Tuesday, October 31, 2006


(Picture: My latest acquisition)

After returning from Finland, I spoke with another film collector regarding some film title that I was vaguely interested in. My e-mail was met with an inquisitive "Oh, there you are! I have some film you might be interested in". Long story short, I ended up with about 375 film reels in 16mm and if you're wondering what that might look like, here it is! My friend Greg helped me move them from the "sketchy" Jane and 401 area. Orginally I saw the collection at night but during the day, it looked like it would never end. Anyhow, I've come across some interesting stuff, but most i'll be getting rid of, some throwing out. Within a 3 second glance, I know to keep something or not. May the gods of bargain basement film shine their light on Greg who looked like he was going to throttle me with all these bloody reels of film, but chose not to bang one over my head like a disgruntle projectionist in Abu Ghraib!

On another note, it's got VERY dark here in Toronto due to the clock turning back. It's VERY dark here by about 5pm. Splendid.

I'll keep it short for now but also show you another video by sexy-Alba-doughnut, Nora Istrefi! I've played the track off of the long out of print "Hip Hop N R&B" comp on Chillout long ago. She's from Kosovo. Anyhow, nice performance and VIDEOCLIPE OF THE WEEK. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

My letter to Lenor & VIDEOCLIPE OF THE WEEK - 4-CATS "Al Zaman"

Photo: Igor and the 2nd love of his life, Lenor. Is she a witch, or wonderful?

Going through my camera, I found this great photo of my pal Igor in Russia that I snapped of him with Lenor. Who the f--k is Lenor you ask? Well, if you see the bottle of fabric softener he's holding there's some kid with overtly crimpled up hair. That's who we think is Lenor, or came to this conclusion after drinking (for me it was cider, and we did some kind of dark booze). The more we drank we wondered if any lonely Russian might write Lenor a letter or something, along the lines of "Dear Lenor: You look so happy on the bottle behind the clouds. I'm addicted to pills and broke. Can you help me?" All the time we kept making up these "Dear Lenor" letters. Some were sinister. They always make us laugh. I shared the Lenor story to my pal Zack who just said, "OMG D, that's just WEIRD WEIRD WEIRD!" Indeed. Especially because it's worth of a blog entry!

Anyhow, since I haven't written for awhile, I thought it was time to send Lenor a letter, and I'm not even on the sauce! Anyhow, here it is....

Dear Lenor:
How are you? Are you helping Russians make their clothes smell all nice? Keep smiling while they do their wash, and especially look out over Igor at Kate.
Life is pretty dull here in Canada. I miss Finland and Russia, but could smell your cloudy touch on my Celtics jersey when I opened up my suitcase on my return. But anyhow, yeah, just busy with some projects here and dealing with the whole weather change thing.
Have you been doing much besides laundry? If you ever want to come to Canada, maybe you would want to be in one of my films or music vids? Hopefully soon I'll be able to get a project done and find an artist that is indeed dilligent.
Anyhow Lenor..... Keep the cider cold for me and look after my friends. You are an angel obviously because on the bottle, there's clouds behind you. Russians should put you on a ruble coin!


PS: Before I go away, I will also leave you my VIDEOCLIPE of the week (long overdue) and an old Arabic favorite by the 4-CATS, "Al Zaman". The song is old (almost 10 years!), but the video does have an interesting quality to it, and it has an upscale sound. I wish they would do a concert here. Anyhow, enjoy!