September 20, 2023editing, Film

Back in the Nineteen whatevers (10s? Teens?) Russian filmmaking pioneer Lev Kuleshov demonstrated that we infer meaning from the juxtaposition of two unrelated shots that isn’t contained in either shot on its own.  The exact same clip of this handsome devil’s face is presented against different shots: first soup, next a dead little girl in a coffin, … Read More

Green V Red

January 6, 2023Film

Color coding in Hitchcock’s Vertigo A key element in filmmaking (or any visual medium) that helps create the look is how color is used. Not in the grade, but color palettes in production design. Wes Anderson is probably the most obvious current practitioner. Even in seemingly naturalistic presentations, a close examination shows most films/TV shows … Read More

The Dead Drop at Queens World

June 7, 2021Festival, Film

My first short, The Dead Drop, has been selected for Queens World Film Festival. Assuming no major reversals in reopening, we’ll have a live screening June 26 at the Queens Theatre in Flushing NY, and then virtual screenings through Film Festival Flix.

Abasement wins Best Horror

May 10, 2021Festival, Film

I woke up this morning to find Abasement had snagged Best Horror at Beyond the Curve International Film Festival in Paris, France. It’s our twelfth festival selection, ninth nomination/finalist nod, and fourth win. Once we’ve finished the festival run, I might post our stats, including all our losses. BCIFF just popped up on my radar … Read More


March 29, 2021Festival, Film

Abasement got selected for the 4th Dimension International Film Festival in Bali. In my exuberance, I tweeted “we’re going to Bali” so I had to clarify that by “we,” I meant our movie… (Pandemics and whatnot limiting international travel.)

Best Horror

March 26, 2021Festival, Film

Abasement took home “best horror” at the Nevada Short Film Festival, presented by Film Festival Circuit. Screening: Sat March 27 at West Wind El Rancho 4 Drive-In Theater, 555 El Rancho Drive, Sparks, Nevada

Nevada Short Film Festival

February 11, 2021Festival, Film

Abasement has been selected for the Nevada Short Film Festival. There will be a screening at West Wind El Rancho 4 Drive-In Theater, 555 El Rancho Drive, Sparks, Nevada 89431 on March 27, 2021.


December 25, 2020Festival, Film

Super excited! Abasement won Best Horror short and The Dead Drop was nominated for Best Children’s short at LIFFT India-World Cine Fest 2020 . As part of virtual festing, I did a Q&A with the festival organizers wherein we chatted themes, process, and the symbolism of Three Women. It was a lovely chat, though in … Read More

Austin After Dark

September 25, 2020Festival, Film

Abasement played at Austin After Dark Horror Festival in Austin TX, taking home finalist awards for best Micro Short and best Cinematography. This year the screening was at Doc’s DriveIn Theatre, so they were still able to show in person.