The Paper Campfire will hold a podcast book signing on January 5th in Cleveland, Ohio to promote Wild Harmony and the “untitled american dream” documentary project. We’re expecting to start with live music by Brian Straw and then follow with some talk on the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup project. Either we’ll record the whole thing or parts, but stay tuned for the podcast following and further team development. Come for wine, book, and experimental folk jams 8pm 1/5/2013 at Visible Voices Books and Wine Bar. Check Facebook event page for updates.
The tentative plan as outlined on Open Door Rapport will start a road journey, taking Paper Campfire from Cleveland around the Great Lakes heading first to Buffalo and then northwest all the way to Chicago before turning westward again to the Rocky Mountains. In Steamboat Springs, Colorado, there’ll be an event at the Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and this may actually come before the trip. Since the details are still in flux, the conversation focuses on the capacity for citizens to engage in civic journalism in both North America and South America.
All evidence points to a clear and present danger when considering humankind’s progression. Any arithmatic on resources and usage shows us that the world is destined to run short of providing all inhabitants with what they need. The World Wide Fund for Nature publishes a report every two years outlining the state of the planet. This organization, known for their trademark panda outline, notes that high income countries consume five times as many resources as low income countries. That means we are not even capable of providing those low income countries with what they need. Even though it’s resourcefully impossible, it is also difficult to extend a helping hand after decades of perpetruating a problem that has made it so difficult for these countries to stand on their own two feet. A projection into 2030 shows that we will need the equivilent of two planets to sustain our current growth. Something’s going to happen.
Most of the potential doomsday scenarios are related to some degree. An environmental catastrophe caused be climate change will have significant ramifications upon the economic conditions of the world. If the ice above Greenland were to melt, sea level would increase up to 23 feet according to an intergovernmental panel on climate change. In 2007, NPR reported that 634 million people call land at below 30 feet their home. This mass displacement, which would happen in high income countries as well, would lead to global food and water shortages. The extent at which governments continue their ignorance of this growing threat is unfathomable. Sensing that those in charge do so for the better interest of mankind, many believe these scientific claims to be false, or at least exaggerated. How do those who want to improve the ways of the world succeed?
So much information is at our finger tips yet it is incredibly difficult to become productive enough to do it yourself, this gathering of information and ideas needed to express action in a meaningful way. In the past, groups of people worked together to put out publications that outlined the news and ideas relevant to those who can potentially be the change. Paper Campfire is a stepping stone to participatory demoncracy, something that has been talked about at length but hardly ever achieved. Democracy defined may only be possible at the local level. The individual influence factor is much higher than at the federal level. Mayors, city councils, school boards, and that doesn’t include county commissioners, sheriffs, judges who are elected and will respond to “the will of the people.”
The Tree of Life with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in a melodramatic sequence of timelines and long shots that pan across various sets without any dialogue or music. For me, watching the film again was a task and hesitation due to previous encounter with its vague story line. With animated shots of dinosaurs and amoebas, this cinematographic masterpiece took one year to shoot and then three years to edit down from initial release of five hour epic. The release of this film is not met with the same intensity as the production dealt with on a daily basis for the majority of shots being deleted and silenced.
There are no quotes from the film to speak of, simply abstract questions followed by a camera shot beneath the waves of an ocean and flashforwards to Sean Penn’s life who is apparently son to Brad Pitt’s fatherly stern figure. Parallels to dinosaurs and truly unknown, but there would have been improvements had the film possessed any soundtrack whatsoever. The only transitional tunes the film uses are screams and instrument change. Occasionally the screen changes to fixate on a flock of birds while music is being sung with Latin lyrics and violins, again all with no dialogue between the cast. Then all of a sudden, black. The screen is replaced with an animated light in the middle before disappearing and being replaced by ghost figures of some form of stampede.
Again, the viewer is completely lost and at times feels as if they are in a dream state or somewhere they shouldn’t be in an almost Willy Wonka boat ride with the wacky footage designed to creep out the viewer take up the screen for two hours straight. 3/4 Stars for solid presentation of the cosmos, a topic worthy of pushing upon the world. I would never rate this movie higher than that, but if you asked if it was worth your time, I wouldn’t say anything. Carl Sagan would have been perplexed by the overuse of explosive footage and abuse innuendo.