Soderbergh, The State Of Contemporary Cinema, & Questions From A Young Filmmaker

This is a daring and insightful speech given by Steven Soderbergh last week at SFIFF. It is one of the most perceptive and articulate commentaries on the state of cinema today and the difference between “cinema” and “movies.” For me, personally, it encapsulates so much of what I have been writing about for years andContinue reading “Soderbergh, The State Of Contemporary Cinema, & Questions From A Young Filmmaker”

Desires & Lessons: Articulating A Filmmaking Experience

Back in 2009, I was interviewed by illustrious writer and chef (yes, that’s correct, he’s also a masterful culinary expert) Herbert M. Brindl for Rogue Cinema. I’ve been interviewed a fair amount over the years in all kinds of publications — from print to the internet — regarding my somewhat harrowing and sadly-all-too-common experiences as the writer/directorContinue reading “Desires & Lessons: Articulating A Filmmaking Experience”

Hollywood And The Golden Arches Of Mediocrity

As a writer and filmmaker, I have, for as long as I can remember, felt strongly about storytelling. I was also lucky enough to have grown into adulthood during the second golden age of cinema (the 1970’s). Therefore, my most cherished form of storytelling has been through movies. It is the medium that most speaksContinue reading “Hollywood And The Golden Arches Of Mediocrity”

THE PLAGUE Spreads To Italy

It’s always exciting to see a campaign to save one’s name and work reach the farthest shores. Since starting my campaign to make people aware that the film titled CLIVE BARKER’S THE PLAGUE —despite having my name attached as writer and director– was not, in fact, my film, word has spread far and wide andContinue reading “THE PLAGUE Spreads To Italy”

Why Fight For A Director’s Cut Of A Low-Budget Horror Flick?

Every once in a while someone asks me that. And it’s a valid question. THE PLAGUE, even in my cut, is a flawed film. It was compromised before we shot a single frame and that’s the sad truth. But regardless, everyone involved –well, those who cared about the integrity of the film and its story,Continue reading “Why Fight For A Director’s Cut Of A Low-Budget Horror Flick?”

PLAGUE Director’s Cut Gets Review At DVDBeaver

One of my favorite DVD/Blu-ray review sites has reviewed my unreleased work-print cut of my film which, for those who don’t know (is there anyone who doesn’t know at this point?), was taken away by the producers and distributor and re-cut into something unrecognizable from the original film. Though there has been quite a lotContinue reading “PLAGUE Director’s Cut Gets Review At DVDBeaver”

“How Dare You Edit Your Own Film,” And Other Creative Alienations

Why is it that so many people have such rigid definitions of what constitutes art or the artistic process? To me, it seems to defy the very definition. My experience working as a filmmaker in Hollywood has brought me face to face with folks who are striving to say something, and others who place littleContinue reading ““How Dare You Edit Your Own Film,” And Other Creative Alienations”

America: A Culture Of Bullies & Violence?

America loves a bully. Despite the word’s definition: A person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker. We, as Americans, celebrate the bully at every turn, while accusing those who use brains over brawn as being weak. Take our current president, for example. Here is a man who isContinue reading “America: A Culture Of Bullies & Violence?”

Quotes By Artists About Their Art: Bruce Springsteen

From Robert Hilburn’s terrific book CORNFLAKES WITH JOHN LENNON: AND OTHER TALES FROM A ROCK ‘N’ ROLL LIFE: “The mistake a lot of musicians make, is they imagine an audience and then try and make a piece of music to fit it. “They get caught up in the race, and it can be dangerous to yourContinue reading “Quotes By Artists About Their Art: Bruce Springsteen”

2010: The Year I Make Contact

2009 seems to have been a tough year for many. I know it had its share of challenges for me. I move toward 2010 with some real-world optimism as I have signed with a new agent and have some projects in the works that I am actually quite excited about. No one knows how itContinue reading “2010: The Year I Make Contact”