Review of The Octavia E. Butler Celebration of the Fantastic Arts

The Octavia E. Butler Celebration of the Fantastic Arts at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, 21 March 2013 was like a family re-union for me, as well as a space for meeting new friends. It was ten years ago, that I first set out on the making of Invisible Universe: a history of […]

Tupac’s “Holographic” Resurrection

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in Speculations | No Comments

The recent performance by a “resurrected” holographic Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California has spurred mostly to be expected responses. From astonishment and adulation at the believability of “holographic” technology (which turned out to be non-holographic), to the glorification and evolution of the Tupac Shakur image into a […]

Speculations… Psychology & devil worship in Rosemary’s Baby & The 7th Victim

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in Speculations | No Comments

By chance, I recently watched two films about devil worshippers, Rosemary’s Baby (1968), produced by William Castle and directed by Roman Polanski and The 7th Victim (1943), produced by Val Lewton and directed by Mark Robson. What was interesting, besides picking these similarly themed films at random, was that both are set in New York […]

Speculations… Marlene Clark, Black SF Superwoman

Posted by on Jan 2, 2012 in Speculations | No Comments

There was a moment in the early half of the 1970’s when Marlene Clark was beginning to become the grand dame of SF movie fame. She starred in several tv shows and films with SF themes as well as other cult classics like Putney Swope (1969), The Landlord (1970) and Enter the Dragon (1973). This […]

Speculations… Derrick Bell & the Space Traders

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 in Speculations | No Comments

Derrick Bell (1930-2011) was a law professor, author, civil rights worker and a dreamer. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to a working class family, Bell was the first member of his family to go to college where he earned an A.B. from Duquesne University in 1952. Later while attending the University of Pittsburgh Law School, Bell […]

Speculations… The Lathe of Heaven

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in Speculations | No Comments

George Orr, played by Bruce Davison, is the lathe of heaven, his reality changing dreams are repeatedly guided and manipulated by Dr. William Haber, played by Kevin Conway, in this near future vision of the United States. The only problems are George feels reluctant to pre-imagine or try to edit his dreams and Dr. Haber […]

Speculations… Zombie Jamboree

Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in Speculations | No Comments

Zombie Jamboree lyrics. (As sung by The Kingston Trio, which may or may not be the original lyrics): “Zombie Jamboree” or “Back to Back” is on the surface a Calypso song about zombies rising from their graves to join in on a dead celebration, in, of all places, Long Island, New York and particularly about […]

New York (just like I pictured it…)

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in 73: short film | No Comments

Films, even short projects need time, patience and money to complete. There is so much to consider when creating a film, the story, the script, the actors, the crew, the locations, the equipment, wardrobe, make-up, hair, permits, police, weather, props, set design, the crew, transportation, catering, picture and sound editing, sound design, music, color correction, […]

Speculations… La Jetee

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Speculations | No Comments

I’ve realized over the years that I have a thing for dystopian films. Whether they be corporate or government ruled or just post-apocalyptic visions of societies, I find stories of individuals or groups struggling against the decisions of an unjust authority or organization, is one of my favorite narrative conflicts. Ultimately, it is the little […]

Speculations… Beginnings…

Posted by on May 5, 2009 in Speculations | No Comments

One of my strongest memories is being a sixth grade student in an advanced program at my primary school in Newark, New Jersey. Once a week, several other students and I would go to see Mr. Lombardy, who was the resident computer instructor for our elementary school. His classroom was situated on the first floor […]