The Short List: SIGHT

As part of our new YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we ask 5 questions for directors Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo, the team behind Sight.

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1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

Add Your Own Caption: Labor Day Pool-Side Chillin’ Edition

If you’re not already following us on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, you’re missing out on a lot of extras you won’t find here on our blog including updates on various Offender-related projects (like the most recent updates about our YOMYOMF Network on YouTube) and silly, fun things like “Add Your Own Caption.”

This is where we post an image we find online or that our readers forward to us and ask you to write an appropriate caption to accompany that image. And we’ll feature some of the captions here. This week’s featured captions from reader (and repeat Offender) Shannon Wong:

just Leia by the pool, and you're bound to get some wookie.

So check out our Facebook page for future editions of “Add Your Own Caption”, write your own caption and/or “like” the ones you think are worthy and we may share them here.

We Don’t Like Mormons, But We Really Hate Atheists

I found this chart in a story about the electability of Mormons.   But that’s not what intrigued me.  Sure, I’d like to know more about the secret underwear, the fundamentalist-branch polygamy, and life without caffeine or alcohol, but what really got me was the wonderful breakdown of our prejudices.

If people were answering honestly - and I know that’s a big IF – this is what it means:

…women’s lib isn’t quite there.  We’re still be more comfortable with a black person in office than someone who we’d have to address as “Ms. President.”

…it’s nice to see that only 3 percentage points separate our mistrust of Catholics from our mistrust of Jews.

The YOMYOMF Network: Everything You Need to Know About YOMYOMF Circa 1980

Most of you are probably under the impression that YOMYOMF came into being when we started up this blog back in 2009, but now new evidence in the form of a previously thought “lost” instructional film has surfaced that traces the origins of our humble little enterprise back to 1980 and something known as “the YOMYOMF Initiative”. Don’t believe us? Then check out the film, which we present for the first time in 32 years:

If you’ve watched the video above, I’m sure you realize that it’s nothing more than our good natured attempt to spoof the Dharma Initiative orientation films from the hit TV series Lost.

Post Festival Blues: Birmingham Alabama

Nathan Adloff won the Best Shout Narrative Feature Award for his autobiographically inspired feature Nate and Margaret

I just came back from jurying the Shout (LGBT section) of the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham Alabama. It was my first time going to the South and people were saying, “Why would you go there?” Also dubbed the Magic City, Birmingham happened also be a city that didn’t have the best civil rights records in history. In 1961, a mob of KKK members attacked a busload of Freedom Riders with bats, iron pipes and bicycle chains. In 1963, four young African American girls were killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

Have More Kids – It’s Cheaper!

There really is a volume discount.  That’s because siblings share bedrooms, clothing and toys, and parents buy in bulk.

Forget global warming and your carbon footprint: families with three or more children spend 22 percent less per kid than parents with a brood of two or fewer.

Dammit!  Knew my wife and I should’ve had more than two!

On the upside, according to the SPCA, owning a large dog – at least in the first year – costs a measly $1843.

Compare that with owning a human pet, which averages between $12, 290 and $14,320 a year to keep them clothed, fed and housed.

When In Doubt, Throw It Out?

If only my mess was museum worthy. Here's a photo by artist Jeff Wall, 1978 - 'The Destroyed Room'.

After 15 years in the same apartment, I’m finally moving and determined to set new and better habits to clamp down on clutter.  One of those ways will be to live by the rule that if I bring one thing in, I have to take at least one thing out.  Easier said than done for me as I have a bit of my dad’s hoarder gene.  But fortunately now that my papers, books, and scripts are increasingly digital, I’ve been able to get out from under the clutter a bit more.  Do you live by any rules that help you live in clutterfree peace?  How long are you able to maintain it before chaos takes over?

Arizona’s New Definition of Pregnancy Proves the Existence of Time Travel

Our old friend Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed new legislation last Thursday titled the Women’s Health and Safety Act which basically says a woman is considered pregnant two weeks before she actually conceives.

Huh? What’cha talkin’ about, Brewer?

The new bill was actually sponsored by Arizona State Rep Kimberly Yee who I’m sure must be proud to be such a role model to women and Asian Americans everywhere.

Women’s rights activists have rightly blasted the law as the nations’ “most extreme piece of anti-abortion legislation” since the timeline created by this new definition will allow more severe restrictions and bans on abortion in the state. But the even more disturbing question this new law raises is—how the hell can you be pregnant two weeks before you’ve even done the nasty?! How does that even make sense? How is that anything but completely idiotic?

SAF Seeking… How to Make the Right Choice

Texting = what does "You son of a bitch! :)" really mean?!?!

“You have no idea how insensitive you look.”

The text was angry. It was a finger wagging, hair pulling, “I can’t believe you’re such a numbskull!” text. It was my high school best friend.

I texted back angrily. “I’ve already talked it over with my father. My auntie and uncle are nursing my mom until I can get up there in September.”

The text back was lightening quick. “It’s not about whether your mom is ‘covered’. It’s about being there when it counts.” The texted wagged.

Korea vs. Japan – 2012 Edition

It’s been almost 70 years since the end of World War II but it seems the bad blood between South Korea and Japan—going back to the period when Japan annexed and basically enslaved Korea—is still flowing strong. The latest example is this sign that allegedly was posted at one of Korea’s many internet cafes:

The sign reads in Korean: “Japanese keep out! Our internet cafe does not accept Japanese patrons!” (I’m sure the “no Japs allowed” requires no translation) It goes on to say: “However, it’s possible [to enter] if you shout, ‘Dokdo is South Korean territory” three times.”

This is in reference to the Dokdo (if you’re Korean) or Takeshima (if you’re Japanese) islets that are currently the subject of a territorial dispute between the two countries.

Now, it’s possible this sign is a hoax, but if it isn’t, I have to say as a Korean, it doesn’t surprise me. I’ve seen how strong the anti-Japanese sentiment still is in many Koreans and there have been examples of similar actions in the past like the Korean golf course that banned Japanese players back in 2005.

The YOMYOMF Network: Recap for Week of August 19

Always You Trailer

Our very own Chester See lights the fuse on this crazy collaboration between Internet Icon finalists the Brothers Riedell and Lana McKissack.

The BROTHAAAAAAS direct Lana in this music webseries about finding love at the worst possible time.  Also starring Ki Hong Lee, this show is sure to hit all the right notes with you romantics.

Classics – BLT: Genesis

This week, we kicked off our new spotlight series, YOMYOMF Classics.  The idea is to bring your attention to past content that’s inspired us and that you might not have come across before.

The first film we put out is BLT: Genesis, a documentary about the making of Offender Justin’s landmark film BETTER LUCK TOMORROW.  It’s been quite the journey and it’s humbling to see how far we’ve come.

The Short List: CLAP CLAP

As part of our new YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

We asked 5 questions to Tanuj Chopra, the director of this week’s short film, CLAP CLAP.

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1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

The idea emerged from an opportunity presented by Karin Chien and several late night conversations with film-crackhead friends.