Archive for January, 2011

Strange Beauty Film Festival

Posted in 21st century life, Art, Durham, Event, Friends on January 26, 2011 by horseandbuggypress

Strange Beauty Film Festival
February 17-19, 2011
Between terrifying normality and sublime fever dreams lies Strange Beauty…

Durham’s newest film festival returns for a second helping of adventurous and striking short films from around the world, including fiction, documentaries, experimental, and wholly unclassifiable works. Come marvel at the everyday beauty and strangeness that surrounds us.

from the press release…

We’ve got another heapin’ helping of strange & beautiful films from around the world and around the Triangle, plus lots of music and audio additions this time ’round.

A festival pass (4 screening blocks) is $40,and tickets to individual blocks are $12. They are on sale NOW at Manbites Dog Theater’s web site. Seating is very limited, and the festival sold out quickly last year:
(note: when you get to the tickets page, you may have to click “Page 2” at the bottom to get to the Strange Beauty tix)

A full schedule will be available soon on our website (, but here are some highlights:

–Thu Feb 17: Durham Cinematheque presents “Interviewed,” a film & sound program by Tom Whiteside and Khristian Weeks

–Opening night party at Fullsteam Brewery after the show

–Fri Feb 18: World premiere of a new documentary, Sound Between Lines: Triangle Soundpainting Orchestra, by former Durham resident Jason Middleton, plus live performance by the Triangle Soundpainting Orchestra and Jim Kellough’s multimedia concoction, WINKY.

–Sat Feb 19 (afternoon block): Seattle filmmaker Malic Amalya’s Drifting, with live musical accompaniment by Chapel Hill’s Felix Obelix.

–Sat Feb 19 (evening block): The Strange Beauty Aural Fixation, a listening session of audio art & audio documentary produced by Jennifer Deer of Big Shed Audio+Media.

–After-Party show at Motorco Music Hall on Sat, Feb 19 featuring Justin Robinson & the Mary Annettes (featuring Justin Robinson of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), Felix Obelix, and Wes Phillips (music), and Alexis Mastromichalis (dance installation). Show your Strange Beauty ticket for a $2 discount off the door price!

Please spread the word, and join us for an extended visit to the land between terrifying normality and sublime fever dreams….Strange Beauty!

Jim Haverkamp & Joyce Ventimiglia
Strange Beauty Film Festival


Type porn film

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Design, Type High: Letterpress, Typography on January 26, 2011 by horseandbuggypress

things are busy here at H&B — book design, letterpress booklet covers for employee training manuals for counter culture coffee, menu design updates, posters, and lots of other projects. Updates will come in February after my trip to the Codex Book Fair.

In the meantime this short film below will keep you entertained.

Type as porn and celebrating the craft of producing typographic design. The work of House Industries. Good stuff.

Being able to successfully exist in the world of hand drawing and lettering, and master digital typographic design simultaneously is no small feat, kudos to them for pulling it off. And for being involved in sponsoring and supporting cycling.

four minute film

R.I.P. Peter Yates — Breaking Away director

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Art, Bikes/Cycling, Politics/Philosophy, Sports on January 12, 2011 by horseandbuggypress

Director of Breaking Away dies at 81

Breaking Away was of the best movies centered around cycling (there are more than you think), I only got around to seeing it in its entirety last year. Good stuff, dated yes, but good stuff.

“Breaking Away – somewhere between growing up and settling down – it happens to all of us.”

Other cycling moments in film…

Article(s) about Clearscapes / H&B designed catalogue

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Design, Event, Friends, Horse & Buggy Press project on January 5, 2011 by horseandbuggypress

Not too long ago, I designed the Gregg Museum of Art and Design catalogue for the Thomas Sayre exhibit.

Thomas is a partner in the Raleigh based architecture/sculpture firm Clearscapes, which does quite a bit of interesting work here in North Carolina and across the globe. Much of their work utilizes site-specific public art created in concert with the architecture.

Architects and Artisans is a blog I just discovered which seems to have a pretty interesting mix of well-written articles from my first couple visits over the holidays.

A longer version of the above essay also appeared in The Huffington Post.

One of Clearscapes’ recent projects was the incorporation of art into the parking decks built for the Washington Nationals baseball stadium. More info in the linked articles above, but here’s a glimpse.

Here at the studios we’ve got a few copies of the full color catalogue from Thomas’s 2009 exhibit at the Gregg. Fellow Durhamite Roger Manley wrote an excellent essay that really gets into the whys and inspiration of Thomas’ work and background, as well as the hows and wheres of some of his current processes. The catalogues are always out on display at our open studios on the Third Friday of each month. They are $15 and I’ll pass the monies on to the Gregg (where of course you should also be able to purchase the catalogues as well)