Posts Tagged ‘Burlington’
Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
Watching all the publicity we let be situated on our bald heads, I need to say a big thank you to all of the people who have participated in luminating with brighter than movie theater lights the promotion of the fine movie Tracy and I star in.
Mostly minor in billing but very major in their support of our communication, Pascal and Harvey led promotional work not with their picture perfect hair cuts but by their movements of touch and verbal encouragement, pushing us to make our messages clear and pithy. I mall walk on the keyboard and Tracy looks amused by my pratfalls of missed keys. Perfect accuracy mostly escapes me, kind of like President Bush trying to remember the names of foreigners. Positively leading me to move past my mistakes to print out my real thoughts, Pascal cons me into believing in my competence, opening my mind onto a place where autism moves underground and intelligence rules.
Tracy steps like marching band drummer on a large flat screen-like keyboard, looking to make his beat more productive for protest-like communication. Harvey lets primarily braking movement support lock into Tracy’s planning to change the planet mission, anchoring thought to ordered with powerful purpose typed actions.
Potentially, I have wandered off my original topic of this blog but for all of you, as good guy rooting for fans, I may indulge my perusing my crowded mind for something to entertain you.
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
To lead a normal life, a person needs to have the chance to learn to empty their mind of confusing thoughts and ideas and take in new ones through education in regular schools of socially diverse children. I never had that experience. Most of my learning took place in the world of sparsely populated books and continuously running TV shows in lonely social surroundings.
All of that memory came back when skilled-children’s-book-reader-Pascal and I went to a Burlington (Vermont) Elementary School last week for a Reading for Inclusion Day. Opening students’ minds to inclusion as an idea about keeping differences in the way distance and commonalities in the foreground was my mission as I had to stimulate conversation and thinking caps with probing questions and G-rated, jolly for kids, jokes. It was more momentous to do this than speaking to lots of adult groups because operating like a teacher on the level of moving ideas around a playground of malleable jungle gyms, I knew that I might naturally influence their attitudes about their peers with disabilities.
Awestruck as I was by their participation in the discussion, I was alone in my memories of a isolated childhood so please make learning in a regular classroom a mandate, not driven by politics but by compassion and commitment to a belief that all children can learn.
Larry & Pascal read to children as part of "Reading For Inclusion Day" in Burlington, VT
Category General Thoughts | Tags: Tags: autism, blog, Burlington, children, education, film, inclusion, Larry Bissonnette, next generation, wretches & jabberers,
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Opportunities to show my artwork take me into a world where roaming around over the networks of the disability world moves out and leaning into attracting potential buyers of my artwork takes over. I made an appearance on last Friday night at SEABA (South End Arts and Business Association) and showed my short, like an appetizer for Wretches & Jabberers, film to an audience which included the Mayor of Burlington and wood painting frame art lovers. I newly framed and titled many pieces for this show. Most of all, my sister, Sally came out too and we mightily enjoyed this moment of artistic celebration together.
I appear more in mostly taken pictures by Pascal except when he is looking after my typing focus so please look at the photos of the event and let me know what you think.
Larry presents his artwork at the South End Arts Festival
Thursday, January 6th, 2011
Larry pours out good kinds of thoughts on knowing about power of communication on our ideally filled with meaningful social connection lives. Pal Tracy and I opened many doors of acceptance to understanding presumption of competence as an opportunity of a lifetime to see intelligence over and under the covers of people’s actions through our film last year.
Planning to light more fires under seats of ignorance is obviously on our agenda this year but on a perhaps more mundane level, we need to live our lives on a daily basis, picking up our laundry without nags or keeping up with proper diets, with less cheeseburgers and more, picky-eaters-probably-pass-over-in-favor-of-donuts, vegetables. Looking out on this potentially productive use of my time, I am thinking that my life is moving on different escalators but actually I am really poling to the same place – that is a life of independence and meaningful engagement.
Probably real movie stars don’t have to do dirty laundry. Larry mostly still has to make his very comfortable bed at home. More like a public television lecturer on culture and society, I love my life as an amiable stroller of more snowy-than-Hollywood Burlington, Vermont streets, looking for a good cup of coffee.
Category W&J Tour | Tags: Tags: advocacy, autism, blog, Burlington, disability, education, friendship, inclusion, Larry Bissonnette, movie star, perspective, support, Vermont, wretches & jabberers,
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
Your pictures of yourself in your mind sometimes differ from those that show up on photo lab presentations of events, making your image handsomer than the one you see of yourself unshaven in the bathroom mirror every morning. It potentially is easy to lavish praise on the photographer for capturing you at your most photogenic. Telling the full story behind this appearing better than he really looks story isn’t the position of the camera but people in society’s view of the subject.
Larry and Tracy would probably have made the cover of their own medical files thirty years ago and now, because of a movie, might make the magazines of high culture, like TV guide covers. Leaping into the waters of Hollywood-like but just less and more like lots of offbeat B-movies fame, we direct our energies to changing the lenses through which people perceive disability. Occupying people’s mental, packed with old leftover film without positive images, frameworks with our powers of persuasive wit will be the audio soundtrack for our magic, Palace Theater-like red carpet rides across the country.
Category W&J Tour | Tags: Tags: autism, blog, Burlington, communication, film, film festival, Larry Bissonnette, red carpet, Vermont International Film Festival, wretches & jabberers,
Monday, November 1st, 2010
Popular Larry and Tracy partied like true movie stars, prancing down the red carpet at our premiere on Friday night and leading the charge of typers including our Sri Lankan partner, Chammi and our Finnish pair, Antti and Henna at Vermont, somewhat lakeside, communication conference. Opening night at the director of offbeat films friendly Palace 9 Theater was like sitting on a keg in a fraternity with people’s enthusiasm for the film gushing up between our bald heads. Losing time at our Q and A’s was not a problem mostly because Tracy typed like a man of possessed insights and I ambled along with pithy, promising in hope, remarks, with lightly-salted humor working itself in.
It was especially enjoyable to have dinner at spotless, supporting actor Pascal’s house and to eat potentially most gourmet French toast in Milton Vermont, made by chef sister, Sally. It was lots of wonderful fun and I wish our international friends safe journeys home. Most of all I want to thank all our Vermont fans for taking a trip down our path of purposeful typing and not so finely articulated speech but powerful all the same.
Thursday, October 21st, 2010
Poster boys for promise of movies to promote images of powerful expression given by speech motorized vehicles, driven by lost-in-movement-planning typists, Larry and Tracy looked over their podiums and saw occupied in their seats with popcorn and large sodas, lots of their fans popping up and down working their enthusiasm into a lather for our poorly-read but visually-exciting popstar words. Papering the halls like billboards on interstates to advertise protecting sun lotion were giant size posters of Tracy and I looking like men in not quite black.
Yes, opening the Syracuse Film Festival was special maybe more so because we got to be introduced and interviewed by smoothly popstarlike spoken NPR correspondent Lakshmi Singh. Momentous time of the evening was large popcorn landing in my lap.
Meet us in Burlington on Friday and view our movie, eating scoops of mostly-natural Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
Category W&J Tour | Tags: Tags: autism, blog, Burlington, film festival, food, Larry Bissonnette, Syracuse, SYRFILMFEST, Vermont, Vermont International Film Festival, wretches & jabberers,
Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Opportunities in the art world, making work and showing work either hail down in buckets or leave small traces in people’s minds through peering in on artist working in their studios like powerfully energized positioned for daring self-expression machines of creativity. Larry participates every year in the South End Art Hop which is Burlington’s largest arts festival. Popularity of this event plowing lots of terrain to stir up always needed appreciation for the arts grows every year to the point of my work having to be tucked in between office furniture because limitless quantity of Burlington artist artwork situates itself in every possible corner of office and studio space in the south end of Burlington during the festival.
Pitting sport of football against potentially less conducive to swigging-beer-observation of paintings and sculpture requires that art be seen in every day places of leisure and lost in menial tasks of paper shuffling and speeches of labor bosses world of work. Of course Larry invites anyone drinking Budweiser on a tour of his art studio any time.