Goodbye Margaret in London

Tonight, while I sit in the comfort of my home, Goodbye Margaret will be making its debut across the pond. In fact, if my time conversions are correct it has already started. Thank you, Brand New Blinkers for hosting my film.


Presentation of 180 Montage at Ohio State

I am excited to announce that tomorrow I will be visiting the Intro to Film Studies class at The Ohio State University. I get to share a few of my works with the class and talk about my process, the process of discovery in filmmaking and filmmaking as academic or critical work. Specifically I am there to talk about 180 Montage, which was created as a collaboration with Columbus photographer, Jennifer Bender. The project started out as part of the Adaptations series for Independent’s Day, but has certainly taken on a life of its own. Jenn and I have had a great reception for the piece and are excited about this in-class presentation.

The Dome of Sound

We’ve all seen them at museums – maybe didn’t even realize what we were seeing. They  help control the noise level but mitigate the need for headphones.  That was my goal when I applied for a GCAC grant for my “sound dome”.

11265100_10153575607278678_4439500637944477933_nI found that museums and galleries are hesitant to install video because of sound spilling out or headphones having a “gross factor”.  Not to mention holes in the walls.  My goal was to make a sort of pop-up cinema with decent sound that was focused instead of shaking the whole neighborhood.  I found two major brands of domes: Brown Innovations and SoundTube.  The latter being most accessible through online vendor B&H – it also appeared the most affordable.  The dome needed an amp and to keep the cost reasonable I went with $35 Lepy for the initial tests.  I think I could use a stereo receiver from the thrift store, but have yet to test this option.  SoundTube came with room for expansion and may lead to other – future experiments.  There are programmable buttons, mounting arms, lights, and a motion detector.

For my setup I had the TV and player and my grant included the dome and amp but I needed a stand to make this pop-up cinema stand-alone and somewhat portable.  The stand needed to be height adjustable with shelves for the amp and player.  The mount should accommodate multiple TV sizes – hopefully 24″ –  50″.  Though the Vivo I chose did not list 24″ as an option – the plug location was the only issue and could be mitigated through some creative modifications.  The two shelves are easy to disassemble and move, though in my head the 72″ height was much higher than it really is.  This meant that the dome needed separate support that took it to a height closer to 8′.  The end result was a separate stand cobbled from a light stand, a double grip head and galvanized pipe. Counter weights were simply free-weights attached by an end cap. Attaching the dome to the pipe was the problem – but I modified a conduit hanger to have a cup hook and attached the dome with an s-biner.

11909742_10153647218138678_818304064_nThis whole setup for the pop-up cinema debuted at Columbus’ Independents’ Day festival in September 2015 under the name “The Experimentals” as it showcased experimental works by several local filmmakers with intriguing scores to demonstrate the dome’s capabilities.  11995569_10206179135450308_1893952683_nFuture plans may include scrim to cover all the legs and cords, a box for the player and amp, a more reliable stand for the dome, a cover for outdoor festivals, and a way to draw people in to the dome’s audible sweet spot.

CMIAR 24 Tonight, September 25, 2015

September 25 at 8PM in Hagerty Hall

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Don’t forget about the show tonight. Everything will start at 8pm and run until about 9. Admission is free and there will be Pizza Rustica, Soda, Water and Coffee. There is parking in the garages just east of Hagerty Hall, at parking meters just west on Hagerty Rd, or you can park just off campus and walk a few blocks.
See you tonight.

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Souled World

Souled World: Personification in Small Artwork
Opening Reception: Saturday December 6, 2014 6-9 PM At The Oak Room Gallery.

Souled World, comprised of 13 artists with over 90 paintings, drawings, photographs and mixed-media pieces, was curated by Nicolette Swift, local video artist and photographer. Souled World will adorn the walls of the Oak Room throughout December in a perfect culmination with the holidays, inanimate and animate.

Souled World is a celebration of art about items that we, as humans, have personified. We often find that we place human qualities in other objects such as toys, animals, personal belongings or other inanimate objects to imbue them with a sense of personality. These objects are personified, engaging them with the world through a form of empathy. The imaginative process of personifying objects allows us to understand humanity’s place in the world. In a wonderful twist these works are not life sized but rather, small and intimate.