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Posted in Budgets, Film Development, Filmmaking Tips, Uncategorized, on 18 June 2015, by , 0 Comments

Indie producer Anne Lundgren, along with her husband, writer/director Gary Lundgren, are true Rebel Heart Film heroes.  They live in Ashland, Oregon where together they have made the three features in the last five years: Calvin Marshall, Redwood Highway, and Black Road.

My path first crossed with them when our film Obselidia played at Ashland at the same time as their movie, Calvin Marshall.  Our paths recently crossed again, and we got to talking about how to create a sustainable living as an indie filmmaker.

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Posted in Uncategorized, on 27 March 2015, by , 0 Comments

“De-mythologizing the making of films is essential in this day and age. I’m a cynical one at times – so I was surprised at just how much you helped pull the veil off the BS train. THANK YOU for your honesty and candor…having 2 days of unfettered guidance and frank illuminations from badass peers currently on the frontlines was wonderful. You are doing such a good thing!!!!” – Alicia J. Rose, filmmaker

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Posted in Film Projects, Uncategorized, on 3 February 2015, by , 0 Comments

Next Monday I’m going out to the desert near Joshua Tree to shoot tests for a new feature.

It’s an intense, quiet piece about a woman (Clio) living in a small wooden house out there with ghosts and memories, whose hermitlike existence is interrupted when a man (Alex) comes to visit. Alex was the best friend of her dead husband, and he’s come with an agenda. Clio’s husband was a war photographer, killed in Syria, and Alex wants the rights to his last work to use in a film he is making. The two have radically opposing ideas about how to do good in this world, and during the course of the film, they push each other to the brink. The ultimate question isn’t what is worth dying for, but what is worth living for.

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Posted in Uncategorized, on 31 December 2014, by , 0 Comments

At this time of the year, many of us reflect on the year that was and look forward to the year to come.

For me (and I’ll cut to the chase here): 2014 was all about the revealing of the truly corrupt and ugly nature of old power structures. The lesson was there in my professional life as I battled to finish my second film in a way that felt true and authentic to me. It was there in my home country of Scotland when they had a referendum for independence that was squashed by the conjoining of oil, financial, corporate and political powers all seeking to maintain the crooked status quo. It was there in the murder of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent decision by a grand jury not to indict the cop who killed him. It was there in the so-called “Torture Report”. It was there in the “sad and sickening” (-Ava DuVernay) leaked emails of the big guns of Sony. It was there in the statistics of how many women or people of color directed movies this year, essentially unchanged for thirty years.

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