ON HAVING A DOG

Having a dog is good for your mental health because he is always excited to see you and it becomes impossible to deny that your existence is meaningful. Having is dog is bad for your mental health because if the dog is upset or behaving badly, you will feel responsible. The dog will become a manifestation […]

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EMPATHY MACHINE

When Roger Ebert was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, he said “movies are the most powerful empathy machine in all the arts.” I believe this too. I think it is the most important thing about movies. Much more than their aesthetic or commercial value, although I enjoy these aspects as well […]

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FELLINI’S TRUTH

I’ve never really cared for Fellini’s films. I’ve only seen the big ones: La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2. I enjoy them, but they’re never the kind of movie that get me personally excited about movies or making movies as a concept, though they seem to really light a fire for other people. Which is fine! I’m not […]

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WHAT I PROMISED MY WIFE

Lizzie, In the years to come, I vow to proudly stand beside you through the whirl and tumult, the sturm und drang, the elation, the triumph, the agony, the sheer cosmic wonder that is every human life, but yours in particular (on this I think we can all agree *pause for general affirmation/enthusiastic nodding from […]

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SONNENSCHEIN

April was awful for everyone. Winter dripped and dragged all through the month. We trudged on through a kind of seasonal purgatory, our heads down, not looking at one another. We were afraid to look up and not see the signs of spring we were promised, owed. Now there is hope. People are crowding patios. […]

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DRIVE

Two filmmakers on that too-familiar stretch of prairie highway between Edmonton and Calgary. Driving north. It is early afternoon, not late enough for the setting sun to be caught in your peripheral vision like you’re used to, coming home from camping trips in the mountains as a kid. It is not an unattractive day. The […]

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IN CALGARY

Drove a bunch of sexy film gear down to Calgary where some friends are making a movie. The sprawl of this city usually depresses me, but driving in this evening, it was kind of beautiful to see all the lights from the endless stream of houses creeping out towards the mountains. Just here for the […]

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