Tuesday, September 11, 2007


these are pretty amazing images.

i don't have a lot to say about them except that they seem to have a quality which really makes you think. it's a liminal moment, caught on film, and somehow it generates a huge sense of wonder.

i saw these first on the svn blog.

Friday, August 17, 2007

King of Kong - in theaters!

The King of Kong (homepage, trailer) was one of my favorites from Tribeca this year; I think it might even be my favorite doc I've seen there yet. That of course rules out some heavy duty films like Favela Rising, and some fun ones - Crazy Legs Conti, or Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating.

King of Kong is about the world of competitive retro videogaming. Or at least it starts out being about that. In English, that means it's about people who spend a lot of time playing Pac Mac, Galaga, Space Invaders, Dig Dug, and of course...Donkey Kong. The first wave of arcade machines, early 1980s.

What you expect to see when someone tells you that a movie is about retro video games is Nerds, capital N. And you will not be disappointed in that. But it quickly becomes something much more broad, and genuinely fascinating; King of Kong is a film about identity, and the way others perceptions of us shape our own paths - or don't, depending on who we really are. It's a film about a rivalry, and how that affects the rivals. It's also a hugely funny film, and depicts some of the most interesting folks to grace the big screen in quite a while.

And the good folks at Picturehouse have seen fit to put it into a few theaters, starting today. Highly Recommended.

(Theaters near me)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Monday, August 06, 2007

the latest thing

Web video!

The Lever 2000 Raise Your Game Challenge

These videos were a lot of fun to work on. They were cut in a manner very similar to a true documentary edit process - lots of interviews, lots of versions to get to the best telling of the story. But perhaps with a little bit more wiggle room around what actually happened than a doc; this is reality TV - err, internet - after all!

In spite of the delivery format being 320x240 pixels, the series was shot on DVC50, and had both a traditional NLE upres and proper mix sessions. In English, that means it got more attention to detail than a lot of broadcast TV does these days.

I'm resposible for editing all of episode 7, and a substantial part of 8, though I had excellent help from another editor, Kevin Berry, on that one.

Enjoy! Though I highly suggest letting the video download before you start watching. For some reason, no matter how fast your connection is, the player seems intent on stuttering.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Rhyme Animal News

I'll be back shortly with a wrap up of some fantastic films I saw during Tribeca...but wanted to share some good news regarding one of the short films I cut last year, RHYME ANIMAL.

- A web site is up at www.rhymeanimalmovie.com

- The movie has been accepted and screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival, as well as the Newport Beach Film Festival.

- We've got some festival dates coming up in the New York area. Rhyme Animal was accepted into the Brooklyn International Film Festival (http://www.wbff.org/) and the Hoboken International Film Festival(http://www.filmfestivalnj.com/). Those two websites are a fascinating study in contrasts. I'm not sure either site has been updated with the actual screening times yet. I believe we're screening in Hoboken on Monday, June 4, 2pm but I don't know the location.

And we're also screening in a pretty cool event, the Cannes Short Film Corner. It's not the festival proper, but it's real, it's a market, and it's online as well. Check our rhymes out here:


And finally, please check out the trailer for the short.

Hi Rez:




That's all the news so far!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Tribeca Film Festival 2007!

Wow - this is cool - I totally have a blog!

anyway, it's that time again, spring and ... movies!

Tribeca Film Festival is upon us again, and once more I have emptied my wallet and filled my calendar with strange and unknown things to see. I'll try to make a few notes along the way and let y'all know what's interesting.

The first film I saw was the world premiere of "WILL EISNER: PORTRAIT OF A SEQUENTIAL ARTIST", which was a decent doc about a fantastic subject. Eisner more or less invented what's known today as the graphic novel; that is to say using the form of a comic book but addressing themes which would not appeal to a typical 12 year old boy. Like most art, the history of it is way more complicated than you realize; apparently the comic books went through something extremely similar to the movies where without regulation of any sort they became extremely sexy and violent, and then someone came along and blamed all of America's ills on the comics. So like the Pre-Code films of the 30s, the violent comics were the subject of a congressional inquiry (enquiry?) and the industry ended up instituting a 'self-imposed' code to keep comics safe for kiddies, and boring.

Eisner was instrumental in breaking that model, first through a periodical he published called "The Spirit", and later through a series of one–off graphic novels he did addressing a variety of philosophical issues. He also wrote a couple of manuals for comic artists, and perhaps most amazingly, displayed a sound business sense his entire life, which enabled him to be a productive artist over an astonishingly long range of time and in a huge variety of circumstances.

The film also touched on how so many of the great american comic icons were created by Jews from the ghettos of New York, and the complicated relationship these artists had with Judiasm.

Overall, I really liked this film; the interviews were well done and varied, and the filmmakers had clearly tried very hard to make space for the artwork to show through. WILL EISNER: PORTRAIT OF A SEQUENTIAL ARTIST" is screening a number of times during the festival, and I'd highly recommend checking it out.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

quick link - david carr on My Kid Could Paint That

I've got a few posts percolating, but here's something I saw today I really liked. I've been reading a blog by one of the NY Times journalists, David Carr, about Oscar buzz, and today he wrote about a film at Sundance I'm really interested in seeing. It's an interesting post, and does a great job of showing how a blog can be useful and different for a professional writer.

The Carpetbagger Blog

Monday, January 15, 2007

shout it from the mountaintop.

really cool feature on the nyt web site i never noticed before, because it's only mentioned in little tiny letters at the very bottom of the page. Alt-click (option click in mac speak) on any word in an article and a window pops up with a definition of it. Very cool. Sunni / Shia confusion? No problem.

Why was that so hard to tell me about?

24, once more.

Once again, Kiefer's back to sabotage my monday nights and keep the doldrums at bay (or slow the editing on the side project du jour, more likely). In the premiere episode, they blew up a bus before the opening credits had even finished, and Jack killed a man after being on US soil for less then 20 minutes - with his TEETH. That's some fine television right there.

Last season I tried to keep track of the violence Jack perpetrated, but never published the post because I didn't fill out the data completely. Here's the info I had gathered.

"24" kill count:

7- 8am: knocks out 1 security guard/maintainence person
8- 9am:
11am-12pm: Jack killed one person (assassin).
12pm-1pm: Jack didn't kill anyone. He beat up the President's Chief of Staff (Walt) though.
1pm-2pm: Jack shot 3 people but didn't kill them. He tortured one of them.
2-3pm: Jack Bauer killed 1 person (terrorist)
3-4pm: Jack Bauer killed 3 people (henchmen)
4-5pm: Jack didn't kill anyone. Someone tried to blow him up though.
5-6pm: Jack didn't kill anyone, but he shot someone's wife in the leg.
6-7pm: Jack killed 1 terrorist at CTU.
7-8pm: Jack didn't kill anyone. He persuaded someone to commit suicide.
10-11pm: Jack shot at least 4 people, maybe more. He also slit someone's throat.
11-12pm: Jack shot at least 3 people while breaking out of a bank. Also, he threatened to shoot the manager's wife.

Monday, January 08, 2007

The Good Fairies of New York

I read another book that has fairies in it.

This one I picked up at a new little bookstore that has opened in Jersey City...I don't believe I've mentioned it here before...it's called the Imagine Atrium, and it's a great little shop. 528 Jersey Avenue, right next to the coffee shop, which is very convenient. It's a small, but fairly highly curated little book shop, with a tendency toward the spiritual which seems to be somewhat frequent out here. Not in a bad way.

But back to the fairies - the book (The Good Fairies of New York) had a foreword by Neil Gaiman, and was published on Soft Skull Press, so I figured it was worth paying attention to. I don't really know anything about the author, Martin Millar, but I will investigate him now...It turned out to be quite a lot of fun, but not in the Susanna Clarke model of fake history....more like Buckaroo Banzai or something....it's a pretty chuckle filled tale about two fairies who are into punk rock and fashion who unaccountably find themselves in New York City...in the east village, to be exact. They hang out in bars, befriend and confound the locals. They end up meeting fairies of other ethnicities, and going on dates with them and fighting quite a bit as well. The book is written in an understated but very funny way. I laughed out loud about a dozen times. If you are looking a for quick read to divert your attention from a mysterious odor that no one can explain, and know a little bit about punk rock and the geography of New York City, you could do far worse than to grab this book. Highly recommended.