Archive for July, 2010


I ran into Alexia’s project, Adventures in Plymptoons ( a documentary on animator Bill Plympton), on IndieGoGo, where I was amused with her (and Bill’s) total irreverence to anything conservatively morally straight.  They have since launched a Kickstarter.com campaign to fund post production of the film. Check out Alexia’s trailer:http://www.youtube.com/v/fnrdO-_aXu4&hl=en_US&fs=1This was enough to get me to pony up $50 to help her out. We need more indie films like this and as an indie filmmaker I sincerely believe we should all help each other out. What goes around comes around. The bottom line being that if a couple thousand indie filmmakers help each other out that’s enough of an audience right there to launch a film to success. There are easily a few thousand indie filmmakers out there. Something like 5000 to 6000 enter Sundance every year, not to mention thousands of other film festivals. Billions of dollars are spent every year on indie films and only a handful of them ever see the light of day, even when they’re good. We have no one to blame but our collective selves.

Do you really like the crap coming out to the cineplex every week? Wouldn’t you rather see indie films out there? Well do something about it. Put your money where your mouth is. Support indie filmmakers. Buy their films. Demand to see then on OpenIndie.com. Chip in a few bucks at Kickstarter or IndieGoGo. We can do this. It’s a no brainer. Have you seen Ants? You know, that animation with Kevin Spacey as the bad ass grasshopper that controls hundreds of ants with his little gang, until they all realize they have him outnumbered and scare the shit out of him.

Well, we are the ants; we the indie filmmakers. The studios are the thug grasshoppers trying to control us. Why do we put up with their shit?

Alright, so anyway, I checked out Bill’s booth at Comic Com, where Alexia was a guest, and interviewed her, just for kicks. Check it out.
http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13605888&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=00adef&fullscreen=1

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The following post is from Dr. Irma Strantz with a important update on California’s SB810, a state bill that would allow a single payer healthcare system in California. The new federal law passed in March allows states to implement a single payer system. But the fight is not yet over.

This would eliminate the cruel unjust practices of California insurance companies in who continue to deny healthcare to people for the sake of profit, resulting in poor public health and even death to those who lack adequate health care, unlike every other modern industrialize nation in the world.


Have you heard that SB 810 passed by a vote of 13 to 6 on June 29th in the Assembly Health Committee?  The hearing lasted about an hour, with Senator Leno providing a strong defense for it’s passage and Health Committee Chair William Monning thanking him for keeping this healthcare reform vehicle alive, stating that it is “as timely as it has ever been”.  Among the “in-person supporters” who lined up and briefly testified were representatives from California Nurses Association, Physicians for a National Health Program – California, Health Care for All – California, League of Women Voters – California, California School Employees Association, California Teachers Association and California Labor Federation. The landmark health care reform legislation, previously vetoed twice by Governor Schwarzenegger, now proceeds to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for a hearing and vote in July or early August. Pending a successful Appropriations Committee vote, the bill will be heard by the full Assembly and if approved, will go to the Governor for signature.  That may happen in September.

Now what we need to do is write our Assembly members on the Appropriations Committee and urge their YES votes for SB810.  When the Assembly Health Committee staff summarized the bill, they showed more than 300 letters of support received from organizations and individuals throughout California!  Our letters make a strong statement, and thank you for taking the time to send one!  The Chair of the Appropriations Committee is Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes.  Local Assemblymembers Charles Calderon and Mike Gatto sit on that Committee and they should hear from us as well.

The mailing address for each of these three Committee members is: PO Box 942849, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 94249-0058.  For emails, you can use Assemblymember.Fuentes@assembly.ca.gov and then substitute the name for each of the others (i.e. Calderon, Gatto).

Thank you for your continuing efforts in support of SB810!

Irma Strantz, Director
Health Care for All – San Gabriel Valley Chap.