Tacoma Urbanist

Aug. 1, 2011 at 1:19am

Minnesota Based "Blightfighters" Releases "Battle of Tacoma" Re: Digital Billboards

It is interesting to see what outsiders think of Tacoma.

Here is a preview of an independent movie entitled "The Battle of Tacoma" produced by Minnesota based Blight Fighters.  Pretty good.

Battle Against Threat of Digital Billboard Update:

On August 9, 2011, the Tacoma City Council will vote on the proposed final billboard ordinance which would 1) ban digital billboards, 2) require removal of non-complying static billboards by March 1, 2011.

Consider sending your support of the ordinance to the council. 

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by Erik on 8/1/2011 @ 1:40am
Great scenes of blightful billboards in Tacoma and petitions being turned into city hall.

by Erik on 8/1/2011 @ 1:43am
About the film producer Ossian Or:


by fredo on 8/1/2011 @ 10:37am
We'll be looking forward to the final product. I would change the title so that it would have more universal appeal.

How do you like this suggested title?:

Switched On: America's struggle against digital billboards

I would also put a philip glass soundtrack on it like Erol Morris did on the The Thin Blue Line and focus more on the problem and less on talking heads. But I liked what I saw already. Good luck Ossian!

by The Jinxmedic on 8/1/2011 @ 11:28am
I certainly concur with Fredo's idea for a Phillip Glass soundtrack. That would be very koyaanisqatsi-like, and quite appropriate in my opinion.

(And a most excellent Wu-vatar, by the way.)

by Marty on 8/1/2011 @ 11:45am
@ Fredo I always kinda liked "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control" and It's study of humanity, but that style may not be the best suited and who needs naked mole rats anyways.

I would agree on the title change. I also think it would be more effective as a documentary on the issue with a more balanced perspective. I think many people would still come to the same conclusion, but be more engaged and informed. The topic has alot of depth that could be explored and should allow the the viewer to get deeper into the issue before showing bias.

I have also been frustrated by he kinetic nature of his work. The viewer needs a moment to take in the amount of information that is being delivered.

I think the director sees himself as more of a Stephen Bannon or Michael Moore and less in the style Erol Morris, Wim Wenders or Ken Burns.

Overall, a good start and I look forward to the finished product.

by NineInchNachos on 8/1/2011 @ 12:02pm
I don't think Philip Glass did 'fast cheap' film

anyway looking forward to the latest Errol Morris dvd 'tabloid'
When will that be available for rent Marty?

by Marty on 8/1/2011 @ 12:10pm
Tabloid should be available on DVD by the end of the year.