Last week was Abu Dhabi Art Week. I was fortunate enough to snag a seat on a bus heading from Alserkal Avenue in Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back. They offered this amazing experience, with a ticket into the event and tour, for free! Keep your eyes peeled for these kinds of experiences at : http://alserkalavenue.ae/en/index.php. (No, I do not work for them. I just appreciate their community outreach that much.)
As you can see, the art was inspiring. I just want to start creating when I am surrounded by all this art. Some pieces I though were more successful than others but, it was a good time all around. Since I haven’t credited each artist individually, please see the website for more information about the galleries and artist participating: https://www.abudhabiart.ae/en/default.aspx
I can’t wait until Art Week – Dubai – UAE March 14-24 2018. Mark your calendars now and check out their website for more information: http://www.artweek.ae.
UAE people share their history …
I can’t give enough positive feedback for the show “Lest We Forget”. It’s the brainchild of Dr. Michele Bambling.
Lest We Forget is a major grassroots arts and heritage initiative that aims to archive, preserve and share vernacular photographs and oral histories of the UAE through its website, workshops and exhibitions. Newly launched under the auspices of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, Lest We Forget is a community-based initiative that welcomes public participation.
This is the best ethnographic exhibition that I have seen in a very long time. The show has since closed but, I am hoping that it opens up in another location. I will support the researchers and artists who are in this exhibition in any way possible. The event was extended once and that is the only reason that I was able to attend in the first place. I walked out inspired and with one of the handmade books about the project (pictured above).
There are still ways to support the project and participate.
- Visit the website and share your stories (if you are Emirati) http://lestweforget.ae/en/aboutUs.php
2. Watch the “how the exhibition was made” video online: https://vimeo.com/155669681
3. Visit Warehouse 421 in Abu Dhabi and see what is happening in the art scene! https://www.warehouse421.ae/en/visit/
I am returning to the Doc & a Drink blog as I travel to a new space. I am working in the United Arab Emirates as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the American University of Sharjah. I think this is a good opportunity to speak the word about art & media here. There is a lot of growth in the arts in UAE. And you get to experience this growth with me.
DSLR News Shooter | Kessel on Kesslercrane – Jonah Kessel reviews the Kesslercrane pocketdolly v2.0. >> LINK
As I gather “DSLR gadgets” for a feature doc pitch shoot in September, I’ve come across some really great gear. I’ll keep pointing out DSLR gear that’s not only aimed at the video shooter but, received excellent reviews.
Worth a look — the Pocket Dolly.
A Year Traveling With the iPad | Everything Everywhere: Around the World Travel Blog.
I found this article extremely helpful. I will be using many of the author’s tips during my next documentary shoot in Europe during September. I’ll let you know how that goes…
In the mean time, anyone else have iPad/iPhone traveling tips?
Everyone who is anyone should check out DC Beer Week this week (starting Sunday Aug 14th). There are TONS are specials around the city. Click the link below for a map and calendar of events. Note: MIDWESTERNERS check out the specials on Wed (below).
DC Beer Week 2011 | DC Beer – Washington DC, Beers in DC, Beer, Bars, Craft beer, homebrewing, happy hours, beer tastings.
Here are a few highlights…
MONDAY AUG 15th : Ladies’ Night – Ladies Drink Beer for Free – 4pm
Belga Cafe – 514 8th Street SE, http://www.belgacafe.com
TUESDAY: AUG 16th: All About Brews Trivia Night – 7pm
Bread & Brew – 1247 20th Street NW, http://www.breadandbrew.com
Think you know about beer? Put it to the test during Bread & Brew’s special all-beer trivia. Great prizes and beer specials all night long.
WED AUG 17th : Midwest Brewery Night at Smith Commons – 5pm
Smith Commons – 1245 H Street NE, http://www.smithcommonsdc.com
Smith Commons will be featuring breweries from a different region of the country for four different nights during DC Beer Week. Wednesday will feature breweries from the midwest. $5 pints, $15 bombers, and $5 regional themed small food pairings. The tentative brewery list for Wednesday includes:
Avery Brewing Co.
Oskar Blues Brewery
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Bells Brewery Inc.
Founders Brewing Co.
New Holland Brewing Co.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Epic Brewing Co.
3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage…
= a trip of a lifetime & 3 shorts called “move”, “eat”, “learn” MOVE on Vimeo on Vimeo
This is a great example of “just doing it”. If you haven’t shot and edited a short lately … this is your inspiration.
My brother lives in Philly – so I’ve been there quite a few times. I’ve noticed the murals but, I didn’t realize the shear number of murals until it was brought to my attention. I think this is a great tour. I mean who wouldn’t like a little exercise topped off by a couple beers?
Runaway Photo: Ale & Art Mural Tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania |… – StumbleUpon
These are fun people to follow on twitter …
THE DAILY NOTEBOOK @thedailyMUBI
> Film news and tips throughout the day, every day.
ERROL MORRIS @errolmorris
> documentary filmmaker
ROTTEN TOMATOES @rottentomatoes
> Unite the critics, inform the world.
It begins with me covered in sperm, trapped in my old man’s balls. Then, suddenly… ESCAPE!
4. Judd Apatow
Twitter has become an immediate, collaborative tool for many filmmakers on and off the set. To help write jokes for his speech at the Producers Guild Awards, Judd Apatow hit up his community of followers. Apatow (“Bridesmaids,” 2011, “Knocked Up,” 2007) included this joke from @omitofo: “Inception is really about Hollywood. Everyone’s constantly trying to ruin your dreams so they can make a buck.” Follow Apatow on Twitter (@JuddApatow) and tell him a joke. If you’re lucky, he may just use your creation to amuse and entertain others.