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In Animals, Artists, Circus, Film, Irish Mist, Local projects, Revision, Sanford Meisner, TV on September 21, 2014 at 7:16 am

As I suspected, nobody showed up for the workshop yesterday. I watched The Eye of the Day, the first film in Retel Helmrich’s Trilogy.* The films, done over a twelve-year period, follow the lives and times of an Indonesian family from the slums of Jakarta. I happened to grab on camera one of the funniest moments in the film. Without the preceding scene, though, I’m the only one to see the humor.

In the preceding scene, one of the family members measures out a hand-painted electoral poster of President Suharto. This done, he saws off the bottom part of the flimsy plywood. He’s left with the torso, the head and the hands of the figure, beckoning the Indonesian people forward. In the scene I captured on screen, the man gives a drink of water to his pigeons in their new and nifty high-rise. They spring forward – like characters in the TV show Laugh-In – from cut-out portions of Suharto’s campaign poster: DSCN4255 In the background to the screen: a yellow work helmet worn by a member of the artists’ collective during a demonstration against the now-completed deforestation of a piece of local wetland. This member of the collective is a clown by profession. He had glued bird feathers on his helmet à la Tweetie. He’s a smart clown. He glued the feathers to the helmet, not to his head. Therefore, the helmet got cracked by the policeman’s truncheon. This is why people wear helmets in hazardous jobs.

No, I didn’t get much writing done yesterday. Improv is one thing. Jumping in while the skipping ropes twirl, another.

*Position among the stars from Dogwoof Films


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