The Birth of an Image Maker

Teaching is often about the small victories. The flash of interest from an otherwise disengaged student. The slow, but steady rise of low grades. In a profession where the big picture can be overwhelming, focusing on baby steps makes sense. Sometimes, though, a major battle is won and it fills a teacher with the intoxicating […]

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Storytelling in the Age of the Gilded Presidency

“A culture cannot evolve without honest, powerful storytelling. When a society repeatedly experiences glossy, hollowed-out, pseudo-stories, it degenerates.” Like many fledgling screenwriters, I internalized Robert McKee’s excellent book, “Story”, which cuts through the mystique of cinematic storytelling with the cold precision of a scalpel. I learned a lot and, more importantly, I thought a lot […]

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Blow-up

Blow-Up is one of my favorite films and seeing it on the big screen at The Film Forum was a real treat. There’s nothing like being crammed in a theater that actually shows a film print instead of a digital projection. The film is unique among art house flicks in that it has enough guideposts […]

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