Overwhelming Majority is an experimental documentary dealing with issues of alienation, isolation, and social anxiety. I remember my teacher Jane sending me this article when I was making the film and being very intrigued by that aspect, something I’d never considered. OM has been screening at film festivals for the last year and a half, but in light of recent events like Las Vegas, perhaps it’s time to be seen by the rest of the world.
WINNER: Best Experimental film – 2016 Blissfest333
WINNER: Best Experimental film – 2016 UCCS Short Film Festival
NOMINATION: Best Experimental film – 2017 Wales International Film Festival
NOMINATION: Best Documentary Short – 2016 Blissfest333
2017 Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
2017 Colorado Short Circuit
2017 Wales International Documentary Festival
2017 Durango Independent Film Festival
2016 London International Documentary Festival
2016 Southern Colorado Film Festival
The chapel at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, tends to draw quite a few visitors because of its interesting shape (you can search for pics online). But also due to its unique architecture it has always suffered problems with leaking, and will therefore close for renovation next year. If you’re planning on visiting Colorado Springs soon, you might want to check out the Academy chapel as your next opportunity could be at least 5 years from now.
While giving a tour of my city I took the opportunity of the bright sunlight to really let the stained glass do its thing inside the chapel, and the Ektar 100 really let the colors pop. Below is a view of some of the dormitory buildings. If you enjoy mid-century modernism the Academy is fantastic, and offers striking contrast with its surroundings.
I have something really special in my group of college friends from Ohio State (excuse me, THE Ohio State University). A few years back we started getting together on a semi-annual basis and it’s like we’ve never been separated, even though a lot of us live outside Ohio now. Unfortunately this time the gathering came about because one of our number has fallen. The last time I saw him was nearly a year previous, the last time we got together (I flew in from Colorado) and not long after that he told us all that he was diagnosed with cancer. All I knew from then were the Facebook updates posted by him or his family. He leaves behind a son and a wife who is 8 months pregnant.
It wasn’t the best occasion ever, but it was good to hang out with old friends, some of whom I hadn’t seen in a decade. For this trip all I took was a roll of Tri-X loaded in the Olympus Trip 35. I didn’t even worry about the x-ray machine, I figured that I’d test out the assumption that the film would survive just 2 airplane trips, and it seems to be alright. I haven’t looked too hard at the negatives yet, but for my purposes it came out alright (except that with my scanner in storage I couldn’t really work with them as much as I’d have liked). Though my focusing could have been better, the Trip 35 performed well inside and out (and fit in my suit jacket pocket), especially shooting the astoundingly versatile Tri-X.
April 22, 2017. After Wales, Overwhelming Majority got one more chance to screen in the Springs, at a brand new iteration of the Indie Spirit Film Festival. Colorado Short Circuit showcases the work of Colorado filmmakers working in short films. I think for this version most of the featured films were made by people living on the front range, primarily Denver and Colorado Springs.
As always, a great time was had, and I certainly knew lots of people already. As a bonus, I shot a few rolls of super 8 for my experimental/avant-garde cinema class. I will be finalizing that project sometime in the Fall and then it’s back to submitting to festivals.
Home Movie Day, October 2016 at the Southern Colorado Film Festival. I saw Kodachrome projected for the first time and have to say that I was totally blown away with the colors. The more I see the more I understand how big a hole it left, which the new Ektachrome will probably not be able to fill.
Filmmaker Eric Stewart was our projectionist and film enthusiast extraordinaire. I also included a picture of some of his optical film printers that he’s working on restoring in his garage.
I found this at one of the stores in the Springs a few months back, and originally thought it might be something new, but it seems it’s something mainly for the overseas market. I have no idea why the cartridge says Kodacolor and the box says ColorPlus. I think Kodacolor was something that was sold back in the ’90s, had no idea it had come back. Or has it?
As an all-around consumer film it does alright, especially with the blues. It doesn’t seem to pull detail out of the shadows as well as some of the others, and I really hope this isn’t being brought in as a substitute for Gold 200, because I think Gold beats this by a significant margin. Like with Gold 200, I shot it at ASA100.
Now the bad stuff: the first few shots were of wind generators in Eastern Colorado. I don’t know what was up with the film, but there was some strange mottling that’s most apparent during those frames, plus reduced contrast, almost looks like it’s expired. I suppose it has its uses as an effect, but I would have expected better from Kodak.
Unfortunately it wasn’t just that roll either. I took my second roll to Durango with me and had the same problem with that one.