Batman Trailers Synch Up

April 29, 2008

This College Humor video synchs The Dark Knight trailer with a trailer for Tim Burton’s Batman (1989). The results are impressive (though I’m not sure that’s an actual trailer from 1989)

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Time Out!

January 6, 2007

Many thanks to Jane borden of Time Out New York magazine. She recently named a short I directed “Best Comedy Short Film” of 2006.

Full article here.

Goddammit Leeroy

December 11, 2006

This is one of three promos I directed for Spike TV’s Video Game Awards. The others are

Elevator
Stacy’s Birthday

These were written by the hilarious Johnathan Gabrus, who also stars as Leeroy. That’s Brian Fountain as the unfortunate client and Andre du Bouchet as the group leader.

Many thanks to Kara Klenk and Ethan Rom (as Stacy and Stan), Christine Lu, Adam Wade, Kari Kim, Val Bontrager, and Chris DeLuka for all their help.

Ysketball!

August 15, 2006

A short I just produced for the comedy group Hot Sauce will screen this Wednesday night as part of their industry showcase. These guys are great.


Hot Sauce Sells Out

8pm, Wednesday August 16th.
UCB Theater
302 W 26th (between 8th and 9th)

Edmond

July 15, 2006

I saw David Mamet’s new film, Edmond, tonight. “Mamet’s” in that he wrote it. Bill Macy stars under the direction of Stuart Gordon (of Robot Jox fame).

Oh boy did Mamet write it. From the first scene between Bill Macy and Mamet-wife Rebecca Pidgeon, it’s clearly a 100% Mamet film. What’s unclear is why the actors are unable to act naturally with Mamet’s lines.

“I am delivering a line of dialogue.”
“You’re delivering a line of dialogue.”
“I am delivering a line of dialogue.”
“Are you…”
“Yes?”
“Are you delivering a line of dialogue?”
“Yes.”

The only thing that distracts from the stilted acting is the appearance of a celebrity cameo every 5 minutes. In order of appearance: Joe Mantegna, Denise Richards, Ling Bai, Mena Suvari, Dulé Hill, Jeffrey Combs, George Wendt, Julia Stiles. This list is almost as long as the list of the film’s associate and executive producers.

Sometimes I love Mamet. Glengary Glen Ross is one of my favorite films. One of the best pieces of theater I’ve ever seen was Bill Macy and Phillip Baker Hall in American Buffalo. The first time I came across House of Games on cable, my friends and I were in a hurry to get to the grocery store for party supplies, but we couldn’t take our eyes off the screen and the party started late.

As Thomas put it, “There wasn’t anything to like. There wasn’t anything to hate, either. I just didn’t understand why the film exists.”

"Sexual Intercourse, American Style," my recent Channel 102 short, was mentioned on the Comedy Central Insider blog. "Poignantly erotic," the blogger says. Thanks, mysterious blogger!

Sexual Intercourse FTW

April 25, 2006

We got picked up as a Primetime Show at 102, with 96 votes netting us 3rd place. Not bad, considering that slots 1 and 2 were pretty much a lock.

Watch it! (safe for work; does not contain “hardcore penetration” as indicated)

In addition to the worthy “Cakey” and “Puppet Rapist,” we’re sharing the spotlight this month with the well-writen, hilariously acted “Incredible Drunk” and the inexplicable “28 Day Slater.”

“Sexual Intercourse, American Style,” a short film I directed (and shot and edited,as these things go), premieres at the Channel 102 film festival tonight. There are two screenings at The Magnet, 8:00 and 9:30. I’ll be at both. It’ll sell out quick, so if you’re coming, please make reservations. More details.

The film was written by Mitch Magee and stars Will Hines, Eliza Skinner, Julie Klausner, and Matthew Cornillon. You can see stills on our mypace page.

Audience votes determine which films come back as a “Prime Time Series,” so feel free to bring friends.

Channel 102 is a short film fesitval modeled on Channel101.com. Filmakers submit a 5 minute “pilot” which is reviewed by a panel of past festival winners. If the pilot is screened, audience votes determine if it returns the following month as a “prime time series.” I directed a previous 102 series, The Widower, which ran for 3 episodes.