cafez I’m proud to announce that The Collectors, written and directed by Yours Truly, has been selected to be part of the Grindhouse Days event at Cafe Z. Grindhouse Days is the day version of Grindhouse Nights (duh!). From the Grindhouse Facebook page:

Grindhouse Nights at Cafe Z is a series of film screenings that takes place at Cafe Z, a restaurant/bar/lounge located in Union, NJ. The concept began as a way for horror/exploitation film fans to get together to watch independent films that they might not otherwise get to see. In most cases, some of the cast and crew of the film are on hand during the screenings, to mingle with fans, answer questions, sign autographs and take pictures.

Advance tickets are available via Paypal. Your receipt is your admission ticket, so hang on to it and exchange it for a wristband at the door. Tickets and information is available from: http://www.horrornerd.net/grindhouse-nights-at-cafe-z.html

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The subject of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is largely interdisciplinary even though it generally resides with the realm of Computer Science. Rather than focusing on computer systems solely, HCI considers human factors so it crosses the disciplines of psychology, cognitive science, information science, neuroscience, ergonomics, graphic design, virtual and augmented reality, linguistics, language processing,  and other areas.
Below is a slightly edited guide to resources for Human Computer Interaction (HCI)I  complied for the Information Resources in Science and Technology course at Rutgers University. Some of what follows is specifically for the course, and the formatting went a little wonky (to be fixed at some future time), but in case anyone studying HCI wants a list of resources, here it is.
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Here are two wedding videos I did with a 8mm “look.” The first was shot on actual super 8mm negative film, which was ridiculously expensive and time consuming. I chose to shoot negative film (as opposed to reversal stock) because it gives a little more latitude with low light conditions. But this meant I got a negative image back from the lab, and had to invert the film in Final Cut Pro (Effects > Video Filters > Channel > Invert). This resulted in a bluish tint, so I had to apply a sepia tint and do some color correcting. Because the cost of the film is so expensive, I chose each shot carefully.  The result was  I only had about 20 minutes (maybe 30) of raw footage to be edited down to about 10 minutes, which made for a much easier edit. Compare this to video–I had 7 hours of footage .

The second video was shot on a Sony PD-150 with the look achieved by color correcting with native FCP tools and with this free plugin from CGM. I decided to go for the reversal film look, as I really like the color saturation of that look and it matched the couple’s music choices.

To my eyes the real super 8 looks superior, but not for price.  The final cost for the final 10 minute (or so) 8mm film  was about $1,500. The video shot on the PD-150 cost about $42 (7 tapes at $6 each). Which looks better to you?


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Here is a re-edit of my interview with Larry Shore and Tami Gold, the makers of “RFK In The Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope.” This one is a little shorter. There are some screenings being planned sponsored by the Roosevelt House Institute of Public Policy at Hunter , so make sure you go to their website to keep an eye out. The film’s website is is here

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Dear Kodak Gallery: You stink (harsher word replaced).

I had one of the worst customer service experiences of my life today with Kodak Gallery. They deleted every single one of my pictures I had with them. My 2004 trip to DR. My trip to Paris. Even the photos from an emotional going away moment with a friend who I have not seen since (that’s you Alison Brown). All gone.

What’s worse, back in the days of film Ofoto (as the service was called back then) required that you send the original film if you wanted it converted, but they keep it. The justification? The pictures will be preserved ad infinitum digitally. There is no need for actual film anymore.

Well times change. Kodak claims they sent out emails and if it was sent to a spam filter it is not their problem. When I asked for a name of a person to contact they refused. I asked for the VP of marketing (thinking he may want to read my blog or twitter posts), which is public knowledge but she said she doesn’t have his name. So I gave it to her. It is Jeffery Hayzlett.

I gave the poor customer service agent hell, but Kodak refused to give me anything except a $10 credit to purchase my pictures on their website–which they deleted. Here is a pdf of the complete chat.

“Well, wait a minute, Boutros!” you are saying. “This might be just one bad experience for an otherwise good service.” Nope. The service sucks. Here’s what others are saying.

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We’re ramping up our video efforts at work, and that means more Youtube. We’re calling it the CUNY Channel. A lot of these are lectures, interviews with profs and the like. In our office, we lovingly call this one “Chicken Man.” It is one of my favorites and not only because I shot it along with Young Cheong from Brooklyn College. While we’re giving out credit the video was produced by Cathy Jedruzek and edited by Jonathan Park.

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Hailey's-006The fact that Metuchen, NJ has a pub might not seem like breaking news, but trust me, it is. Hailey’s Harp and Pub’s newly open door, located at 400 Main Street in Metuchen, NJ, has made many residents very, very happy.

From Metuchenmatters.com:

They’re open with a minimal menu for now but the place looks fabulous and everyone there is as excited as everyone is in town. Amy Brooks will feature a few pieces of original glass art inside the restaurant as well – there are 100 nice community stories surrounding the Pub. The grand opening will be announced for later in the month but be sure to stop by during Saturday’s fair.

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