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Gournadres Seeks to Memorialize COVID Victims  State Sen. Andrew Gounardes (D-Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Gravesend, Gerritsen Beach, Manhattan Beach, Marine Park) comments on the United States surpassing 400,000 COVID-19 deaths. “The grief and pain at times can feel insurmountable, but in these moments, we have to remember that we are not alone. […]

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The Queens man was arrested after threatening to murder, or calling for others to murder, some of the top Democratic members of Congress and urging violence on Inauguration Day. NBC New York’s Erica Byfield reports.

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Мужчина несколько раз приходил к зданию американского консульства.

И есть одна подробность из биографии диктатора: он выбился на самый верх из самых низов. По происхождению он не потомок бывших колониальных элит, а самый настоящий индеец – коренной из коренных.

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Satanists warned that whoever was responsible for burning down the historic “Halloween House” has “Hell to pay”.

As reported by the NY Post, on January 14, the Church of Satan, also known locally as the Halloween House was burned down. Located in Poughkeepsie in upstate New York, the house which was built in 1900, served as an Addams Family-style hub for local adherents of the Satan religion.

Authorities say the house was set ablaze by an unidentified arsonist, as per the Poughkeepsie Journal. “Now there’s going to be hell to pay,” said a member of the Church, who identified himself as Isis Vermouth. “Whoever did this is going to be hexed by all of us.” The Satanist said other local members of their religion were jolted over the atrocity and that “everyone in the neighborhood is worried.”

Police say they have surveillance footage of a person walking up to the house at 27 South Clinton St. with two gas cans, pouring liquid on the front porch and setting it on fire, at about 5 a.m. on Thursday. Two people were inside the home at the time, but they were able to escape uninjured. The religious site, also known as the House of Netherworld, had been decorated with devil sculptures and other paraphernalia, which exemplified the beliefs of its longtime former owner, Joe “Netherworld” Mendillo, a Church of Satan devotee, who died last year. Located in what is known as the ‘Witch District’ of the city, the house burned for more than 90-minutes, despite the Poughkeepsie Fire Department’s efforts to battle the blaze.

Peter H. Gilmore, high priest of the Church of Satan, said the house would probably not be restored, due to the extent of damage it endured. “Sadly there are some ‘people of faith’ who are intolerant, and typically ignorant, of other belief systems,” said Gilmore. “I am convinced that Joe’s legacy will live on,” Gilmore added, “even though the home he so carefully cultivated has been destroyed through the hateful act of some deeply disturbed individual, regardless of motivation.”

The religion of the House of Satan was founded in 1966 as an atheist philosophy, which does not actually worship the devil. The House’s nickname pays tribute to the fact that it bore Halloween-style decorations all year round. “It was extraordinarily different,” said City Councilman Chris Petsas, describing the house as “It wasn’t your normal home.”

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New York Daily News: A viewer’s guide to Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ inauguration will be full of pomp and circumstance, but few people, due to both the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the national security threats.

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A U.S. soldier is facing charges after allegedly helping ISIS plan attacks on landmarks including the 9/11 Museum in Lower Manhattan. NBC New York’s Jonathan Dienst reports.

President-elect Joe Biden is hours away from becoming President Joe Biden. Andrew Siff and Sarah Wallace report.

President Trump delivers final address from the White House

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Eschewing a traditional prime-time address to say goodbye to the nation, President Donald Trump released a 20-minute prerecorded message to the nation on the eve of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Fears of vaccine shortages continue

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Experts have said the federal government’s failure to set up a national vaccination program is a contributor.

MTA postpones fare hikes

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The MTA announced fare prices on subways and buses will stay the same… for now.

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Woman, Son Attacked By Stranger On Subway In Brooklyn

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Amid a slew of violence on the subways, one woman says she and her son were beaten so badly in one attack, she’s still afraid to leave the house; CBS2’s Nick Caloway reports.

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CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn has your weather forecast for January 19 at 11 p.m.

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The winning numbers have been drawn for the $865 million Mega Millions drawing.

Joe Biden’s first acts as president after inauguration

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In his first official acts as president, Joe Biden is signing executive orders on a broad range of issues, from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change and immigration, to fulfill campaign promises. Here are some highlights of actions Biden will take Wednesday after taking the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol.

Inauguration Day: Unprecedented Security In U.S. Capitol

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It’s an historic day in America as President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn into office. Amid the pandemic and security concerns, this year’s inauguration ceremony will look much different.

Violence in US Capitol Leaves 4 Dead, 52 Arrested

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Violent protests at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday have left several dead and resulted in dozens of arrests after supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building in chaotic scenes.

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Can you call the events of Jan. 6 an insurgency? NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling what he thinks based on his experiences in Iraq.



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So what exactly are we seeing in America at this moment as Washington is locked down and state capitols on alert? We’re joined now by Mark Hertling. He’s a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general. He served for more than 37 years and commanded combat divisions during the Iraq war.

Good morning.

MARK HERTLING: Good morning, Lulu. How are you?

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I am very well. There were a couple of cases of IEDs, improvised explosive devices, planted around D.C. on January 6. You’re familiar with them, of course, from Iraq. Does the similarity end there? What are you seeing when you look at what’s happening?

HERTLING: There’s much more to it than that, Lulu. I had a conversation with a friend who’s a reporter for Politico. She was asking me about the use of IEDs. And it got me thinking about the similarities between what we experienced in Iraq, especially during the surge of 2007 and ’08, and what we’re seeing now in our nation’s Capitol. This is more than just random laying of devices like IEDs. This is something bigger, as your reporter just said. And I believe that there’s elements of an insurgency to all of this, and others have said the same.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I mean, not all uprisings or rebellions are insurgency. So what exactly, first of all, is an insurgency for people who may not be familiar with the word? And how does what’s happening here now fit that definition, in your view?

HERTLING: Well, if you take the definition out of the military’s doctrinal manual, it says something like it’s an ongoing uprising and an organized uprising that uses both violent and nonviolent means to overthrow an existing government or to wrest away aspects of government control, either in part or (unintelligible). And it’s also – continues by saying that it often counts on government security forces – meaning the police, the military – to overreact, which then brings more proponents of the insurgency because they believe the government institutions are faltering. All of those contribute to an insurgency.

And what we experienced in Iraq, in northern Iraq specifically, was a complex insurgency. That meant that there were multiple actors, multiple organizations, all with different desires but all geared toward overthrowing the government for a variety of reasons.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: And you think that that is what we’re seeing here to some degree. Why? I mean, we know this didn’t develop overnight. It was organized with some tactical elements of command and control – what we saw happen on the Capitol. Do you see some of the elements of what you may have seen in Iraq now developing here in the United States?

HERTLING: I do, Lulu, especially from the fact when our division first went into Iraq in 2007, what surprised me was the number of enemy forces and groups we were facing. It wasn’t just al-Qaida. It wasn’t just a Baathist insurgency. There was Ansar al-Sunna, Ansar al-Islam, Naqshbandi, the – a variety of elements.

We’re seeing some of the same in U.S. society right now, and they all go by names. I mean, you could recite the Proud Boys, QAnon, the Three Percenters. You can go down the list. Each one of them have different desires and different objectives, and they are sucking the population, because of other factors like disinformation and misinformation from the government, into their aggrievement. And that’s what’s troubling.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You also mentioned the overreaction from the security forces. There is, as you know, an unprecedented sort of response here in the nation’s Capitol right now with a new green zone, something I saw in Iraq, as you did. Do you think it’s an overreaction?

HERTLING: There has to be a reaction. I think the numbers are certainly troubling. And that’s not just in Washington, D.C. I mean, there’s been a lot of media reporting on the 25,000 forces in D.C. alone. But you’ve got to remember there are National Guard deployed, as your reporter just said, in every state Capitol across our 50.

So I don’t know the exact number, but it’s significant. And yeah, that’s troubling to me. Is it necessary? I don’t know. Has a threat assessment been conducted, and are we attempting to ensure that there is no violence at all on Inauguration Day? That’s what I think the military is attempting to prevent. But it’s going to be troubling because another factor of an insurgency is the insurgents don’t have to be successful everywhere. They only have to be successful in one or two places in order to generate more suspicion about the institutions of government.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: When we talk about an insurgency, you know, we’ve already heard words like civil war being used or a potential for civil war. Do you think the U.S. is reaching the point of becoming ungovernable?

HERTLING: I don’t. I’m more optimistic than that. And I certainly don’t believe we’re in line for a civil war. But the Civil War – the U.S. Civil War was, in fact, an insurgency that led to a secession. And what’s interesting to me is I think we have to change some of our approaches in terms of countering misinformation, disinformation and those that would foment an insurgency. And there’s plenty of forces out there doing that.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: That’s retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mark Hertling.

Thank you very much.

HERTLING: Thank you, Lulu.

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 Man accused of beating Capitol Police with metal bat surrenders at DC precinct

… a metal baseball bat to attack a group of Capitol and DC Police officers. … Anyone with information about the Capitol riot is asked to contact the FBI’s …

 

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An FBI agent who interviewed Jensen earlier this month testified in court on Tuesday about what Jensen told him after Jensen turned himself into …
… of insurrectionists attacked the U.S. Capitol. Amna Nawaz spoke with former FBI special agent Tim Gallagher and extremism expert Heidi Beirich to …
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies continue to investigate and make arrests in connection with the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Of 92 federal arrests related to the Capitol attack examined by George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, 76 contained evidence from …
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two South Florida men have been arrested in connection with the Capitol attack nearly two weeks ago. Federal prosecutors …
A Federal prosecutor said the Cheektowaga man charged with entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 deadly attack had refused to tell the FBI his …
More than 100 people have been charged with crimes related to the storming of the Capitol, and the FBI has received more than 200,000 digital tips.
A new Washington Post report suggest dozens of people on the FBI’s … In the immediate aftermath of the Capitol assault, the FBI has opened at least …
… Pennsylvania have been charged in connection with the Capitol attack. … Perna also called a special agent after seeing himself on an FBI bulletin.
… the nation’s Capitol in a violent attack that left five people dead to let him know that he was worried that the FBI was watching him and that photos of …
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Reffitt was arrested Saturday by the FBI and charged with obstruction for … 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol — becoming the first to face conspiracy in the …
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Two Massachusetts residents were arrested by FBI agents Tuesday and … any planning for the U.S. Capitol attack that happened in Massachusetts.
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To incite the Civil War in America was the most cherished dream of the Russian Ruling Mafia

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Песков: Путин остается сторонником развития отношений РФ и США

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Joe Biden takes the oath of office to become the 46th President of the United States, and Kamala Harris takes the oath to become the first Black and first female Vice President ever.

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Donald Trump will walk out of the White House and board Marine One for the last time as president Wednesday morning. Overnight Wednesday, Trump issued clemency for 143 individuals in one of the final acts of his presidency, hours before Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Early Wednesday snow flurries before blustery day

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A storm system will pass to the north of the area and move offshore into the Atlantic Wednesday. We can expect partly sunny skies this afternoon with scattered flurries and snow showers early and then later in the day. The high temperature will be 40 in the city, upper 30s in the suburbs. A gusty northwest wind will make it feel like the low to mid 30s throughout the day.

Two men from New York were charged by federal officials on Monday for their alleged involvement in the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. NBC New York’s Greg Cergol and Erica Byfield report.

A U.S. soldier is facing charges after allegedly helping ISIS plan attacks on landmarks including the 9/11 Museum in Lower Manhattan. NBC New York’s Jonathan Dienst reports.

President-elect Joe Biden is hours away from becoming President Joe Biden. Andrew Siff and Sarah Wallace report.

President Trump delivers final address from the White House

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Eschewing a traditional prime-time address to say goodbye to the nation, President Donald Trump released a 20-minute prerecorded message to the nation on the eve of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Fears of vaccine shortages continue

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Experts have said the federal government’s failure to set up a national vaccination program is a contributor.

MTA postpones fare hikes

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The MTA announced fare prices on subways and buses will stay the same… for now.

LI moms’ lotto pool goes virtual

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Two lottery jackpots are sky high. These moms are banding together like they’ve always done to try to win their share.

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7:46 AM 1/20/2021 – President-elect Biden to be sworn in during toned down inauguration with tightened security

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Photos: Historic Inauguration Will Not Look Like The Past

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Crowds outside steps of U.S. Capitol for President Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration.

Large crowds and parades have become hallmarks of presidential inaugurations but will be absent this year because of the pandemic and security concerns. Here’s a look back at earlier inaugural events.

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President-elect Joe Biden speaks Tuesday at a National Guard/Reserve Center in New Castle, Del., named after his late son, Beau, before departing for Washington, D.C.

As Joe Biden is inaugurated, he is hoping to bring America together. But the country’s modern divisions didn’t begin and end with Trump.

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Hero, villain or troll? Kyrie Irving remains the NBA’s oddest genius  The Guardian

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Vegan NBA Star Kyrie Irving Buys George Floyd’s Family a House  VegNews

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Restaurant resurgence? 24 new places set to open in Westchester, Rockland in early 2021  The Journal News / Lohud.com

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Hillary Fyfe Spera lives in Red Hook, the neighborhood that’s also home to Sunny’s Bar, Pioneer Works, Hometown BBQ and a Hitchcockian amount of seagulls. It’s undoubtedly one of the borough’s more mystic areas.

Unlike most locals during this WFH era, Spera, a cinematographer with credits such as “Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults” (HBO Max), has actually traveled for work in recent months. In early January, she was in Devens, Mass., for an in-production Showtime pilot. On a video call for this article, Spera was wearing a face mask because her colleagues were milling around in their shared space. They were plotting, she said, “very Fargo” winter scenes. The very idea of “Fargo” and all it conjures seems apropos for this whole pandemic; it’s been a nonstop blizzard of WTF?s and FFSs.

“I can’t just go and hug my crew member or interact in that way,” Spera said. “And so it feels a bit colder and a little foreign.”

Nonetheless, New Yorkers have endured. With that in mind, Brooklyn Magazine interviewed some of our local Hollywood scene-makers who have labored on Zoom, dealt with previously unimaginable circumstances and still somehow managed to push out work in recent months. We wanted to see how they’ve done it creatively and technically, spotlighting five roles: cinematographer, script supervisor, actor, editor and director-actor.

Missing ‘the shit’
In early fall, Spera worked on the final two episodes of Season 1 for the buzzy HBO drama “The Flight Attendant.” The precautions around productions have been next-level, due to health concerns, union protocol and the expensive talent on hand.

Spera, 39, has had to adapt. The cinematographer’s role on set is to help realize the director’s larger vision by making the marriage of art and technology as seamless as possible.

“We’re using a lot of more remote [camera] heads as opposed to cameras close to the actors,” Spera explained. “Handheld is always a thing, because the operators need to be able to get the camera close to the actors. When we are wearing a mask and goggles, that’s a challenge.”

Anyone who has been wearing glasses with a mask outdoors knows about the fogginess. Imagine if your one job is to get that shot but you can barely see right in front of you.

When Spera and her colleagues are virtually doing prep and post work, in order to keep everyone safe, there are Zoom calls from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Email and text messages can overwhelm but have reasonably taken the place of working in person when consulting with the director, story-boarding, and so forth.

“The hardest thing I think is mitigating the frustration,” Spera said. “You really have to be understanding, because it sucks wearing this [mask] all day and screaming through it. And you’re sweating. And it’s not fun; it’s not cute. But we try and find a way to make it fun. And I feel really lucky that I’m with a crew that really gets it.”

Supervising from six feet
Last March, more than a week before her producers shut down production of FOX’s crime thriller, “Prodigal Son,” veteran script supervisor Diane Hounsell was on WhatsApp with her Milan-based cousin, who was giving her dispatches from a country already stricken with Covid. “She told me, ‘I started working from home February 9th’,” she said. “I remember thinking, ‘Huh, they’re a couple of weeks ahead with the virus—so that’s what’s in store for us.”

Hounsell continued, “So on March 13th, they called a big meeting and said, ‘Well, this will be our last day for a while. We’re hoping to shut down just for two weeks.’ And I thought, ‘We’re not going to come back to work until September.’”

It was actually early October when “Prodigal Son” began shooting again. On set, color-coded safety zones—red, yellow and green—were established to operationalize physical distancing. These zones have become protocol across the industry during the pandemic.

“The red zone is the people who can be closest to the actors, including the director and the [director of photography],” Hounsell said. “While normally I would be close to the actors, I am in the yellow zone, which is a subdivision of the red zone. Which means that if I go on set to talk to the actors, I have to stay six feet away from them.”

A script supervisor’s duties include making sure actors get their lines right and blocking correct; communication between the two parties is constant. And with everyone wearing masks and goggles and staying six feet apart, awkward moments creep in.

“They don’t want everybody to know that they forgot a line,” Hounsell said. “Normally, what I would do, if they had made a mistake, is run out to set after a take, and say to them, ‘You said this, but this is what the line is instead.’ Now, I either have to call it out from a distance, which is calling out their mistake to everybody on the whole set, or I have to tell the first [assistant director] to go and tell the actor.”

Before the pandemic, Hounsell said she’d share a monitor with either the director or both the director and the director of photography. “When I went back to work, I had my own monitor,” she said. “And production got a bunch of iPads for others like the wardrobe and the makeup people who normally would also cluster around a single monitor.”

The daily activities on set are also different now. Everyone gets tested four times a week, with three being PCR tests and one rapid. At lunchtime, there are no craft services. No chowing down together at tables. They get sack lunches and eat alone at a bench or another spot that works out comfortably enough.

Hounsell, who lives on the Upper East Side, went back to work on the second season of “Prodigal Son” the week of January 5. After last fall, she’s gotten used to how things have to be done, but looking back to October, it all felt a little dystopian.

“There were Covid officers on set who were wearing red vests, and some of them walked around with these long six foot tall poles that they can use to measure out distances,” she said. “And if they see people clustering too closely together, they say, ‘Six feet apart! Six feet apart!’”

Killing it up and down the coast (and on Zoom)
During the pandemic, comedian and actor Nore Davis has split time between his Bed-Stuy apartment and his dad’s house in Yonkers, where he grew up. Through his agent, he landed his first post-lockdown job on a Lotto commercial in Richmond, Va., in July, and no one on set knew what to expect because the national vibe was still, as Davis put it, “Is the air poisoned?”

“Then, we knocked that spot out,” Davis said. “From there, I realized, “OK, this can be done.’”

Davis, right, in ‘Balcony’

The 36-year-old has appeared in the notable TV series including “Succession” and “Boardwalk Empire” (both on HBO) and “Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central). Davis last fall appeared in “A Balcony in Brooklyn,” an eight-minute dramatic short written and co-directed by award-winning producer Dennis Williams II.

Davis explained the film’s safety protocols: “You brought your negative test receipt, you practiced distancing, you wore a mask off camera. Then, it’s like, ‘Let’s make some dope shit.’”

“A Balcony in Brooklyn” offers a peek at last summer’s world of discreet, outer borough Prohibition-Era-like gatherings. It addresses the peer politics around partying during Covid and social justice—as the Black Lives Matter movement happened on the streets below.

“Generally speaking,” Davis said, “there’s three groups right now: the cautious people, the paranoid people, and the people where nobody’s wearing a mask and acting like Covid doesn’t exist. And there are secret raves and dances where you need to have that Illuminati-type membership to get in. I personally don’t have that membership because I am cautious.”

Williams, the director of “Balcony,” reached out to Davis via an Instagram DM after seeing his half-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central last year. Davis said, “He was offering me money. And I said, ‘No, man, I’ll do it.’ I definitely wanted to help out a Black filmmaker.”

Meanwhile, in July, the label Blonde Medicine released Davis’ fourth comedy album, which was recorded on Zoom. During his set, Davis owned the unusualness of the video format by talking in a computerized voice that humorously offered instructions.

“I remember how nervous I was because it was an uncharted area,” Davis said. “I had great people around me and an audience who wanted to hear me joke. It felt right. It felt like home.”

Clipping on a digital string
Post-production editors like Christopher Rand normally work in rooms that feel like finishing cocoons where they turn reels of footage or reams of video into coherent stories. It’s aspirational, creative work, sure, but it’s also sausage-making toil.

Going into ‘20, Rand had climbed his way up in film and TV editing, working on titles like “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix), “Godfather of Harlem” (Epix), and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon). His intuitive and technical efforts afforded him a jump from the associate editor for Rainey and Maisel to lead editor for, first, “Godfather,” and then the ABC legal drama, “For Life.”

He was helping finish the first season of “For Life” last spring when all hell broke loose thanks to Covid.

“It was triage,” said Rand, 33. “We just needed to gather all our shit and get somewhere as soon as we could to keep everything on time.”

In late summer, “For Life” began shooting Season 2, joining HBO’s “Flight Attendant” as the first two shows to roll cameras in the city during the pandemic. It was a well-organized, virtual operation compared to the spring, Rand said.

Still, when he explains part of his plight with technical specificity, it sounds considerably more brain-splitting than the more common WFH workflow headaches of keeping track of colleague and/or client goals over Slack and email. Rand has had to essentially operate a computer that’s not in his Carroll Gardens apartment but some five miles away in Chelsea, where a cursor—under his direction—edits “For Life.”

At times while using a device that’s like a long-distance joystick, Rand has been left wondering where exactly his latest mouse click is in the telecom pipeline. It could be stuck anywhere between his home and a remote editing device called a KVM extender in Manhattan. His “For Life” dailies amount to about 400 gigabytes, or a boatload of data that today can be transmitted quickly, if not seemingly in an instant. But such speed hasn’t always been available because every WFHer around him has been eating up northwest Brooklyn’s bandwidth. FFS, indeed.

“If these [computers] aren’t pinging each other fast enough, then my mouse is just, like, ‘Not happening’,” Rand said. “And when I’m trying to create an edit or address a note live for a producer who is streaming that video that I’m trying to manipulate, while my computer is not connecting to my KVM extender properly, that’s where the creative and the technical are hitting each other and everything is exploding.”

A lot of attention has been given to WFH parents dealing with their children during Zoom meetings. Romantic partners living together have similar issues with not enough space for work. Rand and his wife Abby, who has been working from home as content marketing director for Brooklyn Brewery, are an example of that all-too-common reality.

“In the studio scenario, I’d cut two scenes,” Christopher Rand remarked, “then get some water and talk to my assistant about the scenes and what’s going on—just to clear my head before going back in to work more.”

After a few months of, Hey honey, so, I am working on this edit, and…

“She would be, like,” he said, “‘I have a call; you need to fuck off.’ [Laughs.] Now, I’ll go for a walk or just change the setting for a minute—I’ll do something.”

Turning hemorrhage into homage
Here’s perhaps another way to avoid relationship friction during WFH: make a film with your partner. That’s what John Magary, a Harlem film director, editor and writer, did with his live-in girlfriend, Kalle Condliffe, a public defender who typically works in the Bronx.

When last year began, Magary, 43, was gearing up to apply for a screenwriting lab in Greece. Compared to what we are in now, it sounds like it would have been the sexiest “lab” ever. Instead of going to Greece, the two of them made a 25-minute film called “The Big Trim” within the confines of their apartment.

“She was working that entire time [via video calls] as a public defender and basically using every spare moment acting in scenes,” Margary said. “And she had never acted in front of a camera before.”

Condliffe wasn’t the only one putting on a new hat. Magary, who is used to writing and directing indie films such as “The Mend” and rolling them out in festivals like SXSW, doesn’t typically do everything in his movies. But with this one, he was the director of photography, set director, script supervisor, coffee boy, and janitor. His friend, Nelson Walker III, a filmmaker known for the Netflix series “Making a Murderer,” loaned him three cameras to make shooting the scenes possible.

The Big Trim taps into the humdrum rhythms of an apartment-tethered existence, and it involves a couple that is at least thinking about cheating on each other. And there is blood.

The main character needs a trim. His girlfriend studies DIY haircutting videos on YouTube and starts clipping away at his bushy mane in their kitchen. All of the sudden, in a WTF? moment, there are drops of blood that become blots lining the sides of his face. It evokes the pandemic’s hemorrhaging of our normalcy while paying homage to Martin Scorsese’s 1967 short, “The Big Shave.” Margary is in early talks with the Criterion Channel to premiere The Big Trim this year.

For its climactic scene, he told Condliffe: “You can chop all my hair off. I don’t give a shit.”

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