Author: Michael Galinsky

Horns and Halos - Trailer A from rumur on Vimeo. About 12 years ago - the day before its premiere on Cinemax - our film “Horns and Halos” screened at the HBO theater in midtown Manhattan. Like all of our films, Horns and Halos had a twisted, difficult, path to distribution. The film, about the efforts of an...

On Sunday April 13th, parents of a 6 year old and a 10 year old dropped them off at a park near their house at 4pm and told them to be home by 6pm. When they didn't show up at 6:30 they started to worry, and then began to panic when they couldnt find them. At 8:30 they got a...

I think a lot about perspective. Where you stand, where you live, where the light hits, your mood; all of these affect how you view the world in a particular moment. A couple of weeks ago my family went to Dallas for Spring Break, just as spring was breaking in Chapel Hill where we live. The day...

In the spring I like to head to meadow around 8am and capture the light hitting the baby leaves at a sharp angle. I shoot them in color and process them as black and white through a red filter which makes the leaves kind of explode off the darkened sky. It really only works in the spring when the...

On some level, at its heart, our new film "All the Rage" is largely about ideas related to belief. Modern science uses the word placebo to describe the effect of one's belief on the efficacy of a treatment. When drugs, or procedures, are tested they are only deemed effective if they work better than a sham drug or procedure. The...

I recently had occasion to spend too much time at Heathrow airport in London (the pound and the euro are not equal!). While there I noticed a lot of signs touting the wonderful benefits of a third runway. One massive poster boasted of an astounding 120,000 extra jobs (I remembered 120,000 and thought I must be crazy,...

In honor of Greek Independence Day I want to post a bunch of pictures that I shot in Thessaloniki last week. I had such a tremendous experience at the festival, and I probably spent more time making images than I did meeting people and seeing films. Still, I managed to meet a ton of really interesting people, and got incredible...

Sometimes endless travel can start to feel like a fever dream. I left my home in North Carolina amid frantic preparations for my daughter's 13th birthday part and two days later I finally arrived at my destination. By the time I got to sleep I had lost track of how exhausted I was. A friend took me...

If you have ever lost anything of value you have probably experienced what I call "a hot feeling of regret". I see it as a cross between shame, anger, and fear. Your mind might simultaneously scan the past to figure out where and when your valuable item could have disappeared while also scanning the future for the various...

A couple of weeks ago I got an email asking if I would be willing to include a photo from my mall series in a show at a Williamsburg-based gallery. I was given a description which read in part, “The artists included in this exhibition have been chosen for how their work delves the socialization of space—not as something perceived...

I think it has to do with my general tendency to chafe against expectations, but I'm not so good at giving birthday gifts. It's not that I don't like to give things to people but instead, on some level, I find it uncomfortable to give gifts just because I'm expected to. Like my daughter Fiona (and my mother and my...