A Sister’s Call

We’re instituting a new weekly feature (hope it sticks). I’ve (Abby) decided to call it DocDay-WednesDay. It’s kind of a long title… but if you say it out loud there’s some charm to it. The theme is pretty self-explanatory. Every Wednesday we will feature a doc. It doesn’t matter what stage of production it’s in- it could be selling the DVD or it could just be researching the topic. Either way, let’s get on with the show!

For our first installment: A SISTER’S CALL

Mr. Call Richmond disappeared in 1977. Twenty years later, his sister Rebecca found him homeless, alone, and suffering from severe paranoid schizophrenia. A SISTER’S CALL follows Rebecca’s 14 year journey to “bring her brother back” from the depths of his homelessness and hallucinations. Through helping Call, Rebecca and her family confront the issues of their dark past and attempt to overcome the complicated family dynamic that comes with caring for the mentally ill.

Read more about the crew members.

There is an r/IAmA on reddit. You can see the thread here.

Sh*t San Franciscans Say… Yep

This is the obligatory, us jumping on the band wagon of posting the shit people say meme just about at the time when the thought of seeing another one makes us what to claw our eyes out. But this new one’s about SF! That’s our city! Check it out, via Annie Sloan:

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There’s been lot’s of controversy on Youtube and Reddit about the legitmacy of this one. Lot’s of talk about “real” born and raised San Franciscans vs. Tranplanted Hipsters in the Mish. We’re a little closer to the latter, and thus we thought this one was pretty funny. The missing Burning Man section was hilarious. But just to even it out, this video was posted on Reddit by “hokeydokey” as an example of what real SF locals would say.

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Pretty Classic.

On producing films… with Ira Glass

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We found this gem on Reddit the other day. It’s a clip of Ira Glass, from of This American Life commenting on the unforgiving nature of producing films via his experience with Sleepwalk with Me. Enjoy.


Many sites are going dark today to rally the internet and help stop PIPA & SOPA. What are these acronyms, you ask? And why should you care? Reddit has a quick breakdown and some good links to help get your brain wrapped around it quickly. Here you go.

We also suggest you read an entertaining article from Chuck Wendig over at TERRIBLEMINDS. Here’s a good snippet quote:

Writers and creatives — again, as individuals — have a lot of opportunity in the Internet Age, in part due to the innovation and distribution the Internet offers, in part due to the social media that connects us all. Harming these by harming the Internet then harms free expression. And that’s no good.

Just to be clear, in case you don’t realize what it means to give corporations power over censorship and the subject of artistic originality, please cast an eye no further to the MPAA, whose arbitrary and often insane ratings of films put out by the film industry help stifle creativity and the craft and art of filmmaking. You really want that kind of control over sites like YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Google, Wikipedia?

No, you do not.

~ Chuck Wendig

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So Who’s Down Today?

Here’s a list of sites that have provided informational links explaining SOPA’s issues, or will go partially or completely dark sometime today, in hopes to raise awareness by its users, exhorting them to action.

Google CopyBlogger Internet Archive
CreativeCommons Daily Kos BoingBoing
RackSpace Firefox O’Reilly
WordPress Electronic Frontier Foundation MakeZine
Vimeo ICanHazCheezburger IgniteShow
Flickr Wired Reddit
Mashable xkcd Wikipedia
TechCrunch Tumblr LiveCulturesWeb
Gizmodo Twitpic
The Verge Tucows
GigaOm School of Informational Studies, Syracuse Univ.
Gawker Pop Culture Madness
VentureBeat ThatGuyWithTheGlasses
Michael Moore

Street Fighter 2 Stop Motion

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Stop motion + Street Fighter II = awesome. We poached this from reddit this morning. File it under inspiration. It was shot with a Nikon D5100 and took

1 month for the proccesing.


George Lucas Strikes Back

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We just wrapped a project with Institute for the Future and are already knee deep in another project with a PR firm. As such, we were having a little trouble figuring out what to blog about this morning when we stumbled on this video over coffee and reddit.

If only it were true. If you enjoyed that, check out the rest of Slick Gigolo’s youtube channel.