Dennis Spielman

The real and imaginative adventures of Dennis Spielman

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Season 1 Recap of Quarter Minutes

This video is a collection of all of the Quarter Minutes filmed in 2016. This Season 1 recap contains Hairy Situation, Death Jacket, Float Like A Bee, Friendly Vines, Dead Inside, Un-Synced, Internal Gossip, Fall Ritual, Last Days, and Afternoon Snack.

Curator Tour of Jeffrey Gibson’s Speak to Me

Curator Tour of Jeffrey Gibson’s Speak to Me

Jennifer Scanlan, the Curatorial and Exhibitions Director for Oklahoma Contemporary, takes Uncovering Oklahoma on an exclusive one-on-one tour of Jeffrey Gibson’s Speak to Me.

Speak to Me, Gibson’s first solo show in Oklahoma, features recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and intertribal aesthetics and traditions. He incorporates other wide-ranging influences including house music, modernist art, gospel, and ’80’s fashion to create objects with many stories to tell.

Gibson’s practice includes painting, sculpture, fiber, ceramics, video and performance, and Speak to Me features recent works that draw upon, among other things, his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee). Many of the pieces also incorporate texts with personal resonance for Gibson: Lyrics from pop, house music and rap and some of Gibson’s own words are beaded into the art.

In addition to the two dozen pieces in the exhibition, Jennifer shows off the Learning Gallery where visitors can interact with Speak to Me. It includes touch tiles, so that guests can explore how the materials Gibson uses in his works feel and sound, and a threading station for families to create their own art, as well as a pop-up library in collaboration with the Metropolitan Library System.

For this curator tour, I’ve upped my production values compared to my last tour video by having Jennifer on a wireless mic and the camera on my new handheld gimbal stabilizer.

Jeffrey Gibson’s Speak to Me is on display at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center from February 9 to June 11, 2017.

Dennis on the Okie Show Show with Kelly and Brian

How To Doc Your Mentary (feat. Distict Up!)

Back in November, I was interviewed by Brian and Kelly of the Okie Show Show podcast. The series dives into the finer details of Oklahoma’s film and music industries and now the episode with me has been released! Their description of it:

“Weeeeeeee’re back! With a whole new year and a whole new episode. Kelly and Brian sit down with Dennis Spielman to talk his new documentary “District Up!”, the many glories of Oklahoma, and a blind person gets some interesting descriptions.”

Brain and Kelly are awesome hosts. As with their show’s format, we went in-depth about story structure, camera equipment, and making documentaries. We also played some improv games in which I secretly try to kill Brian. Go check it out!

To wrap this up, here’s one of Prairie Dog Pictures award-winning short films.

OKC Improv - photo by Dennis Spielman

OKC Improv

“There’s another thing to love about Oklahoma and that’s that we have a really vibrant, really creative, nationally traveling, impactful, and unforgettable improv scene.”

This week for my Uncovering Oklahoma video, I visited OKC Improv to learn about them, what is improv, how improv classes can help you, and how OKC Improv has built a new scene. Interviewed for this video was Cristela Carrizales, Buchanan Vrazel, Clint Vrazel‎, Kendon Lacy, Kyle Gossett, Cory J. Phillips, Jaclyn Cosgrove, and Tiffany Gutierrez.

Want to watch the full show of Bit Sing at OKC Improv? Click here, but fair warning, there is some mature content and language. Learn more, enroll in classes, and buy tickets at okcimprov.com.

Cristela commented on Facebook saying, “Top notch job Dennis Spielman. I think I teared up a bit….” It really is an impactful video, which is something I’m aiming to do more of for Uncovering Oklahoma this year.

New Shift. New Shows. New Future.

As I talked about in my 2016 recap, I have been in talks with various people, planning what I want to do in 2017. Now, I am writing to share that I am expanding with the following new shows.

Yes Science (Working Logo)
“Yes, Science!”
This show started with a question: Who is the female version of Bill Nye? This science show will feature a rotating roster of women hosts in academic fields in Oklahoma. Episodes will discuss a topic of science, feature career profiles, and a fun experiment with a special guest (who can be anyone).

“Red State, Blue State”
Led by talented improvisers, this political satire show will have a blend of talk, improv, and sketch as they talk politics in Oklahoma and around the world. The big ambition for this show is to make it Oklahoma’s first multi-camera, studio audience show.

The Shift
I am asking for your contribution in pursuing and growing these projects. I have shifted Uncovering Oklahoma away from an advertiser to a patron system, with some larger movies funded with the help of a grant or sponsor. Basically, I’ve shifted to become more like NPR and PBS. Just compare how Uncovering Oklahoma looks with other sites with their walls of ads. I have never charged anyone for coverage, and I never want to get into any situation where I have to choose between an advertiser or a story.

New episodes and documentaries are in the works for Uncovering Oklahoma along with new videos from Quarter Minutes (a show like the Twilight Zone, but stories are 15-seconds long). However, I need your help to keep everything going.

Become a monthly patron here. Rewards include exclusive coming soon articles, my library of selected uncut Uncovering Oklahoma interviews, watch videos first, and more.

As a patron, you’ll be rewarded with your support, so join in, and let’s make Oklahoma better!

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