I went to the place where every white face is an invitation to robbery
Sitting here in my safe European home,
Don’t wanna go back there again.
Where we’re going, we don’t need names.
Gender: alpha male
Sexual orientation: fluid
Race: Latino descended from Spanish Jews
Economic class: lower middle
Cultural class: intellectual jock
Political philosophy: romantic anarchist
Cinematic philosophy: Bipolarism
I’m from South Texas, been watching films my whole life, planning on making them for a living. I’ve returned to the MUBI forums after a long absence, seeking an immersion in the art of film as I head towards graduation and my first features as an independent, art-minded director. I run a private group on Facebook, called Karagargaism, which like its namesake is devoted to all the arts, is anti-snobbery, and omnivorous in its tastes.
I’ve never subscribed to any specific cinematic ideology (examples: contemplative, anti-narrative, entertainment, avant-garde) because I feel that 1) a true cinephile gives everything a chance, and 2) that ideologies of any kind put blinders on the way we see the world. Therefore, my favorites and ratings are all over the place, reflecting how much visual, intellectual, and emotional pleasure the films I watch give me. I’m definitely anti-canon, and my sense of a film or filmmaker’s greatness is rooted in my individual, subjective perception of it or them. For example, I enjoy the works of Ozu more for their emotional impact than the formalist deconstruction people place on his camerawork. Similarly, I consider the Jean-Pierre Leaud scenes in Last Tango in Paris to be essential to understanding the film’s dream logic, while the conventional opinion is that they distract from the main theme of torrid eroticism.
My future plans are to finish four feature-length films and ten short films I have in the works between now and the end of 2013. I plan to submit these works to various festivals in Texas, the first in a multi-year plan to make many innovative, provocative works and get them shown at festivals, that will eventually result in my becoming among the finest directors of the 2010s. I have the self-confidence, strength, and allies to complete this goal, and I refuse to fail at it. I also refuse to fail at graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication this May from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.
I hope you find my commentary informative and intelligent. If you follow me, I’ll follow back, and don’t be shy to say hello via my wall or by private message.
Joseph Garza Medina
Three great songs…
Ten Essential Films That Influence My Style
My, how far we’ve come…
Directors I’m thinking about representing in the next Directors Cup: Joe Swanberg, Paul Sharits, Nick Zedd, Hollis Frampton, Bruce Conner, Yasujiro Ozu, Chris Marker, John Ford.
Also thinking about managing the United States or France in the next World Cup.
Most anticipated films of 2013: