Premiere: Spindrift “When I Was Free”

Premiere: Spindrift “When I Was Free”  (photo)

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Largely unknown photographer Stanley Sanger is a cryptic and enigmatic figure. Born in Mojave, CA in 1955, he was raised by his uncle after his parents suffered a fatal car accident mere weeks after his birth. Having known his family only through photographs, Stanley became obsessed with the medium. He spoke little and was never seen without a camera. Stanley was said to have been debilitatingly preoccupied with the passage of time and his attempts to preserve it. It is said that he took a photograph nearly every minute of his life. However, no portraits of Stanley himself exist. The few that knew him say that Stanley felt that he did not live in reality, only in photographs, just as the people he loved, but had never actually met.

In the 1970’s, Stanley sold his parents estate and used his fortune to build an underground darkroom, many thousands of square feet, hidden somewhere in the Mojave desert. He was known to lock himself down there for months on end, developing, categorizing, and filing the literally hundreds of thousands of photos he had taken throughout his life. Before his final disappearance in the late 1990’s, Stanley documented Spindrift as they worked on several film soundtracks at a studio near his underground darkroom. At the end of the sessions, Stanley vanished. Leaving behind his film, his final known work. The images were left to director Rob Bray, a close friend and confidant to Sanger, who had been on hand for the sessions. No specific instructions were included, simply a note that read “Rob, The image must live, as the moment will die. Always, S”. It is said that Sanger returned to his darkroom never to resurface again. Sources close to the artist speculate that Stanley is still down there, immersed in his photographic world. The nearly seven thousand images he shot from this session have since been developed and arranged, creating a staggering animation effect. A few experts in the know fervently note that Sanger inadvertently was a first pioneer in the timelapse effect, painstakingly shooting and developing each image by hand. Although, those who knew him will tell you it was simply his attempt to placate his crippling fear of the time passing undocumented.

Many thanks are due to Morgan Night, and his facility the Hicksville Trailer Palace, as well as engineer and mixer Ethan Allen for their dutiful efforts and guidance.

Here’s the new video from Spindrift entitled “When I Was Free”, directed by Rob Bray:

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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