Wisdom from tramps, beats from sheep

We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.
~The Tramp as The Great Dictator (full text by Charlie Chaplan)

John Boswell (melodysheep) is back with a new single, this one of Chaplin’s speech in The Great Dictator. More of John’s excellent work on my blog.

 

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder kills the Avengers

On Absolute Michigan today I wrote a feature on Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s baffling budget that kills the Michigan Film Incentive. Once again, as Mitch Albom so aptly explains, Michigan has gone out, run 1/2 a block and wondered why we haven’t won the marathon.

Either way, he kills the future of the film/TV/video game industry here. With such a low cap, few new projects will come. Many have pulled out in the last few days. Studios just washed millions down the drain. Folks who moved here to be part of a growing industry will leave again.

And we look like fools. Imagine a state that yells, “Come on in!”, leads the nation in a program — then three years later shuts it down. Would you want to do business here?

Sometimes I really feel we are one of the nation’s stupidest states. Click here to read more, check out Rick is Wrong and watch this video from Mitch Albom explaining the inexplicable.

They don’t write ’em like that anymore … gearing up for the Traverse City Film Festival

All next week Absolute Michigan will be On Location at the Traverse City Film Festival and I came across this in researching an article for Wednesday (tune in for sure!). I also coordinate online media for the festival and in 2010 we will be posting daily video digests, and the link above and traversecityfilmfestival.org are the place to get all that and much more!