I received word earlier this week my short film, “The Red Dress” was chosen to screen at the 2014 L.A. Neo Noir II Film Fest in downtown Los Angeles, CA later this month.

It's exciting to have a screening in Los Angeles. This marks the second festival presence for this film. The first was back in October of 2013 at the Twin Cities Film Fest.  

In a field that is so drenched in rejection, it’s great to have any win, big or small. I am so very proud of this project and all the cast and crew that helped to make it.

On a side note, my other short film “Geeky Pheebs: An Ideal Man” will screen the same day at Gen Con Indy. Serendipity!

For my fellow filmmakers, please consider Film Freeway for your festival submissions. I find it much easier to use than Without a Box.

Still from "The Red Dress."
A while back I got a call from a cousin of mine. He was in need of some video work for a new product he and a friend were developing.

They are both avid tennis players and began to create a product that could make tennis play a little more efficient. I agreed to lend a hand and shoot some footage of the new invention.

It has been months since I shoot this and earlier this week, my cousin sent over the finalized video. I shot all of it handheld with no other supports. I liked the way it turned out. I don't play tennis, but the product looks pretty cool.
Recently, I had a surprise visit from my friends Arika and Alan. They were on a day trip from Santa Barbara. We were going to meet up for dinner at one of the countless Korean BBQ places in the city.

They stopped by and I proposed that we do a quick video portrait. The sun was setting so we had to act fast. I like to think on my feet so I worked quickly to try to get set up.

The sun set a little faster than anticipated but we forged ahead. I was interested in doing a video portrait with one, a couple and two, non-actors.  

I almost wasn’t going to post this, but I didn’t want it to go to waste. Even though it didn’t turn out 100% the way I’d like, I figure it is a learning process and with each one I do the better they will become.

Also, the city skyline was enough not to just let this sit on a hard drive.  

Last summer I got an email from Red Queen Productions in Canada. They had seen some of my roller derby work online and wanted to know if they could license some of my footage for a documentary they were producing for a Canadian TV channel.  It was then untitled but now is called "Derby Crazy Love."

They had finished production but were looking for some high-def footage for a montage sequence. I told them that I would love to contribute. We took care of all the paperwork, I delivered the footage they wanted (a benefit of keeping all your archives) and I really forgot about it. They let me know it would take a while for post production. A couple weeks ago, I saw this trailer posted on the wall of the Babe City Rollers Facebook page.

I watched the trailer and was surprised to find my footage during the first six seconds! I was excited to say the least. I'm not sure what happened, but it looks like they may be getting theatrical release or may be hitting the festival circuit. Congrats to Red Queen Productions and good luck with the release. It is always good to see roller derby get more coverage in media.

A couple years back, I had an idea. It was to capture poets and rappers performing material at various places in the Twin Cities. I was really just looking for a new way to express myself using the camera.

I had done music videos, but I wanted to try to do something that was a little more raw and unpolished.

I called up my friend Adam Napoli-Rangel A.K.A See More Perspective and wanted to see if he'd like to be my test subject. I had seen him perform before on stage and thought he would be a great voice to capture. I had managed to get him to agree and on a hot summer day, we went to a Minneapolis park.

Adam preformed like a champ and after about 45 minutes we wrapped.

I brought the footage into the editing room and quickly started to try to assemble it. That was until other projects stated stacking up. Soon it was buried and filed in the "to-do" pile. Recently, I came  across the project while digging through the "to-do" pile and thought it'd be nice to finish it even though the intended series didn't pan out.

I have to give Adam props for being so patient with me as he waited for me to finish this. He gets a gold star in my book. Presented below is the finished product: See More Perspective performs "Pyramids."

Also, make sure to check out his music HERE. He is a great artist with though provoking and smart lyrics. He also has a YouTube Channel you can subscribe to HERE.