The Whale & the Wave – “The Unknown” Official Video


I have the pleasure of presenting all of you with a sneak peak at the official music video for “The Unknown” by the indie pop group The Whale and the Wave. I previously featured two of their songs in my short film Caroline of Virginia and I am happy to have directed the music video for their new single. The video and the single officially drops Friday May 02, 2014 – but for Film Anthropology subscribers you get to see it early!

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Upcoming Anthology Screenings


Hello everybody, there are quite a few “screenings of note” coming up at the Anthology Film Archives in the next few weeks so I thought I’d post some of their screening calendar.

Saturday May 10



In 2011, Independent Curators International (ICI) organized the sound exhibition WITH HIDDEN NOISE featuring artists Andrea Parkins, Jennie C. Jones, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Peters, Steve Roden, Taylor Deupree, Michael J. Schumacher, and the show’s guest curator, multi-media artist Stephen Vitiello. Having debuted at the Aspen Art Museum and subsequently traveled to Monash University in Victoria, Australia, the exhibition will be on view this spring and summer at New York’s Wave Hill, The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and The Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. On this occasion, a crucial moment for sound in art finally entering art institutions, ICI joins Anthology to present a one night event that explores the origins of experimental sound and the radical ways artists have worked outside the mainstream.

Curated by Stephen Vitiello and Alaina Claire Feldman, Exhibitions Manager at ICI, this program features Michael Blackwood’s ultra-rare documentary NEW MUSIC: SOUNDS AND VOICES FROM THE AVANT-GARDE, back-to-back with John Sanborn and Kit Fitzgerald’s re: SOUNDINGS. The evening concludes with a live conversation between Vitiello and special guest Alvin Lucier!

Michael Blackwood
1971, 51 min, 16mm-to-digital
Arts documentarian Michael Blackwood has made dozens of insightful portraits of artists since the mid-1960s, and this particular film was made for and only broadcast on West German television. Featuring a jaw-dropping array of notables (including John Cage, David Tudor, Gordon Mumma, David Behrman, Max Neuhaus, Alvin Lucier, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass, among many others) this piece is, in retrospect, an incredible time capsule from a seminal moment in the development of sound art and truly new music.

John Sanborn & Kit Fitzgerald
1983, 65 min, video
Sanborn and Fitzgerald were proto-MTV video artists who brought a visual new-wave energy to the frontiers of experimental music. Inspired by the exhibition SOUNDINGS at the Neuberger Museum located at Purchase College, re: SOUNDINGS is a highly energetic piece featuring appearances and sounds by John Cage, Alvin Lucier, David Tudor, Liz Phillips, John Driscoll, Max Neuhaus, Doug Hollis, Meredith Monk, Vito Acconci, and Laurie Anderson.

Sunday May 18th


by Jen Senko & Fiore DeRosa
2009, 55 min, digital video 

This screening is part of: FROM MAE WEST TO PUNK: THE BOWERY ON FILM

Film Notes


Told through the eyes of city planners, developers, politicians, small business owners, landlords, and tenants, this documentary exposes and explains the policies and economic philosophy behind New York’s finance-dominated economy, the concentration of wealth, and the process that has jeopardized the social fabric and neighborhoods that have always made New York unique.

Saturday June 14: Charlie Chaplin Program



A WOMAN (1915, 20 min, 16mm, b&w)
EASY STREET (1917, 19 min, 16mm, b&w)
A DOG’S LIFE (1918, 33 min, 35mm, b&w)
Total running time: ca. 75 min.



SHOULDER ARMS (1918, 37 min, 35mm, b&w)
SUNNYSIDE (1919, 30 min, 35mm, b&w)
A DAY’S PLEASURE (1919, 19 min, 35mm, b&w)
Total running time: ca. 90 min.



THE IDLE CLASS (1921, 32 min, 35mm, b&w)
THE PILGRIM (1923, 41 min, 35mm, b&w)
Total running time: ca. 80 min.

Sunday, June 15

4:30 PM

by Charles Chaplin
1925/1942, 72 min, 35mm, b&w

One of the most celebrated and beloved of all silent films, THE GOLD RUSH features Chaplin’s most distinctive alter-ego, the little tramp, as he wins fortune and love in the Yukon. Filled with impressive sight gags and heartrending pathos, the film deserves its reputation as one of the touchstones of modern comedy. This version features Chaplin’s own music and poetic narration, added for his 1942 reissue.

6:15 PM
by Charles Chaplin
1928, 72 min, 35mm, b&w, silent

“One of the loveliest screen experiences! Perhaps the quintessential Chaplin film!” –Vincent Canby, NEW YORK TIMES

When we first meet Chaplin’s Tramp in this comic gem, he’s in typical straits: broke, hungry, destined to fall in love and just as sure to lose the girl. Mistaken for a pickpocket and pursued by a peace officer into a circus tent, the Tramp becomes a star when delighted patrons think his escape from John Law is an act.

Sunday, June 22:

by Massimo Dallamano
1974, 96 min, 35mm

What-Have-They-Done-to-Your-Daughters-1This screening is part of: THE ITALIAN CONNECTION: POLIZIOTTESCHI AND OTHER ITALO-CRIME FILMS OF THE 1960s AND 70s

Film Notes

With Giovanna Ralli and Mario Adorf.

When a young girl is found dead by hanging, the police find themselves on the trail of a motorcycle killer. What they uncover is a truth far more sinister and inconvenient. A perfect blend of police procedural and suspenseful giallo, this is the second installment in the ‘school girls in peril’ trilogy by Dallamano (who was formerly Sergio Leone’s cinematographer). Released in the U.S. as COED MURDERS, this socially relevant thriller is graced by a terrifically catchy score by Stelvio Cipriani.

Visit the official Anthology Film Archives website for pertinent information.


Rhythm Thief Cast & Crew Reunite


[Reblogged from my article at Renegade Cinema]

This past evening I had the pleasure of attending a screening of the 1994 indie film Rhythm Thief, which as some of you might remember, I previously wrote about in an article calling on Criterion to pick the movie up for distribution. There is something about this film that has mystified me since I first saw it and even though I have had multiple opportunities to sit down with filmmaker Matt Harrison to discuss his work, it was starting to sink in that no amount of Q&A’ing was going to help me figure out what was going on with this movie.

Tonight, I’ve made some progress. The film screened as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “Cinématek Overdue” series. Along with a screening of an actual 35mm print (which I rarely see these days), the event included a wonderfully detailed and enthusiastic Q&A with Harrison and his cast and crew, including actors Jason Andrews, Kevin Corrigan and Kimberly Flynn.

Aside from the usual battle stories which I had already been familiar with, one of the key components I discovered that makes this film special is the obvious rapport the participants have with one-another. It’s clear to me now that Rhythm Thief works because it is a film made out of love, not just love for the craft, but love between the people involved and that love, which has lasted two decades, is exactly what has been translated onto the screen. This is an element that is so important to the creative process, but is often overlooked by young indie filmmakers today, many of whom would easily sacrifice a friendship or two in exchange for time on a Red Epic.

Experimental filmmaker Jonas Mekas wrote in his Anti-100 Years Manifesto, “The real history of cinema is invisible history: history of friends getting together, doing the thing they love.” I’ve used this quote before and will again because it’s important and absolutely true. Today I witnessed that same love,  between all of the people involved in the making of this 90′s classic and I realize too that I can see that love come alive every time I take a gander at the work they all created together. Thankfully, I have taken a major leap forward in demystifying this amazing work.

Thanks for putting up with my romanticism.


Rhythm Thief is available for streaming on YouTube, Amazon and on DVD through Netflix and Kino.

[Reblogged from my article at Renegade Cinema]

Seed & Spark | Following Up


[Reblogged from Renegade Cinema]

It’s been 30 days since I launched my Seed & Spark campaign to raise fundingfor the post-production phase of my feature indie film The Spaceshipand as promised, here is my follow up review of the service.

The funding campaign didn’t make the required 80% minimum it needed to receive a green light and I’ll talk about this in a moment. First, I just want to give the people over at Seed & Spark props for the service and their killer efforts to make this campaign a success. They really went above and beyond the call of duty to help me get the word out.  They were actively tweeting, re-tweeting, favoring tweets and FB likes – and a few staffers even pledged (try getting a Kickstarter staffer to pledge – it won’t happen).  In the campaign’s second week, they elected my campaign to be featured as a “Staff Pick” which was incredibly generous and helped us gain some traction… Read the entire article at Renegade Cinema…

[Reblogged from Renegade Cinema]

Spuyten Duyvil at Bad Film Fest

Spuyten Duyvil at Bad Film Fest 2014

It’s so bad it’s good! That’s the idea behind the BAD FILM FESTIVAL and I’m humored and inspired to find out that my old YouTube Horror short SPUYTEN DUYVIL is an official selection of this year’s event.

Spuyten Duyvil was the first in a series of experimental shorts that allowed me to play around with different elements of the horror genre. This particular short experimented with brutality and gore (no other film I’ve made has either of those elements). Even though brutality & gore aren’t elements that I appreciate in movies, it was effective – so much so that Spuyten Duyvil remains my most popular YouTube upload to date.

Check out the April 11th schedule here. Spuyten Duyvil is second on the queue of shorts. Can’t make it to the screening on April 11th? That’s cool too – just head on over to YouTube and check out the original upload from 2008.


Gift – Singapore Drama Short Film


I have come across a wonderfully inspiring short film about giving and wealth. My personal ideal that money isn’t meant to be hoarded is something I’ve struggled to get across some of the wealthier folks in my social circles but unfortunately few agree. I was floored when I saw this film. It hits home the message and solidifies my ideals and it’s all around good filmmaking. This gem comes to us from some incredibly talented filmmakers from Singapore.


When one choice does not work, try another


Film Anthropology:

One filmmakers opinion on and I agree – if something doesn’t work, go another route. So happy people are taking a liking to the new festival submissions platform.


Originally posted on Cypriot Abroad:

My first Kickstarter campaign ended on Sunday March second, at 11:46 EST. My documentary, My Life in Black Rock, Buffalo, New York, was to continue to be stored in my LaCie external drive. I had no funding to proceed with film festivals submissions.

A cold virus had accompanied me home the week prior. I think it sneaked into my system while i was riding my bike. I felt weak and got fever shivers. Gradually, I lost my voice and developed a coarse cough.

I stayed home to recover. I watched TV and made lots of comfort food and pop-corn. At one sitting, while eating the pop-corn, i broke my tooth. The size of the enamel was alarming.

It is mandatory to remain calm when a succession of disasters take place.

On Monday morning of March third, i booked an appointment with a local dental facility. Then, i  reviewed all e-mails…

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