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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Big News!

As of July 15th, this Friday, BlueGreen will be available for streaming on Netflix!  This is huge for us at Dubious Honor.  A while back after the film got picked up by the awesome Cinema Libre Studios, we embarked on a campaign to get the film onto Netflix.  Within the last year they have changed a lot of their rules, so as an indie, you sort of have to prove your worth.

So to do that we lobbied friends and fans alike, folks we didn't know and folks we did to Queue the film up.  This way Netflix would realize the demand.  And it worked!  Now you will be able to view BlueGreen on almost any of your devices.  You can get stoked and connect with mother ocean almost anywhere.  We are very, very psyched indeed.

So check it out.  And thank you to all who lobbied and helped out, and are interested in seeing the film.

Post Script: Keep your ear to the ground for super huge news regarding our next project... Its going to be huge and we are wicked excited about it.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Shame, shame, shame.

Sometimes, you have to walk away from stuff because it grates on you.  Other times you have to have a measured response.  And sometimes you need to just let it fly and rant. And that is ok.  It's ok to be angry.  Well, I am angry.  I am angry about a beach in my town, and the fight to keep access there. It's called Higgins beach and it is arguably one of the most popular, or well attended beaches in Maine. I am not going to go into all the history around this fight, suffice it to say I spent (along with a a TON of other people) a lot of time and emotional investment trying to KEEP the precious little access the public has to this beach last winter. The town council voted a certain way.  It was a bad compromise, but there it was.  What are you going to do?  We didn't lose all access, but we lost a lot.  I thought it was over.

Nope!  This morning as I got to the beach I noticed several things.  One, that there was no on street parking, and that there was no parking in the parking lot either, and there was a guy giving tickets! Wait, if the town knew they were going to be down there working on the roads, and they know people recreate there, shouldn't they have made exceptions?

Then I noticed that the road crew working down there was painting the new lines for the parking spaces.  Not only that but they painted  a ten foot (approx.) wide walkway space on the right side thus basically putting the parking spaces in the middle of the road!  Well!  No wonder you can't park on both sides of the road, because there is this whole zone, that no one really ever told anyone about that is now blocked off!  Bullshit.

And of course, the signage all over the community is completely wrong.  'No parking at any time' (then in mice type- except where noted) And one hour parking 'May through September, no parking at any other time'?  Completely wrong!  Completely!  I was there when this terrible compromise was passed and I recall distinctly that the 12 or so spaces from Morning to Vesper streets were to not have any time limit on them.  Now they all say one hour. And off season, you can park there with no time limit.  Did the town lie to us?  It certainly appears so. Or are they manipulating the signage, so those who don't know won't park there?

And speaking of lying, why is the lot being paved when we were told by that town it wasn't going to be?  Why are they ticketing people during the construction phase when no one can access the lot- which was the whole reasoning behind the HBOA's  wanting to remove the on street parking in the first place?  What the hell is going on down there?

And then reports of HBOA members harassing people parking completely legally under the new laws?  Let me be clear, I truly don't believe everyone who lives at Higgins is a bad person.  I do believe that the people who are trying to manipulate the town and shut off our public access should find themselves a nice cozy gated community far from the public arena.

And speaking of manipulating the town! I have said it before and I will say it again.  This isn't about access to the town, they have made it clear they don't care about public access. It's about money.  Who has it, and who doesn't.  The people at Higgins have it (whether they are 'rich' or not doesn't matter-their tax base is higher, as their property values are higher so the town gets more money out of them) and we, the rest of Scarborough, don't.  But let me be very clear here.  These are public roads, paid for and maintained by all of Scarborough. We pay for a lot of the infrastructure down there as well (the Seawall project, the Drainage project, the lot, the trash pick up, the plowing and the policing!). And now we are being told we can't park on OUR roads?  And are getting ticketed by an officer whose sole job is to walk the beach (no not the neighborhood, just the beach) and ticket folks, who is being paid with OUR money?  Again, bullshit. I have to say, far be it from me to ever, ever accuse any person of being crooked.  I WON'T DO IT.  That said, the steadfast, unwavering, non-consideration of other opinions motivations of certain council members around all this have to be questioned. I think primarily of councilor Wood and Councilor Sullivan.  Wood obviously hadn't even ever been to the beach before this whole thing started as he didn't even know where the Inn was located. He doesn't care, and it is obvious from his rant at one of the first meetings that he doesn't.  They have removed this particular video from the web but it was from December 1 of 2010.  I have a copy and you can request one too. Yet somehow, he is so adamant and passionate about safety issues (non existent as testified to by the Scarborough Chief Of Police). Why is that councilor Wood?  Why? 

So tell me Councilors, why is it that folks can park on my (public) road, and I can't park on their (public) road?  Is there a reason?  Safety isn't it, that is clear.

I have played patty cake over the last 8 months about all this, trying my best to be reserved, not to point fingers or make anyone angry 'Oh you don't want to make the councilors angry, that won't help' Keep it civil blah blah blah. But you know what?  It is clear that they don't care.  They are going to do whatever it is they want to do. It is an unbelievable shame that our publicly elected officials don't much care about the public, and the overwhelming opinions they carry. (Though I don't even know if Town Manager Tom Hall is an elected official) I do however want to give big ups to councilors Holbrook, D'Andrea, and Rancourt for fighting for the public's cause. Thank you.

It is truly unbelievable. If you are as angry about this as me, we should figure something out.  A park in, or better yet a slow parade- Get as many cars in there as possible on a saturday and everyone just drive around at 3 miles an hour so they can't ticket or tow you. Take action. Take this issue to the public. NO one, I mean no one I have talked to, save the folks who live at Higgins, support a parking ban.  We need to get parking at Higgins to be the same as any other town beach.  Easy access and free parking on public roads in the off season, and limited, enforced parking in season.  Easy, and lawful, and the right thing to do.

You know, with all the crap going on in the world, this may seem like a little issue.  Even on a local level (think about the horrific vote recently about the school budget).  But when the opinions of the vast majority of the public are ignored for the benefit of the few, even when it comes to parking on a public road, there is something really wrong with our system. Shame.

Well, I promised a rant. There you go. I am sure plenty of folks will poke holes in some of what I state here. But this is how I see it in this moment of anger. If you have factual disagreements, feel free to comment. Even though this was still more reserved that how I feel.  You should ask the guy who was riding in the truck with me.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The project that pulls at you

Sometimes, no matter how difficult a project is, or has become, you feel this deep need to make it happen. Even against the better advice of your inner voice there is something that just draws you to it, pulls you to it.  This is how I feel about King Charles' Coast, or, Whose Beach Is It Anyway?

I have been vested in this project for well over two years now.  Ever since the knowledge of how the coast of Maine, or more precisely the access to the coast of Maine works. I always knew there was a lot of coast here, with all the bays and inlets, the isthmi and the islands. But I never realized that over 94% of the coast was privately owned.

Yeah well, that isn't that big a deal right? A lot of the US coast is privately owned. No biggie.  If you can access the beach you can still surf it or hang out and just chill below the high tide mark, right? Nope! Not in Maine!

This whole crazy world of coastal laws and the battles that focus around it all reveled itself to me and I have to say, I was pretty shocked. Rules written in 1647 remaining in force to this day?  Ownership to the low tide mark, which can be like 200 yards out in some places here?  Whats more when I asked folks about this, people who I really thought would be 'in the know', very few people had any real knowledge, and those that did were hazy at best.

I am hugely vested in the coast of Maine.  My family is, my friends are, this community is. Maine is a coastal state and there is a pride in the maritime sensibility here. This is part of why I am pursuing this project. And I am looking to the masses to help get it done. Those of you who care about coastal access, in Maine and across the US coasts, who enjoy the ocean, I am hoping you will take a look at the project on Kickstarter, and help get this important documentary made, either by contributing, or helping to spread the word.

Here is how Kickstarter works: you support a project by contributing a given amount of money. BUT! If the project doesn't reach the goal amount in the time allotted, you are never charged the money. So  you say, ok, I can put $20 towards that, but if the funding amount isn't reached in the time limit, they never take the $20 off your credit card. It's a pretty cool thing really. Then if the goal is reached, for your $20 you get some sort of reward, like copy of the film, or a poster or whatever the $20 reward is.

Take a look at the project- follow the URL and check out the video, the description and all the cool rewards. I Really do believe this doc will resonate with all the coastal users in Maine, and beyond.  Thanks for taking the time to check it out.  

Here is the link:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

You just never know....

The last thing I think of when I make a film or a piece or a work or a segment is what the long term effects are going to be of it.  Or where it will sit in the annals of my personal history of that of the region or in other peoples minds.  I make films because I love to do it.  It's that simple.  Some will be great, and others not. But it's about the enjoyment of crafting something really dear to me that spurs me on.

So when a film is out doing it's thing, like BlueGreen is currently, and people reach out to you because of some sort of connection you have made with them through the piece you created, it is a pretty amazing feeling. It was this feeling I had when I got an email from Mark Marovich, the originator of a fantastic website called The Greener Blue

Mark contacted me because he wanted to talk about the film and the site getting together.  There was a message we both shared, and the film and the site shared:  the desire to try to make the sport and lifestyle we both love more earth friendly, more sustainable. At first I was really flattered, but then I realized what a cool thing this was.  That through the film I created I had randomly come to the attention of another group who were of a similar mindset in the world.  Thus making the circle that much wider.

And making the sustainable surf, ocean lifestyle circle that much wider is a huge deal indeed.  I feel pretty lucky, and very humbled that I get to be part of it, and that without any planned intentions my film has facilitated part of that, if only in a small way.

Check out the this amazing site: and the blog post on BlueGreen. It's a confluence of green ideas, art and action. As ocean lovers, we owe it to ourselves and the world to expand the circle just a little bit. Intentionally or otherwise.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Into The Wild (ish)

So I was just sitting here at my desk after Christmas, working on some thing or another when my friend Matt calls.  Nothing out of the ordinary but about half way through the conversation he invites me on a trek with a couple of other old friends. A 36 mile hike/camp on snowshoes through the Adirondacks on the NPT trail.

Well, I had missed our every-other-year-post-christmas-hike-up-Mount-Adams because of family duties for the holidays. So I immediately said yes without even thinking about it and then went right back to working.  Over the next few days it slowly started to sink in. During some of the typically coldest days of the year in the northeast, I and three others were about to hike into a bit of trail from which there is no exit, only forward or back, breaking trail and sleeping in the open air lean-to's provided by the park service.  A feat I am woefully unprepared for physically, mentally and probably most importantly, gear wise. What was I thinking?

It took a bit, but I know exactly what I was thinking.  I am tired. I am tired of the constant battle of the last few years.  I am done with the trying to hide, to dodge a bullet, to sit here and brace for whatever comes next.  I am tired of the 09's and the 10's. It's time to move on it's time to shake things up.  To put myself into places and situations I am not entirely comfortable with. To get back into the creative groove, to feel better, to try to make things happen, to put myself back out there, and to ask the question: what would happen if?

2011, whether it turns out well or poorly, will be a year for me where I get active again.  Business wise, creatively, personally. The first decade of the new millennium is over, we can move on now. So I am making the choice to do so. It's not always going to be easy, or necessarily fun, but it will be enlivening for sure. And that is what I need, and probably a lot of other folks too.

A lot of it for me will be getting up and getting active.  Even pulling away from the desk for an hour during the day to get outside, regardless of the conditions.  Just to breathe and remember there is a whole huge world out there. It brings all kinds of perspective into all sorts of corners. For this hike I will be pushing myself physically and mentally. To prepare I have started running, and doing things every day to try to get my heart rate up. It's great, and it begs the question, why haven't I been doing this even without a goal in sight?  This hike will be 12 miles a day on snowshoes through unbroken snowpack with a 40 pound pack on my back. It will be merely in the teens during the day and at least the single digit negatives during the night. What will come of it?  Who knows.  Maybe just an experience. But that in itself, is really really great.

'Sides, better to do it now before the world ends next year (he wrote with a knowing wink).