This might only be interesting to me.
I’ve always been curious about a faded, painted ad on the side of a building just down the street from me on Jeanne-Mance. It’s a residential block, but there is a business, a laundromat, on the first floor of that building, so whatever the old sign is advertising could have taken place there. It’s hard to make out much more than a bottle of wine and some fruit, painted in a sort of early-20th-century-ish Art-Nouveau-ish style, but I did notice recently a signature of sorts I had somehow missed, at the bottom-right of the picture, that reads “Greene Bros Signs Ltd.”
I decided to look up this “Greene Bros Signs Ltd,” using the fairly miraculous Google Archives, which has a scanned, searchable database of the Montreal Gazette (and maybe Star?) archives.
The first thing I found was a court notice from 1972.
It’s fairly cryptic, though, and didn’t tell me much more than that the business was presumed to be operating as late as the early ’70s.
Digging deeper, I found an ad from 1949, boasting of the company’s involvement with the opening of the latest branch of a restaurant called Walton’s.
This was on a double-page spread of other ads for other Walton’s-affiliated business (a spread that also featured an article about the restaurant’s opening; guess editorial independence was as elusive then as it remains today). The sign business’s address—4259 Rue St-Dominique—is not far from where I live, and the faded sign. It now seems to be a private home. (Walton’s is a Foot Locker.)
And then I found something much more interesting, in the December 15, 1961 edition of the Gazette:
The trail ends there, with that tantalizing true-crime story (I could find no more reference to anyone named in it). I may have roused some mysterious ghosts, but all that remains of that mugging, the once-proud Walton’s restaurant chain, and a business that lasted at least 23 years, is a cryptic painted sign.
• 4 December 2013 • 7 notes
Netzfilmblog: Kurzfilm: “The Decelerators”
Es klingt wie ein Traum: Ein GerÃ¤t, dass uns besondere Momente auf ewig erleben lÃ¤sst. Ein GerÃ¤t, dass die Zeit&
I should just move to Germany. Here’s another mention in the German press, this time about The Decelerators (though they sneak in a Sad YouTube reference as well).
• 4 December 2013 • 2 notes
The Check Isn't in the Mail
So you’ve refused to write for free. That still doesn’t mean you’re going to get paid.
Great piece. Even when publications “pay,” they don’t always pay.
• 3 December 2013 • 9 notes
Me, painted by Montreal artist (and everything-ist), David Shaw.
• 26 November 2013 • 4 notes
What You Can Learn About Music
Carl Wilson wrote a terrific article for Slate about Sad YouTube.
It was predictable that YouTube
• 26 November 2013
The Decelerators had a good week last week; CFCF, who scored it, posted about it on Gorilla vs. Bear (he also put the soundtrack up at his Soundcloud), it got picked up by BuzzFeed and io9, and then we got chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick. I posted about some of this but I never actually posted the actual movie here, so here it is; it won’t be online forever (in fact, I’ll probably have to take it down soon for a couple complicated reasons) so if you were planning on watching it, now’s the time.
• 28 October 2013 • 2 notes
Amazing Short Film: The Race to Develop a Machine that Stops Time
We’ve all noticed that time seems to move faster as we grow older — but what if you could build a machine that slowed time to the point of imperceptibility? In Mark Slutsky’s gorgeous new film The Decelerators, a group of people manage to do just that — and the result is almost worthy of The Twilight Zone.
Great review at io9!
• 23 October 2013 • 1 note
CFCF takeover: <i>The Decelerators</i> (online premiere)
This is a short sci-fi film by my friend Mark Slutsky, with photography by my also friend Bobby Shore
You may have heard me talk about my film The Decelerators this year but not have gotten to see it. On the occasion of Mike Silver aka CFCF, who did the beautiful score, taking over the Gorilla vs. Bear music blog for the day, we’ve decided to put it online for a limited time. You have one week to check it out! So please do, and feel free to share the GvB or Vimeo link around if you like it.
• 21 October 2013
The best films I’ve seen this year so far
In alphabetical order:
Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
Blue is the Warmest Colour (Abdullatif Kechiche)
The Dirties (Matthew Johnson)
A Field in England (Ben Wheatley)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)
Museum Hours (Jem Cohen)
Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine)
Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie)
A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke)
Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
We Are the Best! (Lukas Moodysson)
Such a good year so far.
PS: go see A Touch of Sin if it’s playing near you, like, right freakin’ now.
PPS: Dirties too.
• 18 October 2013 • 3 notes
In 2012 I made a film called THE DECELERATORS, a sci-fi short about a group of people who invent a machine that slows down time. Little did I know that across the world, in Germany, a design student named Lorenz Potthast was actually working on one. His DECELERATOR HELMET shows its users the world around them… but in slow motion. When I found out about his project I got in touch and we began a mutually appreciative email correspondence. Then, in September 2013, I found out that our projects had been programmed together at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York. I was heading to New York for a wedding and Lorenz was showing up a couple weeks before the festival for the Fast Company design awards (which he won!) and we had one day of overlap. So, I figured, why not take the Decelerator Helmet to the streets with a camera and combine our two visions of Decelerating.
If you want to see my film and Lorenz’s original helmet demo, come out to the Impermanence of Memory program at the festival, on Saturday, October 12.
Here’s the trailer for my film: vimeo.com/49685547
And here’s more info about Lorenz’s project: www.lorenzpotthast.de/deceleratorhelmet
• 4 October 2013 • 4 notes