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’
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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.
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Television Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Fauda NYT Critic's Pick ByMike Hale May 23, 2018 The international television hit “Fauda,” a drama loosely focused on an Israeli undercover counterterrorist team, has been accused of whitewashing the plight of Palestinians in the occupied territories and romanticizing the Israeli security forces. Watching the show’s two seasons — the second arrives in the United States on Netflix on Thursday — it’s hard to argue with those charges. It’s also hard to imagine that a commercial TV series made by Israelis for an Israeli audience would be much different. The more pertinent observation about “Fauda” is that its creators, Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, saw how certain circumstances in their world could be synthesized into entertaining, even gripping … [Read more...] about Review: ‘Fauda’ Returns on Netflix, Guns Blazing
By JESSICA BENNETT and DANIEL JONES MAY 10, 2018 We asked college students how they navigate the gray zone of sexual consent, where communication is rarely as simple as “yes” or “no.” Here are their stories. As anyone who has fumbled through a sexual encounter knows, real-life sex can be far more complicated than a poster declaring, “Consent is Sexy.” Many remain confused about what constitutes sexual consent, and talking about it in the moment can feel awkward. On college campuses, a combination of alcohol, inexperience and differing expectations about how one is “supposed” to perform only heightens the confusion. In the time of #MeToo, the debate about how to handle sexual consent has become louder than ever. Many sexual encounters seem to take place in a so-called gray zone of miscommunication, denial, rationalization and, sometimes, regret. We wanted to explore that complexity when we asked college students for their stories … [Read more...] about 45 Stories of Sex and Consent on Campus
UPDATE: Former high ranking Lake County police commander Daniel Murchek is indicted in the towing bribery scandal CROWN POINT — Dan Murchek, a former high-ranking administrator, is charged and will plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his involvement in the deepening Region towing bribery scandal.The U.S. Attorney's office made public early Friday a one-count indictment against Murchek, shortly after the 24-year veteran of the Lake County police force ended his law enforcement career with an abrupt resignation.U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge John E. Martin arraigned Murchek, 57, of Schererville on the felony, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He was freed on bond.Although Murchek pleaded not guilty Friday, attorney Caitlin Padula, who represented Murchek in court, said Murchek already has signed a plea agreement admitting he lied to FBI agents Nov. 14, 2016, when he denied receiving an illegal campaign contribution from an … [Read more...] about A history of corruption in government in Northwest Indiana continues