Monday, July 21, 2014

I was Taking Selfies Before They Were a Thing

I was having my picture taken by some local press and I told myself that if I managed to get some dreaded contact lenses in my eyeballs that I would update my portraits.  So I did these.  

I used window light, a tripod, cable release, 50mm film lens open to f1.4, a stand with a sheet of paper next to me so I could see where I needed to put my face to keep it in focus and a yoga mat for a backdrop.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blue Ghost Fireflies

David Ostergaard holding a blue ghost firefly for a long exposure.

Walk in the woods of the Southern Appalachian Mountains as night in early spring and you may be lucky enough to spot tiny fairies carrying blue candles, gliding over the forest floor.  That's what blue ghost fireflies look like to the naked eye.  They are very rare and can only be found in the Southern Appalachian Mountains and in Texas, just North of Mexico.  They're small and shy, but if you're in the right place at the right time and are patient, you may be lucky enough to see a few.  Even smaller than their more common firefly cousins, they glow for long periods of time, sometimes up to a minute.  I went on a hike in Dupont Forest with David Ostergaard and Tina Herring.  David was quick enough to catch one and I photographed it in his hand.  They photographed green, but to my eye their light looked light blue.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Cannes Film Festival and Romania

I just returned from a whirlwind vacation/work trip to the Cannes Film Festival where my award-winning short film "Joint Effort" screened (see the movie here: In a previous post) and then Romania where I visited Dracula's castle.  If you want to know more about Cannes check out the page I made dedicated to my experiences there: My page about Cannes and stay tuned (I just realized how antiquated that term is.  In the digital age, does anyone tune a dial anymore?) for more on Romania! 

David Ostergaard, Tina Herring, Lela Winton, Billy Goodrum, there with the award-winning short film "Joint Effort" produced by Gorilla with a Mustache Films.

a bedroom in Dracula's Caster (Bran Castle)

Monday, April 07, 2014

Mountains to Sea Trail Hike

For me this was the mountains part of the mountains to sea trail.  I did a short day hike with Erik and his friend Mike.  The weather couldn't have been better and it was a beautiful and pretty easy hike.  We went to the top of Sam's Knob and enjoyed an okay view, but later on we found a really amazing vista and I got some great shots.  If you live in the Asheville area and want to go, head up the Parkway past graveyard fields and take the next road on your right (warning it's full of car sized pot holes!) Go to the parking area at the end and consult the map to figure out which trails you want to go on.  We did a loop on Sam Knob Summit, to Sam Knob, then Flat Laurel Creek, to Little Sam and finally the Mountain to Sea Trail/Art Loeb.  Not too much elevation change and though this was supposed to be a half day hike, it turned out to be more like a day hike.  One thing I find mildly baffling is that the trails are marked with signs that have their names, but most maps have the trails numbered.  If someone can explain why this is the way it is, I'd love to know.


Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Thin Line Film Festival Video

Here's a little video I put together of my trip to the Thin Line Film Festival.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

World Premiere of My Toxic Backyard

My Toxic Backyard had its first screening at the Thin Line Film Festival in Denton, Texas and I was able to attend.  This was my first time in Texas.  Denton is about 30 minutes North of Dallas.  Sadly I didn’t meet any real cowboys on my short visit. I had been expecting to see horses, holsters and hats everywhere.  The cowboy hats I did see a lot of, but Texans are not all cowboys.  In Denton everyone happen to be friendly and welcoming.  The land is flat and scrubby, but the sky is huge.  I know the sky seems like the kind of thing that should be the same everywhere you go, but it’s not.  In Texas the sky is just bigger.

There was a great line up for documentary films at Thin Line.  The festival covered room, board and transportation while there.  The staff was fantastic.  They were on call 24 hours a day!  The greenroom was stocked with food and drinks and was a great place to network with other filmmakers and VIP festival goers.  I met some great people there.  The town square is really cute and full of musicians.  I think over half the population is in a band.  My screening was at the Campus theater, which was a wonderful historic theater in the middle of town.  This was my first time attending this wonderful documentary film festival and I tip my hat to the festival organizers for putting on such a great festival.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Going to the Cannes Film Festival!

I am beyond excited!  The short film I directed, "Joint Effort" won the top prize in the National Film Competition and in addition to a cash prize will now be playing at the Cannes Film Festival in May!  And I'm going!!!  Every sentence ends with an exclamation point because that's how excited I am!

Our film isn't in competition, we are on the business side of things.  This is the perfect opportunity to try to secure some foreign distribution for our feature film and get some finishing funds.  In addition to winning best film, Gorilla with a Mustache Films also took home: Best Writing, Best Comedy Film, Best Actor David Ostergaard, and 3rd place audience choice award.  We will be wheeling and dealing and living it up on the French Riviera.  I'll take lots of pictures so stay tuned for more.