James O'Brien

Roslindale MA
Educator, & artist
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April 28, 2007 - 1:40pm Click to Play read more
April 26, 2007 - 7:25am Click to Play A few weeks ago myself Casey Moran, Caitlin Roy, Emily Geanacopolous, and Leela Pahl entered ourselves into Boston's 12 Hour Film Race.We put up a vailiant effort and our results follow.  Our results immedietly dropped us into the final judging rounds of the 12 Hour Film Race, and the decision lays in the hands of you the internet viewers.I'm not going to try to sway your vote.  I'm just going to ask you to vote.In the meantime enjoy our entry.  It's Just Talk.   read more
April 25, 2007 - 7:04pm Click to Play He's 82 years old.  When we approached the house his wife immedietly got up and went into the house to get him up.  I joked, "Are there a lot of northern white folk that come randomly stopping by?"  She laughed and confirmed. T-model was laying in bed and his eyes widened at the sight of two young white kids stopping by his bedroom.  In his southern drawl he uttered, "Hey, you wanna play?"   "No, I don't play." I said.  "Dja want me to play fo ya?""Sure if you don't mind.""Grab that gitar case and ampifier, and I'll play for ya.  Jus let me get my pants on." I didn't even have to twist his arm.  He played for an hour.  Often playing the same songs over and over - here is edited footage of one song that he did twice, I edited the 2 versions together.  Sometimes mixing the songs together, sometimes having the one version standing on it's own. read more
April 22, 2007 - 6:51pm Click to Play The ride back was excellent we made it in 8 hours (it was supposed to be 9).I'll write my final thoughts on the trip a little later.   We returned home, but before we took in our last taste of the south. read more
April 21, 2007 - 11:32pm Click to Play read more
April 21, 2007 - 11:24pm Click to Play We weren't supposed to videotape in Graceland Too.  Paul McLeod who runs it (it's his house filled with Elvis Memoribilia) is sort of a capatilist.So, we snuck this video camera in the guise of a still camera and got a tip of the iceburg of eccentricity of the man and the obsession of Elvis Presely.  We took an hour and a half tour of his house that is brim filled with crap every knook of reference to Elvis is in this house.  Plus his wacked out claims of celebrity gossip.He claims Bill Clinton offered him a million dollars for the 45 of Elvis' first number one single, and he denied it. The list goes on.  He rambles on, often not making connections to his original points and links. He claims he drinks a case of coca-cola a day and it makes him horny as hell.Watch the video and wish that we taped more like we do.  You can go to Graceland Too: the movie to get a better understanding of what this place is all about.  read more
April 19, 2007 - 11:40pm I have updated most of the Point and Shoot stuff from the trip. There is one more from our visit to Graceland Too. Leela is currently passed out on a couch in this Cafe. I've been editing and uploading for the past 2 and a half hours. Tomorrow we change our course. We're leaving Mississippi and going back up north. We're spending time at the Great Smoky Mountains - and then heading back to Massachusetts. Stay tuned for a few more videos and the DVX 100 footage that I will be editing this coming week. It's with that camera that I captured a delta blues musician from Greenville, MS. Please check out everything that we've done thus far. Most of the videos were uploaded today Thursday April 19th and can be found below this post or in the archive to the right. Thanks again, Jamie read more
April 19, 2007 - 11:24pm Click to Play This is Holly Springs a home and former home to many bluesmen. read more
April 19, 2007 - 10:32pm We've been staying in state parks as much as possible this entire trip. We only stayed in one motel. This experience has been extrememly beneficial for us during this trip. It saved us money and gave us the outdoor experience that we needed. It also detached us from the towns and cities that we were visiting during the day which proved theraputic. A lot of the towns we are visiting are economically depressed. It proved a challenge, when faced with the fact that we might not be able to see blues acts in clubs, to ask the locals of these depressed towns where we might find some black people who play blues. You'll see in these next few clips the kind of people who knew where the blues were. This is the blues. The experience I came to Mississippi for. A lot of this initial footage that I'm uploading is coming from a Pure Digital point and shoot camera. I have also been taking some footage with my DVX 100B. That content I will take more time and upload when I get back to Massachusetts. At the beginning of this trip I was thinking I wouldn't complete my goals of capturing blues muscians or blues culture or anything that I had set out to do in the beginning. I'm proud to say... read more
April 19, 2007 - 10:23pm Click to Play We traveled many roads that were just like this for miles and miles.  read more

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