Rethinking Digital Life

Late nights scrolling through Reddit. Early mornings swiping through Instagram. 2020 was governed by the glow of the screen, not the sun. There are many reasons to quit, but I’ll share the ones that made me decide to shred my Reddit accounts, deactivate Instagram and begin to phase out Facebook. I hate ads. It gives me a sinking feeling in my stomach to see them. I try my best to

Debrief: Free Solo

I’ll keep this one brief: my favorite part about Free Solo was how it brought documentary ethics into the film. It’s really neat to see those sorts of conversations happening on screen rather than off. I feel like documentary ethics are so essential to the medium and it’s great that a notable film has that component at the heart of its story. As documentary filmmakers, we need to respect our

Debrief: 12 Rules for Life – A Mythology of Patriarchy

Wary of Jordan Peterson’s online fans, particularly the misogynistic Men’s Rights Activists that seem to follow him to every corner of Reddit, I wanted to read the book that catapulted Peterson to the public eye and have a better understanding of what I was up against here. If you can get past Jordan Peterson’s lofty and sexist prose, 12 Rules for Life contains some very practical advice for eager young

Artist Reel

With the launch of a new decade, I recently took a moment to look back on my work over the last ten years and organize all of my films into one place. It was a special experience seeing the first LEGO animations I ever made being in the same folder as some of my recent documentary or narrative projects. This reel isn’t a decade long retrospective, but it is the

Christian Mystic Navel-Gaze: Centering Prayer for 30 Days

“Be still and know that I am God.”[1] I tried centering prayer for a month, and may have gotten it totally wrong. Centering prayer doesn’t look like much. I sit down, usually in my desk chair, but whatever’s around will do. And that’s it. I just sit there in silence – sometimes for five minutes, sometimes for ten minutes. I tried doing it as I fell asleep in bed, but

Learning to Write Parables

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

First Man | Review: Lost Character Arcs

Great performances, sound design, soundtrack, visual effects and cinematography. What left me wanting more was Neil’s character arc, or lack thereof. The emotional action takes place at the beginning of the film and after Neil’s daughter dies his character development essentially flat lines and then continues to double down on that. If anything the wife was the protagonist because she was one of the only characters who changed. Her love

Transcendental Style (cont’d)

If you are curious about this subject, please view my previous introduction and video essay to Transcendental style in film. My journey to understanding transcendental style began a few years ago, when I became fascinated with Richard Linkater’s films and the idleness of his storytelling. The meandering quality of Slacker’s cinematography felt like a meandering eye – a soul – me. It was around this time that I was introduced

Film Review: RBG

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

The Cloud of Unknowing – May 2019 Reflection

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