If you recognize Tim DeChristopher's name but can't quite place it, here's a brief bit of background: In 2008, DeChristopher, then a 27 year-old economics student at the University of Utah, entered an oil and gas lease auction for 22,250 acres of federal land. In an act of civil disobedience that has been lauded by many as a striking bit of bravery, DeChristopher posed as a buyer and put down a $1.8 million bid for the acreage. For interrupting the procedures, in 2011 DeChristopher was sentenced to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Today, DeChristopher has become an international icon for creative climate criminality and peacefully sticking-it-to-the-man, yet his transfer to harsher prison conditions was at the request of an anonymous congressman, precipitated by one email DeChristopher had sent to a friend.
BAM's annual indie-cinema showcase, this year running June 20-July 1, has announced its first round of titles, featuring the New York premieres of a few choice selections from Sundance and elsewhere.
BAMcinemaFest is perhaps the major NYC launching pad for the independent American films that make their debuts west of the Mississippi at the outset of the year; what's notable this year as well is the strength of the films with NYC ties.
Twentysomething local filmmaker Ry Russo-Young and "voice of a generation" Lena Dunham (L Mag interviews with Russo-Young and Dunham) cowrote Nobody Walks, from Sundance, starring Brooklyn Magazine covergirl Olivia Thirlby. (Magnolia will release the film theatrically; they're also bringing Craig Zobel's very fine Compliance, a hit at Sundance and SXSW, to Brooklyn.) Local cinephile Dan Sallit's film Unspeakable Act (made in collaboration with a number of other rep-house rats and critics) will bow as well after its debut in Sarasota, and Prospect Heights's So Young Kim brings her For Ellen (Sundance), with Paul Dano. And from Sundance and SXSW, The Comedy, set in and around Williamsburg, and starring Tim Heidecker, in baby-blue Ray-Bans, as a self-loathing self-parody of trust-funded entitlement (his PBR-swilling enablers are played by Heidecker's Adult Swim partner Eric Wareheim, and rock and roll star James Murphy).
BAM will announce additional titles, including SXSW premieres, next month. Their descriptions, cut-and-pasted newswire-style from their press release, after the jump:
The drunken, off-duty cop who pulled his service weapon on a school teacher in a horrific, random sex attack in upper Manhattan is facing life in prison after a jury found him guilty yesterday of three counts of predatory sexual assault.
Michael Pena also was convicted of sexually violating the young woman — a stranger who had been en route to her first day working as a second-grade teacher when the boozed-up cop pulled her into an Inwood back yard and told her he’d shoot her in the face if she screamed or opened her eyes.
The Post headline is "Cop Sex Fiend Found Guilty," which is weird because it misses a perfectly good opportunity to blame the victim for her sexual assault, like all of the other rape and sexual assault reporting they do. Maybe this is why:
Then there was the compelling testimony of the 25-year-old victim herself, who tearfully insisted to jurors that she was certain she’d been raped because, she said, “It hurt.”
So see, it's "real" rape. Everyone knows it's only really rape if you fight back, and if it hurts, and if you are sober and a nice girl and not on a date with the guy and not a maid. Not like her or her or her. Even the construction of that sentence makes my skin crawl, like it's not enough for her to say that a man had sex with her without her consent and that's rape, that she has to "tearfully insist" and list reasons. I can't imagine how much strength it takes to go through with prosecuting your rapist. I hope that she can find some peace with this conviction.
I guess we should just be happy that this creep even got convicted. It's nice to know that the NYPD can't do absolutely anything they want to anyone at any time with no repercussions whatsoever. Just most of the people, and most of the time.
How long until instant pirate live streams of every sold out show in New York is the norm? Two years? A year? That's gotta be the next step, right?
And these videos are getting much better. A couple examples to examine...
It might seem an oversimplification of convenience, for instance, or perhaps an unjustifiable banalization of issues to conflate a few recent 'news' items related to copyright infringement (maybe) with a recent report of the violent repression of artists in Syria, but I hope not. Or at any rate, I should elect to prefer to side with hoping not, for neither do I hope to present a true argument. I'm not sure I have the right to do so.
Do I? Don't I? Might I?
It might not matter, really. I'm not quite sure there's need to.
New Yorkers spend a hell of a lot of time blocking out our surroundings. As soon as we step out of the comfort of our tiny abodes, we plug in our earbuds, rush to the subway, where we pretend to sleep to avoid awkward eye contact with fellow passengers. One Williamsburg photographer is doing the exact opposite.
“I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies,’” Rivera said in an email to POLITICO Tuesday.
Rivera said that “by putting responsibility on what kids wear instead of how people react to them I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager,” and that he was offering a “heartfelt apology” to anyone he may have offended in his “crusade to warn minority families of the danger to their young sons inherent in gangsta style clothing; like hoodies.” [Politico]
The several-ton object, though stabilized by a gyroscope, wouldn't just hang there. "It would also occasionally spin its wheels, blow a horn and emit steam," reports the New York Times. One rendering shows the 70-foot long "Train" suspended at 10th Avenue and 30th Street.
Sleepy Hollow was, until a few years ago, known as North Tarrytown. Given the novel's themes of reinvention, was this something that you had in mind when choosing the setting?
I’m embarrassed to say I had no idea they had been calling it North Tarrytown. The real reason I set the novel in Sleepy Hollow was simply because it was a place I had always been envious while growing up in southeastern Westchester County. I’m from a town called Pelham and I always loved the Hudson River towns. Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Irving, Ossining. All the old Victorian houses and the history of the whole area. All those towns in the valley along the water are very (for lack of a better word) “quaint.” And since I didn’t get to grow up there, I did the next best thing and set my novel there.
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito's website announced the initiative and released statements from participating lawmakers.
“Wearing a hoodie shouldn’t be a capital offense” said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. “Trayvon’s death struck a chord in New York City because we’ve seen far too many young Black and Latino men killed unjustly. Council Members James and Mark-Viverito have brought the Council together to stand up against this injustice, and I’ll be wearing a hoodie with them to show that Trayvon’s death will not be forgotten.”
So what are they going to do? Dahlia Lithwick at Slate has a much more politically intelligent read of things than I do.
OUTRAGE, or the Organization United for Trash and Garbage Equity, a coalition of North Brooklyn civic groups, has campaigned fiercely for a solid waste management plan that would split the garbage among the boroughs more equitably. Six years ago, a new solid waste management plan passed, and the city called for a marine transfer station to be built at 91st Street, on the East River. But Upper East Siders don't want a transfer station, air pollution and increased truck traffic on their turf either. A group called Residents for Sane Trash Solutions (RSTS), is raising money to oppose the station for these reasons, and now the two groups are locked in a Facebook popularity war, reports DNAinfo.
However, because it was shot in Brooklyn, I’m still fascinated by it, which is why I watched the first episode (available on Hulu) and noted 14 things that 11223 taught me.
Is probably truth what Lisa says, She (mary lou) had a threesome with two of…
The evening with Nas and Clemente was amazing. Read about it here: