This is the reel, my friend, the one we’ve all been waiting for.
Here’s the latest news: the unattainable is an official selection for the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival. The festival features 60 films from local and non-local filmmakers over the course of three days (December 3rd-5th). the unattainable is showing at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) at 2:45pm on December 4th. The Loonar City team will be present and dressed to the nines. Tickets at the door are $9, but if you buy them online before November 15th they are $5. For more info, and the full festival line-up click here.
Speaking for the team: this is a big deal!
This project has been over a year in the making and marks the first project from Loonar City Productions. It represents a proof of concept, a portrait of future potential. The film was produced with no budget and little experience and has come to fruition as a piece with many strengths, most notably its completion. Many thanks go out to all that were involved directly and indirectly and many more to all that will show their support by attending the premiere. It has come a long way.
There will be an after party with location TBA. We will keep you posted!
-Twoey at Loonar City
Hello Non-Regular Readers of Non-Regular Blog
I am currently in Kampala, Uganda, wishing to write about making movies, as there are not many here to talk about it with, and it has become a bit of a passion over the last couple of years, making it difficult to go long periods of time without blurting out some gibberish.
It is long overdue I think, to say that some of the Loonar City team have become interested in branching out from our usual romp-stomp entertainment into the world of video documentaries. This past summer, with funding from the Northwestern University undergraduate research office, Cinematographer Zachary R. Cooper and I traveled to the Northeast of Brazil, with another cameraman and a rough outline for a cultural documentary on the Forró and Heavy Metal music styles that are popular in the region. While the project will not enter post-production until my return from Africa in January, it has inspired me to follow, at least for a bit, this idea of documenting. Hopefully my final research project here in Uganda will be in the form of a documentary, a sort of trial run for the major editing that will take place for the Brazil project, currently dubbed—”In the Land of the Poets.”
I have been told that all narrative films are documentaries and that all documentaries are also narrative films. When watching something like, “The Thin Blue Line” which covers the wrongful arrest and death penalty sentence of a Texas man accused of the murder of a police officer, I become convinced that documentaries have so much more potential for inflicting strong emotion in an audience than narrative films. Then again, there are many very boring documentaries. Either way, I think it takes a story teller to make a good film, even if the story is being constructed from real events. After all, even in a fictional film, the story must have strong aspects of reality to effectively reach the audience. I would even say that all fictional films with identifiable themes are little more than documentaries of that theme. Look at “No Country for Old Men” as a case study in good and evil.
Anyhow, this blog only exists as advertisement for Loonar City Productions, which Jack, Eli, and I hope to one day make a legitimate enterprise of creativity in the Twin Cities, so I will not ramble too much. The point of this blog is to say that I like to make documentaries, and up to this point, I have had experience mostly with people who don’t make them. So if you are interested, I will be working many many hours on two–one set in Uganda (hopefully, if the adviser allows) and the other in Brazil. Anyone looking for experience, or advice for me, please leave a comment. If you want to get involved in Loonar City, we can do that too.
Loonar City Productions is Minneapolis based Production company that currently searches for funding to produce short to feature length films, which give opportunities to Minneapolis based artists. Our first feature film, “The Unattainable,” is a strong representative for what we hope to one day be. That is, an organization that supports Twin Cities artists of all types not just through film but studio recording, various art-related classes, and grant-writing to put Minneapolis on the map in a real big way. That being said, this is a video from Hunter Johnson, a Minneapolis film-maker and collaborator of Loonar City, and also a real cool dude. The Beaming Future webseries:::::
So there has been a long hiatus on movie blogging because we have been deep in the trenches but now we are happy to inform everyone that there are 60 copies printed and they are being given away for free!! Tell your friends and everyone else!! In the mean time, here is a short film done in the spring featuring all your favorite Loonar City kids.
Watch: A Man and His Gun!!
P.S. Get your copies of The Unattainable from Eli Edleson-Stein at 612 387 9262
Alright folks, well, I have finished editing. I actually finished about a month ago and it has been in the hands of Keith Kopatz since then, our wonderful Sound Editor. I was over at his studio yesterday in Minneapolis looking over the stuff and I think we’re going to have a top-notch, professional looking film on our hands and I personally couldn’t be more excited.
We are still planning the premiere event. Because this movie has been such a big part of the last year for so many people, we want to make sure it a very special event. If you were part of the project or just want to give your input for the things you want to see, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I spoke with the people at the Lagoon theater in Minneapolis, a former soccer coach of mine is now manager and they said it would be fine. We were interested in making it a sort of party, with booze and music and finely dressed women of course so we’re putting it in the hands of our PR director and co-director Jack Pigozzi, anyways, keep informed and follow the blogs (sort of) We’ll be in touch.
Well, we’re not putting anything up for a little while due to a lot of hullabaloo from the up tops, saying they don’t want to give away any of the confusing secret moral messages of the film. Therefore, we’ve got somebody working on the trailer as we plug away at the real stuff. I recently saw a couple short films done by kids I went to high school with, Hunter Johnson and Aidan Lynn-Klimenko, who are both at their respective post-secondary film schools. I am incredibly impressed with their work and it only furthers my argument with myself that I shouldn’t be studying Psychological Services. Hopefully they’ll remember us in the future.
As far as the editing goes, averaging about a scene a week at this point, though I am on holiday. Sweet montage shots with storm footage and epic church congregation and suicide layers juxtaposed upon eachother is now complete, probably the best work I’ve done so far. If you ever want to come around and watch the editing process, throw in suggestions or just drink some coffee with me, I’m at Butter Cafe on 36th and Grand, with a nice little spot in the corner, pretty much all afternoon everyday. Cinematographer Zach Cooper and myself will be there tomorrow, it would be fun to see you all there.
Anyhow, sorry for the simple rant, I just watched The Cocoanuts from the Marx Brothers and am appreciating the gift of Gab. Happy Holidays and we’ll see you soon.
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I’ve just spent the last six hours cleaning up two scenes (4 and 19) to post on here, youtube and facebook. Well, I was going back and forth between watching ‘The Usual Suspects’ and checking the upload times, which are vicious as all hell. That movie, man, is brilliant. There is a particular shot where the outline of a cave dissolves into a coffee mug that is so simple, but I could not figure out how Bryan Singer (the director?) had that planned out in advance. Anyhow, highly recommended.
What I’m doing now is pre-posting, to let you know that there will be another walk through for Scene 4, the Office scene, and Scene 19, which takes place in Julian’s apartment, which will be posted tomorrow. The videos are both now on youtube.com, if you haven’t subscribed yet, our posting name is loonarcity, and you can follow all of the excitement. Until tomorrow then, I go to sleep.