Back to the Streets - Little Italy / Downtown

Needed an afternoon pick me up yesterday so took a walk to get a dirty chai. I picked a spot my wife recommended about a mile from the studio so I could log some time on the streets. Bold, graphic elements are what presented. Take some time this Labor Day weekend to explore what’s around you. Immerse yourself, be present. But most of all enjoy the 3 day holiday!

Back to the Streets - Downtown San Diego

Like many large American cities over the last couple of decades San Diego’s downtown has seen a resurgence and revitalization. Most areas of downtown are now safe and “happening”. This was not always the case. Prior to the Padres building and relocating to PetCo Park the area was blighted and dangerous. That, along with many other revitalization projects has transformed downtown SD into a destination for tourists and locals alike. People actually live downtown now. There are numerous hi rise condos - a new concept for San Diego where sprawl has always been the name of the game . Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is considered the Heart of San Diego. It’s teaming with restaurants, bars, clubs - hard not to be entertained. It’s a happening destination. The Gaslamp is often compared to New Orleans’ French Quarter. I’ve lived in both cities. The Gaslamp is no French Quarter. It doesn’t embrace it’s history the way they do in Louisiana. For that matter, it doesn’t have the history that the French Quarter does. But what little historical significance it has is whitewashed, as you often find in historic areas of California. There’s still enough happening downtown and in the Gaslamp to make it interesting and weird. Great place to explore with a camera, especially as the sun is going down.

Back to the Streets - Transpo

More walking. More street photography. Stumbled on a bit of a transportation theme today.

Back to the Streets - City in Motion

How do you get around in the gig economy? E-bike? Scooter? Trolley? Or the quintessential Southern California ride, a Skateboard? Me? I’ve been walking. Slowing things down. Taking some time to observe what’s around me. What I’m seeing is a lot of people on the move. Moving fast. Lots of motion in all directions.

Back to the Streets - OB at Night

Ocean Beach, a small beach community in San Diego, CA is one of those unique beach communities in Southern California. Sadly, like so many other funky hideaways, it’s slowly being gentrified, with OBceans kicking and screaming the whole way. But when the sun goes down there’s still a a whole lotta flavor.

Back to the Streets - Harbor Drive

I’ve been walking a lot lately. I’m walking places I’d normally drive. I know, nobody walks anywhere in Southern California. I get the weird looks and double takes when people ask me how I got there and I say I walked. But it’s summer in Southern California The weather’s great and I’ve got a creative itch. I carry a camera. I’m looking to get back in touch with my roots. Every couple of years I need to scratch this itch. Back in school I carried a camera with me everywhere. I fancied myself quite the street photographer. I was inspired by the greats; Cartier-Brasson, William Klien, Walker Evans, and all the rest. So when I want a jolt of inspiration, I get back to my roots, I get back to the streets.

The signs of the Women's March

Some of the signs from the Women's March in San Diego, CA.

San Diego Women's March 2017  

Stay Nasty San Diego

Without Immigrants Trump would have No Wives

Putin-Trump - Not My President

I won’t Sit down, Shut up, or Behave

Because I Love God, I Dissent

Hear Our Voice

I am here for the Women of Juarez for the women of Iran, Iraq, India Women of Tibet, Chipas & Guatemala, Women in the world that have been killed pursuing their human right.  Give us respect. Treat us with dignity.  Ni una mas!

Rise Up

Dear World: We are so sorry!  Sincerely, 65.8M Americans

NO: Racism. Xenophobia. Sexism. Homophobia.

I got a bad feeling about this

Trump is mean

Proud American Woman

Paint the future in vivid color

Real men respect women

Unpresidented Putin Puppet

Love is the Answer

We the people defend dignity

Shine On!

Pussy Grabs Back

Women’s Rights are NOT up for grabs

Stop the Bullying Scapegoating and Denial of Facts

Keep your tiny hands off my Health Care

Peace Begins with Me

Rage Against the Patriarch

We Can Do It - Women Power

Resist - Say NO to misogyny & discrimination - Let your Voice be Heard

I’m with Her

Putin’s Apprentice

Support your Sisters, NOT your Cisters and their Misters

A Woman’s Place is in the Rebellion

We will not mourn. We will Organize

Organize

I went to Planned Parenthood and all I got was:  A breast exam, physical exam, STD testing and treatment, information and counseling about my sexual and reproductive health, cancer screenings, a pregnancy test, prenatal services, and access to affordable birth control.

Hate does not make America Great!

Keep your rosaries out of my ovaries

Impeach Trump

Make America Think Again

Our Bodies Our Minds Our Power

Not this Pussy!

Trump Loves Nickleback

Maybe some day my uterus will have as many rights as your GUN

We Speak - The Environment

President Trump…What a joke!

Keep your tiny hands off my Obamacare

Love Trumps Hate

Dear Trump, U-Ugly

Here’s to strong women - May we know them, raise them, Be them!

Russian Puppet

Pro-Choice - The hardest decision a woman can make is not yours

Women’s Rights = Human Rights #NotMyPresident

Roe v. Wade Must Stand

Women for Climate Justice

Fight Like a Girl

What is it with old men & Women’s Reproductive Rights

Free Melania

A Woman’s place is in the House and the Senate and the White House!

= ? Y not!

Our Bodies. Our Minds. Our Power.

“I raise my voice not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard” - Malala Yousafzai

We Are Still Here

I Stand with Planned Parenthood

This is the Wall

This isn’t Normal!  Respect your sisters mothers wives aunts - Health Care Matters

Give a Damn.

Stop the War on Women

I don’t like to protest but… WTF?

We the People are greater than fear

Class of 2018 to the rescue!

I cannot believe I still need to protest this shit.

Break the Chains. - Feminist Comic Book Club

Trump Pay Your Taxes

Rights. Access. Visibility. Protection. Pay. Power.

Keep your laws off my body

What the F*** just happened!?

Screening Day / Filmmaker Award Show

Saturday afternoon was the first screening of Gone Doggy Gone in San Diego.  The turnout was light, but the crowd was warm and enthusiastic.  Cinematographer Garrett O'Brien, Shaina Vorspan (who played Jill), Edward Winters (who played Devon), all joined Kasi and Brandon (and of course Laila) at the screening. The film looked great - sound was fantastic. I had only previewed it on my IPad so it was great to see it with a live audience on the big screen.  Nothing beats the experience of watching a movie in a theater.  It was nice to see it a second time in it's entirety.  I picked up on a number of things I hadn't notice the first go around.  I was starting to feel like an insider....Kate Conner (who played Kat) joined them after the screening.  She was planning to be at the Q&A after the film, but Los Angeles to San Diego traffic is brutal on Saturdays.  After a little down time in the VIP lounge and a quick dinner it was off to the Filmmakers Awards Show at the US Grant Hotel.  The event is typical with various honors and awards to the best films of the festival.  The US Grant's basement ballroom and the scripted format made for a much better show than in years past.  There was a nice rhythm to the night that had been missing poolside at the Palomar.  Even so, it was a big disappointment for the Gone Doggy Gone group. They were not included in any of the awards or recognitions. I think that ultimately surprised them.  I'm sure the fact that they had a photographer following them around for 3 days had set them up for something big.  I regret I may have contributed to their higher expectations.  I too was disappointment they didn't win, but not surprised.  I loved the film and thought it deserved recognition, but there were other filmmakers that seemed to be the darlings of the show.  Still, Kasi and Brandon made a number of connections while they were at the festival.  And they made a fantastic feature comedy, which is no small task. 

The Star

The Star

Edward (Devon) and his fiancee in the Gaslamp

Edward (Devon) and his fiancee in the Gaslamp

Cast & Crew hanging out in the Gaslamp Quarter

Cast & Crew hanging out in the Gaslamp Quarter

Laila making friends

Laila making friends

Photo Op - Kasi and Brandon and their biggest fan

Photo Op - Kasi and Brandon and their biggest fan

Movie Poster - Gone Doggy Gone

Movie Poster - Gone Doggy Gone

Kasi and Brandon beginning the Q & A after the screening

Kasi and Brandon beginning the Q & A after the screening

Cast & crew Q & A (L-R) Edward Winters, Kasi Brown, Brandon Walter, Garrett O'Brien, Shaina Vorspan and the moderator

Cast & crew Q & A (L-R) Edward Winters, Kasi Brown, Brandon Walter, Garrett O'Brien, Shaina Vorspan and the moderator

Brandon hikes to the VIP Lounge

Brandon hikes to the VIP Lounge

Post Screening in the VIP lounge

Post Screening in the VIP lounge

Cast & Crew strolling down 5th Avenue under the Reading Theater marquee

Cast & Crew strolling down 5th Avenue under the Reading Theater marquee

Shaina and the gang at the Filmmakers Awards

Shaina and the gang at the Filmmakers Awards

Tired feet

Tired feet

Taking it all in at the Filmmakers Award Show

Taking it all in at the Filmmakers Award Show

A Toast....

A Toast....

Gone Doggy Gone / Friday at the San Diego Film Festival

Friday was pretty chill.  Lots of down time. Brandon and Kasi dealt with the nagging issue of syncing up their movie with the theater's projection system.   They had been less than successful getting that done on Thursday. They finally got with the projectionist at the Reading and were able to sort it out.  It was also party night!  Almost Famous party at the Tin Roof - mostly drinking, schmoozing, and playing life size Jenga....sorry, Tumbling Towers

Missing Dog Posters

Missing Dog Posters

Meeting development exec Mark Cartier

Meeting development exec Mark Cartier

Something about a plane.....

Something about a plane.....

Final transfer of the film to the theater

Final transfer of the film to the theater

Brandon,  Edward Winters  and his fiance gather in the lobby of the Palomar

Brandon, Edward Winters and his fiance gather in the lobby of the Palomar

On our way to the Almost Famous Party

On our way to the Almost Famous Party

Strutting under the marquee lights of the Reading Gaslamp

Strutting under the marquee lights of the Reading Gaslamp

Dos Corona

Dos Corona

Kasi choosing carefully

Kasi choosing carefully

I Heart Boobies!

I Heart Boobies!

Kasi with the final pull.  Kasi and Brandon were honestly 2 of the best Jenga (tumbling towers) players I've ever seen!

Kasi with the final pull.  Kasi and Brandon were honestly 2 of the best Jenga (tumbling towers) players I've ever seen!