of the Corpse:
We are going to shoot
a documentary film about the Mississippi River this coming Spring, and
are soliciting ideas from our friends. Those of you who live on the
river are doubtlessly involved with the "continental trough,"
(Faulkner) or "the brown god" (Eliot) in ways we can't begin
to dream about. We are looking for art performances that engage the
river itself or some entity that affects the river. For instance, if
Miss River Bridge crashes a public meeting of some sort, we want to
be there. We are hoping that you could dream up an event, visual and
expressive hopefully, that will encapsulate in an interactive way the
river and what role it plays in your life/art. We are, of course, interested
in the ecology of the beast, but also in its political cultures, music,
folklore, poetry. This is not an institutionally sanctioned project,
so you can let your darkest or oddest ideas fly. Yours in the flow,
The request above
went out to our mailing list. Much of what we got back forms the body
of the current issue, THE MISSISSIPPI CORPSE. We have published only
a sampling of the hundreds of responses, but continue to stay open to
ideas. The film itself, directed and produced by Brian Doubleday and
Rich Lerner; Executive Producer, Chip Baker; Vehicular Mouth Andrei
Codrescu, begins shooting in mid-May, though one of the intial scenes,
The Bonfires of Christmas on the Levee at Gramercy, Louisiana, has been
already filmed. Some of these Corpse-ideas will certainly make their
way into the film, so stay tuned.
For all practical
matters relating to the film, as well as investment opportunities, contact
Brian Doubleday at Brian2day@aol.com
or check out BigRiverBlues.com.
for this issue comes from sketches by Shalom, footage by Rich Lerner,
paintings by Melissa Sarat and Alice Henderson, and photos by Meesh
and Andrea Garland.