Photos from the archive of Electrospark.
Part at home dentistry instructional film and part Alone in the Wilderness, Dead River Rough Cut is a documentary about a couple of leathery guys living a backwoods existence away from the bothers of social interaction and the convenience (read: health standards) of modern life. The DVD was part of my ACL Twitter gift guide, but I thought it was worth expanding on a little for those that might have missed it.
The film documents a secluded and cracker barrel life in the Maine woods. Its an astonishing look at a different way of life. Dead River Rough Cut also has the honor of being the number one requested film at the Maine State Penitentiary — you can’t even make this shit up. Worth a look if you are into toothless roughnecks that spend their whole day hunting, slaughtering pigs and riding around on primitive snowmobiles. You can purchase the DVD here.
In lieu of a full-on ACL gift guide, I decided the best way to share my gift picks would be via the ACL Twitter. So, for the next 24 straight hours, I will post a different gift suggestion (all gifts are geared toward the ACL reader — so buy for yourself or forward to your loved ones) every hour on Twitter with the least expensive gifts and progressing to the most costly. The updates start today at 3pm EST and will go until tomorrow (12/17) at 3pm EST (just like Le Mans). Additionally, I will be giving away a bunch of stuff from the ACL Shop (a pair of Mark McNairy shoes, a canvas tote bag and a camo laptop case) — no strings attached. All you have to do to enter is follow ACL on Twitter, retweet something from the gift guide with the hashtag #ACLSANTA and you are good to go. Winners will be selected at random tomorrow afternoon.
The Road To… series is comprised of seven films starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour that were released between 1940 and 1962. If you watch Family Guy, you are most likely familiar with the song in the above video and the overall concept. Co-stars Bing and Bob are up there (in my mind at least) with the best ever silver screen pairings. My favorite of the series is Road to Utopia, which takes place in Alaska. For the uninitiated, Netflix has them all available to rent. Get to queuing.
- Attention people of NEO: Ohio Knitting Mills Pop Up Shop | [Ohio Knitting Mills]
- American denim versus American pick-up trucks | [Man on the Move] [Pictured]
- The history of the Leatherman tool | [Popular Mechanics]
- An inside look at Russell Moccasin | [Quality Control]
- Everyone on my gift list is getting a Tomahawk for Christmas. | [American Tomahawk]
A couple of interesting government films focused on the home front in Britain and America during WWII. This first film focuses mainly on U.S. government efforts to keep wartime workers from going crazy. People from all over the United States flocked to new cities to take jobs in armament plants, shipyards and other factories to support the American war effort. Many times the cities —places like Mobile, Alabama — couldn’t handle the influx of a massive migrant labor force, so boredom and restlessness was a serious issue. I could only imagine the government trying to do something like this today.
The second video takes a look at rationing during World War II in Britain. This video is especially interesting to me after my last trip to London and a visit to the Imperial War Museum (which is probably my favorite museum in the world). The video below was produced by the IWM and was a compliment to an exhibit they did on the British home front during WWII. Truly fascinating stuff.
The perfect companion to your DOD issue green notebook? Behold the Made in USA Embassy Pen from Calif. military (paramilitary?) outfitter Country Comm. These pens have been around for a little while, but when County Comm — who manufactures these bad boys in their machine shop for government contracts — occasionally has some extras (overages?) it drops them into its online shop so faux-woodsman-wannabe-tough-guys like me can buy them and look cool. But seriously, the Embassy Pen seems overkill to me, which is why I like it. I suspect it will last forever. Not to mention the fact that the pen-gut-parts are made by the Fisher Space Pen guys, which enables the Embassy Pen to work in temperatures ranging from -30°F to +250°F. That kind of shit always comes up during my life as a Manhattan-dwelling faux-millitary-creative-type. For example, what if I dropped my regular pen in my fancy latte? Ruined. But not with the Embassy Pen.
But again, seriously, these things are cool. I own two, and you can too, regardless of your day-job. More info than you ever needed to know about the Embassy pen can be learned in this video. Purchase one here.