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I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.
"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally.”
Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?
"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness. But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb.Rogert Ebert, on Hayao Miyazaki (via elucipher)
Great storytelling observation. The dramaturgy of contrast: of movement defined by stillness, sound by silence, commotion by subsiding, presence by absence.
Former Senator owner vows run for council president
By Julie Scharper
The Baltimore Sun, Thu Jun 30 2011
The former owner of the Senator Theatre declared his candidacy Thursday for president of the Baltimore City Council, saying he wants to lead the body he called “a sorry crew.”
Tom Kiefaber, who lost the historic theater founded by his grandfather to foreclosure last year, criticized city leaders and the local news media, and compared his candidacy to the “Arab Spring” that is prompting protests in the Middle East.
Borrowing an analogy from a film he screened frequently at the Senator, Kiefaber likened the council president’s office to “that ventilation shaft on the Death Star in ‘Star Wars’ that they just forgot about. And that’s what I’m going after.”
With just days until Tuesday’s filing deadline, Kiefaber becomes the best-known Baltimorean to challenge Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young. Young was appointed to the position last year by other council members as part of a string of City Hall shake-ups triggered by the resignation of Mayor Sheila Dixon.
"We’re going to put a group together and win back our city," Kiefaber said.
Kiefaber addressed reporters from the overgrown lawn of a home that he owned until a few weeks ago. The city took possession of the home — which is adjacent to a lot used by Senator patrons — a few weeks ago after Kiefaber lost it to foreclosure, the city solicitor said.
"This used to be my house," said Kiefaber. "Now it belongs to Baltimore City. They took it along with the Senator … for the reason they do anything: Because they can."
Kiefaber was forced to turn the theater over to the city last summer after falling behind in payments. The city chose Buzz and Katherine Cusack, the father-and-daughter team behind the Charles Theater, to run it.
Kiefaber said he planned to use the address of his foreclosed former home when he filed the paperwork to run for office. He has not yet filed to run.
Kiefaber said he decided to run for the city’s second-highest office after he was asked to leave City Hall on Wednesday for the second time in as many weeks.
The 59-year-old stormed the dais in council chambers during a council meeting last week, grabbed a microphone and railed against city government, calling Baltimore a “banana republic.” Police officers escorted him out of City Hall but did not press charges or ban him from the building.
On Wednesday, Kiefaber walked into the weekly meeting of the Board of Estimates, which is chaired by Young. Young banged his gavel and called a recess while Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who also sits on the board, slipped into an adjoining room to pour herself a glass of orange juice.
Mayoral spokesman Ryan O’Doherty and a police officer assigned to protect the mayor confronted Kiefaber as he sat in the front row of the meeting.
Kiefaber initially refused to leave, but changed his mind when Officer Penny Sprinkle arrived.
"For you, Penny, I’ll leave," he said.
City Solicitor George Nilson said he and the other members of the Board of Estimates made “a collective judgment” to ask Kiefaber to leave.
"It was very clear, in his affect and in his expressions and his body language, that he was making the council president and the mayor extremely uncomfortable," Nilson said. "His behavior in the council chambers … was the precipitating circumstance."
Nilson said that Kiefaber was not permananently banned from City Hall and that he would contact him in the next week or so to discuss the incident.
"We’re trying to balance reasonable security concerns with his right as a citizen to try to access City Hall," he said.
A spokeswoman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland said she did not know enough about the incident to comment on it.
"People generally can’t be excluded from a public meeting based solely on the fear that they could disrupt," spokeswoman Meredith Curtis said.
But if there were evidence that a person was planning a disruption, or if there were a “very specific threat,” a person could be banned, she said.
Kiefaber said the officials who forced him to leave City Hall violated his rights. He said he had not intended to take the microphone at the council meeting last week, but that it was a “spontaneous citizen reaction.”
"I didn’t expect to find myself on the dais, but there I was," he said. Watching fearful council staffers scurry from the chambers "was like switching on the light in the crack house kitchen," he said.
"The city is swirling around the bowl and about to go down the drain," he said.
“Cinema al Fresco”
Little Italy Open Air Film Festival
FREE! Friday evenings in July & August
Corner of High & Stiles Streets/Downtown Baltimore
Live music 7 p.m. / Movie 9 p.m.
One of Little Italy’s more popular events, the Film Fest is in its 15th year! Arrive early to set up a lawn chair, stroll the neighborhood and eat dinner before watching an Italian-related feature film. Some of our restaurants offer carryout and/or movie night specials. Movies are projected on the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant from across the street of a third floor window at the kindness of its homeowner. A handful of folding chairs are provided on a first-come first-served basis. Event sponsored by the Little Italy Restaurant Association.
See schedule below:
2011 MOVIE SCHEDULE
JULY 1 - Moonstruck (PG) Comedy/Romance
1987 - Cher, Nicholas Cage
A widowed Brooklyn bookkeeper is torn between her fiancé and his brother.
JULY 8 - Falling in Love (PG-13) Drama/Romance
1984 - Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep
During Christmas shopping, Frank and Molly run into each other, a fleeting short moment that will change their lives when they recognize each other months later.
JULY 15 - No Reservations (PG) Comedy/Drama
2007 - Catherine Zeta Jones, Aaron Eckhart
The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.
JULY 22 - After the Fox (Not Rated) Comedy/Crime
1966 - Peter Sellers
A notorious con man poses as a film director to front a major caper.
JULY 29 - On the Town (Not Rated) Comedy/Musical/Romance
1949 - Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly
Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their 24 hours are up.
AUGUST 5 - The Tourist (PG-13) Action/Drama/Romance
2010 - Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie
An American tourist visits Italy to mend a broken heart.
AUGUST 12 - Nine (PG-13) Drama/Musical/Romance
2009 - Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman
A famous film director struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, mistress, muse, agent, and his mother.
AUGUST 19 - The Secret of Santa Vittoria (PG) Comedy/Drama/War
1969 - Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani
During WWII in Italy, a wine producing village hide a million bottles from the Germans.
and the traditional climax:
AUGUST 26 - Cinema Paradiso (PG) Comedy/Drama/Romance
1988 - Antonella Attili, Enzo Cannavale, Philippe Noiret
A filmmaker recalls his childhood when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theater and formed a deep friendship with the projectionist.