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Saturday, January 19, 2008

From documentaries about oil spills to prison baseball teams, filmmaker Loren Mendell (C'95, Friars) has quite a variety of films under his belt.

This week, Loren not only debuts another documentary, but this one's featured on Tuesday & Wednesday at Slamdance!

Click here to check out what new documentary genre Loren has chosen!

Loren's latest film Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene tells the unlikely story of America's first shock jock Petey Greene and features Howard Stern, Marion Barry, Sugar Ray Leonard and James Brown among others.

Per Loren, "America’s original shock-jock, Petey Greene, overcame poverty, drug addiction and prison-time to “tell it like it is,” shocking and entertaining everyone from the ghetto to the White House. During an era of civil unrest in our nation’s capital, Petey used taboo words and ideas, forcing people to confront their own prejudices on his raw, uncensored TV and radio shows. His explosive language and brash style unsettled the establishment as Petey battled both the system and his own demons on the journey to becoming a leading activist during some of our country’s most turbulent years. Don Cheadle, who portrayed Petey in the feature Talk To Me, narrates this documentary featuring a face-off between Petey and an up and coming deejay named Howard Stern."

"This documentary presents rarely seen footage of Petey Greene. It’s a must for anyone who wants to know what made Petey Greene such an incredibly charismatic person, or whomever wants to know where Howard Stern got his gusto from.”
- Sarah Diamond, Programmer

Slamdance Screening dates:
Tuesday January 22nd @ 3:30pm
Wednesday January 23rd @ 8:30pm

Click here to watch the trailer

Click here to visit the Slamdance website

Learn more about Loren's other documentaries!


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Friday, January 18, 2008

Last week I posted about "One Night Stand", the improv musical group that Jonah Platt (C'08, Off the Beat) started seven years ago.

With video camera in hand, I ventured down to see his show last Saturday night with Kiera Reilly (C'93) and we both had a fantastic time!

Jonah came out at the beginning of the show and asked the audience for a bunch of words which they then weaved into a FULL hour's musical performance! A full hour! With an accompanying pianist and an actual story arc! And all of this improv! They were making up songs and lyrics on the spot!

The words that were muttered from the audience from the show I saw included "Mental Hospital", "Geri Curls" and "Matzah Ball Soup". It was exciting sitting in the audience watching this talented troupe work together and weave an entertaining story on the fly before our very eyes. The story which resulted was about a woman admitted to a mental hospital and forced to take pills all day long.

Click here to watch their performance of "We All Take Pills"
(Jonah is the guy swinging his arms in the video)

The protagonist's one true love then gives up his transsexual(!) lover and goes after her. ...This resulted in a very funny scene in which Jonah and 2 fellow performers sang a cleverly improvised song comparing sexual preference to having both the lemonade and ice tea in an Arnold Palmer drink.

Click here to watch this funny "Arnold Palmer" scene

Check out the "One Night Stand" website


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Thursday, January 17, 2008


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While my #4 and #3 picks for my "Penn videos that will give you the chills" have been beautifully made films, yesterday I introduced a powerful spoken word video as my #2 pick.

The more I experience these Spoken Word performances from our Penn community, the more I really like this genre.

...Which brings me to #1 pick today from an award winning undergrad with tons of passion and an interesting background story to match.

Click here to check out my #1 pick!

Raw truth and expression is what you will find in Alysia Harris' (C'10, The Excelano Project) April 2007 Spoken Word College Nationals winning performance of "What's in a Soldier".

Before you watch it, note Alysia's story behind her spoken words:

"I wrote that poem because my father was in the army for 22 years and when he was sick he stayed on the amputee floor at Walter Reed Army Hospital. And it was really life changing to see people who were my age 18, 19, who were literally half the people they were before they left for iraq, no legs, no arms, disfigured for life, but all still optimistic and smiling. These men are my age and while I'm off in a classroom pouring over Russian literature these men are out there squaring off with death. And it just made me think. People are so quick to criticize the army and those who serve, but they have no idea about what they are willing to sacrifice."
Check out Alysia's passionate performance of "What's in a Soldier"

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

So far, my #4 and #3 picks for my "Penn videos that will give you the chills" have been beautifully made films combining stylized photography, use of music and special effects.

Today I bring you an engaging video from one of our alumni jam packed with emotion and truth.

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News alert!

The now famous Officer Floyd (Penn's dancing traffic cop) will be retiring from Penn in February of 2008.

Check out this entertaining tribute that was created for him by a colleague, Jason Squadroni, in honor of his time spent as part of Penn Police.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

UA Chair Jason Karsh (C'08) just posted a new UA video explaining the upcoming UA Readership Program in which 657 copies of the New York Times will be delivered daily to campus, M-F, until the end of the semester.

I guess everyone will have to share their copy...?

In any case, little by little...lots of great things happening on campus these days.

Watch Jason's latest UA video installment

Check out Jason's other creative UA videos

With the proliferation of online video, it's getting easier and easier to communicate with one's classmates. On that note, hey class presidents out there, send me a video to post on DuelingTampons to address your classmates for your upcoming class reunions!


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Okay, you've registered for Facebook.

You even added the DuelingTampons.com facebook widget to your profile.

Heck, you're probably in the "New York", "Los Angeles" or "Philadelphia" network. And if you're an undergrad, you may even still be part of your high school's network.

But you still haven't figured out how to officially add yourself into the 37,980+ person (as of 1/15/08) "Penn" (college) network on facebook.

Click here to find out why you should do this and what you need to do in 7 easy steps!

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Yesterday's #4 pick for my "Penn videos that will give you the chills" demonstrated a nice combination of stylized photography, use of music and special effects.

As heartfelt as that video was, today's #3 pick is even more moving.

Click here for my #3 pick!

Remember that great music video featuring Nikhil Dhingra (C'10) that I posted about back in November?

Well, filmmaker Kevin McMullin (C'10) just debuted another beautiful video called "The Boy and the Star" that combines a unique style of photography, animation and music which will give you the chills.

Per Kevin,

"I've always wanted to do a black and white fairy tale-- about a week before starting my sophomore year at penn i got back from studying up in boston (where I came up with the idea), and i filmed it with a buddy of mine who goes to Villanova in a couple hours in my foyer. The way the sunlight hits my house, we only have about 2 hours of usable light since our makeshift green screen, a large green bed sheet, is so thin and therefore extremely delicate in terms of how it appears on camera in certain lights. Anyway, I had a draft done by October and just now put it online. The story is a parable about forgiveness. I loved the idea of using a child's narration with what looks like a child's animation because it provides the film with a certain innocence that is necessary in a fairy tale, especially one that deals with the subject of death. I edited the film in Final Cut Pro (green screen keying and animation sequencing), using still animations I drew in Adobe Photoshop. I filmed the project on a Canon GL2."

Check out Kevin's moving video, "The Boy and the Star"


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Monday, January 14, 2008



What happens when a Penn alum leaves his successful NY legal career for a shot in Hollywood?

Ask Dave Baronoff (C'99, L'02 - Mask and Wig, AEPi ) who is currently working as an associate producer for JJ Abrams on Cloverfield, one of the hottest movies coming out this year. Dave says "the movie is almost as terrifying as my 40 more years of Stafford loan repayment."

So let's support Dave, and check out Cloverfield later this week when it opens on January 18!!! Meanwhile, check out the exclusive 5 minute clip above!

Learn more about Dave and his journey in Hollywood.
(great for anyone considering a career change or career in Hollywood)

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As part of my 2008 goals for DuelingTampons.com, I want to bring you yet another "series" which I'm calling "Penn videos that will give you the chills".

As you'll see this week, I've chosen some very cool videos from undergrads and alumni which embody a great combination of artistic style, (in some cases) music, and most importantly, passion.

To kick things off, check out my #4 pick from an undergrad with some serious talent...

When I posted here about Brian Canavan's (C'10) last visually stunning video, it has become even more apparent that this undergrad has some serious talent.

In his latest short entitled "Memories", Brian's stylized photography, and use of music and special effects make this a pretty moving (dare I say heartfelt) video.

Click here to check out "Memories"

Check back tomorrow for my #3 pick!

...And stay tuned in the coming weeks for more great videos on DT from Brian Canavan!

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In light of the writer's strike, we have some new alternative programming for you.

No, not from VH1's Mark Cronin (Eng'86, Mask and Wig).

This alternative programming entitled Jesus: Behind the Prophet comes to us courtesy of the Bloomers.

Filmed by: Joanna Ciafone
Written by: Bloomers
With: Kathleen Downes, Anna Hartley, Nora Dweck, Jillian Dent, Danielle Valner, Michelle Burton, Jen Jackson, Sarah Kalkstein, Rachel Romeo

Click here to check out the video



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