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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It Is Enough To Enter by Todd Boss

the templar
halls of museum, for

example, or
the chambers of churches,

and admire
no more than the beauty

there, or
remember the graveness

of stone, or
whatever. You don't

have to do any
better. You don't have to

understand
the liturgy or know history

to feel holy
in a gallery or presbytery.

It is enough
to have come just so far.

You need
not be opened any more

than does
a door, standing ajar.

Friday, September 18, 2009

DIY Introductory Documentary Workshop
Hello Everyone,

Below is a description for a workshop I'll be conducting this Fall as part of the Extended Learning Division at Pasadena City College. If you or anyone you know is interested in attending please click on the links below to sign up. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions. And thank you so much!

Best,
Mary
marytrunk@sbcglobal.net

DIY Documentary Filmmaking Class
This introductory class will teach students how to make unforgettable and entertaining documentary/non-fiction films on a shoestring budget. Students will learn camera skills, interview techniques, lighting design, sound requirements and basic editing preparation. Emphasis will be on telling specific stories that have universal themes, and differentiating between a good story rather than just a good topic. Students will be required to bring two documentary story ideas to the first class meeting. Ideas will be professionally evaluated for feasibility, strong characters, compelling tension and credible resolution. Handouts will include a sample budget and a list of documentary resources.

Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; 2 sessions starting October 3, 2009, ending October 4, 2009
Cost: $89.00
Instructor: Trunk
Location: Pasadena City College

For more information about this class, please go to www.pcclearn.org, click "courses," then go to "film," and you will find DIY Documentary Filmmaking Class or just cut and paste the link below in your browser. If you still can't get to the right place, please e-mail me (marytrunk@sbcglobal.net) and I will send you the link via e-mail. Thanks.

http://pasadena.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation∫_class_id=12235∫_category_id=1∫_sub_category_id=4

Thursday, June 4, 2009

DIY Introductory Documentary Workshop

Hello Everyone,

Below is a description for a workshop I'll be conducting this summer as part of the Extended Learning Division at Pasadena City College. If you or anyone you know is interested in attending please click on the links below to sign up. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions. And thank you so much!

Best,
Mary
marytrunk@sbcglobal.net

DIY Documentary Filmmaking Class
This introductory class will teach students how to make unforgettable and entertaining documentary/non-fiction films on a shoestring budget. Students will learn camera skills, interview techniques, lighting design, sound requirements and basic editing preparation. Emphasis will be on telling specific stories that have universal themes, and differentiating between a good story rather than just a good topic. Students will be required to bring two documentary story ideas to the first class meeting. Ideas will be professionally evaluated for feasibility, strong characters, compelling tension and credible resolution. Handouts will include a sample budget and a list of documentary resources.

Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; 2 sessions starting July 11, 2009, ending July 12, 2009
Cost: $89.00
Instructor: Trunk
Location: Pasadena City College

For more information about this class, please go to www.pcclearn.org, click "courses," then go to "film," and you will find DIY Documentary Filmmaking Class or just cut and paste the link below in your browser. If you still can't get to the right place, please e-mail me (marytrunk@sbcglobal.net) and I will send you the link via e-mail. Thanks.

http://pasadena.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation∫_class_id=12235∫_category_id=1∫_sub_category_id=4

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Last Evening by Sharon Olds

Then we raised the top portion of the bed,
and her head was like a trillium, growing
up, out of the ground, in the woods,
eyes closed, mouth open,
and we put the Battle arias on, and when I
heard the first note, that was it, for me,
I excused myself from the death-room guests,
and went to my mother, and cleared a place
on the mattress, beside her arm, lifting
the tubes, oxygen, dextrose, morphine,
dipping in under them, and letting them
rest on my hair, as if burying myself
under a topsoil of roots, I pulled
the sheet up, over my head,
and touched my forehead and nose and mouth
to her arm, and then, against the warm
solace of her skin, I sobbed full out,
unguarded, as I have not done near her;
and I could feel some barrier between us dissolving,
I could feel myself dissolving it,
moving ever closer to her through it, till I was
all there, I went to my mom
for comfort. And in her coma nothing
drew her away from giving me the basal
kindness of her presence, I took a long turn
as a child on earth. When the doctor came in,
he looked at her and said, "I'd say
hours, not days." When he left, I ate
a pear with her, talking us through it,
and walnuts - and a crow, a whole bouquet
of crows came apart, outside the window.
I looked for the moon and said, I'll be right
back, and ran down the hospital hall,
and there, outside an eastern window,
was the waxing gibbous, like a swimmer's head
turned to the side half out of the water, mouth
pulled to the side and back, to take breath,
I could see my young mother, slim
and strong in her navy one-piece, and see,
in memory's dark-blue corridor,
the beauty of her crawl, the hard, graceful
overhand motion, as someone who says
this way, to the others behind. And I went back,
and sat with her alone, an hour,
in the quiet, and I felt, almost, not
afraid of losing her, I was so
content to have her beside me, unspeaking,
unseeing, alive.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Welcome #2

Hello again and welcome to our new website. Below is the link to see "The Watershed" on youtube for free! I apologize now for the advertisements you may have to watch before the film begins. That's part of the bargain. Thanks so much for taking the time to take a look around on the site and for watching our work. All news regarding "Plain Art" will be coming shortly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sen83cvvGMU

Chester by John Koethe

Wallace Stevens is beyond fathoming,
he is so strange; it is as if he had a
morbid secret he would rather perish
than disclose...

Marianne Moore to William Carlos Williams


Another day, which is usually how they come:
A cat at the foot of the bed, noncommital
In its blankness of mind, with the morning light
Slowly filling the room, and fragmentary
Memories of last night's video and phone calls.
It is a feeling of sufficiency, one menaced
By the fear of some vague lack, of a simplicity
Of self, a self without a soul, the nagging fear
Of being someone to whom nothing ever happens.
Thus the fantasy of the narrative behind the story,
Of the half-concealed life that lies beneath
The ordinary one, made up of ordinary mornings
More alike in how they feel than what they say.
They seem like luxuries of consciousness,
Like second thoughts that complicate the time
One simply wastes. And why not? Mere being
Is supposed to be enough, without the intricate
Evasions of a mystery or off-stage tragedy.
Evenings follow on the afternoons, lingering in
The living room and listening to the stereo
While Peggy Lee sings, "Is That All There Is?"
Amid the morning papers and the usual
Ghosts keeping you company, but just for awhile.
The true soul is the one that flickers in the eyes
Of an animal, like a cat that lifts its head and yawns
And stares at you, and then goes back to sleep.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

WELCOME

Welcome to the new Ma and Pa Films Website. Thank you for taking the time to peruse the site and check out our work. We welcome your questions and comments. This site was designed by the talented Seth Holtgrewe (holtgrewe.org). Seth also designed the site for our film "The Watershed," (www.thewatershedproject.com).

We are very excited that our film "The Watershed" is now available for purchase on amazon.com and on iTunes. Please go to the "Store" page on this site for the direct links. Thank you to everyone who helped us and supported us on this film. There were so many of you and we are very grateful.

In other news "The Watershed" is also one of the first features now live in the new youtube features category. Just click on the link below. The beautiful soundtrack on this film was composed by Rich West, Roland Kniese, David Knowles and Ron Rennells. To hear more of their work please click on collaborators on the "About Us" page on this site and you will see their contact information.

Caren McCaleb is also one of our fabulous collaborators and recently edited "Plain Art" and the Arroyo Arts Collective video. More info on Caren is also under collaborators.