Check your favorite local businesses for the latest edition of North of Center. You can also grab the PDF here: March 24, 2010
By Lucy Jones, for LFL
The Lexington Film League is accepting submissions for our Music Video Contest and Showcase from now until May 1, 2010.
Be creative and be unique! Submissions are open nationwide and to all ages.
Your video must have been made in the last three years and you must own, or have permission to use, the rights to the music.
The competition will culminate in a video showcase at Buster’s Backroom & Billiards on Saturday, May 29. Doors will open at 6 pm and the video screenings will be followed by live music.
The grand prizewinner of the competition will receive a guaranteed slot at Louisville’s Flyover Film Festival during the weekend of June 11-13, 2010.
For more information please contact the Lexington Film League:
Kiley Lane, Sarah Wylie VanMeter, or Lucy Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 213-663-6566 (Lucy Jones’ phone).
Send a high-resolution file (QuickTime preferred) or DVD to:
LFL Music Video Contest
c/o Sarah Wylie VanMeter
1113 North Limestone
Lexington, KY 40505
There is an $8 submission fee per video.
Lexington Film League – Lexington just got a little more interesting.
UPCOMING / CURRENT EVENTS
One World Film Festival, February – March 2010, Lexington, Kentucky
Fly Over Film Festival, Louisville Film Society – June 11-13th 2010, Louisville, Kentucky
All of these events and links will be posted at www.lexingtonfilmleague.org
Rescue Dogs & Ravens
By Nick Kidd
With Killer Meteor’s debut LP, the first thing that jumps out is the sleek packaging and gorgeous photography of Michael Donner. The front and back covers feature a boy of roughly 5 years donning an Incredible Hulk costume. On the front, he’s glancing off to the side of the frame looking unsure; on the back, the grimacing Hulk looks outward, his stuffed arm, chest, and abdominal muscles inhumanly flexed on the undersized boy’s frame. The outfit is made complete by its loose but tattered pants, a casualty of the transformation from man to Hulk, from boy to superhuman. The scene, photographed amidst Halloween décor, is awash in sepia.
By Nick Kidd
At the Coralee & The Townies album release party at Cosmic Charlies on March 19th, my buddy Jeff leaned over to me and asked, “Do you realize there’s about 80 years worth of playing experience onstage right now?” I thought he was being hyperbolic, so I did a little math: lead singer Corey Wilson’s only been performing 2 years…keyboardist Jon Grossman’s only 25 years old…so that means almost all of that experience lies in the band’s other 4 members?
If that quartet was anyone other than Smith Donaldson, Fred Sexton, David White, and Scott Wilmoth—guys who have played in more bands than I can afford to list here (including The Swells, Tallboys, Big Maracas, and Yonders)—I might have responded, “Bullshit.” But Jeff’s assessment wasn’t mere hyperbole: Coralee & The Townies have experience out the wazoo. Hearing them live, however, transcends linear calculations of time. One can hardly tell the difference between originals and cover songs; they all sound like classics.
Tuesday, March 30
Fair Heron w/ Technoir MA
The Hive Salon (156 Deweese St.), 9 P.M. $5. 18+
Given that Spring is the time of blooming flowers and new beginnings, it seems appropriate the Hive will host the debut of Lexington’s newest electronic music act on March 30th. Fair Heron, the brainchild of local musician Ellie Herring, crafts beat-oriented electronic music soundscapes by splicing dreamy synths and soothing vocals overtop hip-hop bounce. Fans of Warp Records superstars Boards of Canada and Prefuse 73 will feel right at home. While most of Fair Heron’s recorded output is composed digitally, the group will be playing with a full band for their Lexington debut.
Following Fair Heron will be Massachusetts-based industrial shoegazers Technoir MA. Their sound channels both the dreamy space rock of groups like My Bloody Valentine and Spacemen 3, while delving into the deeper rhythmic territory of bands like Joy Division and Can. A DJ set will follow the entire affair, ensuring that many attendees will call in sick to work the next day suffering from “dance exhaustion.”—Patrick Smith
By Ben Allen, co-producer of Reel Visions
Lexington’s creative community continues to grow and shine as new venues for music and visual art multiply and develop throughout the city. In recent months, the area’s filmmakers have also been given new opportunities to display their talents on a larger scale. Last month, the Lexington Film Society celebrated the culmination of its “Do-ers” Project with a packed public screening at Natasha’s restaurant. The Do-ers Project invited local filmmakers to explore the myriad activities of Lexingtonians, revealing our richly diverse culture and the different issues our citizens face everyday.
In attendance at the celebration was Sara O’Keefe, producer of the Reel Visions: A Spotlight on Kentucky’s Filmmakers series on KET, who gave a brief introduction of the program. The show, a half-hour collection of some of the best short-films from filmmakers native to or living in Kentucky, features everything from experimental art films to quirky short storylines to off-the-beaten path documentaries. Filmmakers have the opportunity to have their work viewed across the state—a level of exposure that may have previously been unattainable.
By Keith Halladay
The CCI 22 Long Rifle “Stinger” round leaves a rifle muzzle, according to the manufacturer, at 1640 feet per second, making it one of the fastest 22-caliber bullets available. Since a good part of the fun of shooting is trying new loads, in early January I took a bit of Christmas money, logged into my account at the Cabela’s online store, and began to place an order for 500 rounds of the stuff.
As I clicked through the checkout screens a message appeared to inform me that the Stingers were on backorder, and that Cabela’s was expecting a fresh shipment on March 15. “Eh,” I thought, “don’t need it now,” and I placed the order anyway.
What will college’s, community’s response be?
By Danny Mayer
On March 17, immigration officials entered the Amazon warehouse located off Leestown Road just past New Circle and arrested Julio Martinez, who worked there part-time to help pay for his college.
The ICE officials had a “lawful” reason, of course. (They always do). Eleven years ago, when Martinez was 7 years old, he was caught with his family crossing the U.S./Mexico border. At the time, Clinton-era immigration policies stressed arrest, but not deportation, of undocumented migrants caught making the journey north. The policy was called “Catch and Release,” as if human beings were equatable to fish caught for sport and then magnanimously released free back into the water. Under the Catch and Release program, Martinez, along with the rest of his family, was caught, booked and released free inside the vast expanses of the U.S., officially declared a “fugitive” in, to and by his new country well before he hit the ripe old age of 10.
Learning a New Art Form to Tell the Story of James Baker Hall
By Whitney Baker
When I asked James Baker Hall if I could do a film on his life, his work, his teaching, I imagined a viewer who didn’t know life could be transformed through writing and art. At one time, I was that person, locked in to a cycle of confusion, rehashing the same unresolved stories and arguments about life, death, beauty and destruction. Without giving ourselves the right to be surprised by creation and re-creation, we spin our wheels, and our resentments entrench rather than pass away.
Jim helped us understand art’s role in letting go of old ideas and opening one’s self to new ones. He agreed to let me make the film. The only issue was, I knew nothing about making a film.
Lexington Bike Polo gears up for a king hell of a tourney
Volunteer construction crews on bikes have been frantically working around the clock at Coolavin Park to put the finishing touches on Court 2. The preparations are for Lexington Bike Polo’s 2nd annual Spring Invitational, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4. Treated lumber boards have been pedaled into place and nailed down by the construction crew to form the court’s outer-walls; the clean-up crew has been busy waxing the court to a dull green shine, while the home-court-advantage crew has followed right behind them, scuffing up and oiling down select spots on both courts 1 and 2; and the balls crew has been keeping a close watch on their balls–checking them at regular intervals throughout the day for irregularities, deformities, and the like.
What’s more, the cookout crew has decided, after much discussion and paring down of ideas, on a cookout menu of hotdogs, hamburgers, Ale-8-Ones, and PBRs. All-city player Brad Flowers, apparently fully healed from his debilitating athlete’s foot injury, is now back to full speed and has been seen doing stop-start exercises on his bicycle up and down Johnson Avenue at odd hours of the early morning in an attempt to get back into game shape. All the while the bruiser, Alex Brooks, has been methodically sharpening the tips of his handlebars each night before drifting off to a deep sleep in the warm embrace of his bike–a relaxation technique he reportedly learned while playing around the Juarez circuit years back.