Daily post 01 Aug 2009 07:37 am

My movies: free or otherwise

- Time for me to promote me.

If you’d like to see some of my 1/2 hr. shows on HBO, you can go HERE for the schedule. They play weekly and the schedule changes every month.
Note this month on Saturday, Aug 22nd, HBO is screening a bunch of them back to back.
However if you’d like to buy the DVD’s here’s some info:

Here are the cheapest prices I found on line for buying some of the films I’ve done:

YouTube has a number of my shorter flms available for viewing. The quality of all of these available is pathetic.

    The music video I did for the group Liquid Liquid is there. It was an experiment in video editing.
    I financed it and got it on a couple of national programs at the time. I was trying to use the music to say something about the little bits of random violence we all go through on a day-to-day basis.
    I did this in 1983.

    Designer Richard McGuire was the bass player for the group. He seemed to be the only one in the group who was interested in the video. The group broke up shortly thereafter, though their devotees stayed loyal following everything about them.

    A number of Sesame Street spots are there. Maxine Fisher wrote them all. I did about forty spots for them:
    Crocodile Smiles – an operatic spoof on dental care
    The Curious Cat features music by Jeremy Steig, son of William. We had a great relationship until his wife and he started writing obscene letters threatening me. They wanted more money for Abel’s Island‘s score, though they agreed on a price I paid them. Ultimately, I left them behind and hired a new composer.
    Plan Plan Plan features a great song with music by Ernest Troost. He and I did many of my early films together.
    Chicken Crossing was one of my earliest Sesame Street spots. It’s also one of my favorites. Harrison Fisher did the great score.
    I did a number of Bellhop bits for Sesame Street. Steve Dovas did the animation for all 20 of them. Some of them are viewable here:
    #2, #8, #10, #12, #14, #16, #18, #20

8 Responses to “My movies: free or otherwise”

  1. on 01 Aug 2009 at 9:11 am 1.Pierre said …

    Why is there a “teacher’s price” for anything, other than it might be a discount? Charging more for a school seems ill conceived at best. My wife gets a certain amount of money in her classroom budget, but can only order from one catalog where the prices might be higher or lower than retail. As a taxpayer, I find this quite upsetting that these restrictions are in place.

    Other than that, it’s good to know that your videos are widely available.

    BTW, we worked with Weston Woods when DMI Productions produced Brave Irene and Danny and the Dinosaur. I think in both cases we worked with Ernest Troust, whose work was brilliant!

  2. on 01 Aug 2009 at 11:53 am 2.David Nethery said …

    Thanks for the links.

    I guess Scholastic charges “teacher’s prices” for films the same way textbook companies charge $115.00 for a book that would otherwise cost about $25.00 on the open market.

  3. on 01 Aug 2009 at 12:05 pm 3.Michael said …

    I believe most of their money actually comes from sales to libraries.

  4. on 01 Aug 2009 at 12:29 pm 4.David Nethery said …

    By the way, if I never mentioned it to you before I really liked “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” (I bought it on iTunes Store) and the DVD collection of your films from First Run Features.

  5. on 01 Aug 2009 at 1:26 pm 5.Richard O'Connor said …

    You realize that Liquid Liquid song is possibly the best known never heard pop song of the last 40 years, with Richard’s bassline serving as the hook to Grandmaster Flash’s seminal record “White Lines”. Legendary.

  6. on 01 Aug 2009 at 2:09 pm 6.Michael said …

    Yes, Liquid Liquid and 99 Records sued Grandmaster Flash for stealing the bassline, and they won in court.

  7. on 02 Aug 2009 at 5:37 pm 7.Stephen Macquignon said …

    IT was nice to see the Bellhop bits again

  8. on 23 Jun 2011 at 1:24 am 8.Hobo Divine said …

    The Liquid Liquid video is one of my favourite animated videos of all time. It is so RAW! I love it (as well as those Tom-Tom Club videos).
    What was the time line on making that video, I’m assuming you did all the editing on a Steinbeck did you have to shoot the walk cycle for the duration it was used in the video? I could ask you a million questions about this video… hope you do a special post on it some day.

    Take care Michael (I love your site!)

    - Hobo Divine

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