Duluth native, Jim Ojala, has been a professional special makeup/creature FX artist in New York and Los Angeles and now wishes to bring his first directorial feature film back home. It is an eco-horror film called, Strange Nature, revolving around the real-life frog deformity outbreaks in Minnesota that spread across the country and where it might lead. Check it out and support if you can — and please share. Since the production will be casting mainly locals maybe you’ll even get a role.
For those of you who know your comic book writers, the name Alan Moore is usually found at the top of most peoples “favorites” list (maybe because he’s an incredible writer, or maybe because he’s a fucking wizard and people are scared of him).
Anyway, I was watching Alan Moore’s Kickstarter video for the “His Heavy Heart” project, and was completely surprised to hear the Duluth connection!
Skip ahead to 3:45 if you want to hear Alan Moore drop Alan Sparhawk’s name as a collaborator on the project!
Back in April we announced that we’d be retiring all of the old banners. Well, the day has come, happy birthday to us, and sayonara to the old banners. Welcome the new, fresh banners. The old banners have been archived here on Google plus.
We also announced a banner contest, any banner submitted after Jan 1, 2013 was eligible for a $100 prize. The lucky winner was Shawn Thompson, with his Bunyan-esque photo of Nate Lindstrom.
There were a lot of great entries, and you’ll begin seeing all of them at the top of the page. As always, you can continue to submit your banners to PDD by following these guidelines.
Monday was awesome.
Check it out: Placing Literature is a new website that maps scenes from novels that take place in real and familiar locations — like, you know, places in Duluth, as shown above. On the site you can zoom around the map worldwide and add new points of literary interest. (The hot spots right now are New York, California, around Lake Superior and the Orient.)
From the Ennyman:
“The setting, as I noted previously, was spectacular, the weather cooperating with enthusiasm. And the performers, as anticipated, were not only determined to make Sol Fest a spectacle, they were accompanied by some wonderful embellishments. I refer here to the plein air painters and Ayla the Mermaid… (more…)
Now MPR asks, “What do artists owe you?”
I know it’s short notice to post this here, but the audition scenes are pretty short (1-2 pages) and it really isn’t that intensive of a process. If you are interested in any of the roles, shoot me an email and I’ll send you the location and scene!
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the McKnight Foundation are proud to announce the recipients of the 2013/14 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists: Catherine Meier of Duluth, and Joe Sinness, Amy Toscani, and Dyani White Hawk of the Twin Cities.
Last year, a group of musicians came together in Duluth to record a compilation album titled Industry. Peace. Environment. to raise awareness about sulfide mining and the permanent changes that upcoming decisions could have on the landscape they love. The album features original recordings by Charlie Parr, Snöbarn, the Murder of Crows and many others. The Arrowhead Story, a collective of creative folks interested in sharing the stories of land in Northern Minnesota, is issuing a call for art to adorn the album. Submissions can be in any medium, and should reflect a theme of tension between nature and industrial development. The submission deadline is June 27. For details and submission information, contact Deanna at everyrivertothesea (at) gmail.com.
The Industry. Peace. Environment. album release party will be on Sept. 7, with a pre-release show at Beaner’s Central on July 20.
Does Crispin Glover’s film It is Fine! Everything is Fine romanticize the rape and torture of women? »
In the wake of the screening of Crispin Glover’s film, “It is Fine! Everything is Fine,” as part of the Duluth/Superior Film Festival last weekend — a film that romanticizes a man’s explicit sexual fantasies of the rape and torture of women — I have some questions for progressive Duluthians who were there and for our community as a whole.
I’m trying to locate some firebrick in town for an outdoor oven project I’m constructing. The best kind would be free, but I would be willing to pay a small amount for any straits that you may have laying around from that fireplace project or whatnot. I can certainly make good use outta used or slightly damaged bricks, granted they have at least one good side that I can put face up. I have made calls to several places around town, but would really just like to find a person around who has more than they need and wouldn’t mind me taking some (18) off of their hands. I’ll have you over for pizza when its constructed! Thanks in advance!
The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has several openings on its board of directors. It is seeking applications from individuals who reside in Cook County, Koochiching County, Duluth, as well as one or two at-large representatives, and possibly one college student liaison.
Hello. Long, long-time reader, from way back when the site was on the old blogging platform. I’ve never posted before. So, thanks to all of you long-time contributors for many years.
Can someone tell me what North by North is?
About a month ago, it seemed to be everywhere. I’m not really a participant in the arts other than as an occasional attendee, but I think I understood what they were doing. It was like an umbrella organization for Homegrown, the Dylan Festival, and other stuff, right? That seemed cool and I thought it made a lot of sense, though I confess I was surprised that everyone in these organizations agreed to let go their independence and be under that umbrella. I also was surprised because it seemed like the organization was run by some people I had never heard of.
Now, North by North is nowhere. Is it gone? What was it? When I ask my friends in the arts about it, they just change the topic.
So strange that it was everywhere, and now it’s nowhere.
Can anyone help me understand? I like Duluth, I like the arts in Duluth, and on the surface this seemed like a good thing. Does it still exist? Where did it come from, and where did it go?
Get ready for the Dusu Film fest. Each year, this thing gets better and better. I thought I’d share what I’m excited about. Actually it’s three things.
For those of you who were around while Iron Will took over the city in 1993, there’s a bit of a reunion. Mackenzie Astin will be back in town to help us all “put a poultice on it.” The reunion is Sunday and there’s a Facebook page about it. Seriously though, this will be the fun kids event of the festival. The event is free and a reception will be afterward in the Depot Underground.
Eric Tretbar, formerly of Minneapolis mods the Funseekers, has a friggan cool looking film about … um … well it’s called GirlMeetsBike … so it’s a girl and a motorcycle … and well, it just looks cool and he’s a suuuper nice guy so get your cafe ride on and ton-up to the Zinema to see that one.
Finally, Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show … Crispin Friggan Glover in Duluth??? WTF is with that? This looks to be even more surreal than an Iron Will reunion and a cafe biker movie … so Duluth .. no more bitchin’ that you ain’t cool!
Lake Superior Writers is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Open Theme Writing Contest. The winners and their entries are:
Kathleen Roberts, poetry: “American Dream,” “The Fisherman” and “The Soldier”
Jill Hinners, short-short fiction: “Tending”
Jim Brakken, creative nonfiction: “Justice.” Also, Brakken is the author of The Treasure of Namakagon, a fact-based 1883 lumberjack adventure available at badgervalley.com, amazon.com, and many museums and shops in the northland.
Hello! This is a quick invitation for folks to explore my new Kickstarter project. We are looking to fund the new “North Woods Collection,” in which are five classic weaves of stainless steel chainmaille jewelry.
If you love chainmaille as much as we do you can check out my new ETSY online shoppe. For instant gratification, we have several items available in EG steel at the moment.
If you secretly harbor chainmaille desires, send me a PM and we’ll do what we can to fulfill your chainmaille fantasies. Thanks for exploring this project!