here.
An excerpt from the article by Rob Davis: About 350,000 trucks in California are being phased out because they fail to meet that state’s stricter standards. Trucking companies have found willing buyers in Oregon, where environmental standards are looser.
This is a bummer. We can do better. If you’re an Oregonian who would like better air quality please considering contacting your state representatives today, asking for something to be done at the Federal level.
Tweet. Make noise. Get the word out.
Maybe pressure could put on successful companies like Safeway, Whole Foods, Fred Meyers/Kroger to upgrade to delivery trucks that are easier on the environment.
Come up with your own solutions to the problem.
You don’t have to get to upset. You don’t have to get worried.
But nothing will change if you remain silent or apathetic.
All for now…
11 years ago Jeremy Wilkins (aka Allegra Gellar) covered DONTCHA by the Pussy Cat Dolls real slow and real for me.
(The idea to slow pop songs down and make them deeper, came to me from Daniel Riddle of the legendary Portland band King Black Acid.)
Jeremy took the challenge, though protested that there wasn’t much to work with. Apparently The Pussy Cat Dolls don’t have a lot of musical instruments. And how can you give a throw away pop song meant for advertising, meaning?
But, he cracked it anyways.
But when Jeremy sent me the demo of the song, with his voice signing on it to help me know where Jennifer’s vocals would need to go – something amazing happened.
There was something about swapping the gender, having a man sing about having his heart broken and saying, “Don’t you wish your girlfriend was hot like me” that went beyond shallow, or humor or anything – it got real (a testament to Jeremy’s abilities as a musician).
Allegra Gellar – Don’t Cha – https://itun.es/i6Lm4Fv
Jeremy turned a song with no substance (only sugar) into something that had a whole lot of substance. Now, 11 years later people have caught up to this idea. This slowed down, recontextualized cover of Beyonce, that just played on some kind of Spotify “Chill Mornings” playlist reminds me of what Jeremy and I did so many years ago.
So proud to be working with the great people at Pippin Properties and (thanks to them) HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. I’m sure there’s no 8 year olds out there stumbling on this blog, but I’ll say this: KEEP WRITING AND DRAWING and doing all those creative things that bring you joy. And when you get older, whether you’re 35 or 75, don’t stop doing those things!
I directed this video for HDNS and thought you might enjoy it. Be patient with it. It’s a moody slower one, but with a nice payoff.
“There is no direct path to the place you are going. You will have to make it yourself.” – M.H. Clark from Remember This
Your path is actually under a lot of dirt.
Start clearing the dirt.
Dust off the old treasure map that you have forgotten.
Here’s the new music video for the Portland, Oregon three piece HAWKS DO NOT SHARE. The band’s sound is a little like The Cure and George Michael borrowing a bunch of effects pedals from My Blood Valentine, driving to David Lynch’s house, and spending numerous evening hours making a soundtrack for one of his films (and if that doesn’t get you to click on this hypnotic and odd video, well nothing well).
Check it out over on Pop Matters.
Zita Saito pictured above.