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”

The Segregation of America’s Live Music Experience


Today I grabbed the cheapest tix possible to see Dead & Company here in L.A. with some dear friends. The concert will be on Dec. 30th (we’re skipping the New Year’s show). Our seats are in the nosebleed section behind the stage with an obstructed view. While excited to see this band live and hear someContinue reading “The Segregation of America’s Live Music Experience”

A Deathbed Perspective on the Business of Art


Linds Redding died of inoperable espohageal cancer. He was an art director who worked at BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi. Linds kept a blog and one of the last pieces he wrote before he died, “A Short Lesson in Perspective,” explores his final frame of mind on the ad business and how many of us choose toContinue reading “A Deathbed Perspective on the Business of Art”

Does “SELMA” Shine A Light On More Than Just Its Story?


I liked SELMA. And I thought it suffered a bit from the usual standard biopic pitfalls of not digging more deeply into the complex areas inherent in its story and characters, as well as not trusting actual events to be powerful enough of a story to not have to alter history to create extra dramaContinue reading “Does “SELMA” Shine A Light On More Than Just Its Story?”

Churning Pessimism: Harrison Ford To Star In “BLADE RUNNER” Sequel


I’m not gonna lie. This sounds just awful. In truth, I can’t see any way it could be anything but. Not in today’s filmmaking climate and not with whatever oversized budget this puppy’s gonna have. I suppose it’s a good thing that Ridley Scott isn’t directing again since the original BLADE RUNNER was the last film heContinue reading “Churning Pessimism: Harrison Ford To Star In “BLADE RUNNER” Sequel”

Tackling My Oscar Blues While Celebrating “BIRDMAN”


For anyone who has read my posts here for any length of time, you know that I have some serious issues with the Oscars. It wasn’t always that way and, perhaps, that is part of my struggle. Like many cinephiles out there, the Academy Awards were, as a kid, a big draw for me. IContinue reading “Tackling My Oscar Blues While Celebrating “BIRDMAN””

Oscar Voting Part 2: Another Academy Voter Shares Their Honest Reasons For Voting


Here’s another Academy Voter’s honest reasons for voting as he does. His tastes are certainly better than the woman referenced in my previous post, but there is still an innate lack of daring in this viewer, a complete lack of layered storytelling sensibility on display here. VOTER PROFILE: A longtime member of the Academy’s 387-memberContinue reading “Oscar Voting Part 2: Another Academy Voter Shares Their Honest Reasons For Voting”

Terrifying Academy Voter’s Honest Reasons For How She Votes


This article in the Hollywood Reporter encapsulates, in large part, why I will never watch the Oscars again. The woman interviewed here is the embodiment of why Academy voters are downright hazardous to the world of cinema. Granted, this is only one person, but based on the nominations each year, I’d say she is probably a prettyContinue reading “Terrifying Academy Voter’s Honest Reasons For How She Votes”

Support JAZZ NIGHTS: A CONFIDENTIAL JOURNEY


Like Jazz? Check out the 8-minute trailer for my documentary JAZZ NIGHTS: A CONFIDENTIAL JOURNEY. It’s showing exclusively at my Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds to complete the film. Production is done and now we need help to bring the film to fruition. Even if you have no interest at all in contributing, check outContinue reading “Support JAZZ NIGHTS: A CONFIDENTIAL JOURNEY”