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In 2010 it is time for us, as a society, to take a hard look at the role of the news media in our political and financial systems. After 7 years of following the Atlantic Yards development project I am troubled by both the print and TV media's inability or unwillingness to engage in any level of real reporting on...

We are trying to finish our film "Battle of Brooklyn", and since my wife is the editor it has fallen to me to watch the brood. It's always a bit of a struggle to get my older daughter to leave the house. She's had some anxiety issues for a couple of years. Things had improved last spring when we unfortunately...

***this post is a bit unfinished- but I wanted to get it up before going out of town*** I have been writing in general about the stages that we all go through in life. The stages of my adult life have been clearly demarcated for me through my artwork. I can visually track the transitions through my photographs. I was a...

When I was working on the Transitions book with my father he referenced Erikson's 8 stages of life in his version of the introduction. We struggled with the tone of the tome, and I feared that his reliance on long standing studies and references to phsychologic fact would take away from the directness that I sought. It wasn't that I...

About 15 years ago, when I was transitioning from being a "musician" to being a filmmaker, I was having a very difficult time with my father. I loved my father deeply and in general we communicated really well. I was a passionate young man; passionate about music, about art, about opposition. I'm not exactly sure why, but I always despised...

Last week I posted a couple of hundred old photos of the early 90's NYC music scene on our facebook fan page. A lot of the photos had been seen before, and many of them were from my book, "Scraps", but only a handful of people had gotten a chance to really look through them as a group. The response...

I often think of that Talking Heads song that goes, "You may ask yourself, where did I get this beautiful car, where did I get this beautiful wife, how did I get here?" The older I get the more prophetic it is. Simple decisions, such as what neighborhood to live in have such profound impacts on our lives, who we...

This has been a very intense, but positive, week on a number of fronts. For the past couple of years we have been struggling with our direction as filmmakers. We've spent a lot of energy developing TV projects, not out of a love for TV, but instead because it is nearly impossible to raise funds for the kind of films that...

The revolving door between government and industry doesn't just exist in the armed services and financial fields. A lot of the issues at play in our film, "Battle for Brooklyn" (click on link to see discussion of title) have to do with the revolving door between developers and the government and the government/developers and journalism. It's difficult to find a way...

There's a pretty amazing Gil Scott-Heron article in this weeks New Yorker. It's a rare piece of writing that reads like a well edited documentary film. So much of the time, even in good articles, the writing is almost as much about the writer as it is about the subject. It's kind of understandable that this would be the case, because...

As we get closer to having a finished film, we've started to focus increasingly on our plans for it. While strategizing about distribution, we are also thinking about presentation. The most important aspect of presentation is the name. For at least a year we have been working with the title "Battle of Brooklyn." However, we have become increasingly dissatisfied with...