By Josh Morris is… Informer Media Group: How did you come up with the idea? Mark C. Smith: An ocean and a song created the idea for Two Balloons. During a long passage on a sailboat, I experienced a weather event I had never seen before. A funnel cloud formed a few miles ahead of the course line I was on. It was the kind of beauty that is simultaneously daunting and calming. As I watched the cloud’s conical shape skip across the water I was listening to a Weinland song called Piles of Clothes. The music and undulating waves lulled me into a daydream and that’s when the idea for Two Balloons happened. Informer Media Group: There’s such a beautiful romance between the two lemurs. I’m taken with the reference of animation (the rose) as an expression of love/courtship. What inspired you to make an animated film? Mark C. Smith: The inspiration for the film came from music and the environment. The animation element happened out of necessity. Originally Two … [Read more...] about Q&A: Director / Writer Mark C. Smith on his animated short ‘Two Balloons’
Guilt machine on this perfect day
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Linda Rodriguez McRobbie September 12, 2018 Eric Wilcoxon had tried everything to lose weight. Dieting, exercise, he even scheduled and then backed out of a lap-band surgery, unable to justify the cost. “I would get up to probably 350 pounds and get mad at myself, go on a diet, do some sort of crash diet,” said Wilcoxon, who runs an insurance agency in Van Buren, Mo. “Three different times in my life, I’ve lost 125 pounds, but never had the ability or the will power or the gumption to keep it off. And this last time, I let myself go. It got too far out of hand.” Already a big man — he’s 6-foot-3 — he reached his heaviest five years ago: 410 pounds. He was 41 years old, and he was pretty certain the weight was going to kill him sooner rather than later. At the time, Wilcoxon’s doctor, Steven Edmundowicz at … [Read more...] about Pass the scalpel. Hold the guilt trip.
A group adds color as they spin giant umbrellas as they march in the 2014 Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade on Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach, CA. Sunday May 18, 2014.(Thomas R. Cordova-Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram) Drag King Kristine Carr aka Landon Cider performs at parade central before the 2014 Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade on Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach, CA. Sunday May 18, 2014.(Thomas R. Cordova-Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram) Show Caption of Expand By Greg Yee | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: May 18, 2014 at 8:19 pm | UPDATED: September 1, 2017 at 3:19 am LONG BEACH >> The 31st Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade kicked off on a perfect sunny Sunday morning and drew a crowd of thousands from all over Southern California. For many, the parade was the ultimate occasion to celebrate relationships with family, friends, significant others and the community. Dan Soto, 63, and Leonard Hinzo, 58, celebrated their 10-month wedding … [Read more...] about 31st Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade draws thousands to celebration
They are not like the Bermuda Triangle, or even those pesky isosceles triangles from geometry class, but The Food Triangles of Louisville offer a chance to view our rich culinary choices in a whimsical, if not elucidating way. Here is one odd triangle: Flora Kitchenette on Barret Avenue is the place to go for vegan bakery treats, avocado toast and a breakfast or lunch made without animals. Being built just several doors down, in the former Lynn’s Paradise Cafe, is Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, which promises “West Tennessee whole hog bar-b-que.” One of the most effective advertisements for barbecue is wafting, sweet, meaty smoke, so you know the smell of seared pig will permeate the entire block on a still day, vexing those vegans. But help is on the way: Just about directly across the street, at the former Monkey Wrench, V-Grits and a local brewer are opening a vegan restaurant and brewery. So to recap: a vegan bakery next to a barbecue across from a vegan … [Read more...] about Dining Guide 2018: The Food Triangles of Louisville
New movie revisits the Transy Heist, and regrets and redemption BY JOSHUA CAUDILL “College is a fantasy. It’s the place where people sip red cups. It’s not even a real place,” Warren Lipka says. The man often described as the “ringleader” of the infamous 2004 Transy heist told us in a recent interview, “Every day, I try to hold to those ideals, because it’s way more grounding than the alternative. It’s about striving to be something different and not letting something define you. I’m in a happy place and I hope that somebody watches [American Animals] and says, ‘Hey, we’ve got a friend like Spencer, like Warren or Chas or Eric’ —or some connection where people are able to stop each other from doing something crazy.” You can’t just drop in on the Farris Rare Book Room at Transylvania University. A librarian must accompany you; there’s a code just to access the door; and visits are by … [Read more...] about MOVIE: American Animals revisits Transy Book Heist