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Wednesday, July 3, 2002

Clueful

Laura and I were in Philadelphia this past weekend for a concert, and for some reason, I was reminded of an old college friend of mine from Philly, Lisa Marie Russo. She used to work at WHYY-TV in Philadelphia, and back in the day, she tried to get me a job there working for a new local radio program called "Fresh Air". I wonder whatever became of that show....

So this morning I was thinking of her again and searched for her name on Google. Most of what came up was about a film producer in London. Hmmmm. I don't remember if she went on the Manchester exchange program back in college, but I think she might have. One of the articles I found was from a local Philly weekly rag that mentioned that the film producer in London was a former producer at WHYY. Neat!

Another one of the links I found was to a short film she produced called Clueless (not the big hit film), which you can watch on the Atom Films web site. It's a clever little ten minute short. The site says she also wrote it, but the credits at the end of the film say the director wrote it. Anyway, it's a neat little film, even if I had to scrounge through the source code of the window that came up to grab the URL to get it to play directly in my RealPlayer so I could turn up the volume well enough to hear it (it was too quiet to hear otherwise). The My Movies site has a Windows Media Player version of the film, but you have to register to see it.

It's great to see that an old friend from school is actually succeeding in what we majored in.

Posted at 8:10 AM

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