Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Wire" writer, David Mills dies at 48

David Mills, who won two Emmy awards for his HBO miniseries "The Corner", died in New Orleans on Tuesday (March 30) where he was working on his upcoming HBO series "Treme."

Mills, who began his career as a features writer for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and The Washington Post, wrote mostly for crime and police dramas including "Homicide: Life on the Street," "NYPD Blue," and "The Wire." His latest project, "Treme," is about New Orleans residents struggling to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina.

Mills' friend and collaborator David Simon is one of the creators of the series. He tells Washington Post that Mills' death happened "very suddenly." Mills, age 48, was sitting in a director's chair, then slumped in the chair and "never regained consciousness."

Simon remembers Mills as a "very good listener. He was great at dialogue because he listened to people. He was quite a shy person in a lot of ways."
From Zap2It – From Inside the Box

The Wire DVD 2861 - 2883

Homicide Life on the Street DVD 2798 – 2801

The Corner DVD 3937

Treme teaser

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Second Annual Eco-Comedy Video Competition - Finalists!!

The Second Annual Eco-Comedy Video Competition received 75 entries this year from all over the world. All submissions are now available for you to enjoy here, under the video responses heading, and the finalists have been included in this post. You can also find them on the Center’s website at

Jordan Ballantine and Blathnaid Giles got first place with their film, Green My House. Jordan and Blathnaid (both from Ireland) receive $1,000 from the Center for Environmental Filmmaking.

Here’s their video:
Green My House written and directed by Jordan Ballantine

The 2010 Finalists:

Funny Biker Video
Dude, It's Not What You Think
Green My House
Recycle Today for a Better Tomorrow
Road Rage
How to Save the World
What Goes Around Comes Around
Beat the Meat

Information about the Third Annual Eco-Comedy Video Competition will be available on the Center’s website in the fall.

Center Director, Chris Palmer thanks EcoSense, the Environmental Protection Agency, Friends of the Earth, and Mill Reef Productions for making this competition possible through a partnership with SOC’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking at AU. They launched this competition as a way to encourage the use of humor in the fight for conservation.