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Each year, The American University School of Communications’ Visions Festival celebrates outstanding student work in the categories of film, photography, broadcast and new media. I was a judge for the short screenplay category. My fellow judges and I selected Pinheads … Continue reading
Contemporary movies have a depressing sameness about them, a core set of assumptions that are never challenged: Making money is evil Lawyers are the most important of professions Criminals are always unjustly accused This homogeneity is boring. Being an artist … Continue reading
DC Shorts Mentors is a great new opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to learn how to make movies. Over four weekends in March and April, you learn how to write, cast, shoot and market your cinematic vision. I had the chance … Continue reading
The DC Shorts Film Festival has a great new tagline: DC Shorts champions short filmmaking. Marketing taglines are a lot of times so much fluff, filled with words like “leveraging” and “cross-platform” and other tired buzzwords. But “DC Shorts champions … Continue reading
Beasts of the Southern Wild has been nominated for Best Picture! I had a chance to interview director Benh Zeitlin over the summer and write about the film for On Tap. Beasts was a labor of love for Zeitlin – … Continue reading
The more interesting the work, the less it pays – that’s the rule I uncovered in 2012. It’s the reason why technical writers are paid well (you want to write a help guide for Sharepoint?) while film reviewers are paid … Continue reading
Enter your short film or screenplay in DC Shorts! Early deadline is Jan 31, 2013. The DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is the largest short film event on the East Coast. Now in its tenth year, DC Shorts … Continue reading
Do you dream of walking down the red carpet? Want to see your film on a big screen? Then get Behind the Screens, the new book by Jon Gann that uncovers what film festival programmers really think. Gann, the founder … Continue reading
In the latest issue of On Tap, I have an article on V/H/S, a new horror anthology that opens this week. In this bloody collection of short films, a group of thieves come across a stack of mysterious videocassettes, each … Continue reading