Category: industry

The Ideology of MacroCinema

To say that the relationship between narrative and reality always involves violence is not to say that narrative is wrong. It is more accurate to say that narrative is never neutral – it never “just is” – in a closed system, there is no creation without destruction, no translation without interpretation, one cannot act in the world without leaving a…

Gendered Cinema

There are so many status quo filmmaking supposed “norms”—questionable militaristic language like “point” and “shoot” and “cut”—”CAPTURE” a moment. But the truth is: I came into most of my power as a filmmaker when I realized that all I needed to do was make a safe space for people to have feelings. This keynote address by Jill Soloway has been popping up…

The Dream Factory

A collection of interviews I conducted with fellow 2001/2 USC film school graduates, on the occasion of the 4- or 5-year anniversary of their entry into the film industry. I haven’t been posting these lately because they don’t conform to video haiku regulations, but what the heck… I’m proud of the work, and I think the stories should be shared.

Surviving Hollywood

Fourth in the “life after film school” series (here are episodes 1, 2 and 3), Aris talks about the dysfunctional dynamics of the movie business in LA. In spite of the overt hostility of this creative environment, Aris co-wrote and produced an independent feature film in 2005/6 which is currently at an advanced stage of post-production. The story of that…