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be converted

after the fun of our gala premiere last weekend, i'm pleased to announce that "conversion" is now available for you to watch in the comfort of your own home. we've partnered with vimeo's newly launched "on demand" service to allow viewers from all over the world to access the film from the comfort of their own homes. or wherever they feel comfortable watching movies.

see what all the fuss is about
the service is actually quite remarkable and offers a fantastic option for films that don't have backing from a major studio and which don't have the mass appeal to draw audiences to six screenings a day at five thousand multiplex screens. for five dollars [american, which is about equivalent to five dollars in most other places- canada, australia, etc.], you get access to the film for a period of six months. if you decide you really love it, you can renew it. but that's less than half the price of a ticket to a movie theatre to be able to watch the film until you can recite it for memory, like i can.

i will repeat something that i said at last week's premiere: the tools that are available to aspiring filmmakers right now are unbelievable. and by unbelievable, i mean that if you took a time machine and visited yourself ten or fifteen years ago, you'd make your young brain explode even trying to explain it. even now, most smart phones come with cameras that are more powerful than the one we used to shoot "conversion"- itself a still camera that just happens to be able to shoot high definition video. more and more i'm convinced that lists of the best films of the year will be focused less on trips to the cinema and more on what reviewers happened to find on sites like vimeo, or through services like netflix. and anyone can use something like vimeo for distribution.

we live in a remarkable world, folks.

check out and download the film here.


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i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:

am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

making faces :: soft touch

ah winter, how my lips hate you. it's too bad, really, because the rest of me likes winter, down to about -12 or so. but there's no arguing that i get dried out. nuxe rĂªve de miel is my super best friend at this time of year, even more so than otherwise. [i gave bite's agave lip mask a try only to find out i'm allergic to something in it.] but our [still] new apartment is somewhat drier than the old one [electric vs hot water heating], which meant that, for a long stretch, virtually every kind of lipstick was uncomfortable. the horror. [i wrote a post a while back about the formulas that are friendliest to chapped lips.]

faced with this dilemma, i decided to try something not exactly new, but [for me], out of the ordinary: being a gloss girl. now, i don't mind glosses. i buy them from time to time, and i used to buy more until i discovered that i just wasn't using them near enough to justify the continued purchases. my issues with glosses are that they feather…

making faces :: a lip for all seasons [summer edition]

this may seem like an odd time to think about summer, but not to think about coolness. it can be hard to wrap your head around the idea that summer is considered "cool" in colour analysis terms and, in my opinion, reads as the coolest of the cool, because everything in it is touched with the same chilly grey. winter may have the coldest colours, but its palette is so vivid that it distracts the eye. everything in summer is fresh and misty, like the morning sky before the sun breaks through. in my original post on the season, i compared it to monet's paintings of waterlilies at his garden in giverny and, if i do say so, i think that's an apt characterisation.

finding lip colours touched with summer grey and blue is, as you might expect, kind of tricky. the cosmetic world seems obsessed with bringing warmth, which doesn't recognise that some complexions don't support it well. [also, different complexions support different kinds of warmth, but that's another…