Anatomy of a 20-Year-Old Thing

Pardon my Complete Self-Indulgence… Sometimes I write these things to get big ideas out of my head, and to me, this is a big idea even if it’s nestled in something really small, something you’ve probably never seen, but something which was a huge obsession of mine for a few years. Disposable Work I grew […]

So I Made a Podcast…

Lend Me Your Ears As I’ve said before, the first time I stuck earbuds in my ears and fired up a podcast (I think it was the Slate Magazine daily podcast at the time), I had a “where has this been all my life” moment. Today I barely listen to the radio – I listen to podcasts […]

Method Acting

See This Movie I’m going to keep this short. I’m writing this on July 29, and if you live in New York City, LA, or Washington DC you owe it to yourself to see “The Act of Killing,” Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, this week. It’s only playing in town for a week it’s only playing through […]

What in Hell Happened to Zombies?

After a 10-Year Run, Have Zombies Lost The Ability to Scare Us? This is not written as a missive against the #1 movie in theaters this week, “Warm Bodies.” I am not a film critic and will leave that job to my betters. I actually enjoyed “Warm Bodies,” but to me it’s a bellwether of […]

Restoration Software II: Software Harder!

So I Re-Transferred “The Meeting,” a Short I Directed in 1998 I sometimes talk to filmmakers who came up in the all-digital world who say something like, “I’d like to shoot film someday.” My pat, dickish answer is always, “no you wouldn’t. You want to HAVE SHOT film. It’s not the same. As someone who’s […]

Restoration Software

Piecing Together Fragments of Our Creative Pasts – PART 1 If Malcolm Gladwell was to write a filmmaker-specific edition of his great book Outliers, I am relatively sure my generation of filmmakers would be shown to have gotten the shaft by history. In Outliers, Gladwell posits that when one is born can be a huge determining factor […]

Is the Web Series the Rebirth of Indie Filmmaking?

Spinning a New Yarn on the Web It’s become one of the most common things said by actor, writer, and director friends of mine over the last few years: Q: Hey what are you up to? A: I’m working on a new web series. Now we all know that “working on” has many, many meanings […]