“It’s between frames where cinema speaks.” -Peter Kubelka, 1967

“Hollywood,” sometimes known as “the dream factory,” makes ritualistic-dramas in celebration of mass memory–very like the rituals of tribal people […] But the amateur photographs the persons, places, and objects of his love and the events of his happiness and personal importance in a gesture that can act directly and solely according to the needs of memory.[…] He is free, if he but accept the responsibility of his freedom, to work as the spirit of his god, or his memory, or his particular needs, move him. It is for this reason that I believe any art of the cinema must inevitably arise from the amateur, “home-movie” making medium.” – Stan Brakhage

The Age of Dragons

This will sound silly, but hear me out. Dragons are back in popular culture in a big way – if they ever really left. First and foremost are the Game of Thrones dragons, along with the Peter Jackson Hobbit Trilogy dragon Smaug, and the How to Train Your Dragon series for kids. Dragons are probably easier to devise and render…

Monument Time : Tourist Time

Footage from the Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota, where my MFA Thesis Project was installed. The piece consists of digital scans of four films created with a pinhole camera, each one about a six minute loop, projected onto screens nine feet tall, with no sound. If you’re interested in seeing the full films individually in quicktime format, let me know…

The Wisdom of Charlie Kaufman

People all over the world spend countless hours of their lives every week being fed entertainment in the form of movies, TV shows, newspapers, YouTube videos and the Internet. And it’s ludicrous to believe that this stuff doesn’t alter our brains. It’s also equally ludicrous to believe that — at the very least — this mass distraction and manipulation is not convenient for the…

Every Frame a Painting

I want to be clear: I love the art and the craft of cinema. I’m fascinated by the social and political dynamics that surround it – how films are created and consumed – but at the heart of all that, because of it or in spite of it, a well-made, beautiful film is still a precious thing to me. This…

Macro-Cinema is Dead…

…Long live Microcinema! I just went to see Selma, which is a really excellent film, about important historical figures, making important decisions and doing important things. I don’t see many of them, these days, though they’re certainly still out there – also this year we had the one about Stephen Hawking, and the one about the Turing guy breaking codes…