September Musings

In response to your feedback here is some personal work and musings. It’s been fun putting this one together and I hope you enjoy it.

The Common Ground Instagram Feed –

Common Ground is a personal study of Latino people and culture. It’s an ongoing photography project I’ve been working on for over 20 years. The selection above was the most liked last week. It was captured at Plaza De Los Angeles in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Film I’m Studying-

Something in the AirI have been watching a lot of Olivier Assayas films lately. This one seems to initiate a stylistic pivot in the Directors career. His earlier works are shot in a constructive cine verité language for the sake of economy, immediacy and authenticity. This film moves away from cine verité and more into a constructive and fragmented cinema language that invokes a more dreamlike atmosphere including sequences that are purely poetic. It’s nearly plotless structure reminds me of David Gordon Green’s George Washington. This was David’s first feature film and his budget was something like $35,000. He wrote the film so that none of the scenes depended on the other. This allowed him to accommodate the budget by cutting scenes as necessary during production without compromising the story.

Select Collaborators
Cinematographer Eric Gautier
Editor Luc Barnier
Production Designer François-Renaud Labarthe
Producers Charles GillibertNathanaël Karmitz
Sound Editor Aude Baudasse
Sound Mixer Olivier Goinard
Colorist Isabelle Julien

Photography that impacts me –

Sebastiao Salgado. No other photographer has so fully realized how tragic, diverse and wonderful it is to be a human being on this planet. Wim Wenders exquisitely portrays Salgado’s life and career in one of my favorite documentaries, Salt of the Earth.

Book I’m Reading-

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewsky is a challenging read. There are a lot of things going on; subplots, references and commentary are explored in lengthy and overwhelming footnotes. Opening this book is almost like learning to read again. I’ve had to stop reading the footnotes in order to make progress with the main plot. As characters plunge into darkness, the pages become cinematic voids, sparsely printed text on nearly blank pages and other unconventional formatting make this more than just a masterful page turner, it puts your mind to work and forces the reader to accept the mystery that is this book.

September Project Update

It was great to hear back and catch up with some of you after my last newsletter! The documentary feature Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies will be in Palm Springs for the Cinema Diverse Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival on September 21st at 3pm. I edited the film for up and coming director Vishnu Dass. We started with over 70 hours of original and archival footage. The film took us on a journey through the spiritual and surreal realms of Arnold’s groundbreaking career as an artist. It is narrated by Anjelica Huston, features Interviews with his friend Ellen Burstyn and explores his close relationship with Salvador Dali.

In the spirit of Arnold’s passion for avant-garde filmmaking and his tableau’s of detritus, director Vishnu Dass has re-imagined some of Arnold’s most stunning photographs in collaboration with motion graphics designer Matt McNeil. You can experience one of these hypnotic indulgences in the films trailer here.

I also shot some Interviews as an additional cinematographer for the film. Here are some screen grabs: