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Two by Demian

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"Two by Demian" contains a comedy and a 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" ===
       (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 commentary - just like on some fancy DVD videos - 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" ===
       (1971) ... 28 min.



This documentary contains an interview with Master Liang and his performance of five T'ai Chi dances. Two of these are 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.



Use your remote's Subtitle button to access English subtitles of the interview, and the names of each posture for the first dance of the series. This movie was supported by a grant from Smith College, Northampton, Mass., where it was filmed. 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:

       http://sweetcornmedia.com/dvd-3.html

Produced by Demian, Sweet Corn Productions:

       http://sweetcornmedia.com

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Product Details

  • Actors: T.T. Liang, Alice Crooks, Demian, Laurie Bialik, Bradetta Vines
  • Directors: Demian
  • Writers: Demian
  • Producers: Demian
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Sweet Corn Productions
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003HC9JK0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,476 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The only reason I purchased this product was for the historical content of the TTLiang footage which was selfishly deleted from Youtube. The rest is a unconvincing attempt at cinematography. Apparently, TTLiang was convinced to record footage for posterity, which he did. But, to combine his art with this crap is unfathomable. None the less, I would still encourage Tai Chi practitioners to purchase this product for the TTLiang historic content. Despite the ill conceived attempt to promote the directors mistakes, the Tai Chi footage is priceless! Too bad Demian was compelled to waste disk space with his science project, probably didn't have enough Tai Chi footage or failed to grasp the gifts he received.
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I wish to thank reviewer "tcsail" for encouraging others to purchase my DVD documentary of Master T.T. Liang.

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.

Demian
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