Thursday, May 31, 2007

Update, The Liberation Commission, Episode 10

Sorry this one is so late, I was a little embarassed by it, so I didn't post it for a while.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Take Your Kid to Work Day...

Wouldn't be very fun for my kid. Good thing I'm abstinent.Son, this is where I work, take a seat on the floor and play with this mouse pad. It's what a $100,000 education will get you.
Baby this is my bed, it's a futon with a black sheet on it, "sexy!" CHALLENGE, find the Frisbee in this photo!
I'm a stickler for organization. CHALLENGE #2, find the Bible, Book of Mormon, and Mein Kampf in this photo! What else do you see!?
Moving sucks.

Time for an Update...

It's nearly two in the morning and I really should be sleeping. I am sitting on the floor as I type this, my computer is on top of a shoe box and I sit Indian-style, slightly hunched over the keyboard. I arrived home last Saturday to discover a note taped to the front door. The simple note informed me that the apartment building had been sold to a developer and everyone needed to move out by June 30th. I leave on June 7th for England, so I began to move out immediately. It's probably good for me to move out before I leave so that I can reexamine my living arrangements when I get back from my journey this summer, but being surprised like this with so much already on my mind has really sent me into an existential panic.

I'll be in London with my film crew from June 7th until the 25th, and then I'll make my way to Greece for my friend David's wedding on July 7th. On July 9th I'll board a plane for an undisclosed location somewhere east of Greece and I'll be traveling for one month to shoot 6 episodes of a TV show about Christian Missionaries. Technically, I'll be one of the missionaries that the show follows. How crazy is that? Sometimes I feel so pious with the spontaneous bohemian lifestyle that I lead, but other-times I feel like an absolute dirt-bag, like a Christian fraud.

Upon my return to the United States, God Willing, around August 10th, I will be homeless, sleeping on friend's couches and living like an irresponsible developmentally arrested young adult. I have no girlfriend and I have no home. Basically I'm barely hanging on to any grasp I once had on reality. I really want a wife and then after that a child, but this crazy life I'm leading isn't really in tune with those desires. I mean, would I be happier in the suburbs, in a crappy little new house, with a little tree planted in the front yard, with a big dumb loving puppy and a pretty wife and a baby on the way, watching prime-time TV and eating the delicious food that my wife cooks for me? Because to be honest, that sounds really nice. Instead I'm going to the third world to hold orphans and to tell people that Jesus loves them.

Friday, May 25, 2007

What It Feels Like To Have Faith

After reading comments on Youtube, responding to the trailer of the film "Jesus Camp," I have decided to right a short essay on what it feels like to have faith; specifically faith in Jesus as God, however pretty much any conception of a loving and all-powerful God would elicit the same response, which is worship.

I've become aware of how "crazy" worship looks to people who don't have "faith." And I completely understand why it looks so crazy, because 5 years ago it looked completely crazy to me as well. Allow me to collect my thoughts and I'll post that essay soon. in the mean-time, check out the trailer for Jesus Camp.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Top 10 Largest National Christian Populations


That's right folks, 70 Million Christians in China, and that was in 1996!

Man Scouts in the Dallas Observer


Tee Hee Hee

Monday, May 21, 2007

Man Scouts - The Liberation Commission, Episode 9

The "Curtis Needs a Ride" improv troupe, Curtis himself, and Anton join forces to take on the Dallas 24 hour video race. After an all night brainstorm session, a 5am trip to the women's department at Wal-Mart, and lots of caffeine, the Man Scouts are born.

If you are enjoying the Liberation Commission, I have good news, there are actually going to be 15 episodes, rather than just 12. I mis-counted.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

24 Hour Video Race; Sleep Deprivation

This weekend, the "Curtis Needs a Ride" improv crew, Curtis himself, and myself, all joined forces to make a film in the Dallas Video Festival, 24 hour video race. The competition works like this, at midnight on Friday, your team gets a string of themes, props, a line of dialogue and a type of location, and from that moment, you all have 24 hours to write, shoot and edit a short film.

We brainstormed from midnight until 5am and then sought out costumes and a location to film our short. However, we didn't bother actually writing out our idea, so after a night of not sleeping, delirium took over and we ended up with an absolutely bizarre mockumentary called "Man Scouts."

The next episode of The Liberation Commission video blog will document the making of this short film, and as an added bonus I will follow up the episode 9 of the Liberation Commission with the film itself.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

After Watching the Puffy Chair

A long time ago, on another planet, I wrote about my desire to see an independent film called the Puffy Chair. Tonight, after walking around in circles at the rental store with the movie in my hand, I finally rented it. I am very happy to say that I liked the film. I would say that I really liked the film, except that based on this short review, I want you to rent the movie, and I don't want to build it up too much. Watch the film in mixed company, boys and girls. It's really good.

Monday, May 14, 2007

After Watching Jesus Camp

I just watched a movie called Jesus Camp by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. The movie has stirred up some very profound feelings in me. I'd like to write some sort of review, but because of the experience I am having, I'm not able to verbalize an objective view of the film.

I loved the way the movie was shot. I loved it's unflinching camera work and the bravery it took to make such an objective movie about Evangelical fundamentalism (although it is nearly impossible to be completely objective because of the nature of film). I really appreciate this movie, and I am thankful that these filmmakers pursued this subject with such diligence.

The Liberation Commission Episode 8

Austin interviews alter-Austin. Yeah, things get weird about this time.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Spot Documentary

A few weeks ago, our newly formed company shot it's first 30 second commercial for a non-profit organization. On the day of the shoot three teenage boys from the organization were supposed to help us film the commercial. They never showed, but one of their sisters came and brought a friend. Here is the documentary that the two little girls shot about their experience on set. I think they had fun, and maybe they even learned something in the process.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Blogs, JUST LIKE EMAIL - Google Reader, a How-to

(If you've been using this service for ages, please don't make fun of me for just figuring it out, I promised a few weeks ago that I would post a tutorial on how to subscribe to RSS feeds, and now I am fulfilling that promise).

How to subscribe to an RSS feed using Google reader:

Go to the Google Reader page, to subscribe to blogs, so that when blogs you read post new feeds they will be sent to you just like email, here is the page--> Google Reader

Now, copy the URL of the blog you read, for example http://www.kottke.org (one of my favorites), now click on the button (in the sea-foam green box) that says add subscription, that looks like this:
And paste the link:
Repeat these easy steps for each of the blogs you read, until it looks like this:

Now put a link to your Google Reader page at the top of your browser for easy access throughout the day (mine's the one that says Google Reader (100+)):
It's that easy! You now use an RSS aggregator. Welcome to the future of blog!

Monday, May 07, 2007

The Liberation Commission Episode 7

Austin did a great job on this one!

I just watched...

Austin's new episode of The Liberation Commission is brilliant! I'm so excited to bring it to you, it'll be up in about an hour.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Commissioning the Commission

This week's Liberation Commission will be brought to you by Austin. I actually had some really great ideas for this week's episode, but there were two major limiting factors standing in my way, the first being that I was in Dallas and working for someone else this weekend, and the second being that I actually don't own a camera. But Austin has agreed to take the reins this weekend and create something new and exciting out of his mind. Chances are it will be better than any of my episodes anyway, because Austin wields a mighty creative power. So, the Monday deadline is safe once again, and I am as eager as you are to see episode 7 of the Liberation Commission.

And Kyle, I am a man, but I'm also only human. And I also have fists of fury!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Fresh Out

I'm not sure if I'm out of ideas or just daunted by the task of putting out another episode of The Liberation Commission. It takes so much flipping work to crank out one of those little edits, it's unbelievable. I actually have 2 pretty good ideas, but one takes a lot of work, and the other takes me stepping out of my comfort zone and acting like a confident goofball. I really hope that you are enjoying these simple little episodes, because I'm pouring my everything into them.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Liberation Commission Episode 6 - Displace Me


Anton goes back to Austin for the weekend to participate in Displace Me. Ten Thousand people arrive armed with cardboard, to construct one massive displacement camp, with the purpose of raising awareness of the thousands of refugees living in displacement camps in Northern Uganda. Participants wrote letters to senators and to the president of Uganda, urging them to take action in ending this war, and in providing aide in Northern Uganda. It was a beautiful show of solidarity in the fight for Africa's right to peace.