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Recently, an ode to video stores went somewhat viral on facebook.  Kim's video was an amazing resource for finding out about films in the late 80's and early 90's.  For me though, it was the record stores and book stores that had a greater impact. When I moved to NY, I mostly cared about music and photography.  I hit the record...

Last week I heard on BBC radio that the National Health Service in England is instructing doctors to prescribe self-help books.  The radio presenter seemed a little aghast at this idea and pressed a doctor by asking something along the lines of,  “So you’re saying that you think that people will respond well to a doctor basically telling them that...

As I travel with our film, "Battle for Brooklyn", I also discuss our current ongoing project "Story of Pain". At a recent screening in San Jose I mentioned the film and the fact that it focuses on Dr. John E. Sarno. David Lang, a silent film enthusiast from Santa Rosa, CA approached me after the film to let me know...

On Thursday at Brooklyn Technical HS, the Panel for Educational Policy planned to close 23 public schools citywide. I had just returned from a trip on Thursday and didn't feel that I had the energy to go; I had been to several last year and found that they were a sham public meeting like so many I had been to...

I just came across this old article about our 2005 film, "Code 33".  This piece focuses on how the film isn't "about" media but has a strong subtext that deals with it.  Our goal is often to follow a story that plays out in the media, from behind the scenes. Through this process one is able to discern on some...

I think a lot about point of view, and about how deeply our point of view affects us.    For the most part our present thoughts sit upon a network of assumed truths, and those pre-conscious ideas serve as the foundation for all that we are consciously aware of.  We thrive on stability and certainty and therefore often quickly (an unconsciously)...

There are really two ways to tell issue based stories, the general and the personal/specific, and often these two forms are combined.  The general, broad overview, deals with larger numbers, which means that the statistics about these situations hold profound realities.  The personal example though give us a way to connect on an emotional level with people affected by the...

At Storyofpain.com we are going to start posting a lot of stories and information about pain in relation to our work in progress documentary about chronic pain and the work of Dr. John E. Sarno.  To kick off the site I'd like to start with a short meditation on the idea of giving thanks. As the Christmas season swings into high...

This morning I woke to a voice message from a friend in Prague.  He was terrified that something terrible had happened at Occupy Wall Street because all of the live streams he had followed the day before, during the massive protests, were shut down.  He thought that either everyone had been arrested, or that all of the cell service had...

Last week on buzzflash I wrote about the connection between our film "Battle for Brooklyn" and OWS.  Last year, as we completed Battle, we started to make a film about education in NY.  We saw intense similarities between the way in which parents were shut out of the education process and the way in which communities were shut out of...

If one were to judge the Occupy Wall Street movement based on my friends' facebook feeds, it would be clear that the revolution was over and that we had won.  Creative people would forever be free to be creative and the tyranny and corruption of "efficency" would be banished from the land.  As such I might have an irrationally exuberant...