extreme culture




"Blair Witch" posterThose of us playing in Orlando’s backyard should feel some kinship with the new movie “Blair Witch.” After all, it came from an ingenious idea by a group of students studying film at UCF. I had a blast interview the filmmakers. One of the most fun facts they told me was that in an effort to save money, they picked up a camera at Best Buy, filmed their movie, then put the camera back in the box and returned it to Best Buy. I don’t know of that’s true, but it’s a great little story.

Here’s a link to a New York Times story about how Lionsgate has been fooling people, making them think a movie called “The Woods” was coming out when really, it’s another in the “Blair Witch Project” franchise. Read on by clicking here.

Now, here’s the trailer:

Artsy Happenings

Spencer Tunick is the photographer who takes masses of people, bids them to undress, then fashions them into unusual assemblages outdoors. He has worked in a range of places, from atop glaciers to New York City intersections.

Here’s a link to a 2012 video about his work at the Munich Opera Festival. As reported by the Bayerische Staatsoper, it was inspired by Richard Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung.” Participants met at 3 a.m., got their bodies painted then headed to the Ludwigstraße at 5:15 a.m. Those painted red represent the underworld of Nibelheim, evoking the breath of the dragon from “Siegfried.”

Spencer Tunick's RING – Munich Opera Festival 2012 from Bureau Mirko Borsche on Vimeo.

Amazing Beautiful

In case you missed it…or just need something to lift your heart…here’s a beautiful video done using a drone flown into the midst of fireworks. (Don’t try this at home, apparently…) Also, you better watch it before Andrea Bocelli has YouTube take it down.