I was recently hosted by some Edmonton-based podcasters who do a weekly film review from a critical left-wing viewpoint. We had a terrific conversation, mostly surrounding Peak Oil and my upcoming documentary project Digging In The Dirt, two films that engage peripherally or directly with the idea of the province-of Alberta-as-Petro-State. I highly recommend checking out KINO […]Read more "KINO LEFTER INTERVIEW"
Exciting news this week as Peak Oil received the A&E Short Filmmakers Award for Best Film at the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival. The jury comments provided some of the best feedback I’ve ever received. It’s an incredible feeling to know that this film can resonate with people in exactly the ways I’d hoped. […]Read more "PEAK OIL WINS BEST FILM @ NSI ONLINE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL"
Recently Lizzie and I went to New York to visit my aunt and uncle for about a week. I find it’s often hard to seamlessly segue back into one’s life in Edmonton after being somewhere so teeming with life. To combat these Edmonton blues, I usually start taking my camera around with me everywhere, treating […]Read more "SOME PHOTOS FROM OCTOBER 2018"
I’m expressly interested in the anthropological implications of narrative filmmaking. I think fiction films often present a less alienating path to empathy and understanding than documentary because of the degree to which the director and actors allow themselves to be vulnerable, and the control they can exert over this vulnerability in a context where everyone […]Read more "EXCERPT FROM A SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATION"
Whenever I’m feeling burned out with filmmaking, I go to the well of Cassavetes. Maybe he was a megalomaniac, maybe at some points he was a borderline compulsive liar. Certainly he alienated a lot of people, according to some of the anecdotes reported in Ray Carney’s Cassavetes on Cassavetes. But whatever else he was, he was someone who […]Read more "CASSAVETES ON BEING AN ARTIST VS. BEING A PROFESSIONAL"
Theoretically there is the same amount of time in the day as when I was on Salt Spring in April, but the crackling energy of the city, even a small one like Edmonton, prompts you to squeeze so much juice out of the day, it’s hard to tell if the fruit was ripe to begin […]Read more "From A Journal Entry, May 21st 2018"
The military mind must limit its thinking to be able to perform its function at all. Thus, in talking with a naval officer who had won a target competition with big naval guns, we asked, “Have you thought what happens in a little street when one of your shells explodes, of the families torn to […]Read more "STEINBECK ON WAR"