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WDIJW? “Earth,” Lil Dicky

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This is a new approach to raising environmental awareness! Voiced by more A-list recording artists than you can name, so what’s not to love?!

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WDIJW? Water, Water Every Hare

Still from Warner Brothers 1950 cartoon, "Water, Water Every Hare," featuring Bugs Bunny; source, archive.org.
Still from Warner Brothers 1950 cartoon, "Water, Water Every Hare," featuring Bugs Bunny; source, archive.org.

Warner Brothers 1950 Looney Tunes cartoon, “Water, Water Every Hare” features Bugs Bunny, an evil scientist, and a hulking, red, shaggy monster, “Rudolf” (inspiration to Jim Henson, maybe?). While the story line is almost a match to another of Bugs’ trips to the mad scientist’s castle, “Hair-Raising Hare,” this delight — found intact on a damaged hard drive and contributed to archive.org — is UNCUT!

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Will Call #71: Jennifer Trainer on Museum Town

Aerial view of the MASS MoCA campus; still from Museum Town; image courtesy the filmmaker.
Aerial view of the MASS MoCA campus; still from Museum Town; image courtesy the filmmaker.

In this episode, we speak with Jennifer Trainer, director of the documentary, Museum Town which released earlier in 2019, debuting at SXSW. Museum Town tells the story of MASS MoCA, arguably the United States’ most expansive contemporary art space, but it does a lot more besides. This flick situates the museum within the various contexts of history, culture, and economic development. With memories and observations contributed by political figures, local business owners, the general public, artists, and the architects of the original idea, Museum Town takes an unflinching look back at how their instincts were, in many ways, spot on, but at the same time missed the mark here or there.

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WDIJW? VD Is for Everybody

The American Social Health Association was always experimenting with new ways to educate the public about venereal disease. They helped produce the first VD education film, “Fit to Fight”, in 1918 in order to educate soldiers being shipped abroad to fight in the first World War.

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WDIJW? Pasta for War!

"Pasta for War," by Zach Schlappi.
"Pasta for War," by Zach Schlappi.

Pasta for War satirizes a 1930’s propaganda newsreel. It begins with fresh pasta marching towards the podium. There, the Great Dictator orates.

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Weekend Picks: The Haunt: Forest Frights in New Lebanon; FilmColumbia

The Haunt Halloween Trail; photo by Robin Catalano.
The Haunt Halloween Trail; photo by Robin Catalano.

For this edition of our Weekend Travel Pick, we’ve got a Columbia County, New York, twofer: one of the region’s best film festivals, and some spooky pre-Halloween fun.

The Haunt: Forest Frights in New Lebanon

Go ahead. Ring the doorbell.

Then push open the creaky gate—the one with the blinking eyeball—and be plunged into the darkness, with only an itty-bitty flashlight, some caution tape, and your own sense of self-possession to guide you. You’re in The Haunt, Columbia County’s newest spookfest. For the next 40 minutes, you’ll wander a twisting haunted Halloween trail in the woods of New Lebanon—which, if I’m being honest, can be pretty hair-raising all on their own at night.

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WDIJW? Maestro

Maestro, by Bloom Pictures, directed by Illogic, is a short animated flick that contains some of the exact elements that inspired the “What Did I Just Watch” series. It’s silly. It’s quirky. Its brilliant. Enjoy!

Maestro from Bloom Pictures on Vimeo.

TLC#73: 2019 Sundance Film Festival
Short Film Tour

A poignant multi-generational slice of life film, The MINORS, written and directed by Robert Machoian, demonstrates how an immensely intimate and spare film can be a perfect selection for inclusion in the festival alongside shorts with wider focus; image courtesy Sundance Institute.

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This is TLC, Number 73, here at the Greylock Glass. I’m your host Jason Velazquez, and I hope your Independence Day week is shaping up nicely. I am very pleased to say that this episode is sponsored by the Hancock Shaker Village’s Shaker Barn Music Series, presenting The Mammals Saturday, July 27.

Sometimes fantastic interviews just sort of drop in my lap. Fascinating people I’d LOVE to hear from that I know you’ll enjoy hearing from to. Such is the case with Michael Plante, Senior Programmer for Short Films at the Sundance Film Festival. I had the good fortune of speaking with Doug Jones, Director of Images Cinema in Williamstown about the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour which lands at Images Cinema for one day only — July 4 at 2:30 p.m. Turns out, Doug and Mike are friends from way back. Then Boom! I’ve got one of the countries foremost experts on short films on the line a few days later.

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Film Review: The Biggest Little Farm

Emma, the pig, and Mr. Greasy, the rooster, are frequent scene-stealers in The Biggest Little Farm, showing just what's possible with a little inter-species understanding; NEON.
Emma, the pig, and Mr. Greasy, the rooster, are frequent scene-stealers in The Biggest Little Farm, showing just what's possible with a little inter-species understanding; NEON.

A folksy, daydream quality suffuses about half the frames of The Biggest Little Farm, out now from NEON, and showing in artsier cinemas and festivals around the country.

This cinematic pixie dust is the film’s greatest strength. It also risks placing the picture, written and directed by acclaimed wildlife photographer, John Chester, precariously at the edge of fictionalized memoir — not through untruth or exaggeration, but omission and artifice.

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