Jim Cuming has introduced me to almost everyone I know and love. He is one of my absolute favourite musicians in the whole world, and one of my best friends. I love everything he has ever put out unconditionally, but his new record puts the rest of his catalogue to shame. It’s a tremendous achievement, […]Read more "The Dead"
Last summer, in late July, I called my partner Trina and asked her if she wanted to make a movie with me. I had been out of film school for almost two years and hadn’t tackled anything narrative in that time, and I was getting pretty sick of not making movies. The night before I had […]Read more "Watch CITIES AND PLAINS"
Before my friend and now frequent collaborator Aerlan Barrett waxed poetic to me about the merits of John Cassavetes one day in the murky, wonderful equipment room at the Film And Video Arts Society – Alberta, I’d only seen two Cassavetes films. I’d seen Shadows in an experimental film class at university and sort of dug […]Read more "On Cassavetes"
The people who built Vancouver, when confronted with the shimmering Pacific Ocean to the west, a beautiful mountain range to the north, and a dark and luscious forest in between, seem to have asked themselves a series of wonderfully thought-out questions in response. Questions like: what if we don’t cut down all the trees? And […]Read more "Return To Paradise"
“Howdy!” “Howdy.” “…” “You making good time? I don’t think I’ve ever made it through the mountains this smoothly.” “Yeah, we’re doing well! Not so many people today.” “Where you headed?” “Prince George. You?” “Vancouver.” “Where you coming from?” “Edmonton.” “Long day.” “Yep.” “What’re doing in Vancouver?” “Little business, little pleasure.” “What’s business?” “I’m an […]Read more "A Conversation I May Or May Not Have Had With A Complete Stranger In Blue River"
As anyone who lives in Edmonton knows, there is almost nowhere to eat downtown. And if you happen to discover, always too late, that one of your favourite places to eat happens to be closed until five when it reopens for dinner, and it’s, say, three-thirty, well, those are some dire circumstances indeed. I found […]Read more "A Brief Conversation About Advertising And The Future Of Everything"
I’ve learned to enjoy editing. What used to frustrate me about it is that my lack of technical knowledge always got in the way of what I was trying to do. I knew where I wanted to go, but not how to get there. And you can read all the manuals and watch all the […]Read more "Craftsmanship and New Trailer For THIS WIND"