Two by Demian
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(Apr 15, 2010)
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"Two by Demian"
This disc contains one comedy and one documentary, which have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH EACH OTHER.
Except, perhaps, the fact that Demian produced, wrote and directed both of them.
=== "Director's Commentary" ===
A satirical comedy - (2004) - 21 min.
A house party host attempts to play matchmaker. While mutually attracted, the two guests she hopes to match have very different fantasies about each other. Ultimately, we learn the dark secrets that lie behind their social masks.
Throughout the entire video we hear the director's comments about his own work -- only you cannot shut the egotistical narrative off.
The sound track utilizes Demian's arrangement of a tango. The story runs 15 minutes, with another 6 minutes of bloopers and out-takes (including more of Chelsea's spectacular fire dance in her underwear). Shot on DV-cam in Seattle, and released in December 2004.
=== "T'ai Chi Chuan with Master T.T. Liang" ===
A documentary interview and demonstration (1971) - 28 min.
This documentary contains an interview with Master Liang and his performance of five T'ai Chi dances. The first is his 150 posture form. There are two sword dances, and two are two-person dances with his assistant, Alice Crooks.
Master Liang (Jan. 23, 1900-Aug. 19, 2002) lived and taught in the U.S. about 30 years. Demian was a student of his in the early 70s.
This movie has an optional English Subtitle track, which provides a transcription of Master Liang's interview, as well as the names of each posture for the first 150 posture dance of the series.
This movie was supported by a grant from Smith College, Northampton, Mass., where it was filmed.
It was shot on 16mm b/w (with a magnetic sound track) on August 28, 1971, and re-edited in March 2010.
Further descriptions of this DVD:
A free PDF copy of the names of the 150 postures is located here:
Produced by Demian at Sweet Corn Productions:
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The Master Liang movie demonstrates the basic T'ai Chi forms that he taught. There also is an interview in which he describes T'ai Chi. This is followed by a demonstration of him (in his 70s) tossing me (in my 20s) backward while I was pushing against him.
The original media was black-and-white, 16mm reversal film, with the audio recorded directly on a magnetic track. Because it was recorded on amateur equipment in 1971, the sound and image are not up to today's standards.
The full movie about Master Liang has never been released by me on YouTube, or anywhere else.
In the past, my movie documentary had been illegally released on YouTube and on individual Web sites. They were removed because those who posted them had broken copyright law by publishing my work without permission.
A free excerpt from this movie, may be seen on Vimeo, my Sweet Corn Productions video gallery, and on YouTube:
vimeo . com/demian7/tai-chi-liang
sweetcornmedia . com/tcc.html
youtube . com/watch?v=8AuiPgj6WPE
Also, a free PDF chart of Master Liang's names for each posture of his solo T'ai Chi exercise is located here:
sweetcornmedia . com/tcc.html
The second movie on the disc has nothing to do with the T'ai Chi movie. It is a silly, dark-ish comedy about a matchmaking hostess at a house party.
It is on the same disc because it would cost the same, no matter if there were one or two short movies, so thought it more of a bargain to have a second short and it would show off my movie making skills. Or not.
I can, however, guarantee that this disc contains no science experiments, and that no animals (human or otherwise) were harmed in the making of these movies.