Jeff Harris Band episode on PRX

28 07 2005

Hello all. Check out the interview/performance session with Jeff for my Monday Morning Magazine program on PRX

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Pictures from PRETTY

24 07 2005

Check out some of the stills from the movie on MySpace.com





Guenia goes to Washington …

23 07 2005

…to perform in a play. The Clean House is playing at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and check out the review Washinton Post wrote about her and the play. More reviews can be found on the site. The play is enjoying an added performance run. Some of you know Guenia as ‘Stacey’ from my short ‘Pretty’. If you’re out there in VA, check out the play and say hello to Guenia.
Who’s Who in The Clean House.





Fan makes a Star Wars film

23 07 2005

This is what I mean by independent filmmaking. Very impressed. Check out the story about Star Wars: Revelations





AAIFF 2005 Sunday, July 17

17 07 2005

Attended the festival today. Checked out three programs…MTV 72 Hour Film Shootout, The Oz Imagination (click on title above for details) , and the feature ‘Blue Hour’. Before I say a thing or two about the programs and a truly renegade filmmaker, allow me to sing praises of all the ACV people at the festival. I felt like a star attending their programs, and they were attentive to needs of their guests, and filmmakers…like parents. Everyone is special.

The MTV sponsored 2nd Annual 72 Hour Film Shootout was a pleasant surprise. What a lot of these filmmakers have done in 72 hours is quite impressive. I’ve participated in a 9 hour film thing myself last year, so I’m aware of the overall quality of films that make it to a screening. I saw a few very well done movies, and one that blew me away. Francisco Aliwalas’s ‘The Kiss’. This film looked like a million dollars, but in reality was done for $30. Yes, that’s right. More on Aliwalas later.

The ‘Oz Imagination’ program consisted of works by Australians of Asian descent, including the 2005 Oscar nominee,Birthday Boy. Overall, the topics were varied and the stories engaging. I was especially impressed with the quality of sound design on all these films.

I ended the night with Francisco Aliwalas’s feature, Blue Hour. Aliwalas will undoubtedly become a big name filmmaker in the near future. There’s no stopping this guy. On top of winning the 72 Hour Film Shootout, we learned that his feature was made for $1000…the cost of tape. Again, it was himself armed with a Panasonic DVX-100A (for all you tech buffs) with a Leica lens, and no additional mics. This is guerilla filmmaking at its best. It’s fast paced, always moving, always changing locations, never dull. This film is an inspiration for all filmmakers who are strapped for cash, but are dying to tell a story. Aliwalas shot 40 hours of footage, edited on Final Cut Pro, scored it, and used the bells and whistles available on his editing software. The man knows how to use his resources.





The Big Apple Short Radio Drama Festival on WNYE FM 91.5–Part II

13 07 2005

The second part of the radio drama festival begins this Friday. Complete broadcast schedule, available at Writers Guild of America, East site. Selected plays from Part I available on my PRX site.





Just Finished Reading

11 07 2005

Two great books on Hollywood.
Lynda Obst’s

Hello, He Lied. Basically her experience working in Hollywood trying to get projects made, learning her craft, and writing about people she’s worked with and learned from. It’s not a ‘Producing for Dummies’ type book at all. Very good read with ample suggestions and tips for budding producers only an insider can share.

I found myself inseparable from Sharon Waxman’s Rebels On The Backlot. It’s about six directors, Tarantino, Soderbergh, David O Russell, Fincher, PT Anderson, and Spike Jonze. The structure of the book is what fascinated me. Not the usual, boring, way other books write about directors and their ‘DVD Production Notes’ like stories of the movies that have made them famous. Instead, they play like characters in a big novel, struggle like them, and behave like actual humans, complete with the good and bad sides. At times I stopped and thought, “I don’t know if I admire that person anymore.” Nonetheless, it’s a great read, and unlike any other Hollywood book I’ve read so far. Yes, I have read Peter Biskind’s Easy Riders, Raging Bulls.
One slight error I hope the publishers have corrected. On page 101, Waxman writes about watching Julia Stiles in ‘Traffic’ as she goes with a friend to look for drugs. I don’t think so. But she wrote correctly watching eighteen-year-old Erika Christenssen on pg. 321. Don’t know I how that slipped by the editors.
Anyways, the links to the books will take you to a price comparison site called FetchBook.info. Great site for budget conscious book lovers.