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A Sweet Sip of My New Film “I Like You”

8th
Nov. × ’10

I LIKE YOU features a lot of the fun and wild techniques that we’ve learned in the last three years of doing HiChristina performances. I edited together this sequence of footage, shot by Christina and I, to give you a feel for the I LIKE YOU movie. Enjoy!

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To the Hills 2: 25 Independent Short Films in One - the complete movie online, here, free!

31st
Mar. × ’09

Here is “To the Hills 2,” the complete film.  I’ve clipped it from Hulu for you to watch here.
The film is available on DVD from
To the Hills Studios here on Amazon.

This sequel to the original To the Hills features new, strange characters, striking cinematography in Williamsburg, Harlem, Bushwich, and every up-and-coming or down-and-going neighborhood in New York. If you’re sick, it will make you better. If you’re down, To the Hills will bring you up. It’s the first collection of short films to give the satisfaction of a full-length film while pushing the film medium to its limits. If you want new and different, you’ve come to the right place.

Films include: the award-winning Finanial Advice (as seen on TV in New York City), Awkward Social Situations, Real Estate Pro, Live’N'Maintain, Milk Industry, Astronaut’s Diary, How to Pitch a Movie, Actor, Subway Conductor, The Extraordinary Origin of Everyday Items, Everything I Know, Wrestle_bach, Dr. KYG, and the shoot-em-up-in-the-snow-adventure Clone War 3.

“you might think you know a lot of people. . . but I know more people” (from Financial Advice)
“If somebody asks you a difficult question, just think with your face” (from Awkward Social Situations)
“I make stuffed animals: people want a pet but they don’t want it to die.” (from Milk Industry)
“Sweet as ice, man, ice tea.” (from Live’N'Maintain)

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Eat and Know

29th
Mar. × ’09

The story so far:

The main character has decided to try and find the one set of rules that anyone can follow to a life of magnificence and fulfillment.  He resolves to formulate one rule each day, to test the rules on himself.  Until today all the rules have been working splendidly.

This is the plot of this chapter, read it after watching if you like surprises:

The main character is hungry.  He starts to eat his new ‘all natural’ groceries.  A fly almost flies into his mouth.  His sister calls.  She tells him that there’s no such thing as ‘all natural.’  He’s distraught. The rule ‘Buy All Natural’ is now meaningless.  He decides to cross it out, and you should go back and cross it out too.

Video by and starring Fritz Donnelly shot by Christina Ewald
from the new novel
How to Live the Good Life: The Complete Book of Rules
available here: http://www.lulu.com/content/4713879
and at St. Marks Books in New York City

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Take Flyers

20th
Mar. × ’09


Take Flyers-ch 5- How to Live the Good Life -Fritz Donnelly from fritz donnelly.

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Take Note

12th
Mar. × ’09


Take Note - ch 4 - How to Live the Good Life -Fritz Donnelly from fritz donnelly on Vimeo.

“Take note…the sentence has been made and there is no fixing it.” Check out the book here: lulu.com/content/4713879 .

Video by Fritz Donnelly shot by Christina Ewald.
Chapter 4 of How to Live the Good Life by Fritz Donnelly. For more videos see: tothehills.com .

Below are two summaries of the chapter with some background from previous chapters.  If you prefer to jump into a video not knowing much about it, don’t read the below and just watch the video above.  If you like some background, if you read the backs of books, if you listen to what friends say about movies before you’ve seen them, then read 1 below and/or 2.

1

Take note of your surroundings with a pad and two pens.  Make sure the pad is ready at hand and don’t be discouraged by loud noises, such as may be heard on the new york city subway.  Try to remain cool.  Though those are old shoes, probably no one thinks your homeless.

In previous chapters the main character resolved to look for one rule each day.  Each new rule should lead to greater happiness and fulfillment, until the ultimate set of rules has been found.  Anyone can follow these rules to lead a life of magnificence.  So is the hope,  anyway.

2

In which the main character endeavors to take note of everything remarkable. On the subway he discovers that the two colored pens he has taken are each the same color, under the blue cap is a black pen. The train is so loud that he begins a petition for a ‘quiet ride.’ One person signs the petition, a child, who it later becomes clear has merely copied the protagonist’s name on a separate line. Many people glance at the protagonist’s shoes, he notes 38 times, and he becomes concerned that he appears homeless. Upon returning home he asks himself, “who is the master afterall, the shoes or the man?”

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Buy All Natural - ch 3 - How to Live the Good Life

7th
Mar. × ’09


Buy All Natural ch 3 How to Live the Good Life by Fritz D. from fritz donnelly on Vimeo.

NEW!

Read a chapter of the book into your video machine and I’ll post it as part of the blog.

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Walk to Work - ch 2 - How to Live the Good Life

2nd
Mar. × ’09


buy the book here in paperback or pdf: http://www.lulu.com/content/4713879
or donate to the project and get a prize: http://www.indiegogo.com/project/pledge/726?iggref=IAAC_FNBR

Walk to Work - ch 2 of How to Live the Good Life starring and by Fritz Donnelly
video shot in the snow storm by Christina Ewald

“Today is worse. I walked past work and kept going.”

Every other day author Fritz Donnelly reads from his book “How To Live the Good Life” in surprising locations all around the globe. Can you guess where this was shot? What do you like about the book so far?

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Read Aloud chapter 1

27th
Feb. × ’09

READ ALOUD - Chapter 1 of How to Live the Good Life
by Fritz Donnelly
buy the book here in paperback or pdf: http://www.lulu.com/content/4713879

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video and reading by Fritz Donnelly, video shot by Christina Ewald and others also appearing in this video Taryn, Kyle, Christina,  Scott, Ilir, Dima, Rolyn and others. Thanks to everyone who’s bought the book so far.  The facebook group is here. Tell me what you think of the first chapter dear readers.

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How to Live the Good Life - Introduction

25th
Feb. × ’09

How to Live the Good Life
published by The Fauntleroy House, written by Fritz Donnelly
videos starring Fritz Donnelly and shot by Christina Ewald

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Many of you have purchased my book from me in person

readers

or online

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wait no longer, dear readers…

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the good life is coming to you, in order, chapter by chapter, one rule at a time, every other day, from now until it’s finished. And if you’d like your own copy now: http://www.lulu.com/content/4713879.

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HiChristina applies for grant as FRIEND

29th
Nov. × ’08

Christina applied for a $7,000 grant from the New York Council for the Arts as a New Media Artist.
Her performance? Friend.

Help Friends Movehelpfriendsmove2008
MATERIALS car, loads of stuff
DIMENSIONS 12 foot by 4 foot by 6 foot
TYPE OF WORK/ DATEOFWORK performance, 2008
NOTES Minnesota to Manhattan. Manhattan to Brooklyn

Christina Shows It’s Possiblechristinashowsitspossible
MATERIALS metal bar, body, cane, broken foot, chair
DIMENSIONS 6 foot long
DATEOFWORK 2008
NOTES
premise: you can go upside down, even with a broken foot. result: cheers.

Cut a Friend’s Hair and Clean Up After
Christina cuts a friends hair - look out Fritz
MATERIALS scissors, broom, dust pan, human head of hair
DIMENSIONS 3 by 1 by 1
DATEOFWORK 2008
NOTES haircuts are expensive, but can be free when given by a friend or friendly stranger.

Christina Throws a Benefit
Christina's broke(n) foot benefit
MATERIALS space in Manhattan, email list, phone, paper, tape, broken foot
DIMENSIONS 20 feet by 12 feet by 12 feet
DATEOFWORK 2008
NOTES raise money for a good cause. over $700 raised in amounts of $20 or less.

Christina Comforts Serially Cheating FriendChristina comforts friend
MATERIALS unused stair, comforting arm
DIMENSIONS two people
DATEOFWORK 2008
NOTES a friend in a stable relationship serially cheats. is it ok? Christina comforts without passing moral judgement. “It’s your fault, but you’re still great.”

Christina Throws Event in Furled Underroos Christina throws event with Fritz
MATERIALS projector, filmmaker, films, friends, underoos
DIMENSIONS small storefront
DATEOFWORK 2008
NOTES tothehills short films, you can get them on Amazon or watch them online, but why not watch the latest cuts in the company of friends? that’s a rhetorical question.

Unsolicited TestimonialTestimonial
MATERIALS email
DIMENSIONS ten lines
DATEOFWORK 2008
NOTES a stranger salutes Christina for changing her life.

RESUME
Christina Clare Ewald
HICHRISTINA.COM
154 Orchard Street
New York City, NY 10002

OBJECTIVE: FRIEND

–FRIENDSHIPS FORMED–
Befiended mother and father, 1982
Made friends with twin neighbor girls Stacy and Stephie in White Bear Lake, MN, 1985
Cared for new baby sister Laura Ewald, MN, 1986
Friends with kindergarden bus seat partner Melanie Rosenthal in Apple Valley, MN, 1986
Life long friendship formed with biology partner Micheal Anderson at Apple Valley Senior High, 1994

–LOVE RELATIONSHIPS–
Attended Saidies dance with Steve Dalhead at Apple Valley Senior High, MN, 1997
First kiss with Tony Radecki at Apple Valley senior High, MN, 1998
Sexual experience in Mrs. Radecki’s Toyota while watching planes land in Richfield, MN, 1999
Fell in Love with Fritz Donnelly, NYC, 2008

–LONG TERM FREINDSHIPS–
Helped Cleo Fishel move into new apartment at 1st and 14th, NYC, 2008
Dinner party with Richard Sandler, brought wine and a record, NYC 2008
Collaborating and supporting Fritz Donnelly, NYC, 2008

EVERYDAY
Smiling
Helping tourists with directions the best I can
Always available to help friends move to a new apartment
Giving advice and counsel to those in need
Giving loving support to all

TECHNICAL STATEMENT
This artist fellowship will be used for continuing to spread love. Making people happy and giving everyone the chance to be understood. HiChristina is a space that rarely exists in urban environments. People feel welcome and are accepted in this non-judgmental atmosphere. We can all be artists if we smile at every person we meet. Life is art. Make it count and make friends everywhere you go.

The photos are all current. The testimonial is from 2006.

Photo 1: I am helping Joe O’brien move across the country from NY to MI, 2007
Photo 2: Horsing around in HiChristina before an opening for Scott Kiernan and Paris Mancini that I hosted at the space in August 2008
Photo 3: Sweeping up after giving a friend a much needed haircut, 2008
Photo 4: Whooping it up at HiChristina, having lots of fun with friends at the Broke(n) foot benefit, 2008
Photo 5: Consoling a friend Ewa after she had a hard day, 2008
Photo 6: Hosting the Camera Obscura event making sure everyone has what they need, 2008
Photo 7: A testimonial from a stranger describing how I changed her life, 2006

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