Monday, June 29, 2009
For those who need a refresher, the issue at hand is whether or not the 90-minute Hillary: The Movie (and its promotional television ads) is subject to strict campaign finance laws on political advocacy or is instead a constitutionally protected form of speech. The court will reconvene in September to hear the case, which could potentially make Obama's Supreme Court justice appointment all the more important.
Both Fox News (good details) and CNN (good summary) provide more depth on this story if you are interested.
As the fi'm's summary puts it: "The film explores seven stories from around the world that raise and respond to these questions, while keeping the sky and what comes out of it as a central visual metaphor and thread." That sounds wholly fascinating and suddenly I find myself eagerly awaiting it's October release date. If you're interested, head on over to Apple to check out the trailer.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
As odd as this sounds to say, Béla Fleck is the banjo version of a cross between Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane. A simple listen over at Grooveshark.com and you'll understand what I'm talking about: the man can flat out jam... on a banjo. But I'm not here to talk mere music. It seems Fleck has a strong desire to remind listeners worldwide that his instrument of choice takes its roots from African culture and to do this, he's made a film.
Titled Throw Down Your Heart, this feature length documentary "follows American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo and record an album. It’s a boundary-breaking musical adventure that celebrates the beauty and complexity of Africa – an Africa that is very different from what is often seen in the media today" (from film website).