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“Movie Mountain (Méliès)” in the Hudspeth County Herald

20 Feb 2014

Movie Mountain (Méliès), 2011 Production still High definition video with sound

Movie Mountain (Méliès), 2011
Production still
High definition video with sound

Drew Stuart, editor of the Hudspeth County Herald, writes about the 2011 installation of Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler’s Movie Mountain (Méliès) at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. The film documents the forgotten history of an otherwise unremarkable geographic feature outside of Sierra Blanca, and Stuart speaks with John Elder, one of the Hudspeth County residents participating in the project. Movie Mountain (Méliès) will screen alongside 2009’s Grand Paris Texas and the premiere of the Ballroom Marfa-commissioned Giant as part of Sound Speed Marker, opening here in Marfa on February 28, 2014.

From the January 28, 2011 edition of the Herald

Featuring Sierra Blanca Residents, Movie Mountain Film Screens in Manhattan

This month and next a group of Sierra Blanca-area residents are making their presence felt almost 2,000 miles, in a rather unlikely location: a gallery in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Méliès, a film by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, opened at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery Jan. 8, and screenings will continue through Feb. 5. The film focuses on Movie Mountain, an unassuming peak northeast of Sierra Blanca; the film uses conversations with local residents to explore that peak’s somewhat shadowy connection to the silent-movie era.

Hudspeth County residents included in the 24-minute movie include David Armstrong, Kit Bramblett, John Elder, Tom D. Ellison, Gary Jennings, Ben Lowry, Julio Marta, Sara Marta, Tom Neely, Christina Ramirez and James Rush. The New York Times printed a positive review of the film on Jan. 13, describing it as “beautifully made.”

Located on old McAdoo ranch land, the peak has been known as Movie Mountain for many decades. According to local lore, a silent-film crew shot footage at the hill in the early part of the 20th century. Local memories of the filming are scant on details, and footage from a film at Movie Mountain has not been found or identified.

Stomach Club Presents: Duemolly

30 Apr 2013

New music from Duemolly, aka Marfa’s own Warren Acosta. Produced by Brian LeBarton and Stomach Club.

MarfaList has all the details for their cassette tape release party, but here’s the nutshell:

Thursday, May 2nd, 8-10pm, performance at 9. ADMISSION IS SO FREE.
@ MBCo. (next door to the right, this will be the inaugural event for Tim Crowley’s new event space)”

Also plenty more “trippy party” photos on Twitter. Flyer after the jump …

If I Can’t Go To Heaven, Let Me Go To Kohl’s

11 Mar 2013

Last week our favorite Marfa-via-Portland-by-way-of-Los Angeles band Yacht posted an image of a T-shirt from Kohl’s that featured lifted lyrics from their song “Shangri-La” …


“Listen,” they asked their fans, “we’re interested in how ideas circulate through popular culture, but this “If I Can’t Go To Heaven” triangle t-shirt is too much. Kohl’s is a huge corporate entity that stands to make way more money off our lyrics and design than we ever will. Please share this image and let Kohl’s know it’s not OK to rip independent artists off this blatantly.”

Listicle-heavy audioblog Stereogum responded with a list of similar unsolicited “corporate makeovers” from years past — including the unexpected Mickey Mouse/Joy Division T-shirt — and more or less declared this instance to be “corporate-enabled theft,” lamenting that “artists have little to no recourse in cases like this.”

However, as of March 8, Kohl’s appears to have removed the T-shirt from its website, though no word on the band’s Twitter feed as to whether or not anyone from the department store chain addressed the incident.

Here’s the video for “Shangri-La”, should any other aspiring corporate T-shirt entrepreneurs care to reconsider upcoming text-based designs:

YACHT – Shangri-La from Jona Bechtolt on Vimeo.

Please note that shout-outs are not limited to Southern California …

If I can’t go to heaven let me go to LA
Or the Far West Texas desert or an Oregon summer day
If we build a Utopia will you come and stay?
Shangri-La La La La La La La La La…

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They additionally provided unlimited choice to their owners, executives and staff for their own health plans.
” I was very frustrated with that decision, given I don’t want decision making to ever cost me in an event like this.

“I think we’ve done that to an extent, just having a presence of life there,” Osborne told the newspaper.
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