Saturday, February 6, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Hope is everywhere... if you have the eyes for it.
But also, the opposite.
The world, you see, is full of shit.
Not crap, or poop, or excrement.
The most noisily obvious example of this right now is I guess this whole presidential-campaign mess. Hundreds of millions (billions?) of dollars spent on lies and counter-lies, all orchestrated to create a white-noise, placebo, wagons-circling clustercuss. All so no one will notice an oligarchy of billionaires with minds laser-locked on profit margins, wiggling its fingers inside velvet puppeteer gloves as we jump to help them do what power has always done: crush the weak and powerless in an insatiable lust for more-more-more. Enabling the hand that tugs our fear-strings until we are just one good, six-month famine from an honest-to-God totalitarian regime right here in America, where of course We the Sheeple delude ourselves into thinking we're immune.
Because of what? The Constitution? Iphones?
Friday, January 29, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The address is 316 E Windsor St, Monroe, NC 28112.
I won't not like it if you drop by, and I'll have copies of my short story collection, my YA novel, and my art book for sale and I can sign 'em for you, if you get one. All three of my books have 5-star ratings on the Amazons.
Hugs not drugs, folks.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Gnomes from Jared on Vimeo.
A year and a half ago my mom started pestering me about acting in one of my films. About that time, my son was going through a Gnome-Phase in which he was, in his own words, "really into gnomes." He was also super-curious about them—wondering if they really existed in real life for reals.
I, being a good parent and not a destroyer of worlds, told him that although I had never personally seen a gnome and although the general scientific consensus was that they weren't real... it is quite possible that they are real, just very, very good at hiding.
So I wrote this short film.
At first I was just going to shoot it with my T2i and knock it together (badly) in Windows Movie Maker. But then I showed the script to my friend Jared Freeman, who I'd met when he'd helped out as a production assistant on a short film I wrote called LOCKER 212. Jared loved the script and didn't want to let me butcher the story with my no-money, no-skills approach. So he threw together a couple of friends and a few resources, and we made GNOMES.
My son played the Gnome-believing kid. He did it while sick with a pretty-bad fever, soldiering on through bouts of medicine just potent enough to keep the fever manageable without putting him to sleep. I offered to find another kid to play the part, but he'd been looking forward to it for a long time, and insisted on making a go of it. I am super-duper amazingly proud of his courage and his dedication to the project.
My mom, dad and I played the adults.
- Jared Freeman co-directed with me, and was the Director of Photography.
- My friend Christopher John (formerly of the rock band Stabilo) composed the score.
- Sam Thomas was our Producer.
- Parker McKinley edited the film.
- Kevin Strahm did a fantastic job with sound design—all sound was created in post.
- Derek Donovan was our first Assistant Cameraman.
- Jacob Kirby was our colorist.
- Stewart Minges was our Key Grip.
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