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Welcome back

Hi everyone, welcome back to cysfilm. It’s alive! Kind of! I took a big break from the blog to finish editing Bush League and to think about how I can be better at all of this. To start with, I wanted to redesign the site so it looked a little more professional but also so [...]

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Hypnotized

Cresent moon casts shadows. The weeds next to the dirt road cast stretched images of themselves on the dust. Long road, the Milky Way bends down bright till the mountains. Down the road drums are beating. The trees between us and the moon roll by like giant black paper cutouts. We step around the deepest [...]

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Last Night

Woke up in total blackness with a muggy body and cold feet beneath the open window. Cool air gliding. There’s a total silence outside, then after a moment a rooster crows. No sound of mosquitoes around my ears. Slept again after a half hour, laid there remembering different things. My brother and I playing in [...]

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Day Three Zolokere

Wood window is ajar, and pressing into the mosquito net a foot about my knee. Roosters are crowing and the sun is already strong. The malaria pills don’t let my skin make melanin – my arm is still pink from two days ago. Gama is in the kitchen making tortillas. He works for/with Jake, helps [...]

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Day Two In Zolokere

Lot’s of introductions today. Met the sub-chief, some of the neighbors, the retired policeman, went way down the trail to the market, saw the drinking circles, butcher – slaughtered a goat that hung from a tree branch, used an ax to cut pieces off. Long walk back – dinner of pancakes, then talk by the [...]

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First day in Zolokere

Third day in Malawi, first day in the bush. Jake’s letters and website come nowhere near fleshing this place out, not for lack of trying, it’s just a hell of a lot. Got off the plane, straight out to the road to start the long journey north hitchhiking. A couple picked us up in an [...]

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May 8th, Kenya

Woke up around 4am somewhere over Africa in a hot sleep, jaw slack and cotton mouthed. Swollen feet say, long flight. In the airport in Kenya, muggy air and a tornado morning sky outside. It strikes me that the days in Lithuania are much longer than here at the equator. sun has just come up. [...]

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10 hours in London, Heathrow Airport

Back at Cal Arts. Spending most of my day editing, but I thought if I’m ever gonna put this stuff up about Africa, I ought to do it now. I’ll try and get one up ever couple of days till its done. May 7th, Heathrow Airport Two girls roll plastic pink and green suitcases with [...]

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Toro! Toro!

(Saturday Night) I just got into a bizarre chase/street fight with two drunk Lithuanian men about 30 minutes ago. Damn, these guys are such dumb monkeys. I guess it’s a wonder it didn’t happen years ago in the village. Though I have to admit, lately I’ve been feeling especially fed up with the idiocy. Last [...]

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Bush Meat

First the film stuff. I left for Africa with seven hours of tape which is way less than what I wanted. When I got there, I told Jake I’d wait a week or so then start shooting after I had an idea what to focus on. There was also an issue with camera batteries since [...]

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