Two months, two minutes: The Blacksmith micro doc

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About two months ago, I started filming my first micro documentary. Now I'm just about finished editing all two minutes of it (that's a long time for me), making tweaks here and there until I'm satisfied. Mixing the audio and video may be the best part, because that's when the story comes together. I've got the clips spread out before me, scrubbing through them and trimming the fat, like meat on a cutting board.

My plate of General Tso if there was any doubt. Photo taken by  Candra Umunna

My plate of General Tso if there was any doubt. Photo taken by Candra Umunna

I made General Tso chicken last weekend for the first time. I don't do much cooking, but it is very similar to editing a film. It's all about knowing how much is enough. My girlfriend and I added a lot of spices to the chicken. We coughed, sniffled, gasped for air. I thought it may been ruined, but it tasted really good. Cooking is a little more forgiving than editing; we all have to eat. And if it's pizza, you're golden because even bad pizza is still good.

So I guess I'm saying I hope the documentary turns out just as well as the chicken. Or at least pizza.  

Food politics

Flux Night, 2015, Atlanta. Contestants pay homage to American Gladiator by battling against fast food mascots for a $15 cash prize, a reference to the $15 minimum wage campaign that sparked protests nationwide. 

Flux Night, 2015, Atlanta. Contestants pay homage to American Gladiator by battling against fast food mascots for a $15 cash prize, a reference to the $15 minimum wage campaign that sparked protests nationwide. 

Here's something for Throwback Thursday: Flux is an installation art exhibition, except 2015 was more political than artistic, not that I ever understood the art anyway. I go to photograph the people. Anyway, here are three people dressed up as fast food mascots, sharing a bench with sealed plastic cushions, a scene I find more unsettling than Burger King's King commercials.