Category Archives: Parenting

The Monologue Syndrome: Newest Pop Culture Post

THE MONOLOGUE SYNDROME

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Syndrome almost falls prey to that classic villain weakness – Monologuing – a critical weakness of fathers, as well.

There are many reasons to watch The Incredibles – not the least among them the hilarious and doomed Syndrome. Syndrome almost falls for that old hero trick – monologuing. You’re familiar with it, I’m sure: the villain has the hero right where he wants him – tied to a log in a lumber mill, suspended over a pool of mutated electric eels, or his private parts coated with honey and him staked out on a bulldog anthill in Australia etc. – but the hero plays on the vanity, insecurity or grievances of the villain to get him to start talking at length. Meanwhile, the hero extricates himself or waits until rescued by his sidekick.

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Pop Culture: Lies, Damned Lies and Parenting

I have three boys who lie to my face every day.

Recently I have been asked why I haven’t posted on Pop Culture in such a long time. There are lots of reasons, lack of time being the consistently underlying one. As a father of three boys, scrambling to pick up work, often working three different jobs and – with various home and community responsibilities on top of attempting to bootstrap creative projects of my own – I have no time. But that’s a lie. [MORE]

NSI Totally Television Bootcamp – Phase One Wrapped

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My producing partner Jaime Escallon Buraglia and I had a fantastic week working on our half-hour episodic ensemble TV comedy show, Parental Advisory, with the National Screen Institute Totally Television team. We had the chance to work with a great story editor in Josh Gal and to meet and interact with many people in the Canadian TV industry – from show runners to broadcast executives.

The show is based in the world of a dysfunctional PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and is in the same world as our bravoFACT funded short, Parental Advisory: Disciplinary Measures. You can check out our blog posts from the program here.

We are energized and inspired to work on the project and apply for Phase Two.

Wish us luck.

My comedy short Parental Advisory just got bravoFACT funding!

Woot Woot!

 

“All projects awarded bravoFACT grants at the November 20, 2013 meeting are listed below. Thank you to everyone who applied. Applicants who received a grant will be contacted directly with information outlining the amount awarded and other important details. Below is a list of the award recipients from this round.Congratulations!

Congratulations to the following awardees:

Project: Parental Advisory: Disciplinary Measures Director: Jamie Escallon Buraglia

http://www.bravofact.com/2013/10/08/bravofact-announces-award-recipients-from-november-20-jury-meeting/

POP CULTURE: A Boy Named… Who?

POP CULTURE: A Boy Named... Who?
Johnny Cash’s song “A Boy Named Sue” tells us something true about fathers

I love the Johnny Cash song, “A Boy Named Sue”. You can sing it; it tells a story; and it’s funny as @#$%. It’s about a boy who was abandoned by his father, leaving him with nothing but the name “Sue”. This made for a hard life for young Sue, who had to learn to look after himself on account of his name. Sue swears that when he finds his father, he’ll kill him. Hilarious, right?

http://popculture-superdad.blogspot.ca/2013/10/pop-culture-boy-named-who.html

A version of this post also appears in the October/November 2013 Village Living Magazine: West Village and Village Living Magazine: Mount Pleasant.