Long time readers of rock nyc will surely remember writer Woody Fuller, who left us to road manage Shinobi Ninja and produce rock shows before moving out West, where he currently resides and still keeps in touch whenever he passes through town. The man exudes good vibes and would be undoubtedly considered a hippie in another age! But not quite, he has the good faith of peacefulness mixed with an entrepreneurial spirit, a different sort producer.
In August, Woody sent me the video you will see below, and asked me my opinion. Woody “managed and developed the whole film process, storyboarded the film ideas, casted all the actors, designed most of the shots. And will be using my network to help launch the video.”.
Written by Neil Roche (I’ve posted all the release information below the video), it is Neil’s attempt to process a senseless death he viewed on the internet, as Neil noted himself: “I have seen so much national debate surrounding death at the hands of a gun, the police, and each other, however, I have not seen enough art on the subject.”
rock nyc is proud to help tell our readers about this disturbing vision, please watch the video below and then read below the video for more information on how to get involved yourself: “Our goal is to reach as many people as possible, and to spread mindfulness with the span of a news source”.Neil and Woody will do this because “The video will post from everyone’s facebook on September 16th at the exact same time. This will ensure that the videos progress is easy to track and promote.” The time is now.
Today, with the help of my talented friends, I have completed a poetic and visual piece of art that I am extremely proud of. This Wednesday, September 16th, we will launch this creation into the world, and I need your help!
Like many of you, I have been deeply affected by the spree of death and systemic violence that we are forced to consume by the media all around us. This poem is an opportunity to stop and think about death – not in exploitation but in reflection, and have a moment of silence for all that we have endured in the past year. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible, and to spread mindfulness with the span of a news source.
Below is a link to our Nouncy campaign, a platform that enables us to share the video with all of our friends and followers at once! By clicking the link, you can set up a posting of the video and simple message from you to your network. All you have to do is press ‘schedule post’ and your job is done.
The video will post from everyone’s facebook on September 16th at the exact same time. This will ensure that the videos progress is easy to track and promote. This video contains explicit language and difficult themes. If you do not want this content on your timeline or would feel more comfortable sharing this in the privacy of your home, that’s totally fine! If you would like to forward this campaign to others who might want to get involved, that’s great too!
I reached out to you because I value your opinion. This piece of art is interactive, and truly exists in the sad calm one feels when listening. Help me finish this project by delivering it to all the dynamic people in your network.
Thank you so much for your time,
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I SAW A MAN DIE ON THE INTERNET
a work of poetic and visual art that leaves you inspired and eager to share with the world
Press Play Be a witness.
Neil Roche, a writer, creator, and poet, has lived in some of the richest cultural enclaves in the United States, from Washington DC to New Orleans. He currently resides in the Bay Area. Like many of us, he has been personally affected by the spree of death and systemic violence that is constantly dissected and scrutinized by the national media. We are inundated with stories and images of violence and police brutality, almost to the point of desensitization. But one day, after a specific incident, Neil saw something he could not shake. Subsequently, he wrote a powerful piece of poetry that generated a wave of support and engagement on Soundclound.com. The reaction inspired Neil to team up with the Zoo Krewe, a Bay Area-based collaborative, to create a video to accompany the poem. We politely ask you take a moment to view it.
A Word From The Author:
The poem came to me at a time when my grandfather had just died the most beautiful death anyone could ask for. At the same time the senseless death of another man had gone viral in the media circuit. Death is a time of reflection, and what I saw in the media felt more like pornographic exploitation. I have seen so much national debate surrounding death at the hands of a gun, the police, and each other, however, I have not seen enough art on the subject. This is the most impactful and thoughtful way I can enter the conversation. As a nation we have experienced death so repeatedly and in our face that we have not had time to mourn. When social reaction and national conversation comes shouting from all angles, I hope this video allows you a moment of silence. Sometimes we have to stop and look around from the middle of the crowd and listen to the pause in the tape. We have collectively been through a lot in the past year and a half, we deserve a moment of reflection.
“It’s incredibly moving… the words, the story – got me to tears at the end.” Meredith Oakland,CA
“I love this. It’s beautifully sad.” Terry M. Washington, D.C.
“Powerful and beautiful” – Iman L., RockNYC, Editor in Chief, New York, NY
“Wow! Amazing. Chills for most of the entire video.” – Oliver M., Film Maker, San Francisco, CA
“I love it!! It’s such a powerful piece.”- Sophie F., Channel 7, Sydney, Australia
“Makes me want to share this with the world.” – Sarah H., Ithaca, NY
It’s the music, stupid
a restless and fearless freak show
Eminem and Calvin couldn’t move Bey
summer’s entertainment is rewarded
compares the end of a romance to the end of life
House pure and simple
lays down his claim to being a giant
Elvis Costello And The Imposters and Nick Lowe And Los Straightjackets At The Rooftop At Pier 17, Thursday, August 11th, 2022
embraces the moment with a big smile