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Young Americans: My Name is Anis

Though many of us born in the U.S.A. take the privilege of living here for granted, an average of *400,000 new immigrants come to this country every year, legally, to work harder than most of us ever have for a chance to achieve their dream of a better life, and one that doesn’t usually include a new BMW, the latest I-phone, a billboard-size flat screen and 12 Billion thread-count sheets. Anis is one of these people.

Shot this 4 years ago and never put it out. Stumbled upon the footage a couple of weeks ago, cut it together and was excited to see how poignant Anis’ story is today.

And so I introduce to a young man who spends 18 hours a day on his feet at “Melrose Metal Mart” selling cigarettes, booze, donuts, soda, bread, beer, chips, hot dogs, sandwiches, postcards, newspapers and dirty magazines, with a smile on his face, to a potpourri of often less-than-savory patrons, and somehow still always finds time to talk life.

Make sure to stick around after the credits for outtakes including the “best weed in the state,” the redneck Jew and a visit from some crackhead con men.

*Although the number of adjustments has greatly varied between 1986 and 2006, the number of new arrivals has remained relatively stable at about 400,000 per year. The Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, published by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS)

COACHELLAwhereyoucanfindmeSUNDAY

Because they’re one of the only bands in LA that matters…
No Age - “Eraser”

Because they are gentlemen and scholars and make white boy dance pop proud…
Friendly Fires - “Paris”

Because she is a goddess and sings to me and only me…
Lykke Li (w/ Bon Iver) “Dance, Dance, Dance”

Lykke Li & Bon Iver doing ‘Dance Dance Dance’ in L.A from Lykke Li on Vimeo.
So I can squeeze out the rest of the tears left over from Friday…
Antony and the Johnsons


So I can go deaf with a smile…
My Bloody Valentine - “Only Shallow” (Live London 1991)

Need I explain?
Public Enemy & The Roots - “Bring the Noise” (Live)

COACHELLA whereyoucanfindme FRIDAY

Dancing my face off…
The Presets – “My People”

Buraka Som Sistema – “Sound of Kuduro”

So I can say I’ve seen him…
Paul McCartney “A Day in the Life” (Live at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool 2008)

To cry just a little bit…
Leonard Cohen – “Chelsea Hotel”

To feel both worldly and dumb…
Beirut – “Elephant Gun”

To hear this song…
Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band - “Cape Canaveral”

To see if they’re any better live than the rest of the bands they sound like…
White Lies – “Death”
(OK. Would’ve liked to have shown the video here, but the embedding function’s been disabled on youtube so thieving heathens like me will be discouraged from helping promote the band apparently. And so I say “good luck to you, sirs.”)

To really listen…
M. Ward “Hold Time”

With hopes they’re fun…
Los Campasinos – “You! Me! Dancing!”

Because Ian Curtis is dead, Primal Scream isn’t on the bill and The Jesus and Mary Chain are still in some form of limbo.
A Place to Bury Strangers – “To Fix The Gash In Your Head”

Sleep Never Time Machine: John Lydon on the Tom Snyder Show (1980)

Way back when, a super cool British journalism professor of mine at the University of Iowa, who, as a teenager, used to drop acid and go to Buckingham palace to harass the Foot Guards, gave us two options for the final day of class:

1) We could blow it off, or
2) Come to class and watch two of the “greatest moments in television history.” Needless to say, I went, and this was one of them.

Part 1

Part 2

International Pillow Fight Day 2009 - LA

The Gaylords “Everybody Dance Now” Live @ RednoFive

If you weren’t there Saturday night, I’m sorry for you. And if you were there, but woke up on Sunday wondering if it was all some crazy Belvedere-soaked lucid dream, here’s proof it happened.

Yes, that is me rapping.

No, I did not get all the words right.

Yes, I’m pretty sure I said “I’m just a squirrel” twice.

No, we are not wearing green b/c of St. Patrick’s Day.

Yes, Donica stole the show.


CLICK HERE to see The Gaylords perform “Hey Ya!”

“Kick My Heart’s Ass: Short Films About Love” Gets 5 Stars From Time Out New York

And my short “The Lovebirds” gets a sweet little mention. CHECK IT OUT.

Sleep Never Spins Rehab @ Evil Olive Monday Night

INTRODUCTION OF THE “EPIDEMIC” FEATURE FILM

In order to, not only accommodate, but capitalize artistically on, the failing attention spans of our XYZ, MTV, ADD, IM/Internet, text message generations, I propose the concept of the Epidemic feature film.

In order to define the Epidemic feature film we must first redefine the Viral Video, as the definitions proposed by online dictionaries and other sources are lazy and vague.

I.E., the Hyperdictionary defines a viral video as “a video clip that achieves widespread distribution through online sharing,” and Dictionary.com references “a video clip or recording, esp. sent via email and which gains widespread popularity through sharing.”

And in order to define the Viral Video we must also clarify the definition of the “virus.”

Webster’s Online Dictionary’s specialty definition of the virus states “A virus is a small particle which can infect other biological organisms. Viruses are obligate intracellular parasites meaning that they can only reproduce by invading and taking over other cells as they lack the cellular machinery for self-reproduction. The term “virus” usually refers to those particles which infect eukaryotes (multi-celled organisms and many single-celled organisms), whilst the term “bacteriophage” or “phage” is used to describe those infecting prokaryotes (bacteria and bacteria-like organisms). Typically these particles carry a small amount of nucleic acid (either DNA or RNA) surrounded by some form of protective “coat” consisting of protein, or protein and lipid.”

My Mac Dashboard Widget Dictionary defines a virus as “an infective agent that typically consists of a nucleic acid molecule in a protein coat, is too small to be seen by light microscopy, and is able to multiply only within the living cells of the host.”

Whatever.

Accordingly, a virus is a virus as long as it infects more than one host.

And although the average length of the Viral Video varies, for purposes of the Viral Epidemic, I’m going to cap the length of usable Viral Videos at 6:00 as it will keep the creator from getting too lazy and encourage the inclusion of a more dynamic range of content.

The length of the Viral Epidemic feature film is to be reduced from that of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defined traditional feature film minimum running time of 40 minutes. Instead, I propose the minimum running time of the Viral Epidemic be 20 minutes or more.

The construction may be completed by one director or many, statically or virally.

Therefore, with consideration of the guidelines provided above, I define the Epidemic feature film is 1) a feature film composed of Viral Videos edited together to create new meaning or to propose questions that the individual viral components on their own do not, or 2) short blasts of Internet-based video information strung together with conscious or subliminal intent, to create new meaning, however vague or well-defined that meaning may be.

And although I am author of this theory, I have yet to direct the first Epidemic. I’m short on time and totally stressed out as it is.

So if you’re just bored as fuck, or an idle genius, and want to direct the first ever Viral Epidemic, go for it, post it, let me know where the rules might be too strict or lax, where the concept succeeds and fails, and maybe I’ll edit the definition.

Don’t worry. I’m not expecting much, not at first. It’s just a theory after all. But do your best. Wow you, then worry about us.

Now get to work.

Happy Birthday Mick Jones!

I love you. I do.

Now please do your fans and the legacy of The Clash a favor and retire so someday we will remember only this…