The Prodigal Altar Boy

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Prodigal Altar Boy Blog: insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties...

Prodigal Altar Boy Blog
5 February 2012

Movie Work

January 2012:
9 January - Reviewed 2009 Michael Morwood footage shot in Indiana

10 January - Met with art agent (Drage Vukcevich) on the mechanic, details of art shows.  Advisory Board member Mark Molloy was my back up for this meeting.  I’m working on an art show based on the paintings produced thus far for the movie.  There are many details to consider, and while I think it will work, I have to pick the proper time.  With the focus on editing, I may move the art show to later in the year.   

10 January – Re-digitized Michael Morwood footage.  Took notes on his tie to TQ through publishing.  Also looked for connection between Morwood and the Second Vatican Council.

12 January – Contacted TQ via phone at the rehabilitation center.  He felt he would be home in two weeks.

16 January – Watched Karen Everett Week 9 video from the course “The Ultimate Guide to Structuring Your Documentary.”  

17 January – Edit work.  Assembly Edit is out to 40 minutes.

18 January -  Edit work.  Assembly Edit is out to 57 minutes.  Considering moving digitized footage to named sub clips to make assembly easier.  My new workflow plan means daily work on editing could move the work along.  Lot of discussion of what I need to give up (Law and Order (Criminal Intent), Storage Wars and Cops, among other things) to make time for daily work.  

Thematic Question – So, how many Easters for TQ?

19 January – Karen Everett “The Ultimate Guide to Structuring Your Documentary” Week 9 video.

23 January ­­­­­­­­­­Thematic Point:  Use shots of TQ not talking (usually during set ups) as a way to show TQ “reflecting” on what he’s just said or to transition to the next shot.  Reviewed alternated archival footage of Second Vatican Council.

24 January – Read Rough Cut chapter from the book “Documentary Storytelling.”  Watched Karen Everett “The Ultimate Guide to Structuring Your Documentary” Week 10 video.

25 January – Digitized TQ’s “Donahue” footage.

30 January – Contact Zachary about the initial press release. Wrote notes on Zachary’s first draft of the press release.

31 January – Assembly Edit work. 

Phrase that pays:  “I’m like Bob Dylan, Jack.  ‘The next time you see me, you better run.’”
February 2012
2 February – Edit work on press release.  

3 February - TQ back in the hospital.

4 February – Worked with TYD (Glenford Nunez – Trust Your Developer) to move some domain names from GoDaddy to his control so he can finish work on the web site.
Music Work
Pat Metheny Etudes – Ex. #1 bars 1-8
Connected bars 1-4 and 5-8.  Practicing all eight bars as one piece.  Next phase will be to add bars 9-12.

Dies Irae
Moved Dies Irae work to the Annihilator Guitar.  Bought a new strap and stand to accommodate the guitar’s shape.  This will also be a “stand-up” playing concern.


I was reading “Common Prayer” this morning, and today’s lead off reading was this:
On February 1, 1960, four college students – Exell A. Blair, Jr., David Richmond, Joseph McNeil, and Franklin McCain – uninitiated the first sit-in demonstration at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.  The store manager ignored the protestors, hoping they would leave.  The next day, twenty-seven more students came to protest.  By February 5, three hundred students had arrived, igniting a mass movement of sit-ins for desegregation throughout the South.”

Following that, there was a passage from Psalm 27:

15 Show me your way, O LORD;
    lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
16 Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries,
    for false witnesses have risen up against me,
    and also those who speak malice.
17 What if I had not believed
that I should see the goodness of the L
    in the land of the living!

At church today, the message drew on Second Corinthians, and this passage stood out for me:

2 Corinthians 12:10

10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 

Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries...
Reflecting on lunch counter sit-ins, scripture accounts of false witnesses and speakers of malice along with Paul’s delight in insults, persecutions, and difficulty and it all seems so timely.  I think about the phrase “Food Stamp President” from Newt Gingrich and wonder how anyone can let this pass.  Does anyone think such a characterization of the President is devoid of racial invective?  

for false witnesses have risen up against me, and also those who speak malice.
Unless you really search, those first four lunch counter protestors, Exell A. Blair, Jr., David Richmond, Joseph McNeil, and Franklin McCain, are nearly lost to history.  Ask the average American about lunch counters, sit-ins or even Woolworth’s and you are likely to get a blank stare.  I hear Mitt Romney intimate and then retract/rephrase his father had walked with Martin Luther King.  The last word was he probably did not.  Given Romney and the Republican Party’s not-even-approaching-thinly-veiled-disdain for African Americans, especially the President, why even bother to attempt to pander?  I listen to Newt Gingrich, describing Spanish as the language of the ghetto and wonder how he can expect the Latino vote.  I get emails every day from Rick Santorum, asking me to contribute to any of his various “money bombs,” and I am appalled at his level of demonization of the President (not that he is any worse than any of the other candidates)  

…in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.
To illustrate the forces gathered against the President, Sheldon Adelson, currently Newt Gingrich’s deep-pocketed benefactor, is reported so committed to defeating President Obama he’s promised to provide support to the Romney campaign if Romney becomes the Republican nominee.  So what you’re telling me is that the person who ponied up $10 million to form the Gingrich Super PAC “Winning Our Future,” financing the latest round of anti-Romney television ads is willing to chase that money with cash for Romney because he wants to defeat Barack Obama.  Oh, and he’d like to play a larger role in the Republican Party as well as conservative causes.  

Okay, time to hop off my soapbox and get back the Super Bowl.  Before I sign off, I want to give a shout out to the Occupy folks, especially Occupy Baltimore, who continue their good works and show the difference between the 99%, who realize how we are all connected, and the 1%, who are willing to pursue and prolong scorched earth politics for America, with their own money, just because they want to “defeat” President Obama.  What do you think that’s code for? Think about it. 
(Oh yeah, don’t think for a New York minute I have forgotten about Ron Paul.  I’ll need a little more space to deal with him)