- Jeffrey James Ircink
- Greendale, Wisconsin, United States
- Ex-producer of THE REALLY FUNNY HORNY GOAT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, playwright, actor, singer, outdoorsman, blogger, amateur photog, observer & bitcher, Beach Boys groupie, Brett Favre fanatic, lover of everything Celtic and forever a member in the Tribe of HAIR. Spent most of my life in the Village of Waterford, a small town just outside of the Milwaukee suburbs. After 12 years in North Hollywood, Bel Air and Culver City, Cali, I moved back to Wisconsin in September 2009. No regrets - of moving to LA OR moving back to WI. Have traveled to Belfast, Ireland, Dayton (OH), Manhattan, Seattle, Cedar Rapids, New York, Miami and Sydney, Australia with my plays. Moved back into the Village of Greendale where I was born. Life is good.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Wheel from John Roberts on Vimeo.
I checked out The Milwaukee Show last night at The Oriental downtown, part of the shorts program for the Milwaukee Film Festival. Alone in the balcony, with my large Coke and popcorn, listening to the organ dude playing near the stage, in the main theater of the 84-year-old Oriental Theatre...truly enjoyable experience.
Now - the films. I'm not gonna rain on anyone's parade here. Creativity is creativity and the amount of work it takes to make a film is mindboggling. That being said, some films I enjoyed better than others. Some I thought, "hmmmm....really?"
My favorites of the bunch:
The Wheel - by John Roberts, steampunk meets Tim Burton, my favorite of the evening. Roberts has a future in filmmaking. Here's a short article on the making of the film.
Missed Connections by Susan Kerns & Kara Mulrooney, Internet dating set to music at The Gobbler (if you're from WI, you get what I mean, sort of)
Documenting Westphal by Kurt Raether, funniest one of the bunch, a 73-year-old man intent on running for the governorship of Wisconsin is documented on film. One thing that puzzled me was the filmmaker seemed to be apologizing for the film (during the Q&A following), like he didn't know what he was in for and regreted getting involved with the guy. That's dumb - you got a great movie out of it. Stupid.
Don't Go by Michael Hawkins-Burgos, comedy about a houseguest who comes - and goes.
Everday by Blyth Renate Meier, doc short on the everyday ritual a cancer patient goes through, poignant, moving, tugs at your heart
You can read about all the shorts in The Milwaukee Show here. Unfortunately for you, Thursday's screening was the only screening.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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Monday, September 26, 2011
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Sunday, September 25, 2011
These guys (and the girl who was freed earlier) endured much while imprisoned. Fine...I get that. But WHY choose to hike in Iraq - then accidentally cross into Iran - when there are hundreds - no...thousands of safer places to go hiking?
I don't believe their story. They were there for another reason. Whatever it was, they weren't simply "hiking". No one is that stupid.
And if they were just "hiking"...I think of the time and resources that were put into freeing them and it's mind boggling, not to say anything of the emotional stress they endured and the stress they put their families and friends through? Go right ahead and call me heartless. You don't think at some point someone's gonna say to Frick and Frack, "what were you thinking"? Like I said, I have not doubt what they endured in prison was horrifying. But they should've thought about that while they were perusing TripAdvisor.com and came up with a different game plan. I looked up several "best world hikes" on the Internet - Cinque Terre, Italy...Kilimanjaro, Tanzania...the Appalachian Trail, Patagonia, Iceland, Alaska and so forth.
None of these sites mentions Iraq.
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PASS THE SALT, PLEASE, was screened in - one of several shorts programs in the Milwaukee Film Festival.
A bunch of us met beforehand at Hotel Foster for drinks and conversation. Great bar. I wanted to say thanks to Mom, Dad, brother Jas, Uncle Bob & Aunt Ev, Tom, Ashley & Scott, Mike & Linda Wilbur, Art & Kathy, Gary & Kim, Jen, Carol, Aunt Karen, Brian & Jill and their friend (Trina? dammit!) Rick, Michael & Koren, Bryan, Alex and Derek for coming out so late to support the film.
For those of you who couldn't make it or had tickets but fell asleep, MFF added a 2nd screening this Friday, Sept. 30...yes, at midnight. Click here for tickets. The Oriental Theatre is absolutely a palace!
Dad and Uncle Bob.
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Speaking of pump up the jam, click here.
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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Milwaukee Film Festival - my hometown. Very excited. 40+ friends and family will be in the SOLD OUT 250-seat Oriental Theatre. That's me and my brother (above) at the opening night party Thursday at Discovery World. Very nice shindig. Aunt Ev and Uncle Bob attended as well.
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Friday, September 23, 2011
My brother and I saw Gordon Lightfoot at The Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee last night. What more can I say? We saw. He sang. Magic. This is one of my favorites.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Get your tix here for the Midwest premiere of our short film, PASS THE SALT, PLEASE, at the Milwaukee Film Festival. Show time is this Saturday, Sept. 24th at midnight at the historic Oriental Theatre.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011
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How unnatural it is to ask, ‘Why does that which exists, exist?' and yet how completely natural it is to ask, ‘Why do the living die?‘
Now that - was Fyodorov.
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Friday, September 16, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
New York(perhaps), London (YES!), Paris(no), Munich(maybe), everyone's talkin' 'bout, mmmmm PASS THE SALT, PLEASE!
Here's the Raindance site and here's the link to our film.
(Below) The Raindance Film Festival trailer:
2011 Raindance Film Fest Trailer from Raindance Canada on Vimeo.
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I just heard (for the first time) this song, "Please Don't Walk Away" on 88.9RadioMilwaukee. Check out their website here.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
PASS THE SALT, PLEASE, will be showcased at the 3rd Annual Milwaukee Film Festival as part of the "Shorts: The Best Dam F*#@ing Midnight Program Ever. Sh*t." program.
MFF is running this program ONCE - and the venue is the Landmark Oriental Theatre in downtown Milwaukee on Saturday, September 24 at Midnight. Not sure why they're running this particular shorts program (there's 4 different programs) only once. Probably too racy. Whatever - suck it up.
Point is when tickets go on sale, you better GET THEM NOW!
Tickets go on sale September 8th. $10. Seniors get in for $9. You can purchase tickets 3 ways:
1) Online at the festival website here.
2) By phone at 414-727-8468, 11 am - 6 pm, 7 days a week
3) In person at any of the venues - Landmark Oriental Theatre, Marcus North Shore Cinema (Mequon), Marcus Ridge Cinema (New Berlin) or Landmark Downer Theatre
See you there!
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Friday, September 2, 2011
until I heard a story on NPR's Fresh Air. Here's the song. It was written by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman with original music by Michel Legrand for the 1969 film The Happy Ending. Fresh Air ran this story on the Bergman's today. The song was nominated for an Academy Award in 1969 but lost to "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head".
It's been recorded as both an instrumental and vocal arrangement by many artists. Dusty's is my favorite.
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