Just as mystical experiences are nurtured through emptying the mind, transcendent cinema is born through emptying the frame. As I reflect back on the last few years, transcendental style is at the forefront of my mind. Whether I knew it or not, transcendental style has dominated my thoughts and had a significant influence on my own personal filmmaking. I would like to write about the topic more and ideally tie
After listening to a conversation between Rob Bell and Peter Rollins about parables (it’s a fantastic podcast if you have forty minutes to spare). Peter Rollins shows off his impressive database of parables from all over the world and even shares some of his own. What surprises me, however, is that even though I’ve heard parables all my life, I’ve never taken a critical lens to the form. Their narrative
Sleep It Off is a short documentary and live performance film featuring the Boston-based band Gentle Temper. I directed this film back in 2017 in close collaboration with the band, Becca Peters, Cairo Marques-Neto, and the Pathos Pictures team. I really enjoyed this project and it was wonderful to be able to work with a larger team. Gentle Temper is producing some truly wonderful music. Gentle Temper: The documentary portions
Ruth lost her mother, Celia Ginsberg, at age seventeen. However, she never stopped following her mother’s advice: “Always be a lady and always be independent.” 68 years later, Ruth Bader Ginsberg is still fighting for sex equality. Those words carried Ruth through Harvard Law, where she met her husband Mitch. Mitch is characterized as a loud, gregarious type; the complete counter to Ruth’s stoic, no-small-talk presence. Throughout Ruth’s career, Mitch
A Trappist monastery in Spencer, Massachusetts and spiritual seekers in the city of Boston, offer a visual and observational exploration of contemplation, Christian mysticism and the quest for God. Anthony and I hope The Cloud of Unknowing resonates with spiritual seekers — theist and atheist alike. This film was a spiritual journey for us and we hope at the very least it can raise a question: What if there’s more
Spencer Abbey holds a very special a place in my heart. Much of the filming for The Cloud of Unknowing was done there, and the monks of Spencer have had a significant impact on me. This visual reflection comes from my first visit to Spencer. It was a cold March day in 2017. Snow idly drifted by. Anthony Farenwald and I brought a Bolex and shot some motion picture film
A recut version of Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine, excluding the present “blue” scenes, leaving only the love-filled flashbacks. I loved the inter-cut storytelling in Blue Valentine, but I often wondered if the origin story would stand as strongly on its own, as it does within the context of the full film. At any rate, it was a lil experiment that I thought some folks may find interest in.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:2 In 2011, I was a freshman at small, Evangelical Christian high school in Seacoast Maine. There were only twelve students at Veritas Academy (one for each of the twelve disciples). We campaigned for Mitt Romney, studied creationist biology textbooks and prayed for the