Tuesday, July 31, 2012

talk about… "A picture being worth a 1,000 words…"

Gary O'Neal, Owner Paper Services, Inc. , Winchester, NH
a photo from yesterday's New Hampshire vs Paper Services, Inc. court session. 
(photo credit www.folktographybytom.com)

I spent yesterday sitting in a Keene, NH courtroom recording a whole lot of legal speak that almost made me sick to my stomach. 

I have too much to do today to spout out endless pontifications about our legal system and the way it unwillingly denigrates the truth and the very souls that are counting on it to bring resolution, but ...

For more about this tragic tale of post-industrial America, greed, red tape and the power of pride… 
see Reelife Productions documentary work-in-progress:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WNPR's Catie Talarski & artist Samuel Rowlett explore the underground Park River • Where We Live | Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network

from WNPR's site:

A hundred years ago, a river ran through the city of Hartford. And I don’t mean the powerful, 400 mile long Connecticut river. It was the Park River…and it was not loved. Due to massive pollution, the spread of disease, and a few devastating floods –the Park River, was buried beneath the city, entombed in concrete tunnels and drainage ditches. Started in 1940, It was one of the largest and most expensive projects in the history of the Army Corps of Engineers. After four decades and more than 100 milliondollars, the river now runs underground, relatively forgotten. Where We Live senior producer Catie Talarski takes us on a tour of this hidden landmark with artist Samuel Rowlett and his homemade canoe.

Samuel Rowlett’s exhibit (which includes his homemade canvas canoe) is at Real Art Ways now through September 29. He will be giving an artist talkWednesday July 25 at 7PM, discussing his journey down the Connecticut River with Kim Lutz from the Nature Conservancy.

Here is the radio interview that played on WNPR in CT this morning.
Where We Live | Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network

and here is the accompanying minidocumentary that Reelife Produced:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Reelife's website is back in action

sure, sure, I know, you didn't actually notice it but Reelife's website was down for about a week. But now that it's back up and rarin' to go...I thought it would be a good time to dig into some of the lesser known facts about Reelife and the services that we provide. For instance...listen to this:

The Art of the River: Exploring the Connecticut River in Art, History and a Canoe | The Nature Conservancy

Artist, Samuel Rowlett shares more of his arts adventures with you THIS Wednesday at Real Art Ways in Hartford. He may be incorporating some of the video/photos that Reelife shot during our big paddling adventure UNDERNEATH Hartford last week. Here's the story:

The Art of the River: Exploring the Connecticut River in Art, History and a Canoe | The Nature Conservancy

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Paddling UNDER Hartford video released

video produced by www.ReelifeProductions.com

for more info about the art of Samuel Rowlett: http://www.samuelrowlett.com/

for more info about "The Hog River":

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

excited to document Samuel Rowlett's journey UNDERNEATH Hartford today… I knew I could put my kayak to good use! First we're stopping off at Real Art Ways to pick up his hand-made canoe… read more about this visionary artist from Williamsburg, MA here 


Friday, July 13, 2012

Hampshire Life ID features Reelife's Director


ID: Thomas John Adams

Friday, July 13, 2012

Tom Adams says he enjoys his work so much that the line between "work and play" is getting fuzzy. He's the owner and director of Reelife Productions, a video production company in Williamsburg. He is a photographer (his work can be seen at www.folktographybytom.com) and a folk musician who plays drums with the bluegrass band Acoustic Brew and has recorded nine CDs with the experimental rock-jazz band NiL. He also masquerades as an unpublished but prolific writer/poet/cartoonist named lester b thomas.

Full name: Thomas John Adams

People know you as: Tom

Date and place of birth: May 6, 1969, Clarence, N.Y.

Address: Williamsburg

Job: Media producer/photographer

Who lives under the same roof as you? My wife, Melissa, daughter, Amanda, 12, son, Neil, 10

Education: Clarence Central High School, 1987; University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1991

Pets: Dog, Maggie; cat, Charlie; five chickens; two hamsters; a guinea pig; a fish

Hobbies: Interneting, recording, playing drums, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking

Book you'd recommend to a friend: I don't read much but I highly recommend "The Shroud of the Thwacker" by Chris Elliot

Favorite movie/TV show/singer: Movie - anything by director Errol Morris; TV - Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"; Singer - Neil Young

Five items you can't live without: Family, iPhone, camera, drumsticks, kayak

Last thing you purchased just for fun: Wiffle balls

What's at the top of your bucket list? Run with the reindeer

Life-changing experience: It's all a big beautiful blur

Strangest job you ever held: University of Vermont health study caffeine-substitute tester

What is your current Facebook status? "Here's where we'll be in 10 days" (picture of Grand Canyon)

A little-known fact about you: I was homecoming king

Dumbest thing you ever did: Went train hopping with someone that was crazier than me

One trend you'd like to see return: People saying hello to each other

What really sets you off? Closed-mindedness

If you could spend the day with a celebrity from any time in history, who would it be? Neil Young. He seems like a really nice guy and he has created a great balance between following his muse and being a husband/father, all while becoming one of the most well-respected figures in modern music

Best advice you ever got: "Take my advice, don't listen to me"

Favorite place to get a bite: Joe's Cafe in Northampton. Good cookin'

Your favorite team: Buffalo Bills. Because I used to care a lot about sports and Buffalo is a wonderful place filled with some of the nicest people in the world

What does your ideal weekend look like? Sitting on the porch of a cabin in the woods with family and friends, or with no one at all

One thing you would change about yourself: Look on the bright side of things more often

What gives you the creeps? People that are completely disconnected with the bigger picture, and malls

People who knew you in high school thought you were: Fun to be with and maybe a little weird

Whom do you most admire? My parents. Because they are who they are

Parting shot: There's more to the picture than meets the eye

- Keri-Ann Aubin

Editor's Note - To suggest someone for ID, email Keri-Ann Aubin at kaubin@gazettenet.com.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Summer Reading

This video produced by Reelife back in 2007 for Pamela Thompson's Every Past Thing (Unbridled Books) features the author talking about her concept for the book... and it reminded me that it's time for some summertime reading...

If you're interested in buying the book, it's available on the Unbridled Books website

Happy 4th, America!

Hope you're out enjoying an American landscape this July 4th... relax and have fun!