StoryCorps, an ambitious oral history project that has recorded 30,000 conversations and interviews with everyday folks nationwide since 2003, will visit the Allen County Public Library for a month starting Friday.
A StoryCorps mobile recording studio, which is housed and travels the country in an Airstream camper, will situate itself in the outdoor parking lot of the library on the south side of the building.
StoryCorps is a non-profit initiative that began seven years ago with a goal of collecting the personal stories of average Americans and sending them to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to be archived.
Many of the narratives have aired in edited form on National Public Radio and the stories that are recorded locally will be available to Northeast Indiana Public Radio for that purpose, says NIPR president and General Manager Joan Brown.
People who come in to have their accounts chronicled can opt to have the tales sealed, meaning the only copies will be the ones the tellers bring home on CD, Brown says.
Of course, if the stories get sent to the Library of Congress, that means 200 years from now, your great, great-grandchildren can go in and listen to them, Brown says.
All the available recording slots have been reserved as of today, but Brown says some more spots should open up and there is a waiting list at StoryCorps.org.
Today’s films no ‘Jaws’
Jaws, which was released 35 years ago this month, has been the recipient recently of numerous tributes and the cause of more than a few laments.
There arent many pundits who are willing to claim its a bad film, but there are some who are happy to claim it started a bad trend.
The film is credited with, and blamed for, helping craft the summer blockbuster mindset that still drives the way Hollywood does business today.
There is no better time than the present for a frank and fearless assessment of that mindset.
If Jaws scared people away from the water, then the summer 2010 movie season is driving them back.
There appear to be two kinds of movies at the multiplex this summer: Films so deeply mediocre that weeding a pond seems wildly exciting by comparison and films so atrocious that they leave you feeling like you just lost $10 at Three Card Monty.
In other words, they leave you feeling stupid and scammed.
People have been finding better things to do with their time, which has left the youngish professionals who inhabit the movie business these days (and who apparently have been trained to worry about every aspect of making a film except whether anyone is making a good one) wondering how to palm off the blame.
I dont think Jaws can be faulted for all that.
From the present perspective, Jaws reminds me a lot more of movies that came before it than those that came after.
Jaws is well-written and well-cast.
The acting in the film is naturalistic, and the performers were given the freedom to develop their characters beyond the stereotype stage.
The actors were also apparently encouraged to develop a convincing rapport with each other, so they seem on the screen to be real people interacting instead of stars with contractual obligations but no natural affinities occupying the same shots.
Fans still repeat the films lines with pleasure.
Do summer blockbusters provide quotable quotes anymore?
It seems to me that summer scripts are generally designed to be serviceable, so as not to distract from the action.
Speaking of action, does Jaws have a lot?
Or just enough?
Great Movies review of Jaws, Roger Ebert wrote, In keeping the Great White off screen, Spielberg was employing a strategy used by Alfred Hitchcock throughout his career – A bomb is under the table, and it explodes: That is surprise, said Hitchcock. The bomb is under the table but it does not explode: That is suspense. Spielberg leaves the shark under the table for most of the movie. And many of its manifestations in the later part of the film are at second hand: We dont see the shark but the results of his actions. The payoff is one of the most effective thrillers ever made.
Hollywood doesnt leave much under the table now.
In fact, I think it long ago did away with the tables.
Nowadays, its all just bombs of various kinds.