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January 13, 2010

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Kimberly Lindbergs of Cinebeats awarded me the "Kreativ Blogger" award. With the questionable spelling, part of me wants to file this in a corner with "Inglorious Basterds". But sometimes these awards serve a purpose of giving other bloggers a bit of encouragement. I'm not sure how if my spending a major chunk of December writing about Hong Kong star Grace Chang could really be considered creative, but I'm not the kind of guy who will chase after the usual end of the year Oscar bait. With as much grace as I can muster, I thank Kimberly for including me in her list of seven bloggers.

Here are the rules you must follow after you receive the Kreativ Blogger award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

Are there seven things about myself that people might find interesting? I think the operative word here is might.

1. I once got drunk with Nicholas Ray. I was working for no money at the fledgling Northwest Film Study Center in Portland, Oregon, early 1973. Ray was touring the country with 16mm prints of his own movies. I convinced the other staff members that we should show They Live by Night. After the screening, Ray, film students and friends all got together at someone's house for discussion and drinking.

2. Because of my association with the film study center, I was invited to an advanced screening of Deep Throat prior to its Portland premiere. Most of the audience was made up of lawyers. It was explained to me afterwards that if the film was busted, I would be called as an "expert witness" based on my knowledge of film.

3. As a film student at NYU, I helped in the production of one movie with two future Oscar winners. Somewhere in a vault of NYU is this movie, which initially was to be credited to a collective. When I came home after summer vacation, that had changed. Still, it was cool to see my name in the credits.

I also worked on a student movie with future Oscar nominee Martin Brest. I make no apologies for liking Meet Joe Black.

4. As a very gullible seven year old, I was convinced by two neighborhood kids that The Tingler was real.

5. I have a copy of the novel 144 Picadilly autographed by the author, Samuel Fuller.

6. I went to East High School in Denver at the same time as future movie star Pam Grier and future jazz guitarist Bill Frisell.

7. I once made a movie with Toshiro Mifune. Actually it was a Super 8 movie. I filmed him in Dallas in early 1980, if I remember correctly. This was at a regional gathering of Buddhists. Mifune showed off his skill with a sword.

Here are my seven Kreativ Bloggers. I am hoping not to duplicate others and also send this award around the world:

1. Catherine Grant, because she not only takes the time to read all sorts of academic writing on film that's online, but she sorts it out into topics. Also, I'm use to being snowed in for a few days, but Professor Grant wasn't, until recently. She still stayed gracious when I teased her. I indirectly reminded her that the greatest movie ever made was about a boy playing in Colorado snow.

2. gar~, because even if I can't read Japanese, I can still appreciate great screen caps.

3. Sam, because my lack of knowledge of Portuguese doesn't get in the way of reading about Sam's love of Asian films.

4. Quixotando, because until I read about movie pirates, I had never wanted to see a movie by Umberto Lenzi as much as this one.

5. Marilyn Ferdinand because she has made it her mission to save American movies from various forces of destruction.

6. Edward Copeland because he is finding creative ways to stay creative when many of us would probably simply give up.

7. CelineJulie because he somehow sees all sorts of films from all sorts of places, somewhere in Bangkok, and also takes time to cover art and theater. As far as I'm concerned, Jit (his real name), is the true Thailand minister of culture.

Posted by Peter Nellhaus at January 13, 2010 12:19 AM


Thank you very much, Peter. I feel very honored. :-)

Posted by: Celinejulie at January 13, 2010 06:27 AM

Thank you so much, Peter. I'm not feeling very Kreativ these days, I'm afraid, just exhausted from all my alleged creativity. But I'm thrilled that you've chosen to honor me anyway. I'll try to come up with something.

Posted by: Marilyn at January 13, 2010 09:32 AM

You incorrectly spelled the incorrect spelling of Tarantino's film (!!).

Posted by: Flickhead at January 13, 2010 12:50 PM

Thanks for the mention, Peter. Much appreciated.

Posted by: dri at January 13, 2010 08:30 PM

Enjoyed reading your answers, Peter! You should make an effort to find that film of Mifune. I know I'd love to see it. I'm sure it would be a big hit on Youtube.

Posted by: Kimberly Lindbergs at January 14, 2010 12:58 PM