A multilingual video message from Al Gore

So this is what I have been up to for the last 3 days. Editing and subtitling, animating the graphics, and programming beats for the intro/outros. Hope you all enjoy and feel inspired to go take the climate change pledge at Avaaz.org!
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English
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Español
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Português
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Français
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Music by/Música por/Musique par: HEPNOVA

Dreamgirls

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Last night I went to see Dreamgirls with Sophia, John, and friends to celebrate his birthday.  The film documents the tribulations and triumphs of a "family" bound by music and a common dream, spanning decades of history when African Americans, and Americans in general were trying to fulling realize their dreams for liberty and equality.  The music is absolute pop perfection, while perfectly reflecting and commenting on the emotions of the characters and the state of the times.  Newcomer Jennifer Hudson, of American Idol fame, was absolutely on fire!  Her voice was so beautiful it gave me goosebumps!  People were singing along, clapping and screaming.  The experience was almost religious, like a black church in Harlem on Sunday morning. YOU MUST SEE THIS MOVIE!

DFILM Moviemaker

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Make your own mini-flash movies online.  Choose a setting, cast your characters, and write the script.  Then share the movie with your friends.  Lots of fun! 

http://www.dfilm.com/index_moviemaker.html

Here's a sample movie I made:

http://mm.dfilm.com/mm2s/mm_route.php?id=3105314 

Japanese School Girl Film and Party

Tonight I went to a special Japanese schoolgirl-themed film screening and party at the Japan Society.  The film that they showed was a Japanese comedy from the 1980's called Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (セーラー服と機関銃), the story of an innocent school girl who inherits the leadership of a yakuza gang and leads them on a quest of revenge and redemption. Absolutely brilliant.  A must-see.  I rate it along with my other Japanese 80's favorite, Tampopo.

Here are some pictures of the after party (total otaku meat market), and a sneak peak at the new New York (and US) flagship Uniqlo store in SoHo that I passed by on the way home:

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Marie Antoinette

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I went to see Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette on Friday night. The film was beautiful, cinematographic cotton candy fluff. Honey, you don’t have to be smart, you just have to be pretty. Although Marie Antoinette lacks the inspired genius of Coppola’s Lost in Translation, it does once again prove that nobody can quite capture the essence of rich young white girl angst and anomie quite like Coppola.

Marie Antoinette – the haiku:

I don’t envy your

Feathers, wigs and petticoats

But I do want cake