“Casio Halbzeit” by Knalpot, directed by Martha Colburn from Floating World Comics on Vimeo.
Martha Colburn is a musician and filmmaker living in New York. Through a collage of live action (paint-on-glass) animations, found footage and documentary filmmaking techniques, her films are a disturbing and at times humorous take on popular and political culture.
Among her dozens of short films she has also made videos for Deerhoof and Daniel Johnston. Her latest video is for the Dutch band Knalpot and their song, Casio Halbzeit. The film is hand made collage animation shot on 16mm. “Animation is magical, it’s making gold out of glitter.”
DECEMBER 19 — PHIL OCHS
Emblematic American protest folksinger of the Sixties.
DECEMBER 19, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Hindu FESTIVAL OF THE GODDESSS ANKRANT. The gods wake up after six
months of sleep. A day for exchanging gifts, feasting and visiting.
Guatemala: FIESTA OF SANTO TOMAS (Dec. 19-25). Celebrated by the
Chichicastenango Indians. Features the flying-pole ceremony: A pole
made from a tall pine is consecrated and erected in the village. Plat-
forms and ropes are attached, dancers climb to the very top and,
attached to ropes coiled around trees, they fly into the air in
ALSO ON DECEMBER 19 IN HISTORY…
1848 — British novelist Emily Bronte dies, Haworth, Yorkshire, England.
1875 — Black educator, historian Carter G. Woodson born, New Canton, Virginia.
1910 — Criminal, gay author Jean Genet born, Paris, France.
1940 — American protest folksinger Phil Ochs born, El Paso, Texas.
1946 — Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh launches war against French.
1968 — Socialist politico Norman Thomas dies, Huntington, Long Island, New York.
Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective. The 2010 Autonomedia Calender is now available on the Autonomedia site.