October 30, 2010

Any other way to celebrate Halloween is pretty much bullshit.
Any other way to celebrate Halloween is pretty much bullshit.

October 29, 2010

Tara stretching her hammies. Time to get in shape, girl!
Tara stretching her hammies. Time to get in shape, girl!

October 28, 2010

What good short story anthologies or compilations would you suggest I read? Annuals, one-offs, or even collections by a single author...

October 24, 2010

Spending time at the airport is more depressing/frustrating than an equal amount of time spent at the DMV.

October 21, 2010

Entering Autumn.

When I returned from Edmonton, I didn't have much "on the books," as they say. There are some festivals coming up with Forget Me Not, but I also don't have the money to attend any of them.

Fast forward a few weeks, to now!

My Producer, Chris Pluchar, is headed to the East Lansing Film Festival in Michigan this weekend to rep Forget Me Not in my place (it's in competition, so I'm hoping we take home a fancy award!). Meanwhile I'm headed to Fayetteville, Georgia for a wedding.

After returning, I've signed on as 2nd AD on an upcoming feature film directed by Jack Newell (who is now sending out his latest short film "Typing," into the world, after it's world premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival). After Jack's film (as yet untitled, though it's heavily improv-based and sounds like a lot of fun), I'll be production designing a music video directed by my pal Logan Futej, for a band called the Wiitala Brothers (one of which designed both of our websites!).

THEN, I get to finally visit the Detroit area and my family (girlfriend in tow), where I'll meet my three month old nephew, Isaac, see my Dad hopefully recovering from some horrible and debilitating knee replacement surgery (which could in fact end up being a full-blown amputation...), and attend my 10 year high school reunion.  

Wait a minute, I graduated high school ten fucking years ago?


After all that, I get to start thinking about my next film!

October 20, 2010

"Forget Me Not" nominated for "Best Short Film" at the Orlando Film Festival. Only 8 of 80 total short films nominated!

October 18, 2010

Enjoying the company of Rahm Emanuel at the Atwood Cafe this afternoon.

October 17, 2010

Checked out the painting studio of my pal Sarah Greenewalt today. I kind of want to buy this...
Checked out the painting studio of my pal Sarah Greenewalt today. I kind of want to buy this...

October 16, 2010

Solve the following analogy: "Qdoba is to mexican food as Quizno's is to sandwiches." (Answer: both are very shitty restaurants.)

October 13, 2010

Did you know that "soy milk" is a fancy name for bean juice and sugar?
"Cold Weather" was a great film, and an interesting take on mysteries in general. See it in 2011: http://ping.fm/89Tbi

October 12, 2010

Oct. 12th, 1582: Because of the slow implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

October 11, 2010

In honor of national coming out day I'll be excessively using the word "queer" in a Bostonian accent. Or maybe I just really liked The Town.

October 6, 2010

German tourists, while horrible tippers, are the most pleasant Europeans during a breakfast shift. Irish and French tourists after that.

October 4, 2010

Detroit.

I've always loved Detroit, for reasons I've never been able to fully explain. Even in the suburbs, where I spent the first 24 years of my life, you learn to recognize that something special happens despite all the bad mouthing, racism, decay, and stagnation. This 3-part movie helps explain it all better than I could, with the help of Johnny Knoxville.



Almost every single one of my peers in the Chicago film industry have moved to Los Angeles, and the few who haven't have gone to New York. 

I think if I leave Chicago any time soon, it'll be for Detroit.

More Festivals!

"Forget Me Not" has been accepted into this year's Orlando Film Festival in Orlando, Florida (Nov. 3 - Nov. 7), as well as the Flatland Film Festival in Lubbock, Texas (Oct. 15 - Oct. 17).

For those keeping score at home, that makes festivals #7 and #8 for a short film shot primarily in my very small Chicago apartment. Cuh-razy! Here's an updated poster to reflect all those fancy laurels...

October 2, 2010

"Never Let Me Go," "The Social Network," and "Let Me In." All worth the price of admission, unless you have bad taste in movies.

E.I.F.F. Recap

I'm a pop-culture nerd at heart, so I can't simply attend a film festival and not at least list the movies I was able to catch. Especially since a few of these may (unfortunately) never get released in the States. I'll try to capture what was best about these movies in a single sentence.

I already mentioned Let Me In, Score! A Hockey Musical, and Made In Dagenham, and I watched at least another four short film programs, so I'll be skipping those. The remaining three movies were each awesome documentaries.

STEAM OF LIFE TRAILER from OktoberFi on Vimeo.

Steam of Life - An incredibly beautiful and raw documentary comprised entirely of naked Finnish men revealing their greatest tragedies, mistakes, and moments of triumph while in various (and sometimes charmingly ramshackle) saunas. [Link]

The Rivals - A story of the rivalry between two very economically diverse high school football teams (the down-and-out but long time State Champions of a paper mill town called Rumford, and the stop-at-nothing wealthy community of Cape Elizabeth), and the pressure they feel to become state champions. [Link]

Inside Job - Matt Damon narrates an incredibly effective documentary about the lead up to the 2008 global financial crisis, and how the dozens of people responsible for it managed to escape unscathed. [Link]

October 1, 2010

Due to your votes, "Forget Me Not" is an official selection of the Ellensburg Film Festival in Washington. Thanks much guys!

Grey Area.

Memory is a bizarre thing, but especially when it's as fickle as mine. I'll forget something within seconds of hearing it, yet remember the slightest detail about something else for years.

Just now I ran into a guy at a coffee shop who seemed familiar to me. I spoke to him in order to jog my memory, as it was clear he didn't immediately recognize me. Within seconds I remembered that his name is Greg, and he worked with me during my time at Borders back in Troy, Michigan. He worked with periodicals, and I worked with music; we almost never directly interacted in a given shift. I never once conversed with him outside of the store, and we hardly knew each other even then. This was over 12 years ago.

How can I remember Greg, completely out of context, but neither of my own parents' birthdays?

Memory is a bizarre thing, but especially when it's as fickle as mine. Wait, what?