Friday, July 27, 2007

Older Honey Clips

As a result of the Harvard Film Archive Screening, I've been surfing the internet looking for information about Honey--and, to my surprise, there is some.

Much relates back to the decision to release Honey under a Creative Commons license--Honey was the first film to be released under this license. While the FourthWall project didn't work out, it was, I think, a cool idea. The site has been taken down, but you can read about the project here or here. You can even, because of the kickass Internet Archive Wayback Machine, see the original Fourthwall Creative Commons Site here.

There's also some information about my work with Theora, who used Honey to test their open-source codec Xiph.


Andrew Brotzman said...

David, I'd like to arrange a screening of your film at Columbia University if possible, I'm a current grad student there and would like to try to give the film as much exposure as I can. Please give me an email and we'll take it from there. (I'd also like to buy a DVD, too, so don't be a stranger):

andrewbrotzman [at] yahoo [dot] com

Jan Philippe said...

Dear Mr. Ball,

I am a writer and filmmaker from the Philippines and this is a fan letter.

You don't know me, but I learned about you through Ray Carney's site several years ago. During that time, along with the book Cassavetes on Cassavetes, your Honey Manifesto was and continues to be one of the most significant inspirations in my life as an artist.

I am very thankful that I came across it at that point in my life as I was about to embark upon what has been a wonderful (at many times frustrating) evening walk through the jungles these last seven years or so.

I even wrote a similar manifesto for another film that was partly inspired by the ideas of emotional and literal role playing that you touched on in the Honey Manifesto. But it never pushed through, but still the inspiration it gave me was so evident.

And finally, you released your film for free to be downloadable for all on the internet. A very generous act.

Before watching your film I was disappointed by another film (whose title I don't want to mention) from America, one of the many new American independents who have emerged in the last few years. It wasn't a bad work, but it was just, I felt at the time, very lacking in so many ways which I felt your film was not when I finally saw it. It's of course unfair of me to compare, but what I saw that was sorely lacking in that other work was a kind of emotional, adult maturity.

I saw HONEY for the first time two weeks ago and need to return to it again to part my way through its many layers.

But initially, what I saw clearly in its crazy truthfulness were different emotional advances and retreats, reciprocation and being closed off. But off course these are abstract terms. You have made an incredible work so deep and dark and light at the same time.

On a technical note, you also showed me some editing tools that I never though of as a possibility. Particularly your use of jump cuts in the opening motel room scene.

And your actors, oh the actors ... what else can I say.

As I am embarking on editing for one year a film that I finished shooting two years ago, HONEY is a great reminder of what I need to do in my own may.

Again, thank you.

trying to stay true
with love,

JP Carpio
linaofilms [at] gmail [dot] com

P.S. As soon as I save up some money, I'd like to purchase a DVD copy.

Raymund said...

Mr David Ball,

Hi I'm Raymund Cruz. Like JP, I'm a writer and filmmaker from the Philippines.

I just want to congratulate you on a great film. I discovered the film from JP, who recommended it. Despite its technical flaws, I applaud how you capture the moments that make life. I pattern Honey after great works from the likes of Bergman and Cassavetes. Instead of focusing in the plotty twist and turns, you went far as to squeeze emotion. This lifts you above all those wanna be Hollywood auters. I also loved how you used the dialogue and the way you repeated it over and over, giving out various contexts. I don't see modern American films use this style/device.

Also similar to Andrew, I would like to ask permission to show this film in an art cafe here in the Philippines. I want to help get the film recognized. Honey in my opinion needs to be shown.

If you are interested, email me at Or you could give me your email so that I could give you the details.. I can't promise money, but I could guarantee recognition. :)

Keep up the great work!

-- Raymund Cruz

Wes Tank said...

Hi David,
I recently saw HONEY via internet stream, and I loved it. I would love to include it as part of a series of films I'm screening in Milwaukee called "Transmutative Cinema." Would it be possible to acquire a DVD copy of your film, as well as your blessing to screen? Thank you for making such an excellent film.