2012 PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL – DAY TWO

Last week I got a text from Jason Carney, grand poobah of the Phoenix Film Festival. It read simply, “Wanna do something crazy?”



Posted on March 31, 2012 by

2012 PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL – DAY ONE

Throughout the next four days I will report from these, the PFF trenches. You couldn’t make it here? Then allow me to you entertain you with this – the Phoenix Film Festival vicarious experience…



Posted on March 30, 2012 by

REVISITING THE DOCUMENTARIES: “BHUTTO”

5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 111 minutes

Born on June 21, 1953, Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007. Her murderers remain unknown, and at large…


Posted on March 29, 2012 by

CINEMA’S APPROACH TO THE AGING PROCESS

Here aging, death, and the undead are all considered morally corrupt, and something only the good can eliminate…



Posted on February 9, 2012 by

YOU’VE BEEN SOPA’D!

While I have nothing against a corporation, or person, getting their compensation for their copyright being infringed upon, I am against a “guilty until proven innocent” system that requires very little data to convict someone…



Posted on December 27, 2011 by

THE GIRLS WITH THE DRAGON TATTOOS: A COMPARISON

This particular blog entry is going to focus on the comparisons and contrasts of Stieg Larrson’s original book, Niels Arden Oplev’s 2009 adaptation and David Fincher’s 2011 adaptation. This entry will therefore be very spoiler-laden…



Posted on December 22, 2011 by

“BRIDESMAIDS” REVISITED: TOP 11 REASONS IT WAS STRANGELY DISAPPOINTING

To be clear, I found “Bridesmaids” to be genuinely entertaining and I’m happy it’s getting awards consideration this season. That said, I saw it in its third or fourth week of general release last summer and I couldn’t help but feel disappointed in a few ways – some objective, some not so much…



Posted on December 22, 2011 by

FILM FESTIVAL NOTEBOOK WITH HEIDI VAN LIER: CHICAGO KICKSTARTER TOUR

Indie filmmaker Heidi Van Lier snaps pix on her festival and film journeys around the world. This week, Heidi shares photos from her recent visit to Chicago in support of the Kickstarter campaign for her new documentary, The Bullfighter, about her father, Chicago Bulls legend Norm Van Lier…



Posted on December 14, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY EIGHT OF “THE STAGG DO”

Between Day 7 and 8 of THE STAGG DO was a day off. Being filmmakers, we obviously all got drunk the night before the off day, then spent that day hung over. This will surprise no one in the film world…



Posted on November 11, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY SEVEN OF “THE STAGG DO”

There’s a lot of things you can do wrong as a film production, and if you’ve been paying attention to our coverage of THE STAGG DO, you’ll notice that they’ve pretty much ticked off all the boxes, save one: we’ve had good turnarounds…



Posted on November 10, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY FIVE OF “THE STAGG DO”

Today’s challenge is to light a tree fort (yes, a tree fort) on the other side of the river, about 100 yards downstream from where we lit on Day 3. Downstream means closer to the barns, which is theoretically a good thing…



Posted on November 9, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY SIX OF “THE STAGG DO”

It’s easy to think of quitting as a singular action, a “fuck you” to whomever you feel has wronged you. After all, no one quits because they’re slightly annoyed…



Posted on November 8, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY FOUR OF “THE STAGG DO”

One good thing about a justified bit of yelling is that sometimes things get fixed…



Posted on November 7, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY THREE OF “THE STAGG DO”

For the 3rd day of “The Stagg Do,” we move to night shoots, and naturally we don’t have nearly enough lights for what we need to do…



Posted on November 6, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY TWO OF “THE STAGG DO”

Few things in micro budget indie film are easier than being the gaffer when shooting a field far away from electricity…



Posted on November 5, 2011 by

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