Joe Maller: All Day Ice CreamIf the air outside is as cold as the air in my freezer, then an ice cream cone should last all day.
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About the film
I grew up in Southern California and never saw snow fall until I was 21 years old. I think this contributed to the fascination I've always had for cold weather. The idea for All Day Ice Cream first occurred to me in 1995 or 1996 but it took me a few years to finally finish the piece.
Early on I decided I would film All Day Ice Cream by myself. Having someone help me would make it seem like less of a solo adventure, and besides it was really cold and I didn't want to drag a friend around all day in weather that miserable.
Carrying only my camera, a tripod and a small LCD video monitor with a very long extension cord, I set out to test my theory that an ice cream cone could last all day if the temperature was low enough.
The first day was marked by one near-disaster after another. I wrongly thought the cone would stand up by itself if I was careful. It didn't, and I had to set up every shot one handed without putting the cone down. On one of the earlier setups, I accidently pushed my thumb through the side of the cone, nearly crushing it.
For the second attempt, I made an ice cream cone stand from a block of wood with a hole bored through it. Freeing my hands allowed me to set up many more shots than the first day.
The second day was much colder than the first, but the sun was fighting me the whole time. It was too cold for humidity to stay in the air, and the sunlight was almost lunar in it's intensity. I didn't walk as far as I'd hoped, but I did go a long way.
I got mentioned in the New York Times briefly, in the back of the TV section. The cool part was that they referred to me as a "beat" because I'd been working with Alfred Leslie, whose film "Pull My Daisy" was also included in ReelNY. No specific mention of my film however.
I also heard that David Manning loved it.
New York International Independent Film Festival: Los Angeles - July 2001
All Day Ice Cream was screened as part of the Los Angeles showing of the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
Covington Gardens Partnership - April, 2001
Covington Gardens requested All Day Ice Cream was in an outdoor fundraising recap of the New Orleans Film Festival.
New Orleans Film and Video Festival - October 12-19, 2000
All Day Ice Cream was included in the New
Orleans Film and Video Festival's Cinema 16 Experimental Film
venue. It screened at the New Orleans Contemporary
Reel New York - July 14, 2000
All Day Ice Cream was selected to be a part of Reel NY on New York City's PBS station Thirteen. Reel NY 5 aired from June 9 through July 28, 2000. All Day Ice Cream first aired on July 14, 2001 and was re-broadcast at several times over the past year.
In this short film, Joe Maller provides us with a glimpse of his enormous talents. Already well known as an artist, he displays his writing, acting, and narrative abilities, as well as profound intellectual depths. The all day ice cream, set in New York. The Holy Grail sought after in the the most important city of the world, with scenes that represent the essence of New York. The strict application of the scientific method to a major philosophical issue, a direct challenge to Kant and all those who feel that faith and science are in opposition. See this film!
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