Keeping Up

Another year has gone by with too much travel. Keep up to date with Myriapod by joining our Facebook page, or following us on Instagram or Twitter.

Journal Hiatus

I’ve been traveling so much lately, I’m spending a lot more time with my iPhone than with my computer, so I’ve decided to take a break from blogging. If you’d like to keep up with what’s happening with my work and travels, please come find me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

Design*Sponge and On The Road

Last week I did an interview with Grace Bonney for Design*Sponge’s radio show, After the Jump. We had a blast.  You can check it out here.

I am also now officially two-days into my road trip across the US for This Working Man.

Already I’ve seen old friends and made new ones.  And this morning I went filming with a pig butcher.  Below is the view (and windowsill) from his house/shop. It has rained non-stop since I arrived in VT yesterday, but it’s gorgeous here.  And delicious fresh-cut pork chops for lunch!

 

Kuichisan in NY

Maiko Endo’s Kuichisan (shot by Sean Price Williams and produced by yours truly) will be having its opening theatrical run in New York City starting Friday June 21 at Anthology Film Archives.
If you have missed this incredible film in the past, now is the time to see it.

Check out some the press. And buy your tickets now.

Easily the most out-there film… densely constructed, fascinatingly mysterious
Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

something wholly original and true to its own design
Michael Chaiken, Film Comment

A still from Kuichisan

The Aatsinki Season: Official Launch

Thanks to the hard work of our creative technologist team, Mike Knowlton and Hal Siegel of Murmur, we have launched the first installment of the online interactive companion to Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys, called The Aatsinki Season.

Screen shot from The Aatsinki Season

While the film focuses on the Aatsinki family and their deep bond with their reindeer and the land, The Aatsinki Season is an interactive debate that draws attention to the social, environmental, political, and moral issues that define what it means to be a reindeer herder in Finnish Lapland. Expanding the themes of the film, the online companion challenges each participant to reconsider his or her assumptions about technology, food production, and, most critically, man’s place in nature. Episodes of The Aatsinki Season will be released in seasonal installments over the course of the coming year, coordinated to coincide with the most important events of the herding schedule.

We ran a bit behind on the opening installment (blame Hurricane Sandy), but we are excited to finally be sharing it with you. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think!

Myriapod Shop NOW Online

It’s here! The brand-spanking-new Myriapod Productions Online Shop is officially open!

In addition to all the familiar Beetle Queen items, you can now get your mitts on the stylish Aatsinki t-shirts (Men’s and Women’s, available in various sizes) and the rugged Arctic Cowboy temporary tattoos!

We are really proud of the shop and grateful for all the help we received putting it together. We’ve added some behind-the-scenes snapshots from the photo shoot with Luke Fontana. Our good friends Camille de Chenay (set photographer) and Charlie Birns (filmmaker) modeled. They were naturals.

We hope you’ll find something you like!

Note: Kickstarter backers will receive their t-shirts and tattoos as soon as the rest of the Kickstarter rewards are in. We sincerely apologize for the delay! If you *must* have your t-shirt now, as opposed to waiting until the DVD is ready – which, we warn you, will take several months – we would be happy to negotiate a second, separate shipping fee. Please send us a message and we’ll make it happen. Thank you for understanding!

Photo shoot

The Aatsinki t-shirts have finally arrived!! We’ll be opening the shiny new Myriapod Productions online shop on Tuesday, October 23rd. Though we’ll be featuring must-have items from all of our projects, we’re most excited to show you the new Aatsinki swag. Men’s and women’s shirts as well as temporary tattoos will soon be available!

The series of images below is cracking me up. I asked Aarne and Lasse to let me take photos of them in their new t-shirts. Despite having allowed me to film them for the past year, neither brother is very comfortable in front of the camera when asked to pose.

And below is Julius – Lasse’s youngest – rocking the temporary tattoos.

K-Word Runners Up!

The finalists have been selected! We received nearly one hundred submissions to our Mysteries of Vernacular K-word contest, one of which will make it into an animated episode. After careful deliberation, we have narrowed this list down to five fantastic finalists:

knot

key

kid

keister

kinky

As promised, the runners up will each receive a set of beautiful steak knives. Not really. Though they will receive a special prize that we’ll announce in the near future, along with the winning word. Thank you all for your thoughtful suggestions!

Aatsinki Kickstarter Launch!

Kickstarter, if you’re not familiar with it, is a crowd funding website for creative projects. We have given ourselves until May 11th at 2:24pm to reach our goal of $38,000, the bare minimum needed to finish the film and get it out into the world.

Everyone who makes a contribution to Aatsinki will receive a great reward, ranging from an Arctic Cowboys temporary tattoo to a vacation in Finland, depending on the amount of the donation. The catch, however, is that Kickstarter will only collect these donations if our goal is met. Otherwise, none of the crowd’s generous pledges will be fulfilled and none of our rewards will be distributed.

We need your help! Please pledge your support now!

Name Changer

After much consideration and deliberation, I’ve changed the name of my reindeer movie.

Pipe Fire is now, officially, Aatsinki.
With the subtitle: The Story of Arctic Cowboys.

The main characters, Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki, are part of a long lineage of Aatsinkis that have lived and herded in that part of Finnish Lapland. Such a long lineage, in fact, that Aatsinki is also the name of the town in which they live.

In honor of the new title, we’ve updated the site a bit. And moved it to a new domain: www.arcticcowboys.com.
Let us know what you think!

And just in case you’re wondering, things are moving forward on the film. Lots of news coming soon.