This is some great news accompanied by an outdated and not so great photo of me :) 


This past weekend found me with spare time to catch up on my Instapaper queue and a few things I read stuck out as worth sharing, so I thought I’d gather them here in case you’re stocking up for the holiday weekend!

The University and The Company Man

Tressie McMillan Cottom, whom I hope

  • THE PARIS REVIEW: Has writing been a type of salvation?
  • JAMES BALDWIN: I’m not so sure! I’m not sure I’ve escaped anything. One still lives with it, in many ways. It’s happening all around us, every day. It’s not happening to me in the same way, because I’m James Baldwin; I’m not riding the subways and I’m not looking for a place to live. But it’s still happening. So salvation is a difficult word to use in such a context. I’ve been compelled in some ways by describing my circumstances to learn to live with them. It’s not the same thing as accepting them.
“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery — isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
— Bukowski


Anonymous asked:

film school or no? where? how ?$?


It depends. If it’s affordable and undergrad, I say absolutely yes. College can be expensive period and I’m not sure taking on that much debt to learn a craft in a field that offers next to no security is wise once you cross a certain cost threshold, so affordable and undergrad is the film school sweet spot for me. 

Now, if you absolutely know what you want to do and you also know that you have some skills, like you’ve already made things that, in a vacuum, are good pieces, then grad school could be a wise bet. 

Basically, you’re either learning from the ground up (undergrad) or going in to hone your skill and get a launching pad (a grad school like NYU, Columbia, etc.). You should not go to grad film school to learn the basics of making films. That’s what I think undergrad is for, because you can realize filmmaking is not for you and eat the cost of discovery of an undergrad education but to spend that money and not yet know if this is for you at the cost of a grad degree is… yeah. 

The biggest thing you get from either is a group of friends who are gonna help you make your first, second, third shorts/features/etc. The network is the greatest asset you’re gonna get out of any of this, film school is not gonna mold you into a great director (failing and learning from those failures is). 

And not to contradict myself, but you don’t absolutely need film school, you just need to make shit and pay enough attention to learn through the process of making. The great thing about going to film school is that it sets a schedule on which you have to make things, in all facets of production, and thus are learning in an environment where it’s safe to fail, where (honestly, hopefully) failure is encouraged. You can pay a university or other institution to create that environment for you, or you can take the money you’d spend on that diploma and create it yourself whilst creating work, some good, some bad, but all productive if you’re approaching it of clear mind with the knowledge that, again, it’s okay to fail, that you’re gonna fail but that you’re learning from every fail. 

Really Anon, just start making shit. What I recommend to people is to write some simple shit, something you can make in one day on a weekend, and then make that same thing with the same people three times in a row, like every other week so you can shoot it, cut it together, see what you got. Through recognizing the mistakes you make the first time, the second time the piece should get better and the third, etc. That’s all it takes to learn the craft of filmmaking, making, recognizing mistakes, learning how not to repeat them. 

But voice? That can’t be learned, it must be channeled. Film school is useless for that. Just stay open to the world, stay curious of the world and honest with yourself and you’ll find your voice; its yours and yours only, which makes it inherently unique, gives it value. Find that voice… 

And make shit.  



blackprint & staying underground prsnt
Medicine For Melancholy (Imagination Soundtrack)
..Mistah Rapsey production

blackprint asked me to create a mix for their movement so eye created a masterpiece for your imagination.

1. Melo-Zed - About[her]
2. Ponderosa Twins Plus One - Bound
3. Milk and Bone - New York
4. Mndsgn - Exchanging
5. Airlocke - Night: Con Amor
6. Chuk Le Garçon - truuuu
7. Harris Cole - Nostalgia (w/ Flamingosis)
8. Abhi//Dijon - Distan Love
9. YUMO - Steppin’
10. YUMO - Jah (LAKIM’s Dirt Nastee Trap Refix)
11. Arnold & Sweater Beats - Jello Drip
12. Kelela - Go All Night (Slowed)
13. Abhi//Dijon - Honest
14. Abhi//Dijon - Young
15. Maxwell - Ascension (aywy. & Sh?m edit)
16. The Code - Her
17. Zeroh - Erika, wait
18. J.J. Cale - Magnolia
19. Groundislava - Feel The Heat ft. Rare Times (Arnold Remix)
20. NiceGuyxVinny - Zoner
21. Project Pablo - Morning Shift
22. TOKiMONSTA - Realla (Ft. Anderson Paak)
23. B 3 N B i - The Effects of Wander
24. B 3 N B i - Lindalude
25. Chris McClenney - Slowitdown
26. HΛRRISON - Evening (Ft. BizZarh)
27. Moses Boyd Exodus - Dreaming
28. beatboxbandit - ENDovDAYS
29. Moses Sumney - San Fran
30. Erykah Badu - On & On (Booty Fade Remix)
31. Shlohmo - Rained The Whole Time (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
32. Estere - Cruel Charlie
33. Shabazz Palaces - Down In Luxor
34. JUNGLE. - Julia
35. Bishop Nehru - SweetLips [Prod. by J Dilla]
36. Howie Lee & Kulpa - Flash In The Pan
37. Janet Jackson - I Get Lonely ft. Sisqo (DJ Hoodboi Remix)  
38. UGK
Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You) (Instrumental)


love Staying Underground forever.

This is absolutely fantastic. You know how close I came to not making this film? Knowing that folks are still vibing to it, creating new work with even tangential inspiration from it, that means more than I could ever express. Much thanks for doing this, whomever did this. The energy here is MUCH appreciated. 

Plus, aside from that… it’s a fly fuckin’ mix 


This much I know to be true: her singularity is what brought her to so many. Nietzsche once said something similar to YOLO and it matters because you, in all your you-ness, will never be repeated. What artists we love do for us is to remind us of our singularity by expressing their own but the real magic of art is how we come to know another human’s brain through that art, and by extension we come to know we are not alone in our thoughts and feelings, despite their unique-to-you qualities. The idea of being separate is actually an illusion that life will always do its best to reinforce given all the fears we harbor and struggle with everyday. So when Nina sings about being free I like to hear her also singing about being a part of the world at large, free from its strictures of order in how they bind us in place, as apart from everything, all too often. 

Four days of the year, I get to run my mouth about some of the best films and filmmakers on the planet. Not a bad gig.

Road trip. Road trip. Road trip. Road trip. Road trip. Road trip. Road trip. Road trip. Road trip.

We can’t shut up.
“Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.”
— Susan Cain (via quotes-shape-us)

(via langleav)


shout out to this 13yo, Mo’ne Davis. ”[…]I just went out there and had fun. I settled into the game as it went by[…]”

Seriously, my new hero! 

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
— Albert Einstein (via observando)