Watching Life Itself. If you were thinking about releasing a documentary in 2014, don’t even bother. Life Itself is a lock for everyone’s favorite doc this year and pretty much has been since its Sundance premiere. And why shouldn’t it be? This Roger Ebert biography is heartfelt and a little heartbreaking, but mostly it’s a charming tribute to everyone’s favorite pop culture philosopher.
Listening to LC Cooke. I’m really enjoying the newly released LC Cooke record The Complete SAR Records Recordings. It’s good and not just a-good-substitute-for-Sam-Cooke good but honest-to-goodness-to goodness-can-stand-on-its-own-two-feet good. I strongly recommend “Put Me Down Easy” on repeat. (Photo by Marianne LoMonaco)
Loving the SF Comedy Scene. I spent a lot of time at open mics over the last couple of months. Maybe that’s because I’ve been working on a short doc about a Bosnian American comic who lives in a van. Maybe. But comics in San Francisco are some seriously big hearted, funny people. You can and should find them here, here, and here.
Looking forward to being free. Little known fact: A few weeks ago, I resigned from my full-time job with a company I’ve worked at for nearly ten years. It was spontaneous and irresponsible and probably the kindest thing I’ve ever done for myself. During the last couple of weeks, I’ve waffled between feeling certain this is the best decision I could ever have made and believing I’d made a terrible mistake. I guess only time will tell, but as of August 11th, I will be a free agent, maybe even a freelancer, hopefully not a freeloader. (Photo by Photo by Nicki Varkevisser)
Producing twelve shorts in twelve short months is a personal goal I set for myself in 2014. Three months in and I’m pretty close to on track with this little video. My assignment for myself this month was to play with archival footage and make something interesting from the 35mm material over at Archive.org. Many thanks to Farewell Flight for letting me use their song. Even after about a thousand listens, it still makes me happy. Seriously, check out their new record I Was a Ghost. It will rock your socks off.
I’m very excited to be getting started on my first ever scripted (sort of) short film–let’s call it Project X-L for now–and I could really use your help to make it happen. My biggest needs at the moment are locations and actors. I’m looking to shoot in the San Francisco area. If you or someone you know would want to be involved, please let me know or have them contact me. Here’s what I’m looking for…
Actors + Extras
Shooting should only take a day or two. Actors (and crew) will be paid in pizza, booze, and good-times. This is going to be a dramatization, so there is no spoken dialogue. All levels of experience (including none) should contact me.
01. Chinese or Chinese-American man in his late 20s to early 40s, to portray a Chinese-born professor. Sweaters and blazers with elbow patches a plus.
02. Male college student early 20s.
03. Ten to twenty college-age-ish students to fill a classroom.
Location, location, location
Well actually just two locations for now.
01. University classroom, preferably something old-school and institutional with a blackboard and desks.
02. Faculty office, the messier the better.
I finished my first longish, short doc this time last year and haven’t done a whole heck of a lot since then. Until now.
While we were back East in February, I was fortunate enough to interview Michael Tantaros, an artist and devout Orthodox Christian, who makes the most beautiful crosses out of found objects. He also happens to be the father of a friend, one of my favorite photographers and basically the mayor of Baltimore, Anastasia Tantaros. I really am so how lucky to have the opportunity to work with both of them on this project.
I hope you like it.
Note to everyone else: I am so excited about the video I’ve been working on this month and can’t wait to share it with the world later this week. Stay tuned.
(Photo by Rob de Vries)