Alt-Rock Show

Remember a while back when I shot the photos for that Hip-Hop show? Well, the promoters were so impressed with my photos that they hired me on for their Alt-Rock show. I was a bit more limited than last time, but I still had a blast. I can’t wait to do more work with these guys.

If you don’t already, make it a point to support your local artists. Yeah, it can be hit-and-miss on occasion, but sometimes you find some truly awesome bands. The 40’s and Welshly opened and closed the night, respectively, and both had pretty solid showings. However; my favorite band of the night was easily Forest & the Evergreens.  The music had a fun Ska vibe that I dig, and were really just a nice group of guys. Do your ears a favor, and go check out their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/forestandtheevergreens.

Do you have a favorite indie band? Why not give them a shout-out in the comments below?

Documentary Review: Dear Zachary

DearZachary

Don’t watch this film. Seriously, you’ll thank me. Oh, it’s not that it makes the mistakes of the previous films I’ve reviewed. The character are all fleshed out and identifiable, the production and editing are solid, and the narrative is phenomenal. “But Sam,” I hear you say. “These all sound like traits of a good film!” And, you would be absolutely right; Dear Zachary is an amazing movie. But you still shouldn’t watch it.

Though, perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, is exactly what it sounds like. Film maker Kurt Kuenne’s closest friend, Andrew Bagby had passed on, leaving an infant son, Zachery, behind. The film began life as a collection of interviews of Andrew’s friends and family, mixed with old home video footage shot by Kuenne. Of course, films like this never receive much attention unless there is some form of twist, and it is a big one. Shirley Turner, little Zachery’s mother, is revealed to be the one who killed Bagby. Following this early reveal, the bulk of the film follows Bagby’s parents, David and Kathleen, fighting to gain custody of Zachary from their son’s killer. This culminates in a climax that I would not dare spoil.

Every note comes together in a beautiful, yet heartbreaking sonata that shows just how powerful the documentary can be. The story is something nobody could have come up with in fiction. Rewatching it after seeing all of the other documentaries for this class, I can truly appreciate how well done it is. It succeeds in creator insertion where Moore’s Bowling for Columbine fails in that the creator is part of the story, but does not ever try to become the focus of the narrative. Unilke A Man Named Pearl, no part of the story seems wasted or superfluous. Finally, it delivers the raw emotion more than anything else on this list. I have seen Dear Zachery twice, and I have cried twice.

So, now you see. Dear Zachery is a brilliant film, that for your own sake, you should avoid.