Mister Rogers, Jeff Tweedy & Me

June 25th, 2010

resizedIt's been quite the few weeks around here. As more than one person has said, "You delivered two babies in two weeks!" Of course, while I couldn't be much prouder of "Mister Rogers & Me," the film doesn't hold a candle to Maggie.

Nonetheless, the film's premiere has played a roll in my three-week paternity leave. I snuck away to the Nantucket Film Festival last week where the film was met with a wonderfully warm response. One viewer commented, "Within minutes of the film starting, my goose bumps (not to mention tears) suggested that I ...

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“Mister Rogers & Me” Update

May 20th, 2010

resizedIn the event you haven't checked in on my other website, "Mister Rogers & Me," lately, there's a quite a bit going on. For starters, we've relaunched it.

Of course, the site's relaunch was timed to coincide with today's publication of the Nantucket Film Festival schedule.

"Mister Rogers & Me" has two official screenings: Friday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Nantucket High School, and again Saturday, June 20 at 6 p.m. at Coffin School.

It fairly overwhelming but completely exciting to see our film in the NFF Ticket Guide alongside ...

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Up In The Air

December 29th, 2009

resizedI accrued 49,000 AAdvantage miles this year. Not Ryan Bingham numbers, to be sure. But enough to get myself to Puerto Rico and back (if I could only find available departure dates).

His is a familiar world: the poetic geometry of the Midwest from 30,000 feet, the satisfaction of finding one's name on the Hertz Gold board, the comforting uniformity of Starwood hotel rooms Admirals Clubs everywhere.

Sure, I loathe take-offs (though I get by with a little help from my friend, Xanax), but I love flying. I love the anonymity, the ...

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The Wild Rumpus

October 16th, 2009

resizedFor me, Maurice Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are" is mixed up with the wild rumpus of my parent's divorce.

I don't remember when Sendak's creatures first appeared in my life; his fifteen-page book was always present.

I do remember wandering the wide, book-strewn aisles of the Oak Park Mall's Kracht & Brentano's with my family (when we were one), pawing at books like "Scruffy" and "Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing." And I remember spotting a Wild Thing there, high on an off-white, corrugated-steel shelf. And I remember that I ...

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“Mister Rogers & Me” Needs Your Help

August 20th, 2009

resizedI often wonder whether Chris and I should have had a business plan or, heck, any plan before diving into the making of our independent documentary, "Mister Rogers & Me," back in June 2006. Especially now, day one of a month-long fundraising campaign to finish the film.

We've been making slow but steady progress for a few months now, enlisting the advice and editing expertise of "American Hardcore" director, Slamdance Film Festival co-founder and pal Paul Rachman who cut our 2:30:00 run time to 1:15:00. It's far more compelling and ...

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It Might Get Loud

July 31st, 2009

resizedDirector Davis Guggenheim's new documentary love letter to the electric guitar, "It Might Get Loud," is loaded with unbelievable moments.

First, he manages to shoot Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page's visit to Headley Grange, the East Hampshire, England, home studio where the band recorded "Led Zeppelin IV." Page is regal in his puffy, white shirt and black duster, gliding over the grounds, strumming his mandolin in the garden, and recounting tales of recording John Bonham's legendary, massive backbeat on "When The Levee Breaks." He ...

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The Hurt Locker

July 3rd, 2009

resizedA few months after September 11th, the Department of Homeland Security launched a website called ready.gov.

The site's initial incarnation was ostensibly a series of updated '50s brochures: what to do in the event of nuclear blast (duck and run), what to do in the event of building collapse (duck), etc. (It's since been significantly neutered.)

I found the site (and the entire Department of Homeland Security, for that matter) comical, but also frightening close to home; just two days after watching the towers fall with my own eyes, I ...

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Broken Glass

May 6th, 2009

resizedSunday afternoon, long after the hangover recovery run, the ham, egg and cheese sandwich, the last cup of coffee and final page of The Sunday New York Times, Abbi and I sat on the couch channel surfing.

In my experience, asking my wife if she wants to watch a documentary tends towards a gentle "No thanks." When I happened upon

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Hollywood Forever

February 25th, 2009

resizedThe afternoon before I left for Los Angeles, I walked into my boss' offices for our weekly meeting. He was turned away from the door, staring at his laptop, captivated by a music video.

"Do you know these guys?" he asked.

Quick cuts and violent camera movement showed a masked group of lean, totooed, scrappy men angrily tearing what appeared to be a filthy, poorly-lit hotel room to bit with all of the cliche's intendant tropes: shattered mirrors, shredded sheets and exploded televisions.

"They're called Hollywood Undead."

From ...

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Live From 2009 Oscar Red Carpet!

February 23rd, 2009

resizedThere was something oddly normal about standing there in the shadow of The Kodak Theater tonight as Hollywood's most-celebrated walked Oscar red carpet.

Maybe it was the light; the typically sun-dappled, Technicolor California sky was choked with clouds. Maybe it was that I've done a few of these before (see also Grammys, VMAs, etc). Or maybe it was optical fatigue; I mean, we've all seen a few million red carpets on E!, right?

Either way, I was wound pretty tightly as Josh Horowitz and I pulled into the press parking lot on Sunset & ...

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