Saturday, December 15, 2007

Legare's Low Res Film Festival

From the front lines of history.

It turns out Jonathan's oft mentioned friend Avalon is a good guy and Sat. night he graced us with a night of low resolution cinema. Compiled from friends associates and well wishers.
I remember years ago, before the current digital / video times of ubiquitous recording devices great directors used to actually look forward to the day that filmmaking would be brought down to the level of the common man who they figured (somewhat misguidedly) would do away with the tyranny of convention rather than giving us Chris Crocker and Two Girls, One Cup. I wonder if Francis Ford Coppola passes his nights with youtube and tears.

The theme for tonights festivities was Jonathan's favorite Emerson quote: “Who would be a man must be a nonconformist... nothing is more sacred than the integrity of one's own mind”

I'm sure we've all seen these words hanging in the bathroom and they've provided much inspiration and reassurance in these troubled times as we toil away in our cold meaningless lives.

Tina Rain – untitled
Something like Brakhage-esque Animation(?). It was silent but somewhere a child cried. It reminded me of phosphenes.

Sandy Sampson – Who So Would Be A Man
About a girl Named Who-So with a Hitler mustache.

Laural Kurtz – No title, in several chapters
Some guy's big red face stared down the barrel of whatever low res recording device it was that set it sights upon such a quarry. I think big face was talking about stuff. Staring “Colon and his signature baldness”.
The last chapter we watched several times, it was about a street corner that looked haunted

Cyrus Smith – No title
A color book + crayons and Elvis singing Blue Christmas. The subject of said coloring book was some dude hanging in the gallows. I think Mr. Smith cheated by not using low res media. Unless he thought coloring books count.

Matt McCormick – Texting at the Beach, New Clogs
Indy film sensation Matt McCormick informs us “The woman was non conforming to the beach” by texting to someone (off screen)
some lady (fat) in a rocking chair. There was an absence of rocking. It sounded like it was filmed in a wind tunnel.

Avalon – Light Waves Mind
Our esteemed curator presents the culmination of years of work in LowRes(tm) media.
“I remembered the idea of the self as both relative unique self and the external social self. The mind is like a wave and also the ocean. The wave of the human being undulating at the frequency of life” - Avalon (loose transcript).

Legare's own Robert Burns gives us Roulette
“I have nothing to say about it besides.... it's kind of like some other one.” was Robert's Zen like introduction.
Robert's was all crazy, it was kind of like Tina Rain's one but on a much larger scope. He also produced the shit out of whatever it was he shot. The sound track dwarfed our collective mind.

Sandy Sampson - the integrity of my own mind
She threatened / promised to shoot herself on the toilet but it was all talk. Shot on the canon PowerShot Elph (but I don't think it's the same model as mine. Mine is probably better.) which was a popular choice among the entries.

The night was consummated by group humming accompanied by book flipping.

The next night of Legare's Low Res Cinema will commence Saturday, January 19th.
The theme will be Don't Force It, It Will Come.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Legare's epic fall out with Coffee Supplier

as told to Daniel Lex Rockwood

Big news Legarettes. This week Jonathan had an epic disagreement with his coffee supplier, One A'Roma Roasters of Santa Rosa California. Back when he grew up in Petaluma Jonathan hated those Santa Rosa assholes and his prejudice was only reinforced by their shady business dealings. "They were acting douchy" said Mr. Legare while downing his port in fistfuls after hours, regaling the adolescents and feeble minded with his tales of woe. Jonathan was pissed "They lack honor and humanity, no scratch that just honor, they do posses humanity. In typical Santa Rosan fashion they are surrounded by a world class wine environment but lack taste," said the notoriously finicky and elitist community resource proprietor.
To put it plainly Johnny is fed up with poor consistency of product he's been getting from these jokers. “I'm just disgusted with their general mediocrity” he went on and on.
Noted customer Chase Von Something-Or-Another then walked in and regaled the crowd with his wayward antics of misguided amour run amok against god and nature. "I put my dick a box" the clueless suitor bragged.
The two shipments of rank beans will be available for free disposal in the form of tasting samples upon request. "I think I just found sixty pounds of Krivar, who wants it bitches!"

Friday, December 7, 2007

Low Res Video Night!

Low Res Video Night

7pm Saturday, December 15th

Videos by west coast people Matt McCormick, Tina Rain, Sandy Sampson, Cyrus Smith, Lawrence Rengert, Marc Fischer and others!

Jonathan says that in '87 he used to go to Marky's Cafe in Petaluma on Western Avenue behind the Saint Vincent's De Paul Catholic church. In the restroom, posted above the toilet, a there was a framed copy of a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote (pictured on this fliers). For about the next eight years, every time he'd stand at the toilet, he'd read the quote over and over, until it was burned into his brain, and became a personal mantra. shaping his personal identity, and thereby modifying others' personalities through his interaction with them. He says his community resource center (Legare's cafe) is a tangible manifestation of how that quote has evolved through him over time.

Low Res Video Night

7pm Saturday, December 15th

bring your videos to the cafe,
or send files to lowresvideofest@yaho

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Kopi Luwak

Legare's offers a 6 oz French Press of Kopi Luwak for $12.50. Also available are numerous premium coffees and teas including coffee from the Galapagos Islands, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee from the Mavis Bank estate, a selection of blooming teas, yellow tea and 9 year old Pu'erh.