I was humbled and delighted to be included in Creative Review’s piece in their July issue on a new generation of documentary directors making films for the web.
In 1974, Dominican immigrant Don Antonio Martinez started a small shop in New York City selling hand rolled cigars. Thirty-eight years later his son, Jesus, carries on the tradition. The shop combines craftsmanship with community, mixing equal parts work and play. It is the focus of the fourth installment in the Made by Hand series. Perhaps my favorite part of making this film is the way it expands the maker experience outward; it’s not just about the artifact, but about the people you make things with and for.
Terry Gilliam’s 10 lessons for film directors. Rule #1 - Growing up is for losers.
Here’s a bizarre little film. Errol Morris teamed up with ESPN to tell the story of sports fans who even in their deaths continue to demonstrate their team pride.
Most monuments built to signify a certain political ideology usually fall and are eventually forgotten. Its just a matter of time. Bulgaria’s Buzludha is no exception. When Photographer Timothy Allen heard about the amazing structure, he wasted very little time to make plans for photographing the site. Buzludha took 6,000 workers 7 years of work before it was unveiled in 1981. Now it’s a lost relic of Communism.
8 Tips for better storytelling from Kurt Vonnegut.
I quite like the graphic quality of Andrew B. Myer’s photography.
I was recently commissioned by Olli Salumeria to create a portrait film of their founder and namesake, Olli Colmignoli. I visted the team just outside Richmond, Virginia, to see how they make salumi. The salumeria brings the centuries-old craft of curing meats from the old world to the new, using pasture-raised heritage pork to make prosciutto and salumi as good as they make in Italy. I can attest to the delicious results first hand.
I just discovered this photo blog; its an instant favorite. The subject is Maddie, a Coonhound who likes to stand posed on all kinds of things.
Last week, I released The Beekeper, the third film in the Made by Hand series. Local urban farmer Megan Paska has witnessed beekeeping as it morphed from an illegal (and possibly crazy) habit to a sustainable, community-supported skill. Mirroring beekeeping’s own ascendance, she found more than just a living: “This is the first time in my life when I’ve just felt absolutely on the right path.”
With Arri and RED leading the way on high-end professional digital cinema camera design and Sony’s introduction of the F3 to mid professional range, I’m definitely curious to see what the recently announced Canon EOS C300 PL mount camera is all about.