Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sushi Date

It had been a long day and the library was closed.
We were walking around the neighborhood when B saw a sign for a sushi restaurant and decided he needed some.
I thought miso soup sounded like the perfect cure for a cold, wet, rainy, stupid day.
A veggie tempura/avocado roll (me) and avocado/tuna roll (him) helped as well.
"You're a good kid," I told him.
He just shrugged, smiled and sipped his Fanta.
How I love this boy.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Philly

Epic weekend of weekends.

Full of flu recovery... surprise visits... and train rides...
Veggie Heaven's unbelievably amazing crispy tofu and brown rice (seriously still dreaming about it)... Cheese-tastic double date bowling in Jersey with His Sneveness and Kati... and DJ Mike who clearly loves the Yankees.
More train rides... Love Park in Philly where Taso shared with us every detail of the park's legendary skateboarding history, and where we got to see 50 skateboarders clear out in seconds flat when a bike cop rolled up. Awesome. For more on the history of Love, please watch this.Autumn is the perfect time to be in Philly and there was really no better person to be there with.
Then I got to experience the joy that is the vegan Philly cheese steak. Omg. Just... I can't... there are no words.
Sneve is my new vegan friend. We had lots of fun getting to know each other, and the hot dog man was awesome to let us have our fun. He even ate vegan chicken one night! (And then hot dogs and Slurpees, of course.)Before starting the trek back to NYC we went record shopping at a sweet and fairly inexpensive record store, hurray! Guess what I bought....
!!!

I haven't opened it yet because I still haven't seen the movie (for shame!) but I am mega excited about it. This is only a little preview of my awesome weekend but the rest is secret, just for me to sit and smile about.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Our friend Danielle gave us a cactus!

What should we name it?!

(I am feeling much better, by the way, and have lots of updating to do.)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Flu

This + the couch = my life for the past few days:
The cat has commandeered my desk.
Never thought I would say these words, but all I want in life is to be well enough to go back to school and clean the apartment.

Monday, October 19, 2009

i love halloween.


I am so sad that this will be my first year without the boys.
Oh New York, do not disappoint.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

"Hi, we love Hanson!"

B's first Hanson concert from Brittan on Vimeo.



Oh, New York. You host a Hanson concert like no other city I've been to. B thanks you.

Conservation Class Field Trip to New York Historical Society

I wasn't looking forward to this Saturday's field trip because it meant missing B's school carnival (and we've talked about how awesome events are at his school) to spend six hours learning about conservation of random things, most of which are not film. Not to mention, this was the third field trip this week, and the second felt like such a big fat waste of time that I didn't even blog about it. However, I ended up gaining so much from the experience that I feel like it more than justified itself. The Senior Conservator had so much information for us that I walked away feeling more informed about the actualities of the profession.

The New York Historical Society is sometimes referred to as "the attic of New York." They house a huge variety of artifacts with an equally vast array of needs and risks. We learned so much from a conservation standpoint that I wont bore you with, and got to see actual damage caused by a nitrate fire. They only had 5 reels of nitrate film in the entire building, and it was housed among row after row of valuable paper works. Problem: nitrate explodes. It's also a self-contained fire that (in this case) took 500 gallons of water to put out. You can imagine.
We also saw the original Audubon bird paintings, lunched at Shake Shack (omg pumpkin ice cream) and played in Central Park (so beautiful in the fall *swoon*).
When I went to pick B up (who had gone to the carnival with our sweet friends that I've mentioned before) he was dressed as Batman, complete with muscle suit, and had a "Harry Potter scar" on his forehead. I didn't need to ask if he had a great time. This has been a really big weekend for him. I have video coming soon that will further elaborate this point.

True Love:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Howdy Howdy Howdy!

B and I have loved Toy Story for a long time. When he was just a chubby-bellied, towheaded little thing he carried Woody around everywhere he went and demanded that we have one of the two movies on at all times. Woody is still perched at the end of his bed and we can both still quote line for line. Tonight we decided to put off the wild rumpus for a night so we could catch the last weekend of the Toy Story 1 & 2 3D double feature.
All the qualms I have with 3D were forgiven as soon as I realized I was watching Woody and Buzz on the big screen with B! It's a different experience seeing it in the theatre and he and I were both completely captivated. It was cool to catch so many subtle things that I've managed to miss in all the billion home viewings we've had.
My favorite: In Toy Story 2 when they're trying to figure out how to get up to the top floor of Al's building Rex goes, "Why don't we get some balloons and float to the top?" Brilliant! Makes me wonder how many other clues have been dropped in Pixar movies that I've missed. There were also funny things like when they're trying to figure out who Woody's kidnapper is, the Etch-a-Sketch is propped on a Clue board game and Buzz is standing next to Guess Who. Clever. My awesome friend Candace came with us because, well, she's awesome. I usually go to movies by myself and tonight I had TWO people to go with! I'm so cool.
(Also I need to invest in a camera.)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

are you jealous

that I get to go to THIS?


















An Evening of Skate Videos
Thursday, October 15, 2009
7:30–11:00 P.M.
MoMA
Theater 1

In honor of the MoMA retrospective Spike Jonze: The First 80 Years, PopRally has invited producer and photographer Patrick O'Dell (of Epicly Later'd) to create a special compilation of seminal skateboard videos from the 1980s to today. Jonze, whose own contributions to the genre will be featured, notes that, "Skate videos have been a big influence and a big part of what I've done for a long time. They are how I got into film, actually." This unique screening is followed by a conversation with legendary skateboarders and filmmakers, including Jonze, Lance Mountain, Greg Hunt, Jake Phelps, Ty Evans, and other surprise guests.

Afterward please join us upstairs for a special performance by NO AGE.

The program begins promptly at 7:30.

Special thanks to Nike SB, Altamont Apparel, LTD, and ACE HOTEL NEW YORK for their sponsorship of this event. Beer generously provided by Colt 45.

Guests of this event receive an exclusive limited-edition poster by Chris Johanson.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Intro to MIAP Class Field Trip to Alan Berliner's TriBeCa Studio

Alan Berliner archives his life. A piece of rusty metal on the ground finds its home in the "rusty things" drawer. Yesterday's obituaries are tucked neatly into the "death" box. Interested in seeing every photo from the last 30 years of the NY Times, categorized by subject matter? Check his shelves of black boxes, not to be confused with indigo, which hold their own treasures.

The most shocking part of the evening, for me, was how much Alan Berliner and I have in common, the difference being that he is not afraid to announce it to the world and has the money and time to act on it. We both knew from a young age that we like collages and enjoyed organizing our lives as such. We are both OCD and maybe a little out there at times. I envied his ability to find a drawer, a book with archival paper, a box on a shelf or some other neatly organized, safe place to store mementos of his life, his family's lives and the world around him.

It got me thinking about death and senility (the latter is the subject of the film he's currently working on), and what happens to our things once they have lost cognitive meaning to us. Does it matter? Maybe only to people like Alan and I immediately, but what about 100 years from now? What about 500 years from now? Will society then look back on the little bits of pop culture that will inevitably linger on from our day and see that as a representation of the whole? Worse yet, will the world become a dumbed down, reality tv version of that because that's what we leave behind, or will we pass along our personal lives that are full of ideas, art, poetry, our writing of thoughts and feelings? These are the things that keep me up at night.

I know I will one day become a more minimal version of Alan. Rusty metal doesn't interest me so much as thoughts, ideas and images, and, more so, holding on to and passing on the goodness that exists in the world. I am in the MIAP program for this reason. Because of the civil rights footage that I watched in the library in third grade, because of the words of Shakespeare that made it through 400 years to get to me, because of the all the lost films that I will never see.

That's also, in part, why I keep this blog. I don't feel dumb anymore snapping photos of everything around me on a daily basis because I know it's important to share the way that I see the world. One day my son will have hours of video of himself learning to ollie and play guitar. Maybe he wont care but maybe his kids or grandkids or a random relative down the line will. So, yeah, there you go. Just like the white boxes that line my shelves, this is me preserving in some way the little insignificant happenings of my life.

On an unrelated note, TriBeCa is difficult to navigate but lovely, full of film and in close proximity to Brooklyn. All good things.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Things that made me happy this week.

My friend Benji surprising me with my own domain!
www.brittanclaire.com

Seeing this and getting really excited!
Applying for an internship here:
(Thanks to Sam O. for this picture... I love it!)

Finding this picture I had never seen before of me and Cody.

Speaking with David Gatten and watching his stunning experimental films.
(Still from his film Secret History of the Dividing Line)

Hearing that one of my favorite bloggers and artsy inspirations is having a baby!
(Image from Princess Lasertron)

Getting started on what will be my thesis! The QC department at Criterion is being amazing and giving me unbelievable access. There will be lots of information coming forward about this soon.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bye Bye Birdie!

It was really fun! Lots of petticoats, lots of Stamos. (Have Mercy!) Thanks, Sam!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Picture of the Day

Made my day coming out of the W. 4th subway.

Spike Jonze is the nicest person ever.

Case in point:


He was super genuine, asked me questions about B and chatted with me like we were just hanging and out and he had all the time in the world. I felt really awkward having him sign something, but he thought it was awesome that I brought Fully Flared and wanted to know what B thought of it. Also the entire night he was gracious and made it about his friends, collaborators and Maurice, who he loves very much. He's just a sweet, sweet dude.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I met Spike Jonze.

I'm kind of floating right now.

I went to the MoMA for a screening of Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak, a sweet little documentary that Spike and Lance Bangs made about Maurice. I cried. I felt a strangely strong connection with the things Maurice said. You know how you have that with people sometimes? He's a very honest man, and I could relate so much to the things he said.

After the documentary there was a sit down discussion between Spike, Maurice and his friend who was hosting the evening, and a hilarious short film that Spike Jonze, Catherine Keener and Lance Bangs made for Maurice's 80th birthday about a traumatic trip Maurice had to World's Fair.

Then the moment came. My big trade off for getting to have this amazing evening. A 5 minute clip from Where the Wild Things Are. This was the first I'd seen of the movie, as I've been fervently avoiding any and all contact with the trailer or any talk of it. Out of respect for my fellow purists that's all I'm going to say for now. (OMGITWASAMAZING)

Other people I met/talked to/saw at the screening: Catherine Keener, Alden Ehrenreich (!), Mike Carroll, Rick Howard, Julianne Moore, Karen O.

Picture time! (Check Spike Jonze's Lakais.)



Anyone recognize these guys?

(I was trying to be ninja taking these so they're really bad. I had to have them to show B, but I didn't want to be that guy either. So I was that ninja.)
(Oh, and they're Mike Carroll and Rick Howard. Very nice guys.)

I promise this is Catherine Keener. (These I took for Ryan Ellis because he challenged me!)


Also, for the record, I am not a bad mom. I tried to bring B, really I did. It's a long complicated story with lots of kid drama and crying, but it is also 100% NOT my fault. But I did get him something awesome which I will show you guys tomorrow.

And finally...