Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beats Antique @ Oregon Country Fair: Zoe Jakes Snake & Feather Dance

I've had a fortunate opportunity to work closely with Zoe Jakes doing video production at Datura, a Portland-based belly dance studio run by Rachel Brice and Sol Crawford. From time to time, the MarchFourth Marching Band's tour schedule synchs up with Beats Antique and we'll end up at the same gig - often on the same stage and periodically right next to their playing time. The Oregon Country Fair last weekend was yet another one of those occasions! Here's what I saw...   

Saturday, July 5, 2014

BURNING MAN: ART ON FIRE - Books for Burners

Every August, tens of thousands of participants gather to celebrate artistic expression in Nevada's barren Black Rock Desert. This vastly inhospitable location, called the playa, is the site of Burning Man, where, within a 9-mile fence, artists called Burners create a temporary city devoted to art and participation. Braving extreme elements, over two hundred wildly ambitious works of art are created and intended to delight, provoke, involve, or amaze.
For more info about the book, Burning Man: Art on Fire:
In 2013, over 68,000 people attended - the highest number ever allowed on the playa. As Burning Man has created new context, new categories of art have emerged since its inception, including Art to Ride, Collaborative Art, and of course, Art to Burn. Burning Man: Art on Fire is an authorized collection of some of the most stunning examples of Burning Man art. Experience the amazing sculptures, art, stories, and interviews from the world's greatest gathering of artists. Get lost in a rich gallery of images showcasing the best examples of playa art with over 200 photos. Interviews with the artists reveal not only their motivation to create art specifically for Burning Man, but they also illuminate the dramatic efforts it took to create their pieces. Featuring the incredible photography of long-time Burning Man photographers, Sidney Erthal and Scott London, an introduction from Burning Man founder Larry Harvey, and a foreword from Will Chase, this stunning gift book allows Burners and enthusiasts alike to have a piece of Burning Man with them all year around.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Ritz Story Pole Project @ Oregon Country Fair

It's all about the Flamingo Clan, a community of artists, crafts-persons and others who built Ritz Sauna & Showers
 over 38 years ago and continue to this day to provide a magical experience to vendors, staff, entertainers, and guests each year at the Oregon Country Fair !

This is the 3rd year we have engaged the community in carving the Pole. Many people (carvers, painters, metal workers, amateurs and professionals) have left their mark on the Pole.  According to tradition, everyone who contributes to making the Pole becomes part of the story. It took 3 years and the approval of First Nations and the Canadian Provincial Government of British Columbia to select, acquire, and ship the sustainably harvested 8,000 lb, 36’ Alaskan Yellow Cedar log to the site of the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, Oregon.
Please join us in finishing and raising the Pole and make it your story too! The Pole will be raised during the Solstice in June 2015 followed by a grand celebration and feast.
Please support the Ritz Sauna and Showers Story Pole Campaign. Watch the video below: 

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Yellers: House Band for the Revolution (Teaser)

Singer and songwriter Micahel Berly relays the terrific story on one of Portland's original roots rock bands, The Yellers.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Puttin' on the Ritz!

Diggable Monkey is currently working on a wonderful video project with the Ritz Sauna and Showers tribe at the Oregon Country Fair, in Veneta. Here is a shot of the "Flamingo" folks carving the 36 foot Alaskan Yellow Cedar totem story pole, hand selected by the First Nations tribes in British Columbia. The Ritz are soon launching a crowd sourcing project pegged at $46,000 to complete the pole installation by the summer of 2015. I must say, this project is one of the most incredible stories I've had the privilege of working on. The story of the Ritz clan is deep in story, rich in art and full of life. On my first visit, they were so welcoming and eager to tell this incredible story. Stay tuned for the details on the fund raising campaign!   

Friday, May 30, 2014

The High Drive Revival Goes to What The Festival?! June 20-23

We're excited to be a part of one of Oregon's biggest summer festivals, WTF! We've been sharpening our act a little over the last few weeks in anticipation of our shows on the late night LOL stage. Apart from the sexy new dance squad, we've added a couple new gun slingers on horns: Anthony Meade and Andy Shapiro from MarchFourth Marching Band!  Yup, it's a big band and packs a big punch! See you soon...

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Emily Hetrick Real Estate Broker

Meet Emily Hetrick, Real Estate Broker and Consultant with Keller Williams Realty, in Portland Oregon. Join Emily on a fun ride through her career story and discover what she really loves about the world of Portland real estate.
View Emily's Keller Williams Realty profile here:
Video production by Kevin Balmer
Diggable Monkey Productions

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Diggable Monkey Animated Logo


Got 4 seconds? Here's the new and improved fully animated Diggable Monkey logo! Design by Kate Madden, 3 chord sting by Carl Solovox, 3d animation by Donald Fergus. thanks, Team. I certainly couldn't do it without you. It really does take a village...

Monday, March 10, 2014

Breaking Into Real Estate with Emily Hetrick

Launching into a new project with one of Portland's top real estate agents, Ms. Emily Hetrick. I'm not sure that it could get much better. She is such a great creative force and we've been off to the races with her project for a few days now. Really enjoying to get to know her style and listening to feedback from her appreciative clients.

Friday, March 7, 2014


Diggable Monkey is proud to present a co-production of Kelly Rae Roberts' new online course, Hello Soul, Hello Mixed Media Mantras! In less than two months, 24 high-quality, multi-camera shoot videos were produced for a combined 5 hours of finished educational media content showcasing Kelly's unique painting techniques. The course represents one of the most comprehensive subscription-based online educational courses currently available. Hello Soul, Hello Mixed Media Mantras is the 5th e-course project undertaken by Diggable Monkey. Other recent online course projects include Flora Bowley's 1st painting course offering, Rachel Brice's online belly dance course, Lilla Rogers' Make Art That Sells e-course and Jeffrey Bale's soon to be released stone mosaic course. Looking to design your own educational online course? Give us a call! 503-998-0365  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Threshold: Chinese New Year - Gong Xi Fa Cai - Random Rab (2010)

After four pretty stunning Portland New Years Eve events, "Threshold" was transformed into a Chinese New Year celebration in 2010 for Year of the Tiger. This was the promo video we worked up for the event. Thank you to Keri Changstein. You bravely rocked this shoot at 8:00 am in freezing cold weather. Yes, that's ice on the pond... 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

MarchFourth Marching Band in China Outtakes Ep. 2 "Fabulous VIP Time"

Following Katie's lead, the gang rolls into a karaoke joint in Xinxiang City and makes a scene.
More info on M4 in China Premier in Portland, go here for tickets:
Video by Diggable Monkey

Sunday, November 17, 2013

MarchFourth Marching Band in China Outtakes Ep. 1 "Spare No Expense"

To see the latest video, push the link below:

Ryan's impressed by the chimes encountered while at the Henan Museum.
More info on M4 in China Premier in Portland, go here for tickets:
Video by Diggable Monkey

Thursday, October 31, 2013

MarchFourth in China @ Hollywood Theater Dec. 1st

In May of 2013, MarchFourth Marching Band was honored to do a US State Department cultural exchange tour in China, sponsored jointly by the United States Embassy in Beijing, Sias International University, Sias Foundation, and the Government of Henan China Cultural Affairs. This film traces the band's path through Henan, a relatively remote province of China often referred to as the "Cradle of Chinese Civilization," as they present an American musical experience in concerts, workshops, parades and civic events, promoting peace and goodwill through art and the common language of music. The freaky and urban MarchFourth juxtaposed against Henan's traditionally more rural community not only reflects an unusual slice of modern Sino-American relations, but also provides a unique glimpse into a part of China that most Americans don't see.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Beautiful 4 BDR House in SE Portland

Before I bought my current place around 10 years ago, I spent a few months at my friend Benjamin's house in SE Portland. He's since bought the place and rebuilt it up over the last couple of years. It's now available for renting by the day and has really incredible value - especially for small groups of visitors or family who may be visiting Portland for a short spell. If you know anyone looking for a spot to call home for a couple of days, I'd highly recommend this house. Now if I can just convince him to let ME have a retreat there...

Monday, September 23, 2013

MarchFourth in China Documentary Trailer

MarchFourth in China Documentary COMING SOON! 

In April, 2013, Portland's MarchFourth Marching Band was honored to receive an official invitation to do a US State Department cultural exchange tour in China, which was sponsored jointly by the United States Embassy in Beijing, Sias International University, the Sias Foundation, and the Cultural Affairs Office of Henan's Provincial Government, in Zhengzhou. The band had performed overseas before, but this tour was bound to be different. This was Asia and a trip into rural China, where freaky foreigners like us rarely travel, let alone an 18-member rock band performance spectacle! Americans seem to love our act, but would the Chinese? Though we were somewhat confident they'd appreciate our cultural offering, we really had absolutely no idea what we were in for. This is our story...   

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September Shindig

It's our music video release party! The video, which was filmed in at the Bossanova, features special guests Russell Bruner, the Swingtime PDX dancers, Kazum, Noah Mickens, Leapin Louie, and more! We couldn't have made the video without them! The very first screening ever will happen at the Bossanova Ballroom, followed by a MarchFourth show, plus DJ GlobalRuckus. 21+. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

MarchFourth in China: Project Status Update (9/8/13)

STATUS: Well, we've been at this editing on the project for about a month now. Lots of material to go through, lot's of stories to shape up! We've been going through the library of files looking for little vignettes, more interview material and sifting through Jake Wood's beautiful photographs. The other day, we acquired some great music material from MusicLoops. Love that service. So many great compositions on there! We found what we were looking for and a lot more. We're designing the timeline to create a film that runs in the 60 minute range to get it in the "full feature" category for film festivals. RELEASE DATE: It seems the Hollywood Theater, in Portland, is keen to have us premier the film with them. As it stands, we're looking at a December 1st date. More on that as we get closer to the "official release". We'll be sending the film to replicate hard copies for our Kickstarter donors by late October, which will be a limited run made primarily for our financial backers. The longer range plan is to release the film online and make it accessible through the band's website. FILM FESTIVAL: We're targeting SXSW as a primary film festival submission. There are other opportunities to show the film at other festivals, of course. SXSW seems to be a good fit, however. The band hasn't played the festival since March of 2011 and will not likely be back to play, barring some weird twist of fate. We like the scene in Austin, but festival itself didn't seem to yield much for us. We enjoyed ourselves at the festival, but perhaps the film can represent the band this next time around. Thanks for your patience as we get this amazing story ready for your to enjoy. It's looking really good in pieces. Can't wait to start pulling into a longer thread. Cheers!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Funding for MarchFourth in China Project: Check

We're excited to announce that the Kickstarter project has officially been funded as of this morning! The fans are excited to see this story through, as evidenced by the donations made through crowd sourcing funds. We've been sitting on a mountain of raw material and have also worked to tease out more interview material from band members since we've been home. For the next six weeks, the documentary project will be the primary focus of DM's time. We're planning to have a good draft by the end of September. Here we go!