New Hal Masonberg Interview on THE PLAGUE: DIRECTOR’S CUT


Below is a new interview with me about an old film I did. Back in 2005, I wrote & directed my first feature film. It was 8 years in the making and from the moment I signed over the script, the film started being systematically undermined (i.e. destroyed) by producers who turned out to beContinue reading “New Hal Masonberg Interview on THE PLAGUE: DIRECTOR’S CUT”

One of the greatest films about being “woke” and starting a People’s Revolution is 82 years old. Maybe it’s time we paid attention.


Frank Capra’s MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON may still be the best film ever made about being “woke.” So many of Capra’s films were parables of ordinary people forced to stand up against the greed and corruption of the rich and powerful. But no film showcases the nationalism and propaganda that preys on and deludesContinue reading “One of the greatest films about being “woke” and starting a People’s Revolution is 82 years old. Maybe it’s time we paid attention.”

Freeing Zach Snyder’s Justice League


I’m not a big fan of the Marvel and DC Universe Hollywood films, though there are a handful that I genuinely enjoy (I am, oddly enough and to my own surprise, a huge fan of the Netflix Marvel Universe interconnected series – go figure). I’m also not someone who has been strongly drawn to directorContinue reading “Freeing Zach Snyder’s Justice League”

The Pro-Corporate Conservative Dog-Whistle that is HILLBILLY ELEGY


I was incredibly disappointed to see that Ron Howard was making a film version of HILLBILLY ELEGY for Netflix. I’ve never been much of a fan of Howard’s films as director, but have always admired his work as an actor ever since he was a kid. My concern about HILLBILLY ELEGY is that its author,Continue reading “The Pro-Corporate Conservative Dog-Whistle that is HILLBILLY ELEGY”

A Letter From BLM To The Next President and VP-Elect. If They Don’t Listen, What’s Next?


Below is a letter from Black Lives Matter Organizers to president elect Biden, who was the head architect of modern day mass incarceration of black and brown communities, fought for longer, harsher sentencing for people of color, more prisons, more aggressive policing in poor communities, supported segregation and segregationists, and spent decades on TV andContinue reading “A Letter From BLM To The Next President and VP-Elect. If They Don’t Listen, What’s Next?”

Combatting False Narratives: Neither Safe Nor Politic Nor Popular


I’ve been thinking about better ways to articulate why I feel that it is my moral and ethical duty to not only publicly call out Joe Biden on his horribly racist and conservative record, but to counter the false narrative that he is going to restore democracy and address mass-inequality. I am repeatedly told byContinue reading “Combatting False Narratives: Neither Safe Nor Politic Nor Popular”

MLK and the Nefarious Nature of “Polite” Racism


While it is critical that we call out overt racism – the blatant, low-hanging-fruit represented by men like Trump, Nazis and White Supremest groups, it may be even more critical to both recognize and call out those forms of systemic racism that are not as apparent, not as immediately recognizable; those forms of racism thatContinue reading “MLK and the Nefarious Nature of “Polite” Racism”

Double G & Hal Masonberg on Chet Hanley’s “JAZZ IN THE MODERN ERA”


New doc JAZZ NIGHTS: A CONFIDENTIAL JOURNEY’s sax player and composer extraordinaire, Geoff “Double G” Gallegos and JAZZ NIGHTS’ director Hal Masonberg were this week’s guests on Chet Hanley’s 3-hour TV show JAZZ IN THE MODERN ERA from April 5, 2016. There’s a lot of music and extraordinary archival video to listen and watch onContinue reading “Double G & Hal Masonberg on Chet Hanley’s “JAZZ IN THE MODERN ERA””

Why Academy Members’ Lack-of-Diversity Is An Important Conversation


  I’ve heard a whole lot about this topic from many different sides of the conversation lately. I come at this already not being a fan of the Oscars as a representation of film and cinema and I gave up watching them several years ago. It’s been suggested by some (or many, even) that the reasonContinue reading “Why Academy Members’ Lack-of-Diversity Is An Important Conversation”

Disagreeing with Carol Cadwalladr’s Assessment of THE REVENANT


I couldn’t possibly disagree more with Carol Cadwalladr‘s assessment of THE REVENANT in her recent piece in The Guardian titled “The Revenant is Meaningless Pain Porn.” I would agree that our culture displays a whole lot of meaningless violence, yes, even to a pornographic level, but of all the films to accuse of this, THE REVENANTContinue reading “Disagreeing with Carol Cadwalladr’s Assessment of THE REVENANT”