July 2011 - J.Blockbuster
Expatriates have always intrigued me. In college, I was obsessed with writers like Gertrude Stein and James Baldwin who, for not altogether different reasons, left the U.S. to live abroad in Paris. I had a brief taste of this life myself when I spent a year in China after graduating college.
Being immersed in a foreign culture is both shocking and illuminating, as you constantly run up against your own cultural barriers and socio-centric thinking while simultaneously learning about and exposing the idiosyncrasies of the culture you’re a guest in.
In addition to embracing new ways of doing things (Ex. “When it’s hot, sharing a bowl of steaming soup with your friends is better than eating a triple decker ice cream cone.”), the best thing about living abroad is the break-down of social barriers that allows you to get to know people in an entirely new way.
The sorts of conversations that are taboo in America were small talk in China: “What’s your nationality?” (They didn’t assume that white + speaking English = American.) “Can I touch your hair?” (Some of the younger Chinese students, as well as strangers on the street and on the bus, had never seen hair as curly or as blonde as mine.) “Why do you dress like a boy?” (I was there just after college and in a major David Byrne oversized jacket phase.) “I hear America is like heaven: what’s it like to live in paradise?” (I had no idea how to answer this question: I’d just run away from all post-college decision-making by signing up to teach English in a far off land.)
And yet the project stuck in our brains. Here are the questions that emerged up for us, questions we’d love to get feedback from YOU on:
- How does something like this fit into the current climate in the U.S. (or the country YOU live in)?
- How does this fit into what indie filmmakers are currently doing to garner interest in their movies?
- Who, in the U.S. (or the country you live in), is the audience for this type of humor?
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Want to know more about our competition to make KINKS famous? Check out www.kinksreality.tv!
VOLGER TV announced today a world wide search for reality show contestants. LA based Producer Jay Volger said she is looking for “original and exciting” contestants for her Mixed Race Reality Dating show KINKS via http://www.kinksreality.tv.
Volger has completed filming the first series of her show, a mixed race dating show where contestants compete to show skills in cultural understanding to win their match. She shot in Malaysia, with participants from Australia and America but is now looking for more contestants for Series 2. Volger launched the contest in front of television executives and media today. The competition will be run on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/kinksrealitytv until September 30th 2011.
Interested competitors need to answer three questions or send in a video. Competition eligibility and entry requirements can be found at http://www.kinksreality.tv. One reporter asked if she was judging, Volger replied, “no, the public will judge, if you get Kinks Reality TV the most followers you can win”. The competition requires contestants to answer why they would want to marry a foreigner on video or questionaire. Anders Wong, director of KINKS said that “videos will help to show off their personality”.
Volger is in negotiations with several international networks and the first series of KINKS should go to air later this year. The Malaysian Minister of Cultural and Moral Standards, Datuk Kok, commented that – “KINKS was very exciting for Malaysian Tourism. Jay Volger’s show will be showing a side of Malaysia a lot of Malaysian’s have not seen yet.” When asked if Kinks Series 2 would be shot in Malaysia, Volger announced “I am looking at either Europe or Africa”
The contest has no race or age requirements. Volger TV recommends candidates enter the competition at their website http://www.kinksreality.tv.
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I’ll be shooting a section for CollabFeature in August. And the press starts to notice our project Craig Lines is a UK based director, taking care of one of the CollabFeature Segments as well.
BAFTA-winning drama director Craig Lines from Wallsend will shoot a piece of a new international film collaboration in Gateshead next month.
An international group of filmmakers who have never met in person will connect dozens of short segments, each written and made by a different director for a film currently titled Train Station.
Lines wrote the two minute comedy scene with local author Alex Ferguson. The segment will feature actor Connor Byrne (London’s Burning, Tracy Beaker Returns) and local actors Daymon Britton, Jim Kitson and Karen Traynor.
Train Station is a part of CollabFeature, a project initiated by American filmmakers Marty Shea and Ian Bonner. Nearly 40 filmmakers involved in the film used a special web application to discuss ideas, collectively write a screenplay and coordinate the details of their productions. The film follows a single main character who is faced with a series of dilemmas thanks to a delayed train.
The main character will be played by actors of different ethnic backgrounds, ages and genders and is multi lingual.
The location is played by dozens of different cities around the world including Munich, Nairobi, Dubai, Dublin, Athens, Oslo, Bangalore, Karachi, Bogota, Berlin, Barcelona, New York, Manila, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Dallas, Hong Kong, Lisbon, London, Kansas City, Chicago, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Rome, Shanghai, Milan, Michigan and Singapore.
“We are creating one story out of many pieces”, says Shea.
“The film juxtaposes cultural and regional differences, but highlights what we all have in common.”
Train Station will premiere in cinemas around the world in early 2012.