I have finally converted and uploaded two big video files that I made in Minneapolis when I was living there.
The first is a lecture (57 minutes) that I gave at Hamline University in St. Paul MN on February 25, 1998, on the Liberty Channel in Minneapolis, while still on crutches from my hip fracture. The lecture outlines the concepts in the “Do Ask, Do Tell: A Gay Conservative Lashes Back: book (1997, 2000).
I would give a similar lecture at the University of Minnesota on March 31, 1999.
The second film (33 minutes) is a hodgepodge of soliloquies and little walks taken with a Sony camera in 2002, in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I sent it to the late Gode Davis (“American Lynching”) and he was not that impressed, well technically. I will probably do some work on this in Final Cut Pro. The link is here. I do think a lot of ideas here are still pertinent today (even the stuff about maintaining freedoms in the face of terrorism and “asymmetric warfare”.
On Wednesday, July 1, I visited the outdoor portion of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival at 3rd St and the Mall in Washington, focusing on Peru. Most of the scenic photography was in the Native American museum nearby (account here). The outdoor portion (except for food) had been closed Saturday by expectation of storms and lightning.
There were demonstrations on how crafts were made, including a fishing rod. It was apparent that there is a lot of manual labor (it would have pleased my father) in the native post-Inca lifestyle.
At the “Taste of Arlington” (Virginia) street fair Sunday afternoon, in “Bark Park”, there was a nice little amateur dog race. But not all the pooches understood and wanted to play, when given the chance.
More substantial documentary filmmaking from me is coming. But for now (contradicting a lecture given by Ben Stiller’s professorial character in “While We’re Young”) this first one will be about me. So will my fiction.
I do have a couple of short clips from the Freddie Gray sympathetic demonstrations Wednesday April 29, 2015 in Washington DC, starting at Verizon Center and moving to the White House, then all the way up to U Street.
The person above was leaving as I arrived from McPherson Square station. She asked it I wanted to carry the picket.
Note: I now publish video clips from public events on the Media Blog (here) instead of the DADT Notes blog, unless the event deals very directly with some item in one of my books. This more consistent with my strategy for deploying my own video soon.
There is earlier footage in Washington DC from November 2014 regarding the Ferguson and Michael Brown protests here.
Clip 10some rather twisted logic about freedom from an anti-gay speaker
Clip 11 — note the unusual argument about gays being able to make movies, and the reference to “American Lynching” (Feb. 6, 2014) – note that African Americans were not allowed into movie theaters under segregation.