08 PM | 28 May

Call for Soundtrack Submissions

Call for Soundtrack Submissions

“THE L-WHO?” ASKS “SHE WASN’T LAST NIGHT” CREW >> (Oakland, CA) Mix “The L-Word” and “Waiting to Exhale” into a deep, soulful masala, and you’ll find yourself getting more than a little warm.

Have you heard about the independent film “She Wasn’t Last Night?” Sensually tipping the velvet hat to a song by Meshell Ndegeocello, the title of this, the first black lesbian romantic drama-comedy, bespeaks more depth than you may assume.

“She Wasn’t Last Night” follows the subtly solid and beautiful Shantel Crockett as her feelings of safety in her 3-year-relationship are shattered. She discovers her girlfriend Reyna, the troubled ingenue 10 years her junior, isn’t so happy after all. Enter charming-and-fine Jack, the town player, who has her sights set on wrecking Reyna and Shantel’s house–for good.

Slated for an October 2007 filming, as the story of the movie “She Wasn’t Last Night” unfolds, so, too does the story of Griot Soul Films, a nonprofit organization in the making. Courageous and talented, Griot Soul Films’ Founder/Director Darice Jones and producer Sanjay Sooknanan have already held a staged reading for the community, and all attendees, regardless of gender, race, or orientation, have found the film to appeal to the universal truth in all of us: everybody needs love…real love. And players? Well, they deserve to play! More community events, an indie soundtrack, and film fundraisers are scheduled in the coming weeks and months.

Griot Soul Films does not save the drama for your mama! In fact, our cast is made up of an eclectic group of social activists, artists, educators, professional actors, beginning actors, and even an engineer. Common to all of these strong women is a heartfelt commitment to storytelling coupled with the talent and dedication to tell this story well. Our diverse cast is 100% African descended, majority LGBTQ, and 100% supportive of the creation of complex film images of Black people throughout the Diaspora.

Won’t you help be a part of this cutting-edge filmic revolution of the heart? Get involved by subscribing to our mailing list, visiting and becoming a member at shewasntlastnight.ning.com and spread the word! # # #

08 PM | 28 May

Tesla sports car

The Tesla sports car http://www.teslamotors.com/ is a beautiful piece of engineering, but while the company plans to sell up to 10,000 such units from 2009 the car is too expensive for the average Joe because it literally uses computer laptop batteries as the power source. Mitsubishi in contrast, is building an entire battery factory to fuel their upcoming 2010 electric vehicle, and are apprarently planning a first run of 200,000 battery packs — and that is just a trial run…

08 PM | 28 May

Publicity – art show

In its original usage during the emergence of the bourgeois public sphere, the term ‘publicity’ described a general public-ness, a state of being public – publicly known, publicly owned or publicly available. Only later, with the development of reproductive technologies and systems of mass dissemination, did it come to refer to the mechanisms of marketing and promotion, and to denote strategies for the use of such media for the formation and communication of identity. With this etymology in mind, Artspace presents the work of five artists whose practices traverse performance, installation, video, archiving and action research to explore the role that art, considered as creative and aesthetic experience, can play in the construction of a ‘public’. It seeks to raise questions of agency and autonomy in a culture of media saturation, and to posit the studio and the gallery not as hermetic spaces but as discursive fields, sites of social transaction, public spaces that are, as with the public itself, constantly under negotiation.



07 PM | 28 May

Scientists turn water into hydrogen

In what looks like an example of modern-day alchemy, scientists at Purdue University in Indiana have come up with a way of turning water in hydrogen using an aluminum alloy. If the process is replicable on a large scale, it could have a massive impact on the market for hydrogen fuel cell-powered cars, which could use the technology as a source of onboard hydrogen generation.

The process relies on the use of aluminum pellets, which are mixed into liquid gallium (a metal that liquefies at just over room temperature) to produce a liquid aluminum-gallium. When water is added to the compound, the aluminum reacts with the oxygen to form a gel along with free-standing hydrogen, which can be collected and used to power a fuel cell. According to EDN, an Indiana-based start-up already has a license to commercialize the technology.

Many of the major automakers, including Honda, and General Motors, have invested heavily in developing fuel cell-powered cars. However, to date hydrogen has faced significant obstacles to becoming a viable alternative to gasoline, principally the expensive (and often carbon-fueled) process of isolating it, and the lack of a fueling infrastructure. The Purdue development has the potential to address both of these issues.

The Purdue announcement is the latest development in the race to create sustainable, on-demand sources of hydrogen. Earlier this year, a start-up company called Ecotality announced that it had enlisted the help of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop an advanced hydrogen-production process using magnesium and water.