Author: Kevin

On Boundaries

No living organism can survive without boundaries. Fundamental definitions of life, at the microscopic level, always involve a cell wall – a clearly delineated, visible, tangible boundary separating what’s inside the cell from what’s outside. A clear, observable definition of cell death is the moment at which this wall dissolves and what’s outside rushes in, what’s inside disperses out. On…

Seven Stories

I recently attended the wedding of an old friend of my wife. It was a well-put-together event, a fairly standard example of the genre, and though I don’t know the people getting married terribly well, I felt an upwelling of emotion at a few important points in the ceremony. A wedding is a narrative genre: it has a beginning, a…

The Dark Side of Heroics

Every time there’s a school shooting in the news (seems like every six weeks or so?), I find myself speculating that this person, almost always a young white male, probably believed as deeply and sincerely in his own righteousness as any of us, as dictated by the pretty-much mandatory western heroic worldview. If life is a competition, and you are…

Control and Forgiveness

I’ve been speaking mostly of control in terms of the individual leader-artist heroically controlling external reality – in filmmaking this takes place through the massive expenditure of resources, deployment of specialized technology, and employment of hierarchical management structures to create a seamless and glossy¬†audiovisual faux-reality, covering¬†the messy organic reality underneath. This is performed with tools ranging from massive amounts of…

The Post-Heroic Age

No to the heroic. No to the anti-heroic. (a brief excerpt from Yvonne Rainer’s famous “No Manifesto“) I get to teach a class on screenwriting in the fall, which is exciting. I took a screenwriting class in the English department while a grad student at the University of Minnesota in 2014, and found the state of pedagogy on the subject…

OtherZine 29!

I have a new piece published in the online journal “OtherZine” which is connected to the Other Cinema in San Francisco. It’s called “Beyond MacroCinema” and it’s related to what I’ve been writing about here for the last year or so, but it’s nice to put those ideas into an outside forum, without the benefit of context, to see if…

Dark Satanic Mills of Mass Production…

This Faustian pact has been the undoing of many great artists, many more journeymen and more than a few of my good friends. Add to this volatile mixture the powerful accelerant of emerging digital technology and all hell breaks loose. What I have witnessed happening in the last twenty years is the aesthetic equivalent of the Industrial Revolution in the…